Congratulations! What to say when someone has a baby Congratulations on someone’s pregnancy are natural, but it’s not the same as wishing the happy couple well. New parents are often incredibly exhausted, barely having time to shower in three days. They also might have waited nine months for their baby, or even longer if the baby was adopted. So what should you say? Here are some helpful suggestions. Just be sure to give lots of encouragement!
A new baby is a joyous event for both parents. The parents, the baby, and the community as a whole. When you know the parents well, you can address the family as a whole. For those, you don’t know. However, you can address the parents specifically. For example, if you know the parents well, you can address them as “dear new parents” instead of “congratulatory.”
A baby’s name is comforting for parents, and hearing their name is often a comforting thing to say. While some assume that grieving parents don’t want to talk about their child, this isn’t the case. Most parents will want to talk about their child and use it in conversation. If the parents are comfortable with you using their baby’s name, do so, and be sure to ask first.
You can express your support by telling them that you care about them and are happy for them. However, avoid making the parents feel guilty for not being excited to hear about other people’s pregnancies, especially if they recently lost a child.
Another way to show support for a new parent is to offer to help out in any way you can. Offer to help with the baby’s needs and ask if you can lend a hand. Often, new parents won’t ask for help and aren’t aware of how much help they need. They’ll appreciate your offer, but it’s a good idea to wait a few weeks and then contact them.
A common response to finding out someone is pregnant is to offer congratulations, which is appropriate but shouldn’t be the first thing to say. But pregnant women are often experiencing a range of emotions and are more sensitive to congratulatory remarks. Don’t congratulate unless the pregnant person has invited you to share the good news, don’t congratulate. It’s also best not to give negative advice about the person’s body.
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Remember that the grieving process is different for each parent. While parents may look like they’re getting back on their feet and getting on with their lives, they are still grieving the loss of their baby. It’s normal to feel confused or embarrassed when you learn about the loss of a child. Instead, it’s best to offer support and understanding. You’ll be a more effective friend than you think.