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Old 05-24-2013, 12:51 PM   #61
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I've never heard of that for healthy babies. When my son was born 10 years ago, I went to Target as soon as I left the hospital to pick up some odds and ends and after that I took him everywhere I needed to go. My husband at the time was deployed so I didn't have much of a choice unless I wanted to ask others for help.

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Old 05-24-2013, 01:01 PM   #62
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I was told 6 weeks in 1994 but it was flu season, I suppose. For the most part I did it. I'm sure it drove some people in our family nuts.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:01 PM   #63
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WOW! I guess we were really crazy. DD18 was born on a Friday, spent the weekend in the NICU. She was discharged on Monday and we stopped on the way home at Grandma's office so everyone could ooh and ahh over the baby. She was born with a dislocated hip and we had doctor appointments Tues, Wed, Thurs and Friday. I took her to the mall on Friday since none of the clothing I had worked with her brace she had to wear. The nurse at the hip specialist's office suggested a certain kind of onsie that JCPenney sold so off I went to buy some. They were a life-saver!

That Sunday my cousin came over with her three kids ages 9, 6 and two months. That night I get a phone call from my mom that her baby was in the hospital with meningitis. I was freaked out, called the ped and told to watch for any symptoms and call them in the morning. My dd never did get sick, but my cousin's poor baby spent two weeks in the hospital.

DS13 was out and about at 4 days old. We went shopping with him and out to lunch. He attended his first funeral when he was a week old. I am pretty sure both kids were at softball games when they were less than two weeks old. I did have the luxury of having spring babies. My doctor never said anything about not going out.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:34 PM   #64
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Neat trick when you only get 6 weeks' maternity leave.

For the most part that advice is outdated unless the child has immune issues. Just taking them in for that well-baby visit means exposing them to the germiest environment in the universe: a pediatrician's waiting room.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:34 PM   #65
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They don't have to be quarantined for 8 weeks. You just have to use discretion. The exception is premies or babies with compromised immune systems.

Sounds like that parent is either over-protective, misinformed, or a whackadoo.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:37 PM   #66
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DD is 4, we were not told by our doctor to keep her home for any time period. And we didn't.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:43 PM   #67
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My DD was born at just over 34 weeks, we were kept in hospital for 8 days and I took her out the day after she got home. A few days after that she made the 140ish mile journey from Wales to Scotland as we were moving house and hadn't expected her to arrive early. She is a perfectly healthy little girl, it didn't do her any harm at all!
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I do know a couple of people who have done that but their babies were preemies. We didn't keep our two DS (27 and 29) home either. The 29 year old took a road trip from VA Beach to my parents in MD when he was 9 days old and was around a lot of people. It was at Christmas time. The 27 year old went with us to the mall when he was 8 days old (older brother was 28 mo) to get out of the house more. I took them both plenty of places and other than my youngest catching a cold when he was 1 month old, they were both very healthy and have great immune systems.

My friends' daughter just drove to Nashville from MD for her brother's wedding with her 11 day old son. He will be exposed to a lot. And, she had a c-section so that's what surprised me about them going, not the baby's age, but mom's still recovering. The Dr said they were both doing great, so go and have a great time.

Many years ago before antibiotics and vaccines, people were told to keep newborns home and away from others because if a baby caught something, there was not much they could do. Not so anymore.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:48 PM   #69
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Our pediatrician's office has a separate waiting room for babies 2 months and under. He was explaining to us that newborns under 2 months are at an increased risk of getting significantly sick (ie. intensive care in the hospital) from everyday illnesses (coughs, could, strep, etc.), as opposed to older babies. He didn't tell us to keep our son at home for 2 months, but just to be smart/careful about germs and where we were taking him.
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Originally Posted by StitchesGr8Fan View Post
It did not add anything of value to the thread and is potentially going to start a discussion on staying at home vs going back to work, which is a very hot topic.

It is the type of post that does nothing but stir the pot.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #71
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My baby was out food shopping with me at 5 days and I'm sure we went other places before that, too. She is now 16 months old and has been bery healthy, only two colds her whole life so far, and those she got from her older siblings.

New parents can take things a bit far. I don't really see much risk if she's snug in her car seat and stroller with the covers drawn.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #72
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I have 5 children. I don't think that's "standard advice," but I know some doctors do advise it. None of my doctors have, but I put a lot of thought into choosing my doctors and wouldn't pick one who gave out a lot of rules.

I stay home as long as my body needs me to lay low. I think that it's a good guideline that if my body hasn't recovered yet, then the baby shouldn't be out and about. And when we do go out, I keep my baby close to me and away from germs. I don't have a problem with the mall because the baby is in a stroller, in a sling, or in my arms the whole time. I just wash my hands before I pick the baby up and remind my older children not to touch the baby's hands or face.

We did have a wedding we wanted to go to when my youngest was 5 weeks old, and it was about a 2 hour drive from our house. We decided to make a weekend of it and go camping (in our air conditioned RV) in the town where the wedding was. A lot of people did hold the baby at the wedding, but he survived.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:08 PM   #73
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I'm glad my pediatrician didn't tell us about that one. - DS was born a week before Thanksgiving, and the family would have flipped if they hadn't gotten to see him! We didn't take him to really crowded places that early, and everyone washed their hands before touching him. But I would have been a nervous wreck under that stiff a restriction.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:09 PM   #74
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I chose to keep mine mostly in for the first 4 weeks. My choice not to expose them to anything and everything out there. Yes, there were doctor appointments, but my pediatrician's office had a newborn waiting room. No malls, Wal-Mart, church, etc., though.
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We just had our first this past December. The doctors advised us not to take him out for the first few months. Mostly because it was winter and it was a high Flu and RSV season. He wasn't premature either (actually 1.5 weeks late).

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