Even if you've had tons of experience with babies, heading home with one of your very own is pretty terrifying. Having a partner or co-parent by your side can take some of the pressure off while you're adjusting in those early weeks and months. But there will inevitably come a time when you'll be on your own with a little one to care for, and that can be scary. If you're wondering how to survive your first night alone with baby, the first thing to know is you can totally do it. Although it's nerve-wracking to be the only parent at home, with a little pre-planning you'll breeze right through it.
My first night alone with my daughter came when she was about two months old and my husband had to take a trip out of town. Logically I knew that I'd be doing the same things at night as I did during the day— changing diapers, giving her bottles, snuggling her till she fell to sleep. But the thought of doing it all with no back up was incredibly daunting. I was so nervous, but I soon realized it wasn't as stressful as I'd feared it would be because I was well prepared.
As much as I dreaded it and exhausting as it was, I came to be grateful for the experience. Managing without any help gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. Once you can handle a newborn by yourself for 24 hours (or more) straight, you feel like you can do pretty much anything.
Here are seven tips to make it through your first night alone with your baby.