The great friend guide to visiting new parents

The great friend guide to visiting new parents

How to Help Your Friends During the Postpartum Period

The first six weeks after birth are overwhelming for new parents, dealing with recovery, breastfeeding, and lack of sleep. They're also swamped with messages and visitors. Remember, they're new parents, not hosts. Even small things can be stressful during this time.

Newborns attract lots of attention, but support shouldn't stop after the first few weeks. Social politeness often prevents people from asking for help directly, so it's crucial to be proactive and specific.

When visiting new parents, keep these tips in mind:

Visit at Convenient Times
Avoid the "witching hour" (5pm-11pm). Schedule visits during the day, ideally around 9am or 1pm, and always check before if the timing is still good.

Bring Food
Bringing a meal is a huge help. Lunch, dinner, or even a snack can be a lifesaver for new parents who struggle to find time to cook.  Some homemade muffins or energy balls can be perfect for middle of the night snacks.

Be Helpful
If you bring flowers, arrange them yourself. Dispose of any wrapping. Clean up after yourself. While chatting, do small chores like unloading the dishwasher or folding laundry. Before leaving, take out the trash, start a load of laundry, or walk their dog.

Keep Visits Short
Limit your visit to 40 minutes unless they ask you to stay longer to help. Respect their need for rest and their baby’s schedule.

Avoid Strong Fragrances
Refrain from wearing heavy perfumes as they can unsettle the baby. Wear soft, comfortable clothing for cuddling.

Ask Before Holding the Baby
Always ask to hold the baby and respect their answer. Avoid kissing the baby to protect their fragile immune system.

Bring Positive Energy
Offer reassurance and support. Keep your conversations light and positive to avoid adding to their stress.

By following these tips, you can ensure your visit is supportive and not a burden to new parents.

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