A new baby! Everyone wants to see them and (when it's not a pandemic time) have a cuddle and a coo.
The thing is, visitors to your home when you have a new baby can be really disruptive. So we've brought together nine tips to help you manage any disruption and maintain your sleep routine.
- Just say no! If you're not ready for visitors after a new arrival it is absolutely fine to tell people who want to come to visit that you're not having guests just yet!
- Plan ahead and ask them to visit after nap time, before nap time – just any time but nap time!
- Ask visitors to text you when they arrive (with your phone on silent but vibrating) instead of ringing the bell or banging the door knocker, in case baby is asleep.
- It is okay to cancel visitors if you need to, they will understand that babies often throw a spanner in the works and wouldn't want to stress you out unnecessarily.
- If you want to keep visits short it's helpful to explain what baby might be doing so they know if they might have only a short window to see the new baby.
- Don’t let anyone pop into the bedroom ‘just for a look’ as this may disturb your baby before they’re ready to wake up. Result – an unhappy baby and parent!
- Stay in tune with your baby. When baby starts showing signs of tiredness, start quieting them down and do their nap routine – don’t let others deter you. Remember; your house, your rules!
- If you're meeting up with friends for a walk or at a cafe and your baby is sleeping in a pram then we recommend a SnoozeShade newborn bundle as a great way to stop people from poking their head into it to say hello to a sleeping baby!
- Unexpected guests? This can create all sorts of chaos, so if you have friends or family who tend to just pop in, ask them to let you know beforehand so you can tell them if it’s a good time or not. You could also ask them to pick up any shopping you need, or a coffee!