It's a story as old as pregnancy itself: as soon as you announce the good news, someone will tell you about a morning-sickness trick that really worked for them or why you really don't need to buy a bassinet. It's a shame that parents are so often bombarded by (often unsolicited) advice, because good advice from those who've been there already can be very useful for new parents. But when you've heard "You really should . . ." 50 times this week, it's only natural to tune out.
The line between helpful advice and being overbearing is pretty easy not to cross as long as you are respectful and keep focused on what's important — the well-being of the baby and helping the new parents in your life have an easier time.
Read on to find out how you can be the most supportive friend/sister/colleague/cousin possible.