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What age did you take your newborn out?

  1. codeitall

    clementine / 868 posts

    DD1 was born in flu season, so we waited almost two months.

    DD2 went with me to work at 5 days. I had to pick up some stuff and I figured she could come with. I was way less paranoid with DD2, we went out a lot

  2. Pumuckl

    pomegranate / 3601 posts

    With LO1 we were grocery shopping at 5 days old because I was going stir crazy.

    With LO2 we were out about the same but really out every day once she was 2 weeks old because I was home alone for large portions of the week and we had to get LO1 to and from daycare.

    With LO3 & LO4 it was a while until we really took them out but they were just so small and skinny and near term preemies so we were a little more careful (and they were born in January). So I think we went for a walk with them when they were 4 weeks old but they weren't even home until they were 2 weeks old.

  3. skinnycow

    pear / 1728 posts

    We went to Target when DD was 4-5 days old because I needed to get out of the house. I wore her and it wasn't cold/flu season. I may have chosen differently if it was winter.

  4. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts

    She was like a week old when I went to someone's house. It was a babywearing meet up and I really needed help wrapping her. I was comfortable going since only 1 other person held her, otherwise she was wrapped up on me the whole time.

    Also, this was LO2 haha. I don't think I went anywhere with LO1 the first 2 months!

  5. 2PeasinaPod

    pomelo / 5524 posts

    @LAZB: I'm so sorry

    With DS1, I was obviously a first time mom. I wouldn't take him out until after his 2 month shots. Even then, I was super protective of who held him.

    With DS2, we took full advantage of the sleepy newborn stage and took him out much earlier.

    Both were born in September, so we took them around the neighborhood early to get fresh air. They both always sleep better with some fresh air.

  6. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    Real question: why waiting until the 2 month vaccines? Cold and flu aren’t covered by those or is that just a point where you felt like baby was bigger and could handle more? I just ask because so many people mentioned it. My newborns though were always wrapped up and not passed around. I worried more about my toddlers putting disgusting things in their mouth with public germs than my newborns so I guess I am confused on the logic.

  7. LAZB

    pomegranate / 3904 posts

    @birdofafeather: babies are bigger and stronger by 2 months, and even though they aren’t protected for cold or flu, they are somewhat protected by other things.

    It surprises me that people think that baby wearing keeps babies from getting sick. Even though it’s a good start, many viruses are airborne, so going out is still risky when they are tiny.

  8. LBee

    pomegranate / 3895 posts

    @birdofafeather: @LAZB: We were told that the 8 week rule is because the bulk of fevers are either (a) meningitis or (b) birth contracted illnesses (predominately herpes). Since illnesses can go awry so quickly with babies and it's difficult to make a physical assessment of a baby accurately, any fever under 8 weeks is considered automatic sepsis work-up. This includes a spinal tap among a lot of other things you don't want to see your < 8 week old go through if you don't have to.

  9. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    @LAZB: not that I think it means they won’t get sick, but I’m not as worried about germs from strangers at that aspect. Where as my toddler is in preschool and people bring their kid in that’s been throwing up, which for me, means, my kid is absolutely going to be throwing up soon too. But I do understand that my toddler will handle that illness better than a newborn so that’s why I was asking about that marker. Makes more sense that it’s more about timeframe/age than the actual vaccines they receive at that appt. I’ve also never had a ped recommend that so I was curious!

    @LBee: yes, I’ve definitely been more concerned about my older one getting my younger one sick so I’m glad this third babe still is cooking for 2 more months to hopefully get past this sick season. 😔

    I guess the other thing for me is that once you have more than 1, I see no way to not do life with all the kids present. Like I still have to bring my other two to school once the third comes, ya know? And that requires going into the school two times a day. And groceries, etc etc. Not that I’d put my newborn in a risky situation just to “get out” but that I get a few days in the hospital and then life moves forward with the day to day so there’s no real way around it.

  10. 2littlepumpkins

    grapefruit / 4455 posts

    #1 she was past two months when we were finally able to go out, closer to four before regularly going out and about.. because she was so so fussy, cried all day long.

    #2 immediately went out. Got sick in the first month and had the whole sepsis work up in his second month. No fun but he was fine. He didn't get sick from going out, he got sick from lo1 being in preschool!

    #3 we were super paranoid about until she just recently made 2 months. Didn't want to do the hospital stay (our dr says they don't worry about the serious stuff as much after the 2 month visit and shots) but moreover it has been the worst cold and flu season and my elementary school kiddo already brought home a lot without us leaving the house. The 2 month appt was such a relief!!!

  11. LindsayInNY

    bananas / 9229 posts

    DD was born end of June on a Thursday. We left hospital on Saturday and took her (and me) to CVS for RXs. I know we were out Tuesday too - at a local BFing group and then a beer/tap room near us.

  12. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    I had my son at Target when he was 4 days old, I needed some stuff, he needed some stuff, I needed to walk some after my c-section, I didn't trust my husband to know what some of the things on my list was... Sooooo we all went to Target, but he was in his infant seat, in the cart, with a muslin swaddle over it when he was asleep, which was most of the time we were there.

  13. alphagam84

    persimmon / 1083 posts

    We went places after a few weeks but it was very limited and in a car seat. We didn't really go out a lot until the two month shots and then I felt safe taking her out more.

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