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When did you first take your newborn out?

(55 Posts)
MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 10:46:51

My DS is 8 weeks old and so far I have avoided taking him out as he has not yet been immunised(due next week) due to the vast numbers of virus/flu etc about. Want to take DD to her dance class today & not sue if I should take DS with us or leave him with my parents. I'm worried he'll pick something up and won't be able to have his jabs next week.

How old was your newborn when you first started taking them out and about? Xx

havingastress Sat 26-Jan-13 10:49:05

Erm...2 days old when I went to register her birth grin

To be fair, DH works and I don't have anyone to have her, so she has to go wherever I go!

At 8 weeks I'm pretty sure he'll be fine! Put him in his pram, he'll probably just sleep.

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 10:59:11

I did actually take him in the car to register his birth also but that was really quick. I guess I'm a bit worried about taking him somewhere with lots of kids with germs!!

The vaccines won't protect him from flu and viruses that are doing the rounds. They protect against what are now less common illnesses.

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 11:05:46

I think I'll leave him at home with the grandparents!

Labootin Sat 26-Jan-13 11:06:50

I went to a BBQ the day after he was born, I had to cancel the midwives home visit.. As i explained i'd be out, She was rather surprised. I had a great time, ds was passed around and I got pleasantly tipsy on champagne meaning he slept v well that night.

SweepTheHalls Sat 26-Jan-13 11:06:57

2 days old to tescos. I would have gone mad otherwise!

Labootin Sat 26-Jan-13 11:07:42

I'd have gone stark raving crazy after 8 weeks tbh.

SavoyCabbage Sat 26-Jan-13 11:07:44

After a couple of days. Then I moved house when she was exactly seven days old.

barleysugar Sat 26-Jan-13 11:07:58

The next day after he was born. How do you think parents with older siblings manage? Do you thnk they don't let them any where near their precious newborn till after their jabs? You're being a little bit precious, sorry.

LadyKinbote Sat 26-Jan-13 11:08:38

I was out within days but just do what feels right to you. I found getting out helped my sanity though!

Ds came on the school run at 36 hrs old and every day since. Shopping at 4 days. Extended Family functions at a few weeks. He's 7 wks now and has been out for lunch and dinner with me to the nail salon, round friends to meet their dcs.

Your baby will be fine to go out at 8 wks.

CremeEggThief Sat 26-Jan-13 11:10:12

One day old for a walk to the park five minutes away. Only two or three hours after getting home from hospital!

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 11:10:33

If you read my post before calling me precious you would have noted I have a DD5. It's her dance class I am wanting to take him too.

Hulababy Sat 26-Jan-13 11:10:49

On the way home from the hospital - we stopped in at DH's work as he was so keen to show her off smile I'd had a cs so a short stay - so she was about 2.5 days old.
From then on she was out and about with me and DH. Took her to the local eatery/pub at 7 or 8 days old whilst we had a meal. Took her into my school at 6-7 weeks once I could drive.

Never even considered not going out.

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 11:12:31

Thanks. I think I just needed a bit of encouragement to be honest. 8 weeks pretty much at home ( due to weather & PND) has been a bit hard. Xx

PrincessOfChina Sat 26-Jan-13 11:12:54

Wow, I'm not sure how you managed to stay in for 8 weeks! I'd have gone crazy.

We first took DD out at a week old (we were in hospital until she was 4 days old anyway) and then went out most days. She went to the pub for the evening at 2 weeks old.

I really would have gone crazy staying in for 8 weeks.

5 days to go to the supermarket and do the Christmas food shop. I would not recommend it from an exhaustion point of view but that's all. Surely your DD will have been out and brought back any germs that are around?

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 11:13:50

LOL! I did feel a bit crazy at times tbh!! Xx

Wommer Sat 26-Jan-13 11:13:57

Are you BFing? If so he's pretty well protected by your antibodies in Bmilk.

Tbh though I'd take him anyway - he's got to be exposed at some point to develop his own immune system.

Bluemonkeyspots Sat 26-Jan-13 11:17:23

20 hours old dd2 was in asda as I needed some basics and was desperate to show her off to anyone and everyone.

