Here are six rules that should be followed at all costs.
1 – Let the new mum know that you are ready to visit when they are ready for visitors. Don’t be pushy or take offence if they say no. When they are ready, suggest a few times and let them choose what works best for them and their bub.
2 – Be on time. Mums are exhausted and on a tight schedule, so be punctual. People showing up during feeding time is especially stressful when new mums are still trying to figure out what they’re doing.
3 – Don’t assume they don’t want visitors. Some mums miss interacting with the outside world. Keep the communication lines open and leave the ball in their court.
4 - Don’t outstay your welcome. Each mum will vary, but if you haven’t been given a time limit - half an hour is probably the maximum amount of time you should stay. Remember, you might not be the only person visiting throughout the day.
5 – Don’t turn up sick – not even a slight case of the sniffles.
6 – Bring food. Pre-made meals, snacks - anything!
This article originally appeared on PracticalParenting.com.au.