When can you start taking your baby out?

Katie - posted on 03/22/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Once your baby arrives, when can you take him/her out in public?? Someone told me not to go anywhere for a month. That seems like a long time.

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April - posted on 03/25/2010

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Don't worry about the "helpful" advice this person gave you! Go out when you feel up to it. If I had to wait a month I certainly would have gone mad! I was taking my son out at 3 days old. If I had trouble with strangers getting in his face I put a light blanket over him as if I was nursing, or put him in a sling type carrier.

Char - posted on 03/25/2010

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The month long wait is an old school tradition where the belief was that mom needs this time to heal and baby needs this time to build up their immune system and get used to the environment after birth. My grandmother as well as many of our church elder ladies are southern and has stressed this practice for years. (LOL they have already warned me.) So for me it is pretty normal to stay in except for essential appointments for a month after the babys birth.

Kate - posted on 03/22/2010

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I started taking my son out after about a week....just don't let people with colds hold or touch him/her....and give yourself some time to relax and recuperate and get into the swing of things!!

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Amie - posted on 09/29/2012

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I was out food shopping within 24 hrs of my second with my 20month in toe. Depends on how confident you feel, how tired you are and what season it is. We have a extreme out break of whooping cough atm where we live so this bubs won't be out much before his or hers first immunisation. It helps prevent all the interested strangers doing and touching your baby.



But seriously play it by ear. You dont want to drive tired . Maybe start with walks to the park first and see how you feel. X

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I think it depends alot on how you feel, what the weather is like etc. If it's cold and you don't HAVE to go anywhere I would stay at home. If you have to go out then just make sure bub is dressed properly and as I have had babies with wind I would strongly suggest covering up bubs face when out. Also I'd stay away from people that are sick as bubs immune system is not properly formed yet. I took my first daughter out a couple of days after she was born and my second daughter I took her to my mums for tea the night after I had her : ) I think it's basically alot of common sense...

Leslie - posted on 09/21/2012

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two days after she was born. the sooner the better that way they get used to their surrounds.

Kelly - posted on 09/19/2012

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i am a nurse and i work with babie you are not supposed to take them out for 6 months during flu season. so if you are pregnant and you are due anywhere between sept-mar dont take them out and if you absolutely have to then make sure that you cover up the car seat with blanket so the baby doesnt catch anything that could be in the air. now if you are going from one family's house to another its ok but still make sure that the baby's carseat has a blanket over it.

Allie - posted on 03/30/2010

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be carefull to avoid obviously sick people, as for the first 3 or so weeks your baby's immune system is not fully prepared to fend off sickness, and remember to dress your baby properly as they need temperature regulation.. they can't do it ll for themsleves yet.. try to avoid all day excursions whenre you have no place to rest, or are required to stand all day.. YOU will be the one who needs the rest... jsut give yourself the option to go home when you need to!

CHARNELL - posted on 03/27/2010

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WHENEVER YOU WANT...YOU R THE ONE WHO HAVE TO STAY IN FOR A WHILE BABY CAN GO RIGHT OUT

Wendy - posted on 03/27/2010

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When ever you are comfortable with it, go for it. Just keep in mind the environments you intend to go to - noise, amount of people, etc. Newborns can become overwhelmed pretty quickly in some situations! On the other hand, my son LOVES places with lots of people, a big people person! Some kids hate places with lots of people.
I took my son out (other than to families homes) when he was about 2 months, I only waited so long because he and I got a bacterial infection from the hospital and it had us bed ridden at home for a couple of weeks when we first got home. My son was also born early and very small, and we were on a strict feeding schedule (every two hours, night and day, breastfeeding, can you say TIRED) for THREE months before the doctors were comfortable letting us do what felt right (and BETTER haha) for us.

Alicia - posted on 03/27/2010

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I've always heard that u should wait 4-6weeks b4 takin the baby outside but I think its whenever the mother feels comfortable takin them out whether it be the next day or the next month.

