New DVD Gives First-Time Parents First-Hand Advice
When Claudia and Sven Bodin brought their baby girl home, they weren’t quite sure what to do with her.
“We had tons of questions, and were surprised at how unprepared we felt,” Claudia tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies.
“For the first three months you’re in this bubble together, and though it’s a really beautiful time, it’s scary, too.”
Perplexed by parenthood, the Bodins decided to film some of their first-time experiences, and as baby Paulina grew, they realized an instructional DVD was in the works.
“We couldn’t find anything helpful out there, so we decided to do it on our own,” Claudia says.
“A lot of books have conflicting messages, a lot of DVDs were grim, showing frazzled parents. We decided to do something else.”
The Bodin’s labor of love, Baby’s Home … What Now? ($25) is a comprehensive, calm-inducing DVD divided into segments about breastfeeding, swaddling, diapering and more.
The film splices footage of the Bodins and their friends with expert advice from a postpartum consultant, a nurse practitioner, pediatrician, obstetrician and sex therapist.
“It’s a lot of our basic questions,” Claudia explains. “We asked friends to submit questions and answers, too, because we found that we often got the best advice from other parents.”
The film mainly focuses on those first three months of parenthood, when “you’re getting to know your baby, but you’re in shock, don’t sleep, your hormones are going crazy,” Claudia laughs. “It’s about finding your way and trusting your instincts. There are no recipes or straight answers, but instead guidance.”
Though Paulina is now 4 years old, the Bodins know there’s still lots to learn — so they’re planning some follow-up videos for other age groups.
“This is just the start,” Claudia says. “When we began filming four years ago, we never thought this would happen. But I’m glad it did.”
— Kate Hogan