Nearly punched two old grannies in the face who felt it appropriate to ask me if I was disappointed in having another dd rather than a ds! (no I'm not the granny puncher from the other thread)

Can I - very gently and with lots of kind thoughts - suggest that you mention to your GP/health visitor how worried you are about taking your baby out? I know and understand how concerning it is to potentially have a sick baby, but to close yourself away for 8 weeks would suggest to me that perhaps your worries are a symptom of your PND and that you may need a wee bit of help.

Saying this as I recognise your worries from my own PND experiences x

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 11:23:25

Yes ebf. DD has had various Virus' since he was born.

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 11:24:20

Granny puncher!!! LOL!

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 11:26:19

Thank you. Yes I agree and will mention to GP at check up next week. Xx

Porkster Sat 26-Jan-13 11:30:24

2 days to John Lewis.

littlemisssarcastic Sat 26-Jan-13 11:31:31

Took DD out of the house for the first time when she was 14 hours old. (That was the following morning after DD was born.)
We went to Tesco to buy the weekly shop.
Took DD out the morning after, when she was 35 hours old, to go to the boot sale. grin

8 weeks! shock

I took DD to Disneyworld when she was 3 weeks old.

Just to add - we lived in the USA and had family visiting. We didn't go to Disneyworld for DD. grin

...even though a loud American woman stuck her head into DD's pram and cooed over her and then said to me, "How sad that she's too young to remember the magic!" confused

MrsBungleBear Sat 26-Jan-13 11:39:01

I took dd to a local festival when she was 2 days (just a small one, not Glastonbury!)

I would have gone stir crazy not getting out. That was the middle of summer though.

I went out with Ds from day 1 too. I did have summer babies though so easier to get out and about I expect.

Couple of weeks with Ds1. We went to France when DS2 was 6 weeks old (he was late - he should have been older! grin) and less than 24 hrs with DD (took DSs to school the next day and took her to show her off)

But you have to do what you feel comfortable with.

notcitrus Sat 26-Jan-13 11:54:14

Day 4 dd got taken to nursery with ds, to be cooed over by all the staff and kids. I did have her in a sling for much of the first month which I felt would help protect her from their germs.

Sending mentioning anxiety over baby's health to the GP or an HV you trust. Though at least with ds I felt he seemed a lot bigger and able to deal with typical lurgy from about 3months, but anxiety was definitely the start of PND with dd.

PurplePidjin Sat 26-Jan-13 11:55:07

2 days to my mum's so my gran could have a cuddle.

3 days for a walk and a coffee.

I was in from Saturday to Wednesday. I was climbing the walls by Tuesday desperate for some fresh air!

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 26-Jan-13 11:56:45

The same day I was home from hospital, ds was a couple weeks early and we hadn't got the moses basket mattress!

ceeveebee Sat 26-Jan-13 12:01:24

Wow 8 weeks, you must be going crazy! I think I went out every single day from the day after getting home from hospital (by which time they were 8 days old).
I do remember being told off by a woman in starbucks for bringing such a tiny baby out of the house (DD was only 4lb when we left hospital) but doctors all told me it was fine.

NeverBeenToMe Sat 26-Jan-13 12:01:25

labootin I read your post as saying you went to B&Q! Wondered how you got tipsy on champagne there grin

About 7 days old, but i'd been in hospital for 6 of them.
Getting out & about, just a walk or coffee with friends saved me.
Wrap up warm & enjoy the fresh air & i agree about mentioning your concerns to your GP/HV

Be kind to yourself smile

Letmeintroducemyself Sat 26-Jan-13 12:13:17

20 hours

Badvoc Sat 26-Jan-13 12:14:44

About 2 days - for lunch to mils.

Pancakeflipper Sat 26-Jan-13 12:15:44

2 days old. Went for a walk/shuffle ( had stitches) through the woods and to the local shop. I loved pram pushing. Kept me sane.

BeaWheesht Sat 26-Jan-13 12:16:00

Err 2 days with dd and 4 with ds because everything was shut for Christmas. Had him out for a walk before that though.

