Rules For Visiting a Newborn Baby

You’ve just had a baby and people are asking about visiting, cuddling and taking pictures of bub. Or, maybe you’re anticipating someone making your birth announcement and want to at least set some ground rules before bub is born?

After asking mums what they have done for preparing for the bombardment of visitors , here are some of the suggestions for guidelines to make your visitors aware of when they are planning their visits.
We have included some helpful downloads below the list you are free to use as well as some cheeky ones in the lead up to baby’s arrival.

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For Visiting Mum and/or Baby
-Please ask ahead of time to check if we are up for visitors

-Please do not knock or ring the bell when you are visiting
(You can call or text message when you arrive)

-Please do not visit if you are sick
(We can always video chat instead)

-Visitors must be vaccinated
(or wait until after baby’s 6 week immunisations to visit)

-Please wear a mask when visiting

-Please, no visitors on the day baby is born
(We are all exhausted and elated and hope you can let us enjoy this moment as a new family)

-Please don’t wear any fragrances or strong scents when visiting with baby

For Holding Baby
-Please ask us before holding baby

-Please wash your hands before holding or touching baby
(Sanitise afterwards, too)

-Please, no kissing the baby

-Please wear a mask when holding baby

-If you smell like smoke, please do not hold baby

-If baby is sleeping or crying, please let us take care of baby

-Please do not pick up baby if baby is sleeping

-If baby starts to cry, please hand them back so we can take care of baby

Posting About or Taking Pictures of Mum and/or Baby
-Please do not post any pictures or details about mum or baby on social media without asking us first
(While we love sharing our joy with you, the internet is a big place)

-Please do not post about labour, delivery, birth or baby details before we have had a chance to do so

-Please do not share any pictures of our baby on social media

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