Bringing Baby Home: Four Ways To Manage Visitors
While it’s lovely to have visitors, it can be exhausting as you start settling in with your newborn. Here are some tips to help.
Bringing your new baby home for the first time can be one of the most exciting moments in your life! Before you ease into the calm and comfort of your home sweet home, prepare to be greeted by supportive friends and family who are excited to meet the latest addition to your family. While it’s lovely to have visitors, it can also be exhausting as you begin to settle in with your newborn. Here are some tips to help you relax and get the support you need as you ease into motherhood.
Ask For Help
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the new responsibilities of being a mom. Don’t hesitate to ask guests for help. They’ll be thrilled to lend a hand to help you and your bundle of joy get comfortable in your new home.
Make the Visit
Every family has one (or five) people who tend to visit for just a bit longer than most might prefer. If you’re not up for a marathon chat, offer to make the trip to see that person yourself (with your little one, of course) or ask to meet somewhere in between, such as a cafe or coffee shop, to catch up. This way, you can choose to keep the visit short and sweet or linger a little longer if you’d like.
Spread Out Guests
It’s okay to space out your visitors (and we don’t mean a few hours apart). Feel free to take a few weeks to get the hang of being a mom, and limit the amount of guests you have during this time. You’re a new mom whose life has just taken an exciting turn. Take some time to simply enjoy the giggles, smiles, and incredible little being you have by your side.
Place Your Order
After diaper changes, breastfeeding, cleaning, playing, giggling, and cuddling, it’s easy to lose track of your own mealtime. Remember, eating well and staying hydrated is one of the best ways to maintain breast milk supply. When visitors offer to bring over food, say “yes”! It may even save you from having to cook something yourself while giving you a bit of precious time back.