This may be helpful if you are asking ‘When can I start to take baby out of the house?’. In my experience, the best time to go out with a new baby is as soon as you want to. Because little babies don’t usually have much of a routine for the first couple of months, and the sleep a whole bunch, they’re pretty accommodating of ‘out and about’.
Paediatrician Jennifer Shu, writing for BabyCenter says that there is no medical reason not to take a healthy baby out of the house. The idea is to use your common sense:
- To avoid exposing babs to unwanted germs, limit the time you spend in crowds. Make sure anyone who wants to hold or touch your baby washes his hands, and avoid staying with anyone who’s sick.
- If it’s a lengthy outing, make sure you’re prepared with nappies, wipes, a change (or two) of clothes and food.
- Dress your baby appropriately – layers if it’s cold and light clothing if it’s warm.
And a quick fyi – slings are great for hauling baby about in those early days. They’re comfy and cuddly; just what babs loves!
My hubby and I started taking our girls out and about from a very young age. We even hit the Boxing Day sales on Oxford Street when my older daughter was just about 4 weeks old. And she totally survived. Both my girls are well adapted ‘out and abouters’.
But I do have friends who only took their babs out after 6 weeks and some who rarely left their house. And that’s okay. Whatever you’re comfortable with. Some mums and dads are home bodies by nature. But if you have a lovely garden definitely make use of it, especially if the weather is lovely and warm. Your baby will love it!
When did you start gadding about with your new baby? Did you find it difficult?