Helping families with caring for their newborns is one of the best things we get to do here at Inland Northwest Doulas. Today we are excited to launch our new series, “The ABCs of Newborns!” Join us as we cover some general information and important topics concerning newborns and postpartum recovery over the next couple of months. Have a question or topic you would like addressed? Drop a comment below or reach out anytime through our Contact Page.

Lots of clients take time to plan for the birth of their baby creating birth plans. Sometimes planning for when the baby is actually here sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Whether you are adopting, fostering, using a surrogate, or birthing, you are going to have a newborn in your life.

Woman holding newborn infant.


It can be a little overwhelming, but with a bit of planning, it does not have to be. We give clients a postpartum plan that helps them think about some of the basics:

Who is coming to visit and when? Who will do the laundry? How in the heck are you going to feed yourselves? Or get much-needed sleep? Who is coming to help and when?  Thinking about and discussing these types of things in advance is easier than trying to figure after your baby is born.

Some clients, while excited and overjoyed about the arrival of their baby, also find themselves sad at losing some of their personal time or time with their partner.

The arrival of your baby does not mean you need to give up the things that make you, you.

Our postpartum plan covers these topics as well! It can feel like everything has changed once your baby arrives and in a lot of ways, this is probably true. However, the arrival of your baby does not mean you need to give up the things that make you, you.  Taking the time to make a list of the things which are important to you and for your sanity can help you find ways to keep them part of your routine.

It can be easier to care for others when you are cared for.  Remember you do not have to do it all – asking for help is ok!  

There are also lots of lists out there about must-have newborn products but in reality, you really just need a few basic items for baby to get you through the first few days.  You will quickly learn what you and your baby need.

  • A car seat – properly installed
  • Safe sleep surface for baby.
  • Swaddles or swaddling blankets
  • Burp cloths
  • A few sets of clothing
  • Diapers and wipes – cloth or disposable, you are going to need them!
  • Bottles – even if breastfeeding you may want bottles for storing pumped milk, if you need to supplement, or want your partner or support person to take over a feeding.
  • Pacifiers (if you are using them)

Have questions or want to talk more about setting yourself up for success once your baby arrives?  Contact us for more information on getting your support – your way!

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