A 49ers spokesman said the team asked the NFL for approval to visit the new mother, and the league said yes because it was purely a social visit. Harbaugh brought flowers for Elizabeth Smith, and others from the organization also have passed their congratulations to the new parents.
"It's well documented, on record, that we very much want Alex Smith to be a 49er next year," Harbaugh said in an interview with NFL Network's Fran Charles. "He really is a 49er in my mind, and hopefully in his mind he is a 49er. We look forward to him competing for that starting quarterback position next year."