Post # 1
Just wondering what other moms are doing? Baby is 10 days old and we don’t plan on taking her to the grocery store/target any time soon but people have been asking us over for small football parties and such. We look at eachother like don’t they know we have a newborn baby at home? How soon do people usually take their baby out? taking into consideration its becoming cold and flu season…
Post # 3
@dj: We took my daughter to the store to get clothes that fit (Newborn were way to big, she would squirm out of them) on the way home from the hospital. I would just use common sense, stay away from people that are sick. Have them wash their hands before holding her, wipe the carts with the disinfectant wipes.
Post # 4
I took Dear Daughter out the day after we brought her home-we went out to lunch and she’s been going everywhere with us ever since!
Post # 5
My oldest was 3 weeks old before I took him out anywhere. But he was a preemie and germs were my biggest fear. I kept a bottle of antibacterial cleanser with me and squirted it on anyone’s hands who went near him…lol.
Post # 6
This is one that I would ask my pediatrician about.
Did you get the flu shot while you were pregnant? If so, this study says that your baby is 45-48% less likely to get the flu in the first few months of life if you got the flu shot while you’re pregnant. If your LO is 10 days old, I know the flu shot may not have been available in your area yet while you were pregnant, but if it was and you were able to get it, you may be able to breathe a tiny bit easier around this.
ETA: Personally, I’m not too concerned about this. You can only protect the child so much– you, your husband, your parents & in-laws are all bringing in lots of germs in from the “outside world” as it is. Plus, we’re trying to think as if this was our 2nd child. If this was our 2nd, child #1 would be bringing all sorts of germs in from daycare or school everyday– enough that it just wouldn’t be worth doing more than asking people to wash their hands before holding the baby. But then, our baby isn’t due for another month, so who’s to say how I’ll feel after baby is born?
Post # 7
With my son we went shopping as soon as we left the hospital. His newborn stuff was too big so we went shopping for premie stuff.
With my daughter we got out of the hospital kinda late so we didn’t go out til the following day. We went to go eat at Texas Roadhouse.
Post # 8
We took DS out shopping for nursing bras for me and ring sling fittings for baby wearing with an actual baby and then to lunch at 6 days old. We would have gone out sooner but my mom was staying with us and we ended up not needing to go out at all because of it. It was mid-February if that helps. For the most part no one we didn’t know already tried to touch him.
Post # 9
We took our baby out on day 4 to buy newborn sized clothes. It was such a relief to go outside and see that the world was still there!
Post # 10
day 5 he went to the doc
day 8 we went to starbucks
Post # 11
We stopped at Target and went out to dinner on the way home from the hospital with my firstborn. I took my all of my babies out from the first day they came home. I did get a few odd looks, mostly from older ladies. A lot of them would come up and strike up conversations with me.
Strangely, enough, they seemed more disturbed by the fact that I was up and walking around a few days after a c-section (not that I volunteered this, but inevitably they somehow asked) than with having him out. I guess back when they were having babies, they stayed in the hospital 14 days after a c-section. I can’t begin to imagine what you’d do in the hospital for that long.
Post # 12
Our doctor said to wait 2 months for public places b/c that’s when she got her shots. So we turned down all invites until then. We went to lunch at family member’s houses as long as there weren’t big crowds there, or went to the park just to get out of the house. And we made an exception for my sister’s wedding, but it was small and in a private room, and we kept her off to the side as much as possible.
Post # 13
@artbee: our pediatrician suggested two months too for public places, but I wasnt sure if that was specific to us or if thats what they suggested to everyone.
Post # 14
I think some of it is personal comfort, too. We stopped by the store on our way home from the hospital, so I guess that would’ve been her first outing. We went to some parties, out to eat, to run errands, etc… from day 1, but she was born in June and I always wore her in a wrap and didn’t let other people touch her. So I felt ok taking her out that way.
Post # 15
The research I’ve done suggest one month.
Post # 16
We went out on day #2. As pediatricians we don’t counsel people one way or another. For the first couple of months a baby has immunity from mom (especially when breast feeding) so the only restriction we suggest is to avoid sick contacts such as sick family members who might try to snuggle the baby.