Bringing a new life into the world is an emotional time for any couple with feelings of joy and pride mixed with a lack of sleep and nervousness. You can give them a bit of support by saying sweet and supportive words when you visit them and their bundle of joy for the first time.
Praise the Parents
The new mom is no doubt feeling a bit shell-shocked and fragile after the birth, so tell her how well she did and how great she is looking. You could flatter by saying something like, "Wow, I can't believe you have just given birth, you look amazing." A new mom and dad might feel a bit nervous about their new role and responsibilities, so tell them what great parents they're going to make and how well they're doing already. You might say, "The best piece of advice I can give is to be yourselves and trust yourselves because if you do that, you'll be great." You can also tell them that their infant is lucky to have them as parents.
Admire the Baby
New parents typically love to hear how the baby looks like them -- especially the mom, who has worked very hard to grow her and bring her into the world! You don't have to be dishonest, but try to point out a resemblance such as "She has your eyes." The new parents will already hope their little bundle of joy is going to conquer the world, so make some fun observations like "Look at those arms and legs -- he's going to be a baseball player." Even though the new parents know that you can't possibly tell this from looking at a newborn, it will make them feel good. Use words like "adorable" and "gorgeous" to describe the baby.
Sympathize and Support
Being a new parent is hard -- especially in those first few weeks. The KidsHealth website points out that besides being sleep-deprived, new parents are also coming to grips with feeding, holding and soothing their newborn. Let them know you understand how hard it is and offer words of support such as, "You probably can use a nap or some alone time, let me cook you a meal or deal with the dishes so you can rest." Remind them they are not alone by saying, "The first few weeks are always a challenge, but it does get easier."
Look to the Future
The AskDrSears website points out that new parents can often feel a bit down after the emotional high of the baby arriving. Talk about what an amazing journey they're going to have with their new little life. Get them excited by saying things like, "You're going to have such a wonderful time watching him grow up," or "Just wait until you hear him say, "Mama" for the first time, or when you see those first steps. Your heart will just melt!"
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