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We went to church a week after LO was born, because one of my cousins was doing a baby dedication for her baby. I kept LO in his car seat though, so no one held him. Call me paranoid, but I wasn't ready for people I didn't know very well to be handling him. It went just fine :-)
lvetter622:to take the LO out to public places you know people are going to want to hold them ie: church?
I took my son to the store a few days after he was born. Everyone who wanted to hold him held him in the hospital. We had a family reunion a few weeks before he got his shots, but people held him. The ones who were sort of sick didn't hold him, and they knew better, voluntarily removing themselves from the room.
I find if you leave a baby in a car seat, people are less likely going to ask you to take him out so they can hold him. Especially if they aren't family.
They also sell little things to hang on the car seat that says "Please wash your hands before touching me"... I saw it while in the Pedi office.. I thought it was hilarious.
kmornelas29:My pedi said no public places until first round of shots.
Also, 4 months is really when you can take them in restaurants, etc. But she said no movies, malls, Disneyland, etc until older because its tons of ppl in a small place where air is not circulated well. I agree!
Ppl say its hard but its not. If you want to eat find somewhere with an outdoor patio area, etc.
everyone has to make her own personal parenting decisions, and I respect that you want to protect your child. However, I think this is overkill. My baby has been to restaurant, the mall, etc., and has never been sick. We started taking him to BRU and target when he was only a few days old. I did not take him around a crowd of people who would want to hold him until he was over six weeks, though. My mother-in-law wanted to do a big family gathering to meet the baby, and I made her wait until he was seven weeks old.