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Before you visit a newborn baby - 11 important rules

Before you visit a newborn baby - 11 important rules


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It is natural that after receiving information about the birth of a child's friends or a new family member, loved ones want to congratulate themselves in person as soon as possible and embrace the baby. After all, newborns are beautiful, they have such small fingers, tasty sleeping eyes, yawning miniature lips. It's all true, but ...

1. Wait for the invitation

In the first days of life, when the young mother is tired of the hardships of labor, and the debuting dad is taken over by new responsibilities, sudden unannounced visits are not recommended.

Immediately after delivery, young parents need peace above all. The newborn usually spends moments by the breast, sucks to produce the right amount of milk and thus stimulates the glands to work intensively. When he is not eating, he is preferably asleep cuddled to his mother or dad or rests peacefully in the cot. It also sometimes cries loudly, which is also not conducive to long visits.

Therefore, instead of surprising young parents on the doorstep, it is worth calling, sending an e-mail, a card of congratulation and assurance that you can not wait until you meet a new family member. This is a better idea than facing the vision of often insufficient parents, a mother trying to feed a child, often depressed because of baby blues, incompletely dressed and visiting the toilet every now and unable to sit because of perineal pain. Maybe you have so much forgiveness and an untidy house and a lack of tea would not be a problem for you, but respect that the parents of a newborn child may feel uncomfortable with your unannounced visit.

Waiting for the invitation, you can be sure that you will appear in the newborn's home at the right time. You won't stop feeding your baby, putting it to sleep or taking a bath: and even if your parents keep that in mind. In addition, you can be sure that you will find the baby at home and that young parents will not have to return quickly from the walk.

2. Don't come sick

A good guy is one who knows when to stay at home. If you have a runny nose, even a small one, and the baby has just been born, it is better to postpone the visit for later. Also, if you feel "something is taking you," share your insights with your child's parents. They will certainly not blame you, but they will appreciate your concern.

A similar rule applies if you have children, especially in preschool. It's best to visit the smallest newborns right after delivery, go without small children. Take them only when you are absolutely sure that they are healthy.

3. Wash your hands!

Many young parents feel embarrassed when they have to ask guests to wash their hands before they have a newborn baby. Meanwhile, it should be the responsibility of every visitor. Even if you come straight from home without touching anything, direct your steps towards the bathroom ...

When washing your hands, it is worth mentioning another rule: before visiting the newborn at home, do not overdo the amount of perfumes, because they can irritate the small nose. Also, refrain from smoking, especially if you want to hold your baby in his arms. You may not feel it, but in a home where you don't smoke, cigarette smoke is very noticeable, especially for a small child's nose.

If we stay in the topic of "cleanliness" ... it is worth remembering to take off your shoes, especially on a rainy day. Theoretically, young parents may not have the audacity to ask for it, but in a home where small children are staying, it is a solution that makes life much easier. You can always come prepared and bring home shoes, or slippers.

4. Don't kiss

Although small children are so delightful and we often look at them with great enchantment, it is better to avoid kissing them. If you can't resist kissing your forehead or handle, it's best to ask if you can do it (if you're not sure if your parents won't mind). While hugging and kissing older babies by grandmother or grandfather is natural, it may be inadvisable for newborns of several days old, especially during the infection season.

5. Take something to eat with you

Swaddling, feeding, carrying, comforting the baby's sleep is so absorbing that young parents often perform these activities at the expense of themselves and their own needs in the first days of life. Therefore, even if the young mother says that she does not need anything, bring with her personally prepared juice (from apples, cherries), prepare a light salad, casserole, soup or cooked, delicately spiced meat. Most young parents will appreciate your effort and will be pleased that the list of duties will be shortened in this way, and they will eat a tasty dish that they did not have to prepare themselves.

If you are planning to bring a gift to a newborn baby, do not forget about a small gift for an older child. Do you have any doubts what to buy a newborn baby? Ask the child's parents or use our ideas.

6. Don't wait for coffee

When you come to meet a newborn baby for the first time, don't expect refreshments and feasts for part of the offspring's birth. Instead, offer help in making tea or coffee. You can also ask whether to pop out for something in the store or throw out the garbage (when disposable diapers get into the bin and the baby is breastfed, the amount of used diapers increases at an alarming rate).