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Rules For Visiting a New Mom

Plenty of new parents love having visitors come to ooh and ahh over their baby, but don’t forget that this is also a very stressful and busy time in a couple’s life. An unexpected visit at the wrong time can be awkward, uncomfortable, and inconvenient, when all Mom wants to do is get some rest now that the baby’s finally asleep. If you want your visit to be enjoyable, follow these tips to make sure you’re never a burden to them!

1. Call First

It doesn’t have to be something planned days in advance. If you’re thinking of dropping by, just call or text your new parent friend and ask, “Hey, I was thinking of coming to visit — is now a good time?” If they say it’s not a good time, don’t make a big deal out of it, just wait a few days and try again.

2. Bring/Do Something

If you’ve purchased a personalized baby gift for them, now’s the perfect time to bring it over. They’ll also appreciate frozen meals, since Mom probably doesn’t feel like cooking much these days. Don’t worry if you can’t manage a gift, though. When you get there, do something to help out, even if it’s small. Take out the trash, do the dishes, fold the laundry. Parents will appreciate this more than they might admit.

3. Keep It Short

As much as they may love to have you visit, a little goes a long way in these first few days. Thirty minutes is probably the comfortable maximum, and little visits of ten to fifteen minutes are probably optimal. You’re much more likely to get an invite back if they know their new babycentric schedule doesn’t need to be interrupted for long — it makes it a refreshing break instead of a heavy time commitment.

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