Etiquette when visiting with a baby

You’ve just had a baby and now all the relatives are excited to see the new
addition to your family. Of course, not every home you visit will be geared
or equipped towards the care of your little bundle, especially if you will be
in the home of more elderly relatives or those whose children have already
grown.

Some tips in etiquette are as follows:

Feeding

If you are breastfeeding (as a lot of mothers are going back to doing these
days), quietly ask your host(ess) if you can use another room to feed the
baby. If you are in mixed company, not everyone is accustomed to seeing an
exposed breast, even though it is a perfectly natural way to nourish your
child. It’s more thoughtful to take everyone’s attitudes about this into
consideration, especially in someone else’s home.

Diapering

Should you have a little mess to clean up (dirty diaper), be sure that you
have with you, all the necessary items for changing the baby, especially a
changing pad. Your hosts may not appreciate an accidental mess on their new
sofa or bedding, should the diaper leak or should the baby not quite be
finished with their business. Also, be sure to have plenty of plastic bags
in your diaper bag for disposing of the used diapers so that an odor is not
permeating throughout your relative’s home.

Crying

If the baby happens to be very cranky, and you’ve already ruled out that its
not hungry and the diaper is dry, try to walk the baby around in another room
away from the company. Not everyone is patient enough to block out the
commotion. Above all, try not to get upset if the baby is being fussy. Everyone, at one time or another in their lives, has to contend with a crying child.

Items needed

Only take along what you think you absolutely will need during this visit.
If you take too many things with you, such as half the child’s toys and most
of the baby paraphernalia, your hosts might wonder if you’re moving in with
them. Their home might not be large enough for the extra traffic of company and the baby’s bassinette, lounge chair and whatever else you find convenient
using at home. Depending on how long your visit will be, it’s best to take
with you, only the very basic, necessary items.

Be watchful

If the child is already a little older and either crawling around or starting
to walk, be sure that you keep a close eye on him/her. Small children are
extremely curious and want to touch everything. This may not meet everyone’s
approval or delight. Even though it might cause your visit to be a little
bit strained, as you run after the child, it is just good common courtesy to
leave their home as you entered it, with everything intact and unbroken.

When following these few tips above, your visit should be a more enjoyable one for all involved.