RooneyMara Sat 26-Jan-13 12:20:18

2 days in my dad's car as I was ill and needed to register him. Then about 5 days old as school began and had to get the older ones there. It was awful - people poking him and prodding him and I felt completely overwhelmed. They were trying to be nice but too too much at that stage.

I just wanted to stay at home with my lovely children for a month at least, and not be disturbed sad

RooneyMara Sat 26-Jan-13 12:21:55

But gosh how on earth have you managed not to take him out for 8 weeks?! I am so envious sad Mine is only 3 weeks old and has been on the school run every day since then. I hate it though. I hate strangers poking him in shops as well.

MrsWhirling Sat 26-Jan-13 14:30:48

Well that was a disaster. Have spent last 2 hours stuck in traffic jam caused by a protest re: closure of local A&e. DD missed dance class & now stuck in same jam trying to get home. I feel like crying.

DS is still asleep but if he was ever going to catch DDs germs it would be after spending hours stuck in. VW Polo with her.

So, so sad and frustrated.

PurplePidjin Sat 26-Jan-13 14:48:30

MrsW is there a SureStart centre near you? I've found mine to be fab, loads of support - they've even helped me srt out a tax credits mistake (seriously if I'd earned 120k last year i wouldn't be applying for wtc!!) just pop in for a timetable and pick an activity that appeals. For me it's the bf group and I've already made a couple of friends shock dc 1 is 10 weeks bloody hv on the other hand is worse than useless

LadyKinbote Sat 26-Jan-13 15:56:09

You poor thing - at least you gave it a go! Can you take them both somewhere nice tomorrow?

Piemother Sat 26-Jan-13 16:21:31

Dunno. Couple of days with both I think. Dc1 has a schedule I have to go out!

havingastress Sat 26-Jan-13 18:10:35

Well yes definitely keep him away from deliberate exposure! I'm a teacher, and I only took DD to see 'my kids' (lol) at 11 weeks. However, otherwise she's been out and about as normal.

Yes, she's has bronchiolitus (spelling?!) and two colds since being born but tbh, I don't think you can keep them cocooned forever! It's good to get babies out and about looking around, listening and generally just engaging in different environments. Sitting in looking at the same four walls can't be much fun for him either!

yfuwchhapus Sat 26-Jan-13 19:50:20

I am sorry to hear about the traffic jam...how frustrating!

Try going out again in a couple of days, maybe week day when older DC is in school and you don't have to worry about getting anywhere on time!!

Just for a bit of reassurance I didn't take my DCs out until after first jabs, DC1 has chronic disease and I had to be very careful or it would be another hospital stay. Big hugs

whatyoulookinat Sat 26-Jan-13 19:53:31

Day 2 or 3. I could hardly walk but it was in the middle of summer & I was desperate to get out after an awful pregnancy.

Locketjuice Sat 26-Jan-13 19:59:47

Was out of hospital in 4 days and went to asda the day after just because it was 24 hour and has a McDonald's smile... How are you not going crazy!

BlingBubbles Sat 26-Jan-13 20:02:20

I took my dd out the after she was born, took her shopping for clothes grin

devonsmummy Sat 26-Jan-13 20:08:06

2 or 3 days old with my first born , & family (about 15 of us) meal out at 5 days
2 days with 2nd born to visit my nan, & a trip to the park at 3 days

headinhands Sat 26-Jan-13 20:11:58

15 hrs. He was born at 10 pm at home and I was in Asda with him at noon the next day. One of the Asda ladies asked how old he was and was a bit surprised I was out so soon. He was my 4th and I knew that by day 2/3i just wouldn't have the energy.

CanIHaveAPetGiraffePlease Sat 26-Jan-13 20:20:50

8 weeks???

I came out of intensive care and would have loved to have stayed home but was doing pre school run!

How have you been getting your older daughter to school and ballet? And what about food shopping? Or seeing friends?

I was given advice to go out everyday. Even if just a walk around the block! Baby would be fine in a pushchair -not exactly close contact with anyone in just going for a walk.

I wish you well. Do ask hv etc for help (have you tried home start? They're fab. I found it very tough getting out and about but was lucky in a way to have things k needed to be out for.

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