When Should You Start Taking Your Baby Out?

One of the questions that new parents struggle with is the one on when they should start taking their new born babies out. Opinion on this matter differs a great deal. There are some people who will tell you that you shouldn’t take your baby out for a whole month from the date when the baby was born. And then there are others, on the opposite end of the spectrum, who will tell you that you can take your baby out within hours of being born! The best place to look for authoritative answers to this question is at the pediatricians’ offices. And on their part, the pediatricians seem to have no objection to the baby being taken out (at any age), as long as the baby won’t be exposed to extreme temperatures and/or to germs.

It therefore boils down to what you feel is best for your baby, being a new mother. But you also need to be aware of the fact that your new baby, just like any other human being, would benefit a great deal from exposure to fresh air, and from some exposure to (some little) sunlight. So it is really a good idea to take the baby out from time to time – at least for a few minutes each day. The most important thing here is to ensure that the baby is not exposed to extreme temperature conditions, and that your baby is not potentially exposed to germs.

It can obviously get complicated if you will be leaving your baby under the care of someone else. Of course, if you work for a major company, you will (probably) be granted generous maternity leave. Like if, for instance, you work for PepsiCo, you will just have to visit the My PepsiCo view website, to check your maternity leave days. Heck, even as a father, you may realize – while browsing through the Mypepsico website — that you are entitled for some paternity leave. But if you work for a small company, or you work in your own business, you may find yourself having to go back to work within a few days of welcoming the baby to the world. And so you would be left with various worries about the baby. Those would include the worry as to whether the person you would be leaving your baby with would actually be inclined to take the baby outside or not.