When Can I Take My Newborn Out?

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The general rule is two weeks before you can take your newborn out, but you as the parents are in charge. Find out when you can take your newborn out with help from a parenting professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina Gavenda, and this is when can I take my newborn out? The general rule is two weeks but you as the parents are in charge. And there are a few things you can do to help protect your baby from lots of dangerous germs. It's pretty hard to take a newborn out without their mother. And some moms need quite a bit of recovery time before they venture outside of the house for more then just a doctor's visit. Whenever you feel comfortable taking your baby out is a good time to start taking them out is really the general rule. If you don't want to take them out before a month old then you don't have to. If you're ready at two weeks or before two weeks that's great. Everybody loves babies and there are a few things you can do to help prevent lots of hands on them which may or may not have been washed. Or lots of people coming up and asking to hold your baby. If they're really new that can expose them to dangerous germs. One of my favorite ways is using a baby carrier. For newborns a sling can be very convenient. Keeping them close on your body will often put them to sleep. And having them held in something will help prevent people from asking if they can hold the baby when it looks so comfortable already. Another one of my favorite ways are zippered car seat blankets. If you have an infant carrier and you're out and about and they fall asleep in the carrier there's not really much reason to remove them from the carrier. Having a zippered blanket keeps the baby all covered up and it also makes it a little bit more difficult for people to touch their hands or face. Even if it's not winter you can use these, this is a lightweight one. And I would feel comfortable except for the hottest part of summer. You as the parents are free to choose when to take your baby out. The longer you wait the less likely their very immature immune system is going to be exposed to harmful viruses or diseases. But it's nice to know that there are things you can do to keep them safe. Thanks for watching.

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