These days people are pretty quick to judge almost every single parenting decisions a mom will make. In fact, it's to the point that you feel like you can't win. If you breastfeed, don't do it in public; if you work, feel guilty; if you stay home, feel lazy. It's exhausting, and it makes so many women feel like they're failing at this whole mom thing. I can tell you one thing you don't need to worry about, though: taking advantage of the hospital nursery directly after you've had your baby. Trust me, choosing to have your baby sleep in the hospital nursery doesn't make you a bad mom. In fact, it probably makes you a smart mom; as you've undoubtably made a decision that has allowed you to rest, recover, and do what is necessary so that you can stake care of your brand new baby, once you've left the hospital and headed home.
When I had my daughter, I was sure I would have her sleep in the same room as my partner and myself. Yeah, that didn't happen. I was so exhausted after labor and delivery, and she had come so unexpectedly, that my partner and I agreed we needed our first night to ourselves to try to rest and re-cooperate. Thankfully, we had the option of an understanding and supportive nursery who took wonderful care of our little girl so that we could prepare to be the best parents possible for her once we took her home and lost the assistance of nurses, doctors and hospital staff.
While there are both pros and cons to having your baby sleep in the nursery — just like there are pros and cons to having your baby sleep in your hospital room, right by your side or even in your bed — the choice is ultimately up to you, mom who just birthed another human being. We need to start trusting parents to make the right decisions for themselves and their children rather than requiring certain things from them in order to somehow "prove" they're worthy of the responsibilities that come along with parenthood. So trust me when I say that having your baby sleep in the hospital nursery doesn't make you a bad mom, at all. In fact, it makes you a smart, empowered mom, for (at least) the following reasons: