If you are thinking twins and triplets, you are right. I really love working with multiples. Those tips are for all parents to be, living in Switzerland. Some points might be more important to those expecting multiples but anyone could benefit.
I’m very interested to hear from families in Switzerland what else should I add to this list.
What did you wish you knew before your baby or babies arrived?
- Choose a hospital or a private clinic – if in doubt which are available to you, contact your health insurance.
- Organise a midwife who will see you at home after birth. Good midwives get booked up in advance and might not be available if you start to look few days before your EDD. You can check which midwives in your area speak fluent English or other languages here, contact and meet them in advance.
- Organise immediate help – family, friends, maternity nurse, nanny… what help will you need – cooked meals, groceries and sleep is a good start… make a schedule, so that not everybody visits you in one day, it can be very overwhelming for the baby and the parents too. If you choose to book a maternity nurse, do so in advance to avoid disappointment.
- If you are planning to go back to work after your maternity leave, long term help is equally important – a nanny or a nursery, this is the question. The waiting lists are long for nurseries in baby groups and nannies based here will usually need to give 3 months notice.
- Sign up and complete a first aid course, like this one, before your baby arrives – hopefully you won’t need it, but you will be much more calm and confident when anything happens and you need to act fast.
- Prepare baby’s room, buy baby equipment, like a Moses basket, a cot, car seat, pram… and those tiny cute clothes! Don’t forget nappies.
- Read parenting and baby books when pregnant, dads too – you won’t have much time to do that after your baby arrives. You will be trying constantly to catch up on sleep.
- Learn how to secure the car seat in your car, especially dads. The technology advances so fast that in some cases you might need an engineer to operate baby equipment. You will want to get mum and baby home safely.
- Research available formulas – I know “breast is best” for your baby, but find out which formula your hospital is using, which ones are currently recommended, the knowledge won’t do any harm, quite the opposite you will have a peace of mind. There might be emergencies in the early days and you will need to supplement, so buy a box or even two if you are planning to formula feed from the start. If you’re planning to travel, check if your chosen formula is available in the countries you are planning to travel to, if not calculate how much you will need for your trip.
- Baby shower – don’t leave it until last minute, your baby might decide to arrive earlier. Multiples really like to do this 🙂
What did you wish you knew before your baby arrived? Leave a comment to share your experience.
Marta is a certified maternity and sleep practitioner with over 16 years of experience in childcare. She supports new families around Zürich as well as Zug in Switzerland. Marta also travels further away for newborn care assignments. In her free time she photographs and knits for babies.
Updated January 2019