Making Visiting Children and their Parents Comfortable

Making Visiting Children and their Parents Comfortable

Carrie McBride
Jul 2, 2010

Q: This past week my boyfriend and I found out his brother and wife are expecting their first baby and we couldn't be more excited. As they start to prepare their own home for the arrival we started to think about ways we can prep our apartment for the (hopefully) many visits the munchkin and new parents will make once they're up to it. We live in a two bedroom apartment with our cat and don't have any children and I'd love some tips from parents about ways I can make visits a relaxing time for everyone. A cozy secluded nook that can be used during feedings? An extra changing mat and supplies? What would you love your friends to have when you visit their homes with your children?

Sent by Jen

Editor: Jen, this is a excellent question! Young babies need very little - a blanket or towel to lie or sit on and maybe a special toy that they only get to use at your house. If you expect this little one to be a frequent guest, I'm guessing his or her parents would be super grateful if you kept a portable high chair (like my favorite, the MeToo) in the closet. Babies can start using it around 6 months and through 2.5 years or so. A few books or small toys to use at your house would be fun for the child and would be less for their parents to haul around. Readers - what would you love friends or family to have when you and your kids visit?

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