Is 4 weeks too early?
Should I wait until at least six weeks?
What if its flu season?
What if I’m alone?
What if it’s cold?
Leaving the house for the first time with your newborn can be a big to-do. Some moms may tell you that you need to wait a few weeks before leaving the house with a newborn. Seasoned moms with multiple children might roll their eyes at your fear since it no longer seems like a big deal to them.
So, what do you do?
The answer is, you go whenever you feel comfortable. I wouldn’t recommend hitting the town a day or two after giving birth, not so much because of baby, but because of you. Your body needs time to heal and recuperate from all the hard work it just did.
If you feel like you can handle hitting the grocery store 5 days postpartum, and leaving the house is going to help you feel saner and in control of your life, more power to you. If you NEED groceries but the idea of leaving is making you shake in fear, call in back up!
You know your body and your baby best.
You are in control.
If your only concerns are for baby and germs here are some tips:
1. Keep baby in a car seat, in the actual cart, not on the top.
Not only is it safer and better for the car seat, it puts them a little further out of eye sight and leaves them harder to reach.
2. Wear your baby.
Having your little one snuggled closed to you with your arms wrapped around them can be reassuring to you both, and often strangers are less likely to try and touch a baby attached to another person.
3. Don’t be afraid to tell that well-meaning stranger to bug off.
You are in control of who touches your baby, whether they like it or not. Steve Harvey demonstrates my favorite technique of how to do this here.
Know you don’t have to do this alone! Your partner, your mom or dad, or your postpartum doula can make the trip with you!
Whenever you decide to leave the house with your newborn, know that you’re going to be ok and you’re going to be great.