Anyone who's having a baby needs to read the Baby Whisperer. I only read it two weeks after Angel was born, and by then, what the baby whisperer called accidental parenting had set in. This is when new parents inadvertently make certain 'mistakes' that make taking care of a newborn that much harder.
So this time, I am prepared.
I am going to put my newborn on the EASY schedule. E for Eat. This is when the baby nurses. Then comes Activity. This is when the baby interacts with you - getting her nappy changed, being talked to, being played with. After that, it's Sleep. Self explanatory. The final part is You, which means your time to rest and recharge while baby naps. The entire EASY schedule takes between 2 to 3 hours. With this schedule in place, it makes it easier for new parents to predict and anticipate a baby's wants and needs. For example, if you've just fed her, and she starts crying half an hour later, you will know that she's not hungry, but sleepy. So instead of feeding her and making her grumpy, you set about putting her down for a nap. See?
The predictable pattern also helps settle a fussy newborn, and helps to ease her into sleeping through the night sooner.
The book also talks about different baby personality types, so you know how to deal with each.
Breastfeeding is also covered, with helpful information on what to do in the first few days, which is when new mothers often get frustrated with breastfeeding. Once you get past this with help, breastfeeding won't be a breeze, but it'll certainly be bearable.
Watch this space for how the first few days/weeks turn out; I'm keeping my fingers crossed.