How long do I need to wait to take my baby out into the world!!
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Jennifer - posted on 11/06/2009
I didn't take my daughter out until she was 2 months old other than doc. apts. and going to her grandparents houses. These days you can't be too careful. Our pediatrian just told me the other day to stay out of public places as much as possible with swine flu going around. But I guess you also can't live in a bubble!
Yolanda Del - posted on 06/24/2013
I have 3 boys, My first boy I left home with my baby to supermarkets, parks when he was about 3 1/2 months old. My second baby, I fell ill with meningitis and did not see my Lucas until he was 2 months old at that time, I took him out at that time. With my son Daniel, right after he received his very first set of shots so he was shy of 2 weeks old. I did limit where I went, no parties ( house parties ) or large family gathering, IDID get some stares. I was always told by my DOCTOR and MY OBGYN and MY Son's PEDIATRICIAN, THAT AS LONG AS HE WAS DRESSED ACCORDINGLY FOR THE WEATHER AND COMFORTABLE AND HEALTHY, THERE WAS NEVER AN ISSUE.
THANK PEOPLE FOR THEIR ADVICE AND LISTEN TO THEIR STORIES AND DO AND BE YOUR OWN MOM.
Sarah - posted on 11/12/2009
How long do I need to wait to take my baby out into the world!!
How long is a good time to wait to take your baby out in public? or how long did you wait...
as soon as you feel comfortable with it! Don't hide inside, getting out is the best for you both.
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Jodie - posted on 10/15/2012
my baby boy is 11 days old and the only place i avve taken him is to the doctors.im going crazy being at home all the time.im so used to being able to go out anytime and hate being at home all the time.i want to be able to show off my beautiful little boy and see the outside world as funny as that may sound but at the same time i dont want my baby to catch something and get sick
Kelly - posted on 11/12/2009
we had my little girl all over the place with us within a few days of her coming home. i think i would go crazy if i had to wait 6 weeks or months before we could go anywhere.. my brother also got married 4 days after she was born so we didn't have much of a choice about going out with her. you just have to take certian precautions like washing your hands and so forth. do what you feel comfortable with, you can't stayed locked up in your house day after day, even try going for a short walk around your neighbourhood just to get used to going out with baby, its a totally different experience. now it takes 30 mins to get out the door instead of 2.
Whenever you feel ready. My son was born on the friday evening and i was food shopping on the sunday. I was anxious all the time i was there in case he a) needed feeding, b) needed changing, c) cried. All in my head as i was a 1st time mum. This was a short outing. I was very sore upon my return but that can only be expected.
Melissa - posted on 11/11/2009
I took mine out the day we left the hospital to go and get the rest of the things we needed. But now with all of this flu scares, I would take the baby out only if you have no other choice. But if you do go out, just dont let others get to close. Some people just dont understand and touch and want to hold baby. You do what you think is right.
MELINDA - posted on 11/10/2009
It's really your decision...some people will not take their babies out until they are older than 6 weeks, but sometimes that's impossible. I was back and forth to the dr's with my baby as soon as she was out of the hospital and her first day home she went to walmart. As long as you are careful not to let people be in your baby's face you should be fine. I am very particular about that and so far we have been very lucky for her to be very healthy!!! She's 3 months old!!!
Michelle - posted on 11/10/2009
With my son he was born right at the beginning of flu season and my doctor said to wait 6 weeks to go out to places with large crowds. I had a c section anyway and wasn't up for any heavy duty outings for about that long anyway. My daughter was born just before spring and we took her out pretty much right away to many places. Both kids have been just fine. I think this time of year you might want to do the 6 week thing just to give your little one's immune system time to grow a little. Flu season is looking to be worse this year then last. You can still go on walks etc though. Ask your doctor to be sure.
Romy - posted on 11/10/2009
I went for daily walks with my little angel from the day on when we left the hospital. (had to stay 5 days as he was premature). He actually complaints when we do not go outside one day!!!! (he is now 7 1/2 month and loves being outside and he has not been sick - in comparison to babies his ages who have stayed inside where it is "safe")... so enjoy the fresh air!!!!!!!!!!!!
Annie - posted on 11/09/2009
I had a Spring baby. My husband took her to his Dad's office the day after we had her home to visit because his dad had been out of town so didn't get to see her in the hospital. Then we took her to church on Sundays and carried on with our lives. She was a very social baby. You're going to take them out later why not get them used to the car and being out and about early if you can. It was spring so for us it worked. Had it been flu season we probably would've been more cautious.
