Remember when you went to visit a friend and her new baby BEFORE you had a baby? At least for us, we just didn't realize the place they were at. We wanted to stay and hear all about the birth and just hang out.
When we had our own baby, we saw things in a different light. We loved having visitors come and meet our new baby (and bring us food), but we were also really tired and preoccupied with a newborn baby. We noticed that quite a few non-parents made themselves comfortable and had a hard time taking our hints that it might be time to go.
"Oh, it's time for me to feed her."
"Oh, OK, go ahead, take your time."
Something like that.
Some good tips over at Mori.net including our favorite:
"Be on time. It is quite a big production to prep a baby for visitors; tasks include: timing the feeding so that the baby's in a good mood for you, changing her, cleaning her and calming her; and, let's not forget the work involved with the parents trying to decently spruce up themselves and the home. If you're late 30 minutes, it's like tossing half of that work out the window."
When visiting the home of brand new parents, here's our personal tip. Stay for just enough time to wash your hands, meet the baby, heat up the food you brought if necessary and dish it out while you talk. Then leave.
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