Where would you be willing to take your newborn?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Which of these things would you be willing to do with a 1-2 month old?
    Go to a movie theater for an action movie : (16 votes)
    3 %
    Go to a broadway show like Lion King : (13 votes)
    3 %
    Go on a cross country road trip with your mom : (66 votes)
    13 %
    Go to a friend's holiday party (no other kids/babies) : (131 votes)
    27 %
    Go on a short flight (less than 2hrs) : (124 votes)
    25 %
    None of the above! Lock yourself in your house! It's FLU SEASON! : (54 votes)
    11 %
    Get a babysitter : (86 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    2062 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @bijou214:  My son was early but, honestly, I was barely up to go to a restaurant for a few hours or grocery shopping until about 3 months. But, I may be alone.

    Post # 4
    195 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    So long as you are feeling OK I would think it’s fine!  I felt great and took advantage of my maternity leave to do a lot of fun things!  I even took him to see some movies – he slept or I nursed him (it was dark, I just covered up). There was only one time that he awoke and was slightly crabby, I just walked in the lobby for awhile. 

    Flying is sometimes hard on their ears but you’ll enjoy having had the time with your baby and being able to go out – as long as you feel good!



    Post # 5
    1395 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We’ll, at 1-2 months, we were out and about with our twins, no problem. Babysitter for stuff like the movies and shows (bit loud for little ears, plus distracting for others if they cry), but we just cart them along on everything else. It’s a massive morale booster to put on some makeup, pop them in the pram for a nap, and head out for a bit of adult interaction. DH and I take them everywhere, even on dates to restaurants (not super nice places, mind). At this age, they mostly just sleep so we can get on with whatever we’re doing! I think the UK is probably bigger on getting out with babies from the early days, though. 

    Post # 6
    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @bijou214:  I might consider a road trip to meet the family, but I’d be very hesistant to take a 1-2 m/o baby out in a crowded public place (airplane) for an “optional” outing. Grocery stores and other places you need to visit dailys/weekly are one thing, and certainly a date night at a restaurant with the babe would cheer me up, but beyond that, I’d be super-paranoid about germs, especially since a baby that age isn’t fully vaccinated.

    Post # 7
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee

    @bijou214:  as soon as I felt better (3ish weeks) baby did everything I did. I brought her to movies, long car rides, grocery shopping everything….her first plane ride was at two months and I had no issues. 

    Post # 8
    1025 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Between 1-2 months we kept it to short outings that I didn’t feel bad leaving early.  Things like a backyard BBQ, dinner at a casual restaurant, walks in the park, attending a street festival.  I had some serious tearing from delivery and it took me a while to be comfortable walking sitting etc.  While I enjoyed getting out to see people I definitely left events early.  So I avoided things with expensive tickets where I would feel bad leaving early, long car trips (they don’t recommend keeping infants in carseats for long periods), and anything I thought was too overwhelming for me and little man.  I was still able to reconnect with friends and introduce the baby to everyone.

    Post # 9
    6667 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I flew with my daughter to Boston (1hr flight) when she was 6 weeks old.  No problems.

    Post # 10
    8518 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @bijou214:  I dont have any kids. But my dad and stepmom had a baby at the beginning of the year. When he was 2 weeks old they brought him to see me, and that was a 10 hour drive. We also went to a sit down restaurant with him. As long as you arent alone, I’d think its possible to go places.

    Post # 11
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I voted for “It’s flu season”. Then again, we are the cautious type. We’re also quite content to stay at home now, without a baby, so it wouldn’t be a change for us.


    Post # 12
    7030 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I ticked party and short flight. I only didn’t tick theatre and movie because of concern about baby crying and causing a disturbance, but I’d definitely take baby to one of those baby friendly sessions. I didn’t tick road trip because it would be hard on me, I’m sure baby would be fine. Babysitting wasn’t an option for me due to breastfeeding.

    Things I actually did when one of my babies was 1-2 months old: visited friends and family, went shopping, took oldest to kindergarten, went to church, went to a wedding.

    Post # 13
    2184 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I’m in a similar situation wiith family. I’m due December 1, and my dad can’t travel. We’re looking at a 16 hour trip at the end of January because I don’t feel comfortable flying with her. In terms of the other stuff, personally, I’ll be staying away from movies and the like with her– I think it’s torture to her and the other people in the theater. I’d probably take her to a holiday party, though. We could leave whenever we wanted, so I think that;s okay with me. I do think babies can go a lot of places, but there are some places that it’s better they skip. And mom and dad could certainly use an evening out together, so getting a babysitter isn’t a totally bad idea 🙂 

    Post # 14
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have a 2-week-old right now and we’ve gone out for dinner a few times, we go shopping, and we’ve gone to some family events.

    I don’t think a movie would be a good idea, but only because it has the potential to be disruptive to other people trying to enjoy the movie. Things like restaurants or family BBQs are easier because you can deal with a fussy baby better.

    More importantly, I think you need to tell your friends to cool it. IF you feel up to doing these things, that’s great, but those first two months are about you and your baby. If you feel like a bag of smashed assholes for a while, don’t force yourself to be social for their sakes.

    Post # 15
    856 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My family doesn’t take new babies out so I picked none. I think she went out to dinner once at three months and besides that we didn’t take her out too much.

    Post # 16
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t have a child but of that list I would probably only do the holiday party.

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