Going Home with Baby
When it is time to go home with your new infant you will want to remember a few basics. We'll provide you with information you will need to know in order to care for yourself and your baby.
We offer a Discharge Class that prepares you for your move back home, covering topics such as post-partum care, feeding your new baby and more. You may also call us at (860) 358-6320, any time of day or night if you have any questions.
Going Home Check List
- • Clothes for Mom, remember a comfortable pair of shoes as her feet may be a bit swollen.
- A simply adorable outfit for Baby (pictures can be taken through Cherished Memories – this program is optional so please ask your nurse)
- Car Seat: Please bring car seat… Connecticut State law requires infants in rear facing car seats. ( Link to Safe Kids CT)
- Camera … must have pictures of Baby's first ride in the car.
- In the cooler weather, remember blankets, buntings, etc.
- Sometimes it is helpful to bring things home the day before to lessen the load on day of discharge.
- And remember to have everything set for when Mom comes home, a place for Baby to sleep, clean house, and the laundry put away.
Unfortunately, we cannot teach everything you need to know about parenting, but we do hope we can give you some good resources in addition to your physician to help answer questions. Two other resources are: Kidsource and BabyCenter.
If you and your nurses and physicians decide you could you some extra help after you get home, particularly with Breastfeeding, we will make a homecare referral. Middlesex Hospital offers homecare services, and there are VNA services throughout Middlesex County from which you may choose.
Car Seat Safety
It is Connecticut State law that when traveling in a car every infant is secured in a car seat. There are many models and types of seats and each one comes with specific instructions for installation and safe use. We recommend that you thoroughly review the car seat instruction manual and you car owners manual for proper installation instructions before you come in to have your baby. Call (860) 594-2173 for more information about car seat safety checks near you.