When can I take my baby out of the house?
This is a time where you can use your new mum's intuition to take a call.
Unless you had a home birth, your baby will have already enjoyed his first taste of the outdoors on his journey home from the hospital.
If you have just had a baby, you may have been told by your family members that the first 40 days after delivery are important. Traditionally, the 40-day confinement period is believed to be the right amount of time needed for you to recover from the delivery and for your newborn baby to gain strength. Staying at home means keeping infections at bay. If you decide to follow confinement, then you may have to put on hold any plans of going outdoors.
However, some mums do prefer to get out of the house as soon as they can as they feel confinement is too restrictive. If you and your baby are healthy, and your doctor allows it, you may not need to wait the full 40 days. In fact, fresh air and a change of scenery could even do you both some good.
So, as soon as you feel ready, it's fine to take a newborn buggy ride. It could be walk in the park or around your residential complex. If nani or dadilive close by, you could drop in for a visit. Just make sure you dress your baby appropriately and don't stay outside too long.
Most parents tend to overdress their babies even in the peak summer. So give your baby one more layer than you need yourself to feel comfortable. If he gets too hot or too cold your baby will probably tell you by getting fretful and starting to cry.
Don't forget to add or take layers off as needed. He may need a blanket while out in the pram on a windy day or when you enter an air conditioned mall. But if it's warm outside or you go into a warm room or sunlight area, unwrap him for a while.
Your baby needs time to get used to his new surroundings and develop immunity. So, it may be best to stay clear of crowded markets, cinema halls and places with a lot of dust around to lower the risk of him catching an infection.
Courtesy By - babycenter