The days and weeks after giving birth can be hectic. Here’s what to do after delivery and the 7 things to do after baby is born.
Talk about an unfair advantage. While we have nine months to prepare for the baby, we’re given a few days or weeks to get so many things done after he’s born. Whereas we had prepared for the baby weeks in advance, we’re now scrambling to get things done. And those first few days and weeks with a newborn isn’t exactly the easiest to get through.
7 things to do after the baby is born
Don’t worry: Just as we had prepared for the arrival, so will we have a checklist of things to do after the baby is born. While we can’t do many of these ahead of time, it helps to be informed for when the time does come around.
1. Fill out the birth certificate information.
At the hospital, you’ll supply the baby’s information and apply for a birth certificate. The hospital will mail the application and you’ll receive the certificate in the mail. In the meantime, you’ll get a temporary record of the information as well as stating you applied.
While you can always change the name later, it’s a good idea to have names picked out ahead of time. At least have a few contenders so you’re ready to name the baby before you leave.
2. Apply for a Social Security Number.
Along with the birth certificate is the option to apply for a social security number for your baby. You’ll do this at the hospital at the same time you submit the birth certificate information.
3. Schedule appointments with your baby’s pediatrician.
The hospital will call the pediatrician when the baby is born where she’ll visit you to do her first assessments. But you’ll need to go to her office for follow up appointments a week later at the latest.
And sometimes you’ll go more frequently if the baby needs more attention. One of my twins needed constant check ups for jaundice and weight gain. So we had to schedule frequent appointments, sometimes as often as three times a week.
4. Tell your work and human resources department.
After you text your friends and family the awesome news, let your boss know as well. Snap a quick photo of the baby and let your work know how you’re doing. Then, send an email to your HR department so they know when you’ve given birth. They can also give you further instructions on how to proceed with short-term disability claims.
5. Schedule your own doctor’s appointment.
Your doctor will want to see you about six weeks after you give birth. This is when she’ll assess how you’re doing and see if you’re ready to go back to work. She’ll also check how you’re doing emotionally and coping with your new baby.
6. Take newborn photography.
You’ll need to schedule newborn photography in advance. Give the photographer call once you’re ready to have them taken.
7. Send baby announcements.
Whether you take newborn photos or not, send your baby announcements. You can send a digital template or even pre-make them ahead of time like I did (where I just filled in the info).
Newborn sleep deprivation is no joke. You’re now in the season of broken sleep and caring for your baby 24/7. That’s why I kept this list short for a reason: you have few essential things to do after your delivery. Devote everything else to resting and spending time with your new bundle.
The chores, the to-do lists, the social obligations aren’t as important as resting. Keep your tasks short so you can spend as much time bonding with your baby.
After all, once you’ve sent applications and scheduled appointments, that’s the most important task on your list.
Get more tips about newborns:
- 9 Things to Do Before Baby Is Born
- When Do Newborns Get Easier?
- Newborn Life: Expectation vs Reality
- How to Get Things Done with a Baby
- Things to Do Before the Baby Arrives Checklist
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