Newborn Baby Etiquette

Tips to Learn Before Visiting a Newborn

Posted by Liz Taylor Apr 10, 2013

I recently brought my newborn daughter, Brooklyn, home from the hospital. She came a month earlier than expected and had to spend two weeks in the NICU and Special Care. I am so happy I delivered at The Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis. It is brand new with the best nurses and doctors, and Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota is attached in the event a new baby needs immediate care. I will forever be indebted to the doctors and nurses who helped save my daughter. I was blown away by the level of professionalism, compassion and love they showed to the babies under their care.

One day when visiting my daughter, I asked a few staff members about newborn etiquette. I want to pass these tips along in the event that you will be visiting a newborn down the road.

According to my doctor, cell phones used to be off limits in the hospital. Within one month of allowing cell phones back in the hospital, infections doubled. In the NICU, I was not allowed to touch my cell phone unless they watched me wash my hands after I did. My doctor advised me to have a basket in my entry way for guests who wanted to visit Brooklyn once she arrived home. Many people check their phone often and don’t realize the bacteria they harbor, so if you are visiting a newborn, leave your phone in the car or in the basket.

Wash your hands as soon as you arrive at someone’s home. If you want to hold the baby, make sure you wash your hands before you hold the baby. It is uncomfortable for parents to remind their friends to wash their hands, so be proactive and automatically help yourself to some soap.

Consider leaving your jewelry at home. I wasn’t allowed to wear my ring or watch to visit my daughter in the NICU because bacteria collects under them spreading many germs.

When visiting a newborn, keep your stay brief. Everyone needs to catch up on rest and the mother might need to nurse her baby every two hours.

If you have a cold; stay home until you feel better. 

Don’t bring your children to visit a newborn; especially if they are under the weather. 

As always, email anytime with questions you might have.

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