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Hey, my housemate from University is having a baby early September. I still see her loads and helped her move into her new house and stuff. Amazingly she thinks I'm responsible enough to be the little one's God parent! I was jsut wondering, what do parents expect from God parents? And in what ways do new mums feel they need to most help? I know having a baby can make you extremely stessed and always running out of time, so I wanted to know how to help out in the best way I could.

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Usually when someone is made a godparent, it isn't so that they will help w/ the baby, but be there to take the child into their care should anything happen to the parent(s). This is still the case, however after doing some research I found that god-parents are actually much more involved in the child's life that in previous years.

With that said, being a godparent is actually a pretty big deal. If you do indeed be made the legal godparent of the child, you do take on the responsibility that if anything happens to your friend, i.e. serious hospitalization, death, etc, that you become entitled to the child. You may also be needed to play a role in raising the child, such as looking after him/her while the mother is away, feeding, or perhaps playing a more spiritual role.

I would talk to your friend a bit about this before anything happens. It is wonderful that you want to help her w/ this child, and you can do that in many different ways w/o becoming a god-parent. If that is your wish, however, make sure that you have things in order beforehand

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Sometimes I needed someone to feed my daughter when I needed to do laundry, wash bottles, or make something to eat. When my best friend was over that is exactly what she did. I found it soooo helpful! Just tell her now that you are willing to help when the baby is born when she needs to get stuff done, all people have different needs. You won't know until the baby gets here.

Proud mommy to Rylee Nicole!

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