Parents should take extra care in planning for a baby if they are living in a nuclear family. It is a given, nowadays for women to get maternity leave. In some sectors, maternity leave is given for a few months, too. A baby needs constant care taking till the age of five years. Very often couples shift to their parental homes during and after pregnancy so that they get support from their parents in taking care of the new arrival in the family. The added support helps the mother who might have to resume work or even if she is alone at home.
Otherwise, the father becomes the sole helper, catering to the needs of both the mother and the baby. These days in some sectors, fathers can avail “paternity leave’’ as well, so that they provide the emotional support to the mother. This becomes crucial when the new mother has nobody to help her if his or her parents live far away.
It is always advisable to have a hired help or an elderly member of the family to support the mother at this critical juncture of her life with her newborn. New mothers, particularly, after a C-section find it difficult to even bend and give a bath to the baby.
If you have an older baby, please take care to give enough attention lest he/she should feel ignored. Ignorance could lead them to harm or injure your newborn, out of jealousy. You can tell your older child about how he/she will henceforth have a friend all the time to play with, when you and your husband are out at work.
Direct contact with your baby and holding him/her is very important as it provides them a sense of security. So in your temporary absence, particularly, when you are having a bath or cooking or doing some other work, there should be someone catering to all the needs of the newborn.