Long term guests or family I shouldn't have to wait on. My house is there house and they can make their own coffee etc but thats true for anytime. I want them to feel at ease if they are staying a week.
As for not asking to hold the baby well I dont offer my baby for cuddles unless people ask as he is a severe reflux bub so im never sure if people will actually want to hold my chucky bub thay quite often smells of sour milk becuase no matter often I change him he spews all the time.
My mum helped with all the washing ( and with a reflux bub there is ridiculous amounts) but I wiuld only really feel comfortable with my mum doing that.
Aa for food I think its great if someone is coming over for coffee and brings a pack of biscuits or something in the early days only because then I wont feel bad if I haven't gotten to the shoo and dont have anything iny cupboard to offer them.
Kids,my friends stayed with me for a week from interstate and offered to leave their kids at home and I told them to bring them. My daughter was easier than ever when she had someone else to play with and I didn't feel guilty for neglecting to play with her.
Pets- I dont think you should ever take pets to someones unless you know that they are pet people and ok with that. I dont want your dog upsetting my temperamental cat or shedding hair everywhere.
that's all I can remember from the article. Oh and on holding the baby, happy for people to have a cuddle but if baby is upset give them back to me dont try to settle them, he needs his mama and is most likely hungry/tired/wet and boucing him around in your arms is not going to help. Also in thr case of my MIL once you are holding my baby - GIVE HIM BACK. Dont sit on your *** and expect to cuddle him constantly for hours when he is 24hrs old. He is my baby and I want to cuddle him more than anyone else on the planet and have waited for those snuggles for so long.
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