Breeyan - posted on 03/26/2010

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lol. the first time my lil due went out, he was JUST born. (4 days old to be exact) the day i got out of the hospitol i went straight to walmart. i dont think that you should worry about how young they are really. personally think that you can take baby out as soon as mommy is ready to be out and about. (:

i've never heard anything negative about taking your baby out when theyre young. its not physically harmful in anyway that i've never heard. your the mommy, and its your baby, just whenever you are comfortable with it.

Amy - posted on 03/25/2010

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We took our son out a day or two after we got home. Waiting a month is insane! As long as your baby is dressed for the weather there just fine to be out and about.

Ashley - posted on 03/24/2010

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i work in a restaurant and i see people bringing new babies in all the time. one lady said her baby wa just 6 days old. some people made a huge deal about it but the mom was comfortable with it...idk how long ill wait to take mine anywhere i guess it depends on how im feeling...and if i have a ride anywhere which i prob will but i know per doc orders ur not supposed to get behind the wheel for atleast 2 weeks for recuperation..!!!

Marina - posted on 03/23/2010

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we had to take my daughter out a lot during her first week. then after that i didnt take her out much, due to the extreme cold. and shes perfectly fine never been sick other than her reations to the formulas.

Niki - posted on 03/23/2010

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Just remember that baby has been snuggled up nice and cozy for nine months in your wombe, no visuals, not a lot of external noises etc - coming out into our world is a huge shock to them, which is why they reccommend keeping babys in the same enviroment for a while, let them get used to your house, then slowly introduce them to the outside world, starting with peacfull things like the park and then maby another persons house, but leave taking them to crazy busy things like the mall or a busy street or shop untill much later - as its just too much for them to cope with right away, and you dont want your nice peacfull baby to turn into a crying, clingly, stressed out baby

Delta - posted on 03/23/2010

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We took our child out the night we got out of the hospital, we needed to run to the store to get some last minute items that we didn't get before she came. Her first 2 trips from the hospital was Kmart and then McDonalds drive thru then home lol.

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I would have went crazy if I had to wait a month to leave the house? Is it the 1950's?? I had to go out every day or just sitting around the house would get to me. If you are feeling fine and baby is well, why not? Even if I were to just walk around the mall or something, it would break up the day. Just don't forget to bring your diaper bag with extra supplies (you never know what will happen). I would also put a light blanket over the baby carrier to cover them from the sun/wind. I also would take my babies to the "baby and me" group where new mom's would just hang out and play with babies. If you're fine staying at home, do that, if you want to go out, go out. You're in charge of your life.

Mellissa - posted on 03/23/2010

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i took my kids out as soon as i was comfortable. it's your baby, you decide.

Kara - posted on 03/23/2010

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I heard from one pediatrician 2 months! But I think it's up to the parents...what u r comfortable with. Keeping in my your baby's health, the time of year, etc.

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You can go out from day one, its you who need the rest not the baby. Ive always taken mine out in the first week they were born the babys fine. Its you who needs to take it easy and not do a lot of walking etc so dont go out to do the weekly shop make hubby do it lol.

Kat - posted on 03/22/2010

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With our #1 we had to go out the very next day as she had to continue with regular blood tests. There is no rule or standard. You will know yourself when you are ready. I think getting out & letting them sleep in the pram will be good for down the track so that they are use to it & your not always restricted to having to have the nap times at home.
As Kate said don't let people who are sick near bub or hold bub. Keep in mind if you are at the shops, woman but can't help but put their heads in your pram to have a look. If your not comfortable with strangers doing that put a throw over the pram or something to discourage it. I don't mind now that my girl is much older, but it use to freak me out when she was a newborn.

Stacie - posted on 03/22/2010

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hey there just seen ya message and thought id write, u are the mother u can take ya baby out when ever u want.when they are babies all they do is sleep most the time. if ur feeling up to going out then go out its better than been stuck in doors i wont be able to do much as im having a c section

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