Amanda - posted on 11/09/2009
I took our daughter out for thefirst time at a week old, i figured the sooner she and I get out the better. I was going stir crazy in the hospital and would nuts at home too. I figure it will only help her immune system to get exposed to the outside world we live in such a sterile consious world. My daughter has never been sick and she's been everywhere. But you have to do what you feel comfortable doing.
Whitney - posted on 11/09/2009
as soon as i got my daughter out of the NICU we started going places. i think that babies have to be exposed to the elements at sometime so better start then. now i didnt let people hold her or touch her or anything but i did take her out. And when i say as soon as she got out i mean i picked her up at the hospital and we went to the carter store to go shopping. I had to wait 7 weeks to have my baby at home with me and i was ready to show her to the world!!
Jessica - posted on 11/09/2009
you dont need to wait at all, just do it whenever you feel ready and up to it. it does feel like a military operation lol especially with all the stuff you need to take, and you want to be prepared in case ANYTHING happens, it will get easier with time,
i dont think there is any need to be worried about illness, and all you need to do is dress the appropriately for the weather, go for it do it, it is quite liberating to realise you dont need to be stuck at home wit lil baba x x
Jamiee - posted on 11/09/2009
I took my son out within a few days... I think that it depends on how you feel about taking your child out, however I noticed that because I took my son out since he was only a few days, he is much happier around people and never has a problem in public places... he never cries when we are out and we can even go out to dinner and he will be fine whole he is there with us. He also always smiles to people that he doesn't even know. Hope that helps
Sandra - posted on 11/09/2009
theres no point worrying when to take them out or where to take them in my opinion children are bound to catch colds and stuff it doesnt matter who they are around obviously dont take your young child somewhere you know someone will be who has a cold or something but don't shield your child away from the world ...... i took my son out when he was just a week old and we'v been out every day since he is now 2 in january and has never had a big cold hes had little sniffles and thats about it ! he has been bk and fore hospital but thats health problems he was born with ! he caught chicken pox from a playgroup on his 1st birthday and has caught sickness and dihorea ..... i dont feel my son has had these bugs through going out more growing up ... i think you should take your child out fresh air does them good just wrap ur child up warm xx
Jen - posted on 11/09/2009
I took my son out soon after he was born. He's a winter baby so he was always bundled up and we didn't do many places. Maybe to the grocery store or a relatives place that lived really close. Always had his bundled up in his carseat with one of those carseat covers that zips up around him and a heavy blanket thrown over the entire thing so the wind wouldn't get to him. Did that for the longest time until it warmed up. I never leave home without him, even though I have people who would love to watch him. I believe the first time I took him out was a day or two after he was born. Just be vigilant that newborns are extremely sensitive to weather - cold or hot and you will be just fine.
Sara - posted on 11/08/2009
With both my daughters they were out the same day. With my Jayla, my first, we went to Walmart immediately after being released from the hospital! Emme, was out and about the next day from release! Your child won't be able to build up immunities if they aren't exposed! Some parents disagree, but both my girls are incredibly healthy, and haven't been sick once!
Lynlee - posted on 11/08/2009
I think you need to just make sure baby has enough clothes, blankets etc if the weather is cold, but atually I think it's more important how YOU feel. You've just given birth and it can take some time to recover from that. I went for a walk about 10 days after giving birth and it was really tiring. I felt ill, shaky, sick etc once I got to the mall and had to struggle all the way home again. I wish I had rested more and for our next baby I will not be going out for a while but only b/c I want to rest. I took our son out to an antenatal get together when he was about a week old. I think it's being paranoid not to take a baby out for 6 weeks or whatever. They are going to catch bugs at some stage...
Lisa - posted on 11/08/2009
i had a great birth with my youngest daughter (now 5months old) i had her at home not knowing i was in labour at 6am then wen to hospital and had her checked ect. by 12noon i was ready t go home and baby and myself were good so we went and done the groceries the same day she was born. i dont see why you need to wait days before taking bubs into the world, aslong as mother and baby are fine why not? fresh faces allways make the day better and if babys settled they arnt going to know any different..
