Having Visitors After Baby Comes Home

chrsitopher and elizabethSome women love the visits from family and friends, and some just want to spend some quiet time meeting their new baby, and that’s OK. If you choose to have visitors, it doesn’t mean that you need to be a hostess and take care of your company. This is your time to get to know your baby and relax.  If you don’t want visitors for a while let that be known, too. No one will know unless you tell them.

Here are a few tips for having visitors after a new baby:

Let them help. When our second one came, I felt I should be super mom and hostess all at the same time. By our third I realized I should take all the help that was offered, and I did. When family came over and asked if I needed help, the answer was yes. Though I didn’t want or need help with baby–I wanted the extra snuggles–I did have a sink full of dishes, a floor to be vacuumed, laundry to be washed, older kids to feed, and I felt no shame in asking for help.

Have them bring food. Every one of my babies was born by c-section due to pre-eclampsia and the urgency to deliver quickly. So, I really needed and enjoyed the help even if I didn’t want to admit it. Most people want to help out after a baby is born, so if you don’t want them touching your house, bringing food is a useful and time-saving option.

Change your voicemail and email. After you have the baby, people you barely know will want to call and check on you and talk to you and ask you questions. It can be really overwhelming. So after you come back from the hospital, change your voicemail and email to an automatic reply that indicates that you guys are home, well, and will get back to everyone when you have a chance. That will take the pressure off you to check all your gadgets until you get the hang of things.

Jolene Palmer is a cloth diaper addict, baby wearing, clean eating, crunchy SAHM to 3 little ones.  Just trying to live a simple life on her little farm in Pennsylvania, her chickens and ducks are like her other children. She enjoys helping other mamas by sharing all that she know.

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