Making mistakes is inevitable, especially when it comes to handling a newborn baby. Therefore, don’t stress out if you cannot seem to handle the baby as you believe you should. Each woman is unique and so is her journey as a mother. So, learn from your mistakes and learn to move forward from it.
A new-born is a source of wonder, love and joy. Be it your sibling’s, cousin’s or friend’s, the moment you heard of a new arrival you’d rush over to congratulate them. But that is actually a step which should be left for later. Making a phone call to express your happiness for them is one thing; arriving with a lorry of germs and possibly causing some infections is a strict no-no.
Newborns are easily susceptible to diseases. Main reason for this is, they have just arrived and getting used to the new environment which is not their mother’s womb. Babies get used to sound, colour and other human beings other than the mother, slowly. Their immune system is still in a much tender stage and is very sensitive; if you visit right after it is born, while being unwell yourself, or having a sick family member, or even a sick pet, the sensitive system of the baby will pick it up. That is why medical experts advise mothers to be extra careful with everything they use with a baby; such as baby towels or gift from Notinshops; it is best to use organic-made with a high thread count so the baby is not exposed to preservatives and pesticides utilized in its production.
Your personal hygiene
There are several things you have to remember; do not go to visit a baby without washing your hands. Or even if you go, don’t ask to hold the baby. Wearing too much perfume is another factor as the baby will find it uncomfortable for the same reason of the sensitive immune system. Even the mother might be nauseous so make sure you don’t smell like the perfume bottle was just spilled on you. Stay a minimal time period as both baby and mother are tired; also it is wiser to return later if the baby is sleeping. It needs to sleep a lot than you can understand so let it lie peacefully. Making a baby visit soon after it is born accompanying little children also might not be a very good idea.
What to take?
Flowers are beautiful and a good way to say congratulations at any event. However they contain tiny particles of pollen and dust. Some hospitals have banned bringing flower bouquets for newborns and some offer to keep it in the reception area rather than in the room where the baby and the mother are. So try to take something useful such as kids cushions. You can buy soft and well-manufactured ones from a reputed baby store. Be careful of what you say to the new mother. They won’t want to hear all about “when your kids were born and what you went through”. Leave the room without being asked to when it’s time for the mother to feed the little one.
A baby is a bundle of joy but a very delicate one. You must take care to see to its main concerns when visiting; the fact that you can’t wait to see the new member can be postponed. After all, we all want the baby to survive healthily and grow up to be a great person.