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Old 05-24-2013, 10:22 AM   #31
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I was never told to isolate my kids - all three healthy, full term babies, two of them summer babies - and I never did. I was in college full time when my oldest was born. I think he was a week old the first time my BFF watched him in her dorm room while I went to class. My middle child was born a week before my oldest started school, and missing his first day and open house wasn't an option so off she went in the snuggli. With my youngest, we stopped for dinner out on the way home from the hospital.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:24 AM   #32
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That makes me so sad.
Oh please.

My daughters are 20 and 22 and each went to day care at 6 weeks because I had to go back to work, and let me tell you that there is no reason whatsoever for you to be sad that someone else has made the choice to send her children to day care. Not your choice? Fine. My life, and my children's lives, have been absolutely wonderful these past 22 years, and I have no regrets whatsoever about them being in [horrors] day care.

Please don't impose your desires and your values on other people's choices.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:27 AM   #33
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Oh please.

My daughters are 20 and 22 and each went to day care at 6 weeks because I had to go back to work, and let me tell you that there is no reason whatsoever for you to be sad that someone else has made the choice to send her children to day care. Not your choice? Fine. My life, and my children's lives, have been absolutely wonderful these past 22 years, and I have no regrets whatsoever about them being in [horrors] day care.

Please don't impose your desires and your values on other people's choices.
That poster appears to be Canadian. They get a year of paid maternity leave up there. Must be nice!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:29 AM   #34
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My DD was born with slight jaundice, not too severe, and after she was discharged (at 1 day!) I had to bring her back to the hospital daily for 4 days for blood tests. It involved riding in a crowded elevator twice per visit with a bunch of people leaning over her and "oooh-ing" all over her.
She was fine!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:32 AM   #35
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Please don't start on that. Some women have to go back to work at 6 weeks.
That doesn't make it any less sad... not that they have to or want to go back to work, mind you, but that we don't do a better job of supporting working mothers with more reasonable/generous maternity leave policies.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:32 AM   #36
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With my first I waited a full 6 weeks. With my second it was a little less. With my third back to the full 6 weeks. I had also been told to be very careful with people touching and germs, ec...so I had the time and just kept them home. And I loved all that mommy time!♥
When I was working at Epcot I saw several babies that were days old. That was ridiculous to me with all those germs from everywhere!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:33 AM   #37
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Absolutely! When we were trying, my hope was to have a spring baby so we could get out of the house. Thankfully (and luckily) it all worked out and we had an April baby. My pediatrician never gave me guidelines like this, I took her to the grocery store when she was a week old (during the day when it wasn't too busy). She was so curious, even as a newborn, so she seemed to like being out and about
After years of infertility, I gave up caring what season we had a baby. God was kind though and made our first 2 spring babies. It was a lovely time to be out with a little one.

Our third was a fall baby. Not nearly as easy to get out and about that winter but we did. With 2 older kids, we had no choice. And honestly, it was pointless to try and quarantine her. The boys were in grade school and I'm sure brought all those germs home to us anyway!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:35 AM   #38
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So my husband told me last night that a coworker of his posted on FB recently that she is so happy that her baby is almost 8 weeks old and they can finally leave the house. He asked another coworker (also has a young child) if the baby was sick and the he was told no, this is standard procedure for newborns now.

Our kids are 9 and 17 and we both think this is nuts.

So, is it now recommended for healthy, full term infants to be kept at home for 8 weeks after birth?
Wow, can't parents think for themselves anymore and use their own common sense. They're told 'everything' to do these days! The Dr. suggested 4 weeks in '84 (he had had bad jaundice) - did I listen? No! He was healthy when he was discharged.

Society doesn't think parents should be responsible for anything any more - just print it all out in black & white.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:41 AM   #39
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That poster appears to be Canadian. They get a year of paid maternity leave up there. Must be nice!
Yeah, must be. My older one was born before FMLA and my then-employer didn't treat me well when she was born. I survived. Got a much better deal from my employer when the younger one was born.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:43 AM   #40
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DS is 17 years old. I was never told not to take him out. I went to stay with my parents for most of my maternity leave with him. We went up after his 1 week doctor appointment. The family wanted to see him so we went. I took him everywhere with me.

Now, DD had to stay home. She was 2 weeks late and born ill. They ran tons of tests but could never figure out what it was. She was in the hospital and on IV antibiotics for a week before her white blood cell count was at an acceptable level. She was also born in December. Doc said 30 days no leaving the house except for doctor appointments and she had us back almost as soon as we checked in. Doc said if DD so much as caught a sniffle she would put her in the NICU for 30 days minimum. She wasn't playing around either.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:48 AM   #41
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I was never given any guidelines at all. However, I did keep my babies in for several weeks (4? 6? 8? weeks--I can't remember exactly how long.) It just seemed like the right thing to do.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:31 AM   #42
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My oldest is 18. Her doctor told me to keep her away from crowds(the mall, church etc) for I think either 6 or 8 weeks. It seemed like common sense to me actually. Of course, when I had my next 2 it wasn't as realistic to keep them away from people and /or germs since the older 2 were in school. Anyway, to me this is one of those things that is to each their own.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:34 AM   #43
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We didn't go anywhere for about 3 weeks because of me. I was in worse shape than DS.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:40 AM   #44
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In our area, it mostly depends on the drs. philosophy as to what advice is given on how long to keep the baby home.

For my four kids we were out and about within 2 weeks. Sometimes sooner.

There's a particular dr. in our area who advises several weeks, especially in cold and flu season.

I used reasonable caution when my kids were out--not many people held or touched them, didn't take them out in the middle of a raging flu epidemic, watched that they were properly dressed, etc. and believed in the power of the immunity properties of breast milk.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:44 AM   #45
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My BFF mom had their youngest when we were 11. The baby went to our school concert at days old. I think it depends on mom more than baby.
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