Hello Mamas and mamas to be out there. I know this is a commonly asked question many of you are probably considering. Now mamas I know that when I was having my babies 26 years ago you had to wait until six weeks before taking baby out in public. The only exception was for a medical check up for you or the baby. In my culture you could not even wash your hair for fear of getting sick.
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Today we are going to examine if that is the same take on this matter. Our short topics will include:
4.Should I contact my doctor?
1.How long should a newborn stay home after birth?
Guess what Mamas?
Nowadays, we now know that taking your infant out on her first outing is entirely safe even after one or two days. If you’re willing to go , chances are she will be as well.
However, because viruses, such as the coronavirus, are becoming more common, you’ll want to take extra measures with your baby when you’re out and about. Along with these extra safety precautions, remember to dress your baby for the temperature so she’s warm but not too hot, and to cover her fragile skin with a hat to protect her from the sun’s rays (even on cloudy days).
Begin cautiously with your outings so that neither of you becomes exhausted. Keep diapers, wipes, and an extra blanket on hand. So that you have all of your materials on hand, have a change of clothes in baby’s bag or stroller.
What about Covid 19 and my baby in public?
A quick trip around the block or a feeding session on a park bench is a great change of scene for babies and their new parents (yes, it gets monotonous when you’re caged up inside all day), so a little stroll around the block or a feeding session on a park bench is a wonderful relief.
When gathering friends and family, they’re probably just as eager to meet your baby as you are to show him off. However, because of COVID-19, the best recommendation is to limit visitors both inside and outside your home until the pandemic is over. Whether it’s your pediatrician’s advice or your own maternal intuition, get your message across.
Keep your baby safe when in crowds
- Avoiding all crowds, period, is the greatest way to keep your newborn safe in crowds.
- If you have to go somewhere with a lot of people, carry your baby in a sling, wrap, or age-appropriate carrier, or keep her in a stroller so that other people don’t get too close.
- Maintain as much physical distance as possible, wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask (infants, however, should not don face coverings).
- It pays to be particularly cautious in the first month because your baby’s immune system has had less time to strengthen.
- (This is especially critical for babies who were born prematurely or who have other health issues.) Before COVID-19, pediatricians would usually authorize an outing in a crowded area about 2 months of age.
2. Is it okay to have visitors with a newborn?
ALLOW IT WHEN YOU ARE COMFORTABLE……...
New mothers have differing views on whether or not to invite loved ones to visit them in the hospital after their baby is born. Some people choose to rest, recover, and wait until they return home to receive guests, while others love a hospital visit with close relatives and friends shortly after the baby is born.
Remember that bringing a child into the world is a huge undertaking, and you deserve some time to relax and settle into parenthood. There’s a lot that happens during your stay, between feedings, diaper changes, and nurses and physicians checking on you and your baby. It’s quite acceptable to decline a visit if you’re not interested.
Regardless of your feelings on the subject, hospital policy takes precedence. Here are some more reminders:
You must protect your little star- No sick visitors allowed!
- This is, without a doubt, the most pressing problem (and with good reason!). Your baby’s immune system is still developing, and they aren’t ready for pathogens yet. In fact, the immune system of a baby isn’t regarded fully functional until they’re two months old! Feel free to be a mommy bear; what you ask of your visitors is entirely up to you.
- And if they can’t follow your rules, they won’t be able to meet your child for a while. Consider asking your visitors to double-check that their immune system is intact.
- Vaccinations should be up to date: Because newborns’ immune systems are still developing, they are more vulnerable to infections and cannot fight just yet.
- Wash hands frequently: It’s always a good idea to ask visitors to wash their hands upon arrival, and before holding your newborn. Follow your instincts on when and how often to ask guests to wash up
- Let baby have some space: Maybe you feel comfortable with certain visitors coming to see baby, but aren’t sure about letting everyone hold your little one just yet. And that’s fine, mama! Feel free to set limits. You can ask them to avoid close proximity to baby’s face, and it’s up to you whether or not you want visitors to hold baby. Be sure that if you have a partner, they’re on the same page about the rules.
- Bring/wear a mask: During flu season, or a pandemic, anyone holding baby should wear a mask.
3.Keep number one safe as well
Don’t put your own rest and recovery aside for the sake of guests; you’ve been through the ringer! Make sure you’re feeling good physically and emotionally before welcoming visitors. The last thing a sleep-deprived new mom needs is to feel overwhelmed with people in her home.
And even if you’re excited for your loved ones to come meet your baby, visits can still be tiring. Don’t hesitate to set limits. When you’re ready for guests to leave, a simple “I think baby and I need to go take a nap now; thank you for coming to visit us!” should be more than enough to wrap up a visit.
4. Contact your doctor when needed
If your kid was born prematurely or has a condition that affects the immune system, such as HIV, your doctor may advise you to take preventive measures.
Consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
Mamas you see you do not have to be quiet about what you protocols you want for you and your baby. Your standards may not rest well with family and friends, but you have to do what is necessary and right for you and your baby.
Remember your baby’s immune system is not ready to fight. Take your baby out when you are most comfortable. You can like, comment, or ask a question. I would be happy to hear from you. Before you go I have a question. What are some of the concerns you have about taking your little star out in public?
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