(Closed) Where would you be willing to take your newborn?

posted 7 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

    Go to a broadway show like Lion King

    Go on a cross country road trip with your mom

    Go to a friend's holiday party (no other kids/babies)

    Go on a short flight (less than 2hrs)

    None of the above! Lock yourself in your house! It's FLU SEASON!

    Get a babysitter

  • Post # 17
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t have kids yet, but have 7 younger siblings, 4 of which were infants when I was a teenager and I spent a LOT of time helping with them. 

    My 12 y.o. brother had been to a strings concert, a trip to Mackinac Island, my twin brother’s 9th birthday party, Mother’s Day events, his dedication (we went to a church 3 hours away so my grandpa could do it), Father’s Day events, end of the school year events (including an outdoor field day) and dozens of car trips by the time he was 6 weeks old. We lost our house in a fire at that point and we all lived in camping trailers for 6 months. He’s perfectly fine and very socially adjusted.  My mom didn’t seclude any of the kids when they were born, but they did everything with us.  She generally didn’t attend a movie or concert right away because of the potential for them crying, but otherwise, they came along with us. All of them are healthy and LOVE being around people. 

    Post # 18
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    We went to all the normal places people go within a week or two of delivering. I would do all of the things listed except for the movie/plays, but I wouldn’t ever take a baby to either of those until they were much older (like a young child 4-5).

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @bijou214:  I know things were different years ago, but my parents took me on a flight from New Jersey to California when I was two months old. I would have qualms about taking a baby somewhere like a Broadway show where they could negatively impact others’ experience, but I think babies should be out and doing things early.

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    @bijou214:  I would ask my doctor first (pediatrician, not OB/GYN).  It is my experience that they still recommend waiting until the 6 weeks mark to take them out into crowded places.  Especially a germy plane.  My friend’s baby was born right before Christmas and she did not heed his doctor’s advice.  He spent the whole first year of his life sick.

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @bijou214:  My SIL just had a baby and the two of them took a road trip back to her home town over the weekend. Baby girl was 7 1/2 weeks old when they took the drive together. From what I remember it was a 5ish hour drive. Also, my mom went back there for a visit and they were out almost every day, exploring the monuments, the baltimore aquarium & a couple of other places. DH and I are due March 18, we are planning a trip back to the east coast around mother day to visit my bro/SIL and DH’s cousin,wife & their new baby. 

    Post # 23
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I checked yes to all of them! I have a 3.5 month old and we bring her with us pretty much everywhere and have since she was 3 days old. Lots of travel (flying and driving), sit down dinners, parties, pubs, movies. Shows often have minimum ages so we haven’t been able to bring her to any, but I would. We even have brought her to an NFL game. She is used to sleeping through noise and is pretty mellow so she’s easy to bring places. If she cries in a movie, I just leave and shush her and come back in when she’s quiet. I keep her in a sling or carrier all the time, which she likes. I think it depends on your baby and how you feel, but I think it’s doable to do lots of things with a really young baby – they’re very adaptable. Being out and about a lot has been great for my moods and relationship with my husband and friends, etc. 

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Dont buy any plane tickets or set plans in stone.  Just play it by ear… you cant predict how you will feel.

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    But also, I would not take baby out anywhere in public for the first 2 months…  especially during flu season.  I took my son to target when he was 6 weeks old and i felt like the worst mom ever…. and it was the middle of august.  Dont underestimate how tiny and fragile they are those first couple of months.  And traveling with a baby is no simple task.

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I would not bring the baby to a movie or show because it may disturb others, but everything else seems fine.

    Post # 27
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I hate to fly so I would not with a newborn (I’d e too stressed and anxious).  But I would go to a holiday party.  We went to a wedding with our newborn when he was 2 days old.  He slept through the whole thing, just got up to eat once.  We were there for 4 ours, then left after dinner.  It was fine.

    Post # 28
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Oh we did go to a restaurant for my birthday when baby was like 3 or 4 weeks old.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    At that age, my baby slept through anything and I could take her anywhere. I’d skip the broadway and the movie, but the rest of it would’ve been fine for us. We traveled quite a lot in the car and often went to restaurants and parties with her.

    Post # 30
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    I imagine that I would do almost all of the things above and just remove the child if they got restless. The only thing I would not do is hire a babysitter, probably, because it would be ridiculously expensive and I would probably still be breastfeeding.

    Post # 31
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    Busy bee

    We did a cross country road trip with my little baby nephew and it was fine. I would not want to take a bitty baby like that on a plane though- too many germs and crabby people 

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