Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Living in Obama Land
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Do you notice a lot of babies crying in public? Nope. Or Rarely. It happens but it is a rare occurance and people are understanding. (Those that aren't have some serious growing up to do). What is it that you think will happen if babe cries? Can you survive the worst-case senario? Keep some hand sanitizer handy and don't let people touch (that is a reasonable fear, but people aren't going to tackle you to get their germy hands on the baby).
Avoidance strenthens anxiety. I'd encourage you to get out and try some outings, in small doses. You will find that it is ok. Maybe an outting to a child-friendly place, like a children's clothing store or a toy store would be a good place to start.
Best wishes to you Mama and congrats on your new little one!