Terms and conditions for visitors to new mums

When your baby arrives there are two absolute certainties that will follow.

1. You will sleep less.
2. You will be having visitors – a lot!

People love to share in the joy of a new baby. It’s a wonderful time, we’ve welcomed a new life into the world.

Babies are like little magnets for most people. Everyone wants to coo over those tiny fingers and gush at their big eyes.

But us mums need all the help we can get at this time. We’ve just gone through the equivalent of running 10 marathons – scientific fact – so when visitors come knocking you can either be a help or a hindrance.

For too long new mums have had to handle an endless parade of visitors who gaze at the spectacle before them with no clue that they can be a vital resource at this tiring time.

So let’s introduce some terms and conditions for the baby visitors, they can still enjoy a cuddle with the new baby but they’ve got to earn it too.

Here are the terms, on behalf of mums everywhere, we want visitors to sign up to:

1. Babies are cute for a reason – don’t let them distract you

Human evolution is smart. Babies are vulnerable, but they’re also annoying with all that crying and mess, and they know it.

That’s why they’re so blooming hard to resist. They smell great, they make sweet little snuffling noises and even their dribble is adorable.

They need to be cute, so we protect them instead of eating them. I’m sure I read that in a textbook on evolution somewhere?

Anyway, the point is, yes the baby is cute but don’t forget about mum. She just slugged her way through a long labour, her hair is greasy and she’s got stitches where no one wants stitches.

Pay attention to the baby, please do. But give a bit of that fuss to mum too. Talk to her, give her a hug, ask her how she is. Don’t just focus on the baby.

2. Bring food – make it hearty, plus a bit of junk

We have just been through the biggest upheaval of our lives and as a result we are hungry but don’t have the energy to cook.

Please don’t turn up without some form of food. A lasagne, box of chocolates, bag of crisps, even a KitKat is better than nothing.

3. Don’t bring wine

If we’re breastfeeding or abstaining because we can’t cope with sleepless nights and a hangover, you’re just making us feel bad.

Save the wine for the baby’s first birthday, when we hope, good gosh do we hope, that the baby is sleeping through.

4. Offer to make the tea

This baby is demanding milk every hour. We don’t want to be pouring milk for you too! Please, offer to make the tea.

And, for that matter, wash up your cup before you leave.

5. Don’t stare disapprovingly at the pile of washing in the corner

We know the house looks like the laundry basket exploded and took the box of nappies with it.

There is stuff littering the house where it shouldn’t be. Dirty nappies forgotten on the floor, packs of wipes on top of the kettle (don’t ask) and there’s a funny smell coming from behind the sofa.

Don’t look at it. Pretend like there’s nothing to see here.

6. School your “how are you?” face

If you’re a mum, you will have seen this face. It comes with a kind phrase, but the face makes you feel like checking yourself in the mirror.

The “how are you?” question is accompanied by a subtle wince, a slight narrowing of the eyes. It’s subtle, but the meaning is clear:

“Oh my god, you look like you’ve been run over by a bus which then dragged you backwards through a hedge while people were hitting you with sticks! Jesus, you look awful!”

News flash! We know we look terrible, please don’t draw attention to it.

7. Timing is everything

Don’t overstay. You’re one of the first visitors, so we obviously love you a lot, but we need to rest and try to figure out what on earth to do with this little thing that feeds and poops around the clock.

It depends how soon after the birth you’re visiting, but as a rough guide anything within the first week should be no more than an hour. Don’t make us evict you!

8. Don’t turn up without an invitation

This one is the most important of all. We have a small baby who sleeps at random times and has us questioning our sanity.

To turn up without an invitation could potentially disturb our precious sleep or catch us dressed in mismatched pyjamas with hair that hasn’t been washed in a week. Not. Cool.

I hope you’ll agree these terms and conditions could make matters a lot more straightforward for all parties. You know what to expect and we know what to expect.

Now if only the baby would do the same.



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  1. talkingmums1
    October 20, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Great tips. I remember those days well! It’s the overstayers that bothered me. It was lovely to have visitors but only for short stays. We recently went to see friends with a new baby, we deliberately left it a few weeks after baby was born as we knew they would have loads of visitors. We didn’t stay long but now wishing I’d taken some food. I wish someone had brought me good food when we had new borns x
    Thanks for joining #Blogstravaganza

    • October 20, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      Yes me too. We got loads of gifts for baby and a few bottles of wine, which was nice but I would bring food and useful things for mum now when I visit x

  2. October 20, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Ah yes, these are great tips! Especially about the timing, it’s nice to see people, but it’s nice to have a breather too! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  3. October 20, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    Fantastic suggestions. I put a ban on visitors for the first few days when we got home from the hospital, and made sure people messaged first before showing up at the door. But of course there was a few who felt they didn’t need an invite and turned up.

  4. October 21, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Fantastic tips. Especially about food, meals were so welcome in the first few weeks after each of our sons were born! #blogstravaganza

    • October 23, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      It really is the little things that make a big difference in those early weeks x

  5. October 22, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    A great list here! We were really lucky with our visitors early days. One set even came and did the dishes! #TheListLinky

  6. October 23, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Brilliant tips! When we go to see new bubbas we try not to be longer than an hour so as not to overstay our welcome!! #Blogstravaganza

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