It’s no secret that everyone loves a new baby, and you’re likely to have well-wishers knocking at your door not long after your little one has arrived.
While it can be lovely to share this special time with family and friends, you may also be exhausted and in no mood to entertain guests.
Here is a guide to showing off your little bundle of joy to the world, without being overwhelmed by all the visitors eager to meet him or her too.
Spread out the visitors
Loved ones are usually so excited about your new arrival, they’ll want to see him or her as soon as possible. That said, try to spread them out as much as you can so you can get settled and enjoy everyone's company in your own time. People will understand if you want to get settled with baby before having any visitors, so don’t feel under any pressure to agree to guests. Try not to book too far in advance either. As a new mum, you may feel full of energy one day and exhausted the next, so it’s best not to make too many visitor plans.
Let them help out
Some people are just itching to help when you have a baby and you know what? Let them. These can just be the small things around the house you just don't get around to with a newborn to look after – taking out the bins, doing the dishes, changing a light bulb. Most visitors will be happy to help!
Take charge of the visits
While you might be happy to introduce your new family member to guests, a long visit will only make you tired. Make it clear how long the social call will be by saying something like, "It would be great if you could stop by at 2pm. Just so you know, we're usually ready for a nap by 2.30pm." It's okay to be blunt and say, "Sorry for such a short visit, but it's time to feed the baby." Remember, visits are supposed to be fun. And with a little crowd control, you can really enjoy this time showing off your newest family member.
Don't worry about playing hostess
While showing off your newborn to visitors can be a lovely time, remember that this is your recovery time too. Don’t feel you have to play hostess, people are there simply to see the baby and wish you will. Relax and enjoy this time instead of worrying that you haven’t dusted or made sandwiches for your guests.
Only chat about what you want to
Deflect questions that make you feel uncomfortable. Don't feel pressured to talk about details of the birth, or how long you plan to breastfeed. This is your own business and you can politely change the subject when such topics arise. For those who are nosy and insistent on questioning, simply say, "I'd rather not discuss that. Thank you for understanding."