Whether it’s your niece, your godson or best friend’s new baby, going to visit a newborn is an exciting time. You’re likely thrilled for the family, as well as thrilled to meet this tiny, special person who will undoubtedly be an important part of your life.
But what’s not said enough is that, for a mother whose just given birth, it’s also an extraordinarily delicate time. Women are recovering from giving birth, are likely more ill-rested than they’ve ever been and are adjusting to meeting the demands of the most demanding person they’ve ever met, 24/7.
While you’ll likely want to get your baby snuggles in ASAP (especially while the little one still has that intoxicating newborn smell), you also want to proceed with caution. Because the thing is — everyone wants to get their baby snuggles in ASAP. And having a slew of endless visitors isn’t exactly relaxing for new parents who’ve just survived the magic (or mayhem) of childbirth.
If you have plans to visit a new baby anytime soon, here are a few basic rules to keep in mind.