Taking new borns out for the First time

Audrey - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am due in about 11 weeks and I hate staying home all the time. I dont mean I like to party or anything like that, I mean i enjoy getting out during the day. I want to be able to show off our little pride and joy when she gets here. How old was your baby before you took them out in public? I know for the first few days when shes home I wont want to get out but after that i might get cabin fever! People have told me since shes going to be born in the summer its better to have her out in public early, but I dont want anything to happen!

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Kim - posted on 04/20/2010

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I think my daughter was a week old when we went on our first outing. Staying home all day especially when I'm used to working a full time job was really hard for me. So my Liliana and I went shopping the week after we came home!

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i came out of the hospital on sunday and was out with him on monday. as long as you don't keep your baby in enclosed spaces too long or let people cough on them or touch them or anything it should be fine. i woudl recommend only going out for short periods in the beginning though

Stacey - posted on 04/20/2010

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my eldest went out 10 days after we came home as the midwife said that their still risk infection but with my 2nd I went out straight away because I was so depressed having my first and I started feeling a little blue after the 2nd I was told to go when I'm ready so I took her a day after we came home from hospital. So really it is up to you if your feeling up to it, it's nice taking them for a walk too it helps keep your sanity :)

Alysha - posted on 04/20/2010

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We were out right away and she was born in February! Jut bundled everyone up and off we went, now I did take it really slow for the first couple of weeks because of a c-section and having my gall bladder removed 2 weeks later but I was a full time student so I couldn't let that stop me. As long as they are wearing one more layer than you and protected from the wind it's great for you and the baby.

Dezirae - posted on 04/19/2010

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I can understand not going out in the winter because of the cold but we had our little girl in March of '08 and took her to visit our family at 3 days old. She has been perfectly healthy and thrives on social events like fairs and festivals. I think it helped with her immune system because all of the other babies that I know that were born at that time and were cooped up for a while had constant colds and sniffles. We have had one ear infection, one respiratory infection, and maybe 3 colds in 2 years. We are expecting our 2nd in July and plan on taking him to Florida to see his grandmother in August. Show your baby off to the world!

Anna - posted on 04/19/2010

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I took my daughter out in public the day after she was born. I know it sounds really soon, but it was my baby sisters graduation. I had her all bundled up and no one saw or held her but my husband or I. I would take her on errands with me when she was a week old, I got a lot of dirty looks when people asked how old she was. Personally, I felt it was ok, I breastfed her and she had my immunities. Plus, I wsnt letting people touch her or get too close and I washed my hands Or used hand sanitizer before I held her. I think its unfair to ask mothers to be shut ins. No wonder post pardum depression is so rampid. Thats just my opinion though.

Heidi - posted on 04/19/2010

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My first daughter Lauren I decided to go for a walk with at about 3 days old.....big mistake as "MY" body wasn't ready & I had to call my family for a lift home my second daughter was a different story I was out of hospital in 6 hrs & off shopping the next day I felt great baby was fine being pushed around both my girls were summer babies I think it's more down to how you feel in yourself than worrying about baby just see how you feel good luck with everything x

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter was 3 days. I had to go to the Pharmacy 2 pick up meds. Then I talked my mom into going to Steak Escape (fast food philly cheesesteak place) for lunch and my husband met us there. My daughter was also Jaundice, so we kept having to get out for bloodwork. I just didn't take her anywhere for very long. I also get cabin fever pretty bad, esp now! She's 10 months old and sooo busy!

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son was two days old when I took him out.. it was in May, so it was nice but a little chilly. I kept him wrapped up nice and warm, and out of the sun. I think it's more common sense and what you are comfortable with.

Caitlin - posted on 04/19/2010

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I took our daughter out at 3 days old for the first time. It wass winter, so we just went to the mall, but during the summer, i'd just make sure that your baby isn't in direct sunlight because it can burn their skin, or near people that are obviously sick.

Morgan - posted on 04/19/2010

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my daughter had an injury due to the forceps that were used during delivery, so she was going back and forth from the house to the childrens hospital from day 1, the first time we went out for dinner she was 3 days old :)

Cledia - posted on 04/19/2010

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My baby was 1 week. but that is only because I didn't have any thing to go out for. But my doctor said, If they are ready to leave the hospital then they are ready to go out. Especially when you are scheduled to take them to the doctor at their 1st week appt. Dr.'s offices are full of sick kids. Of course all with precautions. Don't go places too crowded. My sister took her baby to a rodeo and she got RSV.

Louise - posted on 04/19/2010

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My first baby was 4 days old and my second was 2 days. I don't think there is any reason to keep them in and once they're out of the sun there is no reason why not. They keep some immunity from you for about 6 weeks so enjoy!

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