Stephanie - posted on 11/08/2009
We went out when my son was a couple of days old. Made sure he was all bundled up nice and warm. Felt really good to go out each day and get some air, as i would feel sickish and weak if i was at home all day. Littl'un seems to really like the fresh air. I'd say just take care that you dont go anywhere thats really crowded :O)
Jessica - posted on 11/08/2009
I would ask you doctor. I think you need to consider the weather, temperature and the smoke in the air from the fire works and fires. my son was 3 days old when I took him out though it was a warm clear day in july.
You don't need to ask your dr if baby can go out unless he/she has certain health conditions or was preemie. As for weather, that's not what makes you sick...viuses/ bacteria do. That's what buntings and blankets are made for. Just take precautions such as avoiding croweded midday shopping, wash hands frequently, etc.
Heather - posted on 11/08/2009
the first time i took my baby out anywhere was at 2 days old for a doctor appt...then walmart afterwards...but it is important that you don't let having a baby stop you from going store or going out to eat and things like that...i had one friend that never took her baby anywhere but her moms house and when she got older she was a monster when we would go anywhere with her...that is why i take my son out with me all the time...and i can go out to eat with him at 4 months old and he is a perfect baby for me...
Kathy - posted on 11/07/2009
Ummm the day after we came home we were out. After my incision came open the nurse that was caring for me said to get out for walks with her, and her early beginnings nurse had said it was ok to. I woulda wen't bonkers if I didn't go anywhere for a month or 6 weeks.... Daddy and baby woulda had to visit me in the psyc ward...
Iysha - posted on 11/07/2009
I had my daughter out 2 days after she came home from the hospital. She was a preemie born at 35 weeks 4 days and was in the NICU for 17 days. At 19 days old, she went to the mall with me, her grandma and aunt for a couple hours. She slept most of the time except to feed. She pretty much goes everywhere I go or wherever her care givers take her....my sister and my aunt are the ones who watch her while I am at work, so they all have fun going to my aunt's shop (she's a hairdresser) and out for walks at the park. She is now 4 months old. I'd figure as long as they are healthy, take 'em out =]
Cheryl - posted on 11/06/2009
My doctor suggested for us not to take our son out to any crowded place until he was at least 6 weeks old but I wouldn't be concerned about taking him out to a park or something (somewhere not too crowded) if he/she is younger. Just be careful not to put you baby in danger of catching any kind of illness (stay away from people who might be sick).
We took my son out 5 days after he was born to church. I don't think you really have to worry too much about how soon you take them out. It's more important to be conscience of where you are going, who touches them, and make sure their clothing is appropriate for the weather. Especially if you are breastfeeding you don't have to be so worried about them catching every little thing. Remember God gave us our immune systems for a reason, we are supposed to be able to fight off viruses and diseases. And fresh air is very important so if you're worried about them getting sick at least make sure to take them for a short walk around the block everyday.
Jane - posted on 11/06/2009
I only took my bub on family outings ( like to grandparents place etc) up until Cody was 2 months and he had his needles. I was so scared that he would catch something (coz he was born just before Winter), and I didnt want him to end up with a cold or whooping cough, so definitely didn't go anywhere where there was a lot of people especially kids, for the first couple months !!
Brandy - posted on 11/06/2009
We only waited 3 weeks because my baby shower was at my mom's house and that's when it was held. After that, we pretty much went out once a week or so because my a couple of my friends had babies born within a couple months of mine so we would go and visit them. Then, once she was a couple months old, my fiance started getting really busy at work and I had to go out and buy diapers and groceries and do all the banking so it just became a regular part of our routine. We were also in and out of the hospital for the first 2 1/2 weeks of her life because of reoccuring jaundice. Mind you that was a year and a half ago and there was no swine flu worries. Also, it was spring so we didn't have to worry about bundling up too much. I think whenever you feel comfortable and just be prepared. Bring something to cover your baby with to protect from germs and use hand sanitizer before touching his/her hands or face.
Brandi - posted on 11/06/2009
My kids pediatrician came to my birthing class when i was pregnant with my first baby. He said 6 wks. (except for dr. appts.) He actually said if he sees any of his patients out and about (at walmart or grocery store or where ever) He walks up to them and tells them to get that baby home, he/she is too young to come out. they don't have the immunities that they need. Home, Dr. Home until 6 weeks. and I actually waited until around 2 or 21/2 mos.
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