So umbilical cords right after birth freak Kara out a little bit. They are scary because I've never been sure how to properly take care of them and what to do to make sure they don't get infected. We've both been around newborns before, but it's usually when they've been a little bit older where it's fallen off already. I wanted to gain some confidence about this process, so I started talking to some of our good friends that are pregnant for the first time right now and expressing some of my fears. One of them looked into some classes that her hospital offered and asked if we would like to join her. So we signed up together to do the Newborn Care classes with our spouses (double date awesomeness!).
Last night was our first class and it was great! We talked about how to take care of the umbilical cord after birth (I'm feeling much more confident about it now and less freaked out), how to change diapers when the umbilical cord is still there, how to properly swaddle (which we've both done, but it was good practice), how to give sponge baths during the first 2 weeks, and reviewed some of the standard hospital routines right after birth.
*Don't forget to laugh a little at Borse's photo bomb...he was pretty pumped about his diaper changing skills ;)
Kara is feeling more confident after taking this class, it was awesome! We started our second class with some signs to watch for before taking baby to the Pediatrician, car seat safety, then some basic infant CPR and choking hazards and what to do.
Jeremy was awesome at the CPR, he was going to be an EMT after high school and did a bunch of training for it. Even though that didn't work out, he was much more confident about doing his chest compressions than I was. Even with our awesome plastic babies, I thought I was going to break them! I hope we can get in some more practice on the dolls before we ever have to do it on a child (fingers crossed that never happens!).