I know I didnt wait that long with ds. We've been taking her lots of outdoor places (parks, city gardens) but I feel nervous about going anywhere else. I had to go to the store yesterday and I put her in a moby wrap. She seemed protected but I feel so paranoid about it.
Mother of 3, welcomed a new baby girl July 2011
Teddy has been out to the doctor's office, the midwives' office, the library, preschool, Trader Joe's, the playground, and a bunch of walks. I think keeping baby close to you in a carrier probably minimizes the risk of baby catching something from someone around you.
I am sure that at my house, the greatest source of germs is going to Teddy's 5 older siblings. The oldest 4 attend 4 different schools, so we are guaranteed to get as many germs as possible.
I was very paranoid for a couple weeks. It has been a pretty bad influenza season. Even missed my gma's 80th birthday party!!! But I'm totally over it! I have a three year old that NEEDS to get out of the house. And I NEED to get out of the house.
I was getting a little blue sitting around the house (it's still a little too cold for a new baby to be outside here)! and a sad, bored mom isn't a very good mom.
We make sure everyone washes their hands all the time.
Our babe has been to the midwife's, the pediatrician's, post-natal yoga, all sorts of parks, stores, markets, cafes and even a few restaurants! And a museum and even a protest! Always in the sling or in my arms. We travel by foot & public transport - bus & train - we don't even have a car.
3 months!! That seems a bit excessive, to say the least. I'd go nuts.
Sarah ~ ds X 12/05 ~ dd E 3/08 ~ 7/12
as for germs... our 3 yr old already gave the baby a cold. we can't keep her inside for 3 months that's for sure and we need to live which means groceries etc.
I've never waited more than a week or two to take my babies places. I wouldn't want to take her to a hospital or doctor's office at this age, but I think normal places are fine - she can't touch anything or anyone (other than me) when she's in the sling anyway. I think it's more important for me and other family members to observe good handwashing, etc.
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My original plan was to wait a month before resuming normal group activities like playgroup, church, etc. I've been rethinking that, however, and will probably do a playgroup and go back to church at about 3.5 weeks because of some timing with certain activities. Not a big difference, but it was enough to make me really consider it. As for going out anywhere, well, we've already done 3 trips of window shopping as a "get me out of this house!" escape, we went to the library yesterday at 2 weeks old, and we've done several outdoor walks as well. But I've avoided the grocery store, playgroups, and church.
And like Catherine said, I'm just going to be a bit militant about hand washing, especially when we go out.
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Basically, we're living as normal. DD is usually in the wrap unless we're going somewhere that I'll need to lay her down. I really don't like taking the carseat. It's heavy and awkward.
I think 3 months is extreme with a normal healthy babe. I'd go insane waiting for 3 months to go anywhere. My good friend's babe is 5 months, her ped gave her the same recommendation. She took her DD out after a few weeks because she was going stir crazy.
Kristy, wife to Josh proud mama to Katie: since 3/08 and Emma since 8/12.
Day 12 we went to the grocery store. Day 13 to church.
When he was 5 weeks old we went to my brother's college graduation with thousands of people and at 8 weeks we went on a ferry over the border to visit
our neighbors tot he north. We celebrated Canada Day with them in Victoria.
Babe hasn't been sick - unless you count the diaper rash I gave him from my anti-biotics.