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Schedule your visit in advance, and don't push if they're not ready for visitors.

Every new parent is different, but most need some one-on-one time with their new addition before they are ready to introduce him or her to even their best friends. Respect that timeline, whatever it may be, and simply ask if they're ready for visitors. If not, check back a few days or a week later. When the answer's yes, suggest a few times that will work for you and let the new parents decide what will work best for them.

9 Nonnegotiable Rules of Visiting a Newborn

When the first friend in your group has a baby, it can be overwhelming to know what exactly to do when you want to go meet your new squad member. But it's important to remember that newborns are delicate creatures, and their parents even more so. Visiting the family, no matter how closely related or emotionally tight you are with the new parents, requires sensitivity, planning, and adherence to a specific set of rules. But don't freak out yet! There is a way to stop by respectfully that'll make sure no one feels too pressured or overwhelmed. Just follow these guidelines, and you're sure to be invited back again.

And if you're the new parent (congrats!) worried about your loved ones' historic lack of boundaries, send them this list today! You'll have a more peaceful re-entry into your new life with your little one.

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