1. Ask for specific help, such as "I need you to do some laundry," or, "Please wash the dishes," or, "Could you watch the baby while I lie down?"
2. Don't think, "If they loved me they would know what I need." Never assume others will know exactly what you need.
3. Realize that your need for help may change daily or even hourly.
4. Seek out a support group, such as a new parenting class, MOPS, or a breastfeeding support group.
5. Remember this is a temporary life stage.
6. To conserve your energy, try to stay in one or two rooms instead of running all around the house for what you need. This requires packing a bag with what you will need for the day, such as diapers, wipes, extra baby clothes, etc.
7. Sleep while your baby sleeps, no matter how tempting it may be to want to catch up on housework instead.
8. Relax your housekeeping standards for the time being.
9. If you feel depressed, talk with a support person or your doctor about it.
10. Ask someone to watch your baby and take some time for yourself, whether it's just to take a shower, to get some rest, or to go to lunch with a friend.

SIDS prevention
Nancy Taylor, RN, childbirth education manager at Mount Carmel Health System said the recommendations for the prevention of SIDS have changed recently and now suggest:

1. Babies be dressed in a warm sleeper
2. Place baby in their cribs on their backs
3. Cribs are to be free of bumpers, blankets, stuffed animals and pillows
4. Do not allow baby to become overheated while sleeping
5. Encourage baby to use a dry pacifier when sleeping
6. Do not allow any cigarette smoking around baby
For more information on the prevention of SIDS log on to www.nichd.nih.gov/sids, or call (800) 505-CRIB (2742)