Ashley - posted on 03/31/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
Ashley - posted on 03/31/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
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Jolene - posted on 03/31/2009
Well I don't have a problem taking her out around town or anything lol, but I am definatly not a person who plans road trips or anything like that. I'm such a schedual person and my baby has been on one since she was born. I don't like to mess with it! It's easier now though as she is just over a year and down to 1 nap a day. I'm planning on camping this summer and feel like it's a HUGE deal lol, and then theres people who takes their babies camping at a couple months and I wonder why/how!? So don't worry your not alone in feeling this way!
Louise - posted on 03/31/2009
Taking bubs out can be really hard, my little man used to start up screaming and crying at the most inconvenient and embarassing times (but wind will do that to you). I learnt quickly not to bother what anyone else thought and trusted myself to know that I was doing ok. I still pack as if I am going out for a week (I like to cover all contingencies) while my husband just whacks a spare nappy in a bag and off he goes. Just take it small steps at a time, go places that you feel comfortable and relaxed in (as baby will pick up on that) without a goal eg shopping etc. Try and enjoy just being out for the sake of it then start tackling the bigger stuff. In the meantime send hubby or other family or friend out for the shopping. Most of all be kind to yourself and don't judge yourself for acknowledging your own needs and concerns.
Ally - posted on 03/31/2009
We waited until our daughter was about 6 months old to take her places like out to dinner and stuff..and she has been to the mall a couple of times...and even then when we go out we wipe the tables and stuff she will touch with anti bacterial wipes. We held off on some of her immunizations at first and wanted her to be up to date on a few before we started taking her out so that was another reason. we also made just about everyone use hand sanitizer before holding her when she was little :) ...and she has only ever had one cold ever so i am happy with what we chose!
Erin - posted on 03/31/2009
Don't be aprrenisve babies are pretty reslent to things liek illness, they need to experince different air supplies, and illnessess so they can build up immunity. and espeically if they are breast fed as your milk protects them, if you keep them in a sertile enviroment then they will get sick alot as they are not experince bacteria and germ.
Jessica - posted on 03/31/2009
When its a nice day never be apprehensive. Fresh air is great for your child and a good way for them to learn and interact with nature. Children love being outside. Yes they might give you a hard time listening but children must be children and you have to be patient.
Kara - posted on 03/31/2009
I know exactly how you feel! my daughter is 3 weeks old and I get nervous at the idea of taking her out. yesterday we managed a walk in the stroller...first time on my own doing that with her...and i've managed my first grocery shopping trip...but there is definitely anxiety and i think about the same things you do. i have a friend who literally goes everywhere with her new baby and i don't know how she does it. i'm taking it in baby steps...one adventure at a time. lol
Christine - posted on 03/31/2009
I agree with Clisty... trust your instincts. And to answer your question, yes, it was a bit nerve-wracking at first taking my little guy anywhere. "What if he can't sleep and should he be sleeping in his carseat?" 'What if there is too much noise and he gets upset?" "What if he picks up some bug somewhere and gets sick?" "What if I have to breastfeed him and there's no where private to do it"... etc, etc, etc. All I can say is as long as it is a safe thing - i.e. trust your instincts (like I wouldn't take my little guy over to a friend's place if someone is sick/contagious), then give it a try. I've found I'm usually worried about nothing... he just takes it all in his stride and sorts himself out. Like when I go to the mall, he's fascinated by the lights and stuff and won't sleep, but the moment I put a blanket over his stroller to block out the sights, and it's nap-time, he's off to sleep!
Ashley - posted on 03/31/2009
Thanks Clisty! My baby is 7 months old, and I am so nervous about taking him places for fear he will get sick, which he has just gotten his first cold, and I feel so bad! Also, I am apprehensive of taking him places just for the inconvenience of it all. Is he going to be fussy? Is he going to want to eat when we get there? How much stuff should I pack? For other moms around me, it just seems like they don't worry about it, and just fly by the seat of their pants. I fret over going to the grocery store, Wal-Mart, etc., and other moms around me are planning mini road trips! I couldn't even imagine doing something like that! That gives me anxiety just thinking about it. LOL!
Clisty - posted on 03/31/2009
I totally was! My daughter was born at the end of Nov., and was only 4lb when she was born. So being in the middle of RSV season and having a tiny baby made me super nervous. But with my 2nd child things have been much less stressful. I think we're trying to get used to being a new mom and we've just been told all these scary things that could happen to our babies. I can't really give much advice, besides just listen to your instincts, and if you don't want to take your baby out, then DON'T and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.