Great advice thus far.
Originally Posted by Bokonon
There is nothing wrong with letting them take the baby to the nursery at night so you guys can rest. They will come wake you for feedings and stuff.
! It's the LAST TIME you'll get some sleep for a long time. And I mean years.
Originally Posted by TyTanium
Being a parent is the coolest thing in the whole world. Yes, cooler than homebrewing.
My $0.02 (having a 8yr old and a 6yr old):
1. DON'T be one of these homebrewers that thinks it's cool to use StarSan to clean baby bottles. Your baby doesn't need phosphoric acid. Baby bottles need soap and warm water, that's it. They don't need to be sterile, they need to be clean.
2. Anyone who wants to hold the baby (and everyone will) needs to wash their freakin' hands first
. Especially at this time of year. Some will roll their eyes, eff them. Fact is babies get their immunity from mom and that initially drops off after the first few weeks, and then baby starts to acquire it naturally. Babies are like little cancer patients for the first 3 months of their life, are obligate nose breathers and are solely dependent upon you to keep them healthy. My youngest had RSV
when he was 2 months old
and stayed in the hospital for a week. Was not fun and could've killed him. Don't take this lightly.
3. Enjoy it! You'll have lots of questions, what do I do/what don't I do. It's immersion learning. In a few months you'll be changing a diaper in the dark at 3am, half-awake with one hand.