Here’s how to navigate your way around new parents for the first couple months.
Don’t ask dad about the birthing/baby details.
New fathers, bless their hearts, tend to be oblivious to the reality of just how tough mom really has it. One wrong answer (“She was only in labor for a few hours!” or “The baby sleeps all night.”) can send dad straight to the doghouse. Spare him the suffering and direct those kinds of questions to mama instead.
Keep your visits short and sweet.
No one is more excited to celebrate the arrival of their little one than mommy and daddy, but nightly visitors can take a toll on already exhausted parents. While bringing dinner is greatly appreciated, keep it to the early evening. Visiting for more than a couple hours is pushing it for a mom who is just beginning to figure out how to balance breast feeding with company around.
Lend a helping hand.
You don’t realize how inconvenient doors are until you’re trying to push a gigantic stroller through them. Next time you see someone with a baby in tow, grab the door for them. This simple act helps more than you can imagine.
Please wash your hands if you’re gonna touch my baby.
No one wants to be that overprotective, hypochondriac, germaphobe parent, but when it comes to newborns, it’s doctor’s orders… and for good reason. An infant getting sick has way more repercussions than if you or I do.
Sugarcoat your babysitting experience.
New moms have a hard enough time leaving the house, let alone feeling guilty about making anyone but themselves watch their crying baby. When we leave them in your care, sugarcoat it for us. Chances are we already cut our time away from the baby short because we were worried. Make it easier for us to do it the next time!