1 month ago
9 Tips for Visiting New Parents
Created By: Haley P. Postpartum Doula
1. Wait for an Invitation: In the weeks before the birth, let mom and dad know that you would love to help when the baby comes and that they shouldn’t hesitate to call. Let them be the ones to call after your initial message. They will likely be overwhelmed and do not need a pushy friend/family member.
2. When the Invitation comes, Honor it! If your friend says Wednesday at 2, be there at that day and time. Do not make a new mom wait when she could be using that free time to sleep or shower.
3. Be Healthy and Clean- No sniffles, no upset stomach, no cigarette smoke on your clothes or hair.
4. Come prepared- Call, text, or email ahead of time to ask what you can pick up at the store. Try bringing over a prepared dish so they don’t have to cook a meal, or cook for them. If you do though, be sure to clean the dishes.
5. Pitch-In. Wash the dishes, wipe down the bathroom, fold baby laundry, empty the fridge of old food, or take out the garbage. You do not have to ask, just go ahead and do these things as you would pick up around your own house.
6. Be calm, quiet, and patient- Here’s the bad news, you might not get to hold the baby on your first or second visit. New moms often do not want to let anyone hold the new baby, or the baby may not tolerate it.
7. Leave your kids at home (if you have any)- They cant be expected to stay q unit and keep to themselves and of course, they bring their own set of germs.
8. Leave- Seriously, don’t stay long. Thirty minutes tops unless your friend invites you to stay longer.
9. Don’t give advice unless asked- This is crucial. And if you are asked for advice, tread lightly. .
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