Do you, like me, sometimes find yourself awkwardly wondering what you're supposed to do with a baby? Particularly the baby of dear friends?
Have no fear.
Do you currently have, or ever had, a beloved pet?
Treat the baby like that pet.
"Ooooh, who's a cute baby?!" "Look at how smart you are!" "Good job, baby!"
And do not--I repeat, do not --bring anyone along who can figure out what you're doing.
Like I did this weekend, as I congratulated my friend Sadie's baby on snuggling down ("Awww, look at who found a good spot?") only to have Diego blurt out, "Are you treating the baby like Spence?"