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The First Two Weeks at Home with a Newborn

Bringing your newborn home is a beautiful, life-changing experience filled with ALL the feels. There is so much emphasis on the baby’s delivery that some parents are caught off-guard about how the first two weeks at home with their newborn will look. As a postpartum doula and baby sleep coach, I’ve supported many families through these first two weeks. Here, I’ll share some insights and tips to help you navigate this special time with confidence and calm.

The Emotional Rollercoaster

The emotions of the first few weeks at home with your newborn can range drastically. You can go from excitement to postpartum emotions. Below are tips to help you through these emotional weeks.

Excitement and Joy

The first days at home with your newborn are often filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and love. You’ve waited months to meet your little one, and now they’re finally here. Cherish these moments—they are precious and fleeting.

Anxious and Overwhelm

It’s also normal to feel anxious and overwhelmed. Questions about feeding, sleeping, fussiness, and general care can make these early days seem daunting. Remember, it’s okay to seek help and ask questions. Your feelings are valid, and support is available.

Postpartum Emotions the first 2 Weeks with a Newborn at Home

Many new mothers experience the baby blues—feelings of sadness, irritability, and mood swings that usually fade after a couple of weeks. It is estimated that 1 in 7 women will experience a postpartum mood disorder within the first year of delivery.  Since many women do not seek help, realistically, the number is much higher. If you experience these feelings and they continue after two weeks, it might be postpartum depression or anxiety, and it’s crucial to seek help from a healthcare provider.

Establishing a Routine in the first 2 Weeks with a Newborn

Below are some tips on establishing routines with your newborn in those first two weeks.

  • Feeding – Feeding your baby, whether through breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, is one of the first routines you’ll establish. For breastfeeding mothers, it can be a learning curve. Don’t hesitate to contact a lactation consultant if you encounter difficulties. For bottle-feeding, ensure you’re familiar with preparing the formula correctly.
  • Sleeping – Newborns typically sleep 14-17 hours a day, but not all at once. They wake frequently for feeds, making their sleep patterns unpredictable. Safe sleep practices are essential. Always place your baby on their back to sleep in a crib or bassinet free from anything else. 
  • Diapering – Expect to change 8-12 diapers a day. It’s a good time to learn about your baby’s cues for needing a change and establish a routine that includes frequent diaper checks. In the first 2 weeks, you’ll need to monitor how many wet and dirty diapers your baby has in 24 hours. 

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness are very important during these few weeks. Below are tips to help you.

  • Baby’s Health – Your baby’s first pediatrician visit will usually be one of your first days at home. This check-up ensures your newborn gains weight and adjusts well outside the womb. Note any concerns you have to discuss with the doctor. I always recommend writing it down or making a list on your phone. Once you’re at the pediatrician appointment, getting distracted and forgetting some of your concerns is very easy to do.
  • Mom’s Recovery – Your recovery is just as important! Prioritize rest, nutrition, and hydration. If you’ve had a C-section or complicated delivery, follow your doctor’s guidelines for healing. Have your partner, family member, or friend help with household chores.
  • Self-Care – Amidst the new responsibilities, remember to take care of yourself. Short naps, a few minutes of quiet time, and healthy snacks can affect your feelings.

Bonding with Your Newborn the First Few Weeks at Home 

The first two weeks with a newborn is a great time for bonding. Below are some things you can do with your newborn to create a connection outside of the womb.

  • Skin-to-Skin Contact – This simple practice can soothe your baby and promote bonding. It benefits both parents, as it helps regulate the baby’s temperature and heart rate and fosters a deep connection.
  • Understanding Baby’s Cues – Newborns communicate through subtle cues. Recognizing signs of hunger, tiredness, and discomfort will help you respond to your baby’s needs more effectively.
  • Incorporating Siblings – If you have older children, involve them in caring for the baby to help them adjust. Simple tasks like getting diapers or singing to the baby can make them feel included and important. This is a huge change in your older child’s routine. Depending on their age, they will have different ways of reacting to the change.

Managing Visitors During the First 2 Weeks with a Newborn

The first few weeks with your newborn can be a crazy time. Below are some tips to help you manage this time when dealing with visitors.

  • Setting Boundaries – Everyone is excited to meet your new baby, but it’s important to set boundaries. Limit the number of visitors and the duration of their stay to ensure you and your baby get adequate rest. I suggest that you let them know their visit must be brief before they arrive. You can read more about setting boundaries here.
  • Hygiene – Ask visitors to wash their hands and avoid coming if they feel unwell.
  • Virtual Visits – Consider face-timing or zooming to introduce your baby to extended family and friends. It’s a safe, convenient option that allows you to control the timing and length of interactions.

Household Adjustments

Establishing new routines will also be adjusted during this time. Below are some tips to help you adjust smoothly.

  • Time Management – Balancing baby care with household responsibilities can be challenging. Focus on essential tasks, and don’t be afraid to let less critical chores slide.
  • Meal Planning – Quick, nutritious meals are lifesavers. Preparing and freezing meals before the baby’s arrival can ease the burden. Accept offers from friends and family to bring meals. Consider getting nutritious take-out if it’s an option.
  • Delegating Tasks – Involve your partner, family, and friends in daily tasks. Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, or caring for the baby, sharing responsibilities can make a huge difference.

Common Challenges and Solutions

You will experience challenges during this time, and that is OK. It’s all part of the learning process for you and your newborn. Below are some solutions to help you through these challenges.

  • Sleep Deprivation – Lack of sleep is one of the biggest challenges for new parents. Try to nap or rest when your baby naps, and consider taking shifts with your partner during the night.
  • Breastfeeding Issues – Breastfeeding can be difficult initially. Common issues include latching problems, sore nipples, and a low milk supply. A lactation consultant can provide valuable support and guidance. Many Insurances cover lactation consultant visits. I encourage new moms to take advantage of this.
  • Colic and Fussiness – Is your baby unusually fussy and hard to soothe? They may have colic. Holding your baby, gentle rocking, using a pacifier, and white noise can help calm them. This usually peaks at 6 weeks but can continue up to 16 weeks. Consult your pediatrician if you’re concerned.

The Importance of Support During the First 2 Weeks with a Newborn

And, lastly, getting support during the first few weeks with your little one is key to making this transition to your new life smoother. Below are some tips to help you.

  • Support Networks – A solid support system is invaluable. Contact family and friends for help, and don’t hesitate to accept their assistance.
  • Online Communities – Joining parenting forums and social media groups can provide a sense of community and practical advice from other parents who’ve been through similar experiences.
  • Professional Help – Sometimes, you need professional support. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to contact a lactation consultant, pediatrician, or therapist.


The first two weeks at home with your newborn is a time of adjustment, learning, and profound joy. Remember, it’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed. Take it one day at a time, lean on your support system, and, most importantly, trust yourself. You’re doing an amazing job!

Are you having issues with your little one’s sleep? I can help! Visit my NEWBORN SLEEP TIP SHEET WITH COACHING service for more details, and contact me during my FREE Discovery Call to discuss your situation.

June 13, 2024


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