One of the biggest health experiences a person can go through is childbirth. Many clients ask me about the etiquette of welcoming a new baby. There’s so much excitement surrounding a birth, but it’s important to remember that mother and child are still recovering and may be overwhelmed by too many visitors.
Don’t just assume that as soon as the baby is born you can barge in. Wait for an invite. When you send congratulations, you can say, “Can’t wait to meet him/her once you are settled.” If the parents are ready for a visit, they will respond by saying so.
Also, don’t visit a new baby if you are battling a cold or virus. It’s not safe for the baby. Some parents also don’t want their babies passed around, so don’t automatically reach for the baby without being invited to. Their systems tend to be very delicate and it’s better to be safe and respectful of the family’s wishes.
Lastly, don’t be a burden. Bring food, pitch in, and don’t make the family play host to you. They’ve got enough on their plate. Maybe offer to watch the baby so Mom can take a nap or Dad can grab a shower, or offer to help with any errands that may need doing.