The big buzz I’m hearing about right now from other hospitals working toward Baby-Friendly designation is Nap Time. Play a lullaby in your mind as you read this … Mid-afternoon your nurse comes in your room with a warm baby blanket and a fresh cup of ice water (hot tea, milk and cookies, hmm … the possibilities!). She asks you what else you need before you tuck away for the next two hours with just you, your support person and your baby. No one will bother you. The birth certificate lady, photographer, housekeeper, even your visitors, if you choose, will have to wait until later. With uninterrupted time you can get some rest or have time with just your little family.
What I LOVE about Nap Time:
- It builds in time for family bonding.
- Families get to practice what we preach: Nap when the baby naps.
- For families who want to restrict visitors, we give them a reason.
- Nap Time sends a message that parenting is a 24-hour job. Some hospitals report that families are better able to room-in at night when they have had some rest during the day. What better preparation for going home than to establish this pattern in the hospital!