(Closed) Taking newborn baby out

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My little guy is just past the 7 week mark and we still avoid public places because of the flu bug (which it appears DH caught and we are desperately hoping DS and I do not catch).

However, we would totally be going on walks if there wasn’t snow on the sidewalks or it was above 30 degrees. You can’t catch the flu from the air–I would go on walks.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I only took my son out to go to the doctors. Besides that I didn’t take him anywhere else until he was 4 months old but he was born in December. Once it got warmer I started taking him for walks in the stroller everyday.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

@mrsSonthebeach:  my sister flew with my 3 week old nephew and he is now a perfectly wonderful 7 year old. A few jaunts around the neighborhood in the stroller is fine. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

How old is she now? If she’s just a week or so, I’d listen to the Dr. Aside from the baby concerns, YOU are in recovery mode for the next six weeks, no matter how you delivered. Lots of new Moms who push it end up having issues, so why not wait and give you both some time inside? I know by my second week with a new baby, my adrenalin high had worn off and I was more exhausted than ever.

I know it may sound old school, but you should be resting when the baby does. Things will only get more hectic as time goes by.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

Good for you that you have a sleeper! Many new Moms aren’t so lucky. 🙂

I felt great and thought the Docs were nuts with all their restrictions too, so I admit I did push myself more than I should have. I only stayed in the hospital for one day and couldn’t wait to settle in at home. I also said no to visitors for the first week, which was a big mistake on my part. They all came barreling in the second week and I was pretty miserable trying to entertain and get into some kind of routine at the same time.

If you feel good and can keep the walks on the short side, all you can do is try it out. If your neighborhood is anything like mine, you won’t be walking much if everyone stops you to have a look at her.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Shit, my father brought me into a Thrifty’s two days after I was born.

I had no idea this was a thing for low risk, healthy babies.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@mrsSonthebeach:  20 hours?? I am seriously jealous. I’d go stir crazy at that rate, too!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would take her out for a walk. If she’s bundled properly then why not? Maybe if you have a cover over where she sits that would help too. 

Babies go out all the time, I’d probably limit the time outside to 20 minutes, but for my own sanity to join the real world I’d go for it.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Well considering humans as a species have made it for millennia living mostly outdoors as long as you are taking appropriate precautions like not going out in the snow or extreme heat I am fairly certain a few.minutes of fresh air and sunshine will not harm your baby. Unless you live somewhere there is thick smog. But I cannot see how a walk around the block for your sanity can be that harmful. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

a healthy mama = a healthy babe 🙂 i would take her for a walk. the flu is passed via respiratory droplets….so as long as people aren’t breathing/coughing in her face, going “out” should be safe

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@mrsSonthebeach:  Haha. The other day DH was holding our son and I needed to get him fed before we left the house, so I told him I’d take him. DH was worried about waking him up. I told him that the kiddo doesn’t have to wake up to eat. DH got this amazed look on his face and said “I want to sleep-eat, too!”

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had my son in July and I don’t remember his dr recommending anything like that, but that was also almost 7 years ago.  I would say walks should be ok or having a little picnic or something outside would be nice.  I would get cabin fever, too!

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