I remember giving birth to my daughter like it was yesterday. She’s almost 10 now but it does feel like she was a little newborn not very long ago. And believe it or not, I remember all of the mixed emotions I had that day, which of course included fear, anxiety, excitement, worry and above all, love (the best part!).
What I also remember was constantly getting visitors and phone calls after we brought our daughter home. My entire family – both near and far – wanted to check up on me and the baby to see how we were doing. We had neighbors who brought prepared dinners, others came with hand-me-down baby items and clothes and some just wanted to spend quality time with us and our newborn child.
That’s why when the news came out that Nikki Reed, who just had her first baby with her husband Ian Somerhalder, was going to do a month of silence where she and her new family were going to stay home, say to to visitors, and just be struck a chord. It seems weird at first, but there are actually 6 really good reasons why this is a great idea.
Here are 6 reasons why not having visitors after your baby is born is a good idea.
First and foremost, you look like shit. You haven’t slept in a week. Heck, you probably haven’t brushed your teeth in the past week either.
And because of that, there’s a good chance that you might scare of your visitors with your tired, but totally gross dragon breath (and not to mention leaky boobs from your breastfeeding).
Sure, the baby looks oh so cute and adorable whenever there are visitors in the house. But the moment they walk out that door, BAM! The crying begins. And unfortunately, it doesn’t stop.
Baby colic, also known as infantile colic, is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child. And let me tell you, it sucks.
3. Breastfeeding Struggles
The majority of new mothers try to breast-feed. But it’s not easy. Three days after giving birth, 92 percent of the new mothers said they were having problems breast-feeding. And having people at your house while you’re trying to breastfeed sure isn’t going to help.