How to Handle Visitors: Baby’s Health and Your Sanity
While it’s true breastfed babies receive his or her mother’s antibodies, you can’t get around the fact that newborns are much more susceptible to illness than adults. While some parents (understandably) find their inner germa-phobe during this time period and ban outside visitors altogether, there are some ways you can take visitors but reduce the risks:
- Make it a rule that everyone must wash his or her hands before holding the baby – the single best way to prevent illness.
- Have some hand-sanitizer around the house for visitors.
- This may sound like common sense – but never, ever, put alcohol-based handsanitizer on your newborn’s hands.
- Limit the amount of visitors in a room, which not only caps the amount of germs around the baby, but gives you some breathing room. Even with all of this prevention, expect your baby to get 4 to 10 colds within the first year.
- Finally, only take the number of guests that you can handle. Everyone should respect your space and needs.