Best practices suggest there is no better way for a mother to get to know her newborn than by having the baby with her at her side. Rooming-in allows Mom to learn her baby’s habits and begin to understand his or her sounds.
Rooming-in means keeping your baby in your hospital room 24 hours a day as you recover from your delivery. Your newborn will receive care at the bedside and will only leave your room for periods of up to an hour for hospital procedures or if separation is medically indicated. Keeping you and your baby together - from birth throughout your hospital stay - optimizes attachment and bonding. Mothers rest better when their babies are with them.
While it is important to hold your baby often, you should be well rested when doing so. If you are feeling sleepy, place your newborn in the bassinet to prevent him or her from falling.
Benefits of rooming-in for babies include:
- Accelerates brain development
- Reduces crying/stress
- Regulates body temperature
- Improves quality of sleep
- Enhances immune system
- Stimulates digestion and weight gain
- Synchronizes heart rate and breathing
- Encourages breastfeeding behavior
Benefits of rooming-in for mothers include:
- Reduces risk of postpartum depression
- Increases milk production
- Speeds recovery time
- Promotes psychological well-being