When is it OK to take a newborn to public places? What about letting other
people near my baby? I'm worried about infections. – Nancy
Some doctors prefer for parents to wait until their baby is a few months old before
going to crowded public places (like malls, movie theaters, and airplanes). But there
are no set rules about how long to wait before taking a newborn out into the world
or when to let people near the baby.
In fact, if the weather is nice, you should feel free to take your baby outside
whenever you feel up to it — you both would both probably enjoy a stroll outside
and some fresh air!
When you're out and about, though, do avoid exposing your newborn to anyone who
is clearly sick. A newborn's immune
system is still developing and may not be able to fight off infections. And ask
anyone who holds, touches, or feeds your newborn to wash
their hands first.
It's also important to make sure your baby's vaccines
are up to date.
Your doctor may advise you to take extra precautions if your child was premature
or has a condition that affects the immune system, like HIV.