You’ve got a newborn AND you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner?
Before you think you were crazy to take this task on–overwhelming even in the best of circumstances–understand that it can be done. Lots of mothers have done it before you and you’ll do fine. Remember: you ROCK!
But of course, you’re worried about having a dozen guests or more, not to mention some young cousins, who are dying to meet the new baby and want to see him or her as much as possible.
Your newborn might not be ready to handle the influx of well-intentioned family members who want to bond with their new niece/nephew/cousin/etc. How to manage it?
Here are a few tips that can help make the holiday enjoyable for all–including the newest addition to the family.
And remember–these tips will work not just for a holiday but anytime!
One and One and Baby Makes for a LOT of Visitors
Perhaps one of the best ways to manage family members around your newborn is to space out the visits.
So, if you’re having Thanksgiving dinner (or any dinner) at, say, 4 PM, have the closest relatives come first. Then have some drop by later for dessert. Host a brunch the next day and have friends and more distant relatives come by then. This way, you won’t have a mad rush for the baby all at once.
Young Children & Other Family Members
Young children are fascinated by newborns and so any cousins or other young family members, or young children of friends, will want to touch, hold and play with the baby. This is mostly unavoidable, but you can set the tempo.
For instance, set a kitchen timer or other device and tell each youngster that they can have a set amount of time with their new cousin. Of course, you or another adult need to supervise the entire time.
If there are a lot of young cousins, don’t have them crowd around the baby all at once. Have one or two at a time. Maybe go in age order, birth month order or even alphabetical order of first name.
In many cases, younger children love to help, so have them get things you need or even help feed the baby. Make sure every cousin washes his/her hands before touching the baby and, of course, NO child who is sick should be around your newborn.
If you can tell your baby has had enough visiting time with his/her young cousins, bring the baby to a quiet room. Explain that the baby needs to nap or have some downtime.
Then keep the young children busy. Set them up with their favorite TV shows or movies, or have them play games inside or–weather permitting–outside. If they’re having fun, they’ll be less apt to want to crowd around your newborn.
Most of all, don’t let visitors overstay their welcome. You’re understandably tired. The baby might be a bit crankier after being over-stimulated. You might need some extra time to settle your newborn before bed.
There’ll be plenty of time for everyone to enjoy the baby as he/she grows. Surely everyone will accept the fact that as a new mom & dad you’ll need time, especially after a busy day.
So now you’re ready to make the first visit with your newborn ROCK.
Editor’s Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.