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to take newborn to a nursing home christmas day?

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BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Thu 24-Dec-15 09:25:02

We're down visiting my parents for Christmas day. My mum runs a nursing home and is working till about 4ish. DS2 will be four weeks so hasn't had any jabs or anything yet. There's presently no known infections in the home (is a small, clean, well run bupa home, so they're pretty on top of knowing about this stuff)

What do you think? It'll brighten my mum's day up and the residents love it when we bring DS1 in, but obviously don't want to risk the baby getting poorly. My instinct says it'll be fine but thought I'd get some collective wisdom to check it's not the most irresponsible thing ever. Happy Christmas!

SellMySoulForSomeSleep Thu 24-Dec-15 09:26:11

Do it, it will be lovely.

Hoplikeabunny Thu 24-Dec-15 09:29:23

Is it a care home? As in, are they just old rather than ill? Or a nursing home where they are poorly? My nan is in a care home and I'd take a newborn there. I regularly take my 3yo ds and they all love him, although he gets a bit overwhelmed by all the attention!

Birdsgottafly Thu 24-Dec-15 09:31:10

Your Mum should be able to let you know if there's anyone with a deep chest infection etc.

When I worked in Care homes my children used to pop in and the residents loved it, but they'd go into the conservatory, were the more well residents tended to sit and just briefly walk through the lounge area.

The residents were at more risk of my children, who are walking bags of germs.

kelda Thu 24-Dec-15 09:33:17

Of course go on. There are always risks for a new born baby at this time of year, but I think it's a lovely thing to do. So many elderly people are forgotten at Christmas (forgotten the whole year round).

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Thu 24-Dec-15 09:52:44

Go on. If you're lucky, you'll spot the Look, the one Dneff (3 weeks) gave DM while she was dying: "I've just come through the Door and it's fine".

Iloveonionchutney Thu 24-Dec-15 09:57:57

I took my 6 week old to a nursing home to see my nan shortly before she passed, I checked first it was ok and they were absolutely fine with it.

MatildaTheCat Thu 24-Dec-15 10:02:43

Many older people absolutely love to see a new baby and it will give them great pleasure. I can't see any infection risk...it's not as if the baby will be crawling or being passed around, is it?

Go. fsmile

Iwonderwhy123 Thu 24-Dec-15 10:12:11

Just check with your mum to make sure no D&V doing the rounds or bad chest infections then go for it!
I think it can make people's day seeing a snuggly little newborn and you'll probably find many of them won't have other visitors.

villainousbroodmare Thu 24-Dec-15 10:18:56

Definitely go once no bugs present.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Thu 24-Dec-15 10:22:00

As long as everyone is well I would. My Grandad was very poorly in hospital with cancer when I was born and my parents used to take me to visit him then the nurses and my Mum would take me round visiting all the other elderly patients, apparently it cheered them all up immensely. It will be lovely for the residents to see a little baby especially, as Iwonderwhy123 says, because some may not have any visitors!

AuntieStella Thu 24-Dec-15 10:23:40

Definitely go!

The sorts of things the early baby jabs protect against aren't found in nursing homes.

And the changes of picking up a winter virus aren't going to be that much different from any other public place.

LizzieMacQueen Thu 24-Dec-15 10:23:50

Go and wear a blue dress, put the babe in swaddling clothes. How is your rendition of 'Away in a manger'

BikeRunSki Thu 24-Dec-15 10:32:28

Take him! We used to take ds to visit his great grandma in her care home, everyone was always so cheered to see a baby.

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Thu 24-Dec-15 11:29:13

Excellent. We'll go and aforementioned baby will be dressed in ridiculous Christmas pudding outfit! grin

MrsHarveySpecter Thu 24-Dec-15 12:32:46

Disgrace, that's lovely. My eyes seem to be a tad misty...

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 24-Dec-15 12:35:20

Definitely take him. There's nothing more therapeutic for the older generation to see a new born baby.

2ManySweets Thu 24-Dec-15 12:36:35

Disgrace I'm actually crying right now.

And I'm harder than Phil Mitchell wink

tobysmum77 Thu 24-Dec-15 12:41:33

Blimey I never ever thought about this, took dd1 to meet my granny in the first week of her life. I would worry far more about germs in places there are full of children or on maternity wards

Vanillaradio Thu 24-Dec-15 12:46:11

We did this with 7 week old ds at his first Christmas dressed in reindeer outfit! Made everyone's day I think! smile

ChimpyChops Thu 24-Dec-15 13:06:55

Yep, do it. Check for any bugs going around but I work in a residential home and would take my baby there. Even a nursing home, they may not be necessarily ill, jut require more care smile

EponasWildDaughter Thu 24-Dec-15 15:26:38

Bloody hell disgrace!

Sat here now all snotty! grin

GuyMartinsSideburns Thu 24-Dec-15 15:31:01

Definitely if you can, when I worked in a nursing home my cousin came in with her newborn and the residents loved having a baby there smile Baby had lots of cuddles grin I still remember one of the lady's faces as she was holding the baby, she was so happy.

WanderingTrolley1 Thu 24-Dec-15 15:35:43

Take baby!

Your mum (and the oldies) will love it.

MamaLazarou Thu 24-Dec-15 15:37:22

How lovely, the elderly folk will absolutely love it.

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