When to Introduce Baby to Family/Friends

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Torin posted this 12 November 2018

I'm getting close to my due date and the holidays are also around the corner.  I  have lots of family and friends asking if I'll be attending various holiday gatherings but I'm nervous about having a newborn out.  When did you take your newborn around family and friends? 

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Leigh posted this 12 November 2018

I did what I was comfortable doing and tried not to let what others thought about it bother me. Just be honest and tell them if you’re worried about taking your baby out in public. Our baby was 6 weeks old before we took her to any kind of major event if we could help it. If we couldn’t help it, we just tried our best to keep her away from germs. She was a December baby, too, and the flu was rampant. Our family came to our house for Christmas and we missed some things, but I didn’t regret it a bit. Some people understood and others didn’t, but they won’t think about it for long. Especially if it’s your family and close friends! They would feel terrible if you brought your baby to their party and he/she got sick. 

Lauren posted this 12 November 2018

My doctors have said to limit exposure for about a month or 2. When very young babies get a fever, they sometimes have to do a spinal tap or hospitalization. It’s just not worth it in my opinion.

Hana posted this 12 November 2018

We waited at least 6 weeks.  Close friends and family members came  to our home to visit.  We asked them to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before handling our child too.  You dont want your newborn to catch the flu or any other type of virus from visiting a party.  Those that love you will come to you.

olivia posted this 13 November 2018

Not during the holidays! Too many people sick and too many germs. Wait until they're older, or until weather warms up (if you're in cold climates). 

Jeanmarie posted this 13 November 2018

For me it's not about the baby and the germs - I never felt up to getting out and about shortly after having a baby.  Recognize that giving birth is a major physical event and you'll need time to recover from it.  Tell people you'll see how you feel, so you can leave it open ended and bail out if you feel like garbage.

Rachel posted this 14 November 2018

Definitely wait if you want...but don’t feel bad if you want to get out, either! Taking the baby out to meet very small groups of people where no one is sick is totally fine!

Dani posted this 15 November 2018

I will be staying at home for at least 8 weeks with only my parents and in laws dropping by if I can help it!

Jessica posted this 15 November 2018

I’ve been there before! I’ve had many people that didn’t understand when I couldn’t/wouldn’t come to things. But you know what? There are so many more events that will happen and so many opportunities for people to meet your baby. They won’t think twice about it later, and as a mom you’re going to face so much questioning throughout your journey that it’s best to just go ahead and accept it. Do what you feel most comfortable with! 

Nelufat posted this 16 November 2018

I think these days people understand more than before. If you are not comfortable with people meeting and holding baby yet, just let them know.