visiting a newborn 101

Tiny Hearts Education: VISITING A NEW BORN 101

The do’s and don’ts of visiting a new baby

HOORAY! The baby is here! And everybody loves a new baby. They’re fresh and full of possibilities and oh, that new baby smell!

Naturally, you’re going to want to go and meet the little one and fuss over the brand new mama.

But hang on a second. Before you do, make sure you are equipped with some key do’s and don’ts to keep in mind to help the visit be a welcome pleasure, and not a strain on the new parents.

And new mamas… take these tips and share them with friends and family to make it easy to protect your little bundle of joy, and your sanity!

Tiny Hearts Education gives us what to know before visiting a newborn (and a new mama).

baby visit dos an donts

Before you arrive:

  • No perfume or strong scents when visiting
  • Ask permission to visit, don’t show up unannounced
  • Make sure you are up to date with flu and whooping cough vaccine
  • Don’t be offended if you can’t meet bub until later – virtual visits are just as good
  • Postpone your visit if you are sick or have been sick recently
  • Smokers – please shower and wear clean clothes


While you visit:

  • No kissing bub under any circumstances
  • Wash your hands before holding or touching little one
  • Don’t touch bub’s face or hands or put your fingers in their mouth
  • Don’t stay for too long – both mum and bub need their rest
  • Don’t ring the bell when you arrive just in case baby is sleeping
  • Ask for permission before picking up little one
  • Don’t be offended if you don’t get to cuddle the baby this visit
  • If bub cries, give them back to a parent right away
  • If bub is sleeping, do not expect mum to wake them up for cuddles


Don’t forget:

  • Don’t forget about mum and dad – try to help them if you can
  • It’s mum and dad’s time to learn – kindly please keep your opinions to yourself
  • No posting pictures or announcements on social media unless given permission
  • Respect bub’s routine


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