How soon is it to take my newborn(11 days old) without her immunizations to a family gathering? Around 20-30 people will be there and we don't plan on letting people grab or touch her without having sanitized or washed their hands first, but we want to know if this is even a wise idea or if we should just put it off for the meantime.

  • Geena
    Sep 30, 2017

    Vicki- it’s what i’ve been told as well as soon if they develop fever at that age after external exposure. their standard operating procedure accordingly in the er is a spinal tap if causes are undetermined that’s why i didn’t risk it

  • Anonymous
    Sep 30, 2017

    It's up to you. I had my son in the winter and kept inside for 8 weeks until he got his shots. A couple of weeks later we took him to visit family and he got his first cold. Goes to show you can keep your baby inside and away from people as long as you want, but they're going to get sick sometime. It's definitely smart to wait until after shots though. If you can't wait until then, I would baby wear in a wrap (not carrier styles). Wraps keep the baby mostly covered.

  • Teddy
    Sep 30, 2017

    We waited a month with our first baby for family gatherings and larger crowds like the grocery store. Just seemed like a good idea to wait until those first shots. With the second we weren't AS careful but that's because it seemed sort of like a mute point since we had a toddler constantly grubbin on the baby anyway with her nasty germs.

  • Heidi
    Sep 30, 2017

    What Vicki said is not necessarily true. My son came down with his first cold (That he caught from his big brother) at 7 weeks. He was hospitalized, but no spinal tap. He was in the hospital from Tuesday until Saturday. They only monitored his oxygen levels with a device on his toe, gave him oxygen, and kept his nose cleared with a NoseFrida like device. No meds or anything else. While it is scary to have an infant in the hospital, it was not nearly the nightmare I was deathly afraid of from horror stories like that and overall it was fine (and I say this as someone who had a homebirth because I absolutely did not want my new baby anywhere near a hospital). It could be because my son was closer to 8 weeks, but he hadn't had his first shots yet either. He also never developed a fever, which could have played into it.

  • Vicki
    Sep 30, 2017

    Heidi, my comment should have included with fever.

  • Geena
    Sep 30, 2017

    If ever you decide to going, just put something over her stroller to cover her that way you’ll still be able to protect her from people coming and talking to you. Certain infections are not just transmissible through hands. The most vital are transmissible through the droplets of saliva a human eye could barely even see. It is a risk to gamble and some are lucky. Congratulations by the way!

  • Anonymous
    Oct 01, 2017

    my son was visited by many people that my hubby worked with in the military from birth. He was also sick many times with a fever and has never had a spinal tap. An ER does not do a spinal tap Willy nilly. They would never put an infant in that position. There are lots of other avenues to go about before that is even talked about. My son also had pneumonia at 10 months with a week long hospital stay. You can do all you want to try and keep the germs away, but there is never a promise that they won't get to you by the wind in the air.

  • Melissa
    Oct 01, 2017

    Our daughter was born on December 16 last year and she had her first Noche Buena/Christmas Eve at just 9'days old and there was about 15 of us. Granted She slept/cried most of the time 😂 so she was with either myself, hubby or grandma during it, but she was fine :)

  • Judy
    Oct 01, 2017

    I come from a huge family, youngest of 8. And we had my sisters milestone birthday with 150 guests. And my dad's 10 year death anniversary with 30 of just close family (immediate family w their kids and spouses). All within a month of her birth. We left her in car seat while she was sleeping. We would hold her. And only a few close people would hold her after they washed their hands. Our 3 month old now loves our big family gatherings. Watching whoever is chatting. Loves to be held. Family understands. You can always show up late and leave early. Do what makes you comfortable. For me, it was a relief to know she's so loved. Annnnd I got someone else (a few someone else's) to hold her for a few hours and I got to feel girly dressed up and talking to people other than the baby and hubby.

  • Diana
    Oct 01, 2017

    I took my daughter out Christmas shopping when she was 3 weeks old. I kept her in the boba so no one got that close. I got some rude comments, but it was fine. I think how soon you take baby out varies by culture. Her first family party was when she was a month old, but I wore her the whole time, Idt anyone even held her besides me and her dad. And no one that didn't have flu & pertussis shots was allowed near.

  • Nataly
    Oct 01, 2017

    Go. Have a fun time! We did this with our newborn. He was about 1 week old. We made sure if anyone wants to hold him, they had to wash their hands and def NO kisses. And that was that. He's about to be 2 months and absolutely LOVES company.

  • Nataly
    Oct 01, 2017

    Also, our pediatrician encouraged us to go out and about and not stay home and closed in.

  • Andrea 💫🌙
    Oct 01, 2017

    I would wait. Wether you vaccinate or not I'd wait until the baby is older. I don't vaccinate mine entirely. Only some here and there sparingly, but still waited until they were almost 3 months to start exposing them.

  • Keke
    Oct 01, 2017

    With my first born I was very careful and would only let certain people handle him. We didn't let him outside the house unless it was for a doctor visit or something urgent. With my second one, she was out and about at 2 weeks old. I always had a hand sanitizer ready, a receiving blanket to cover her infant car seat (we carried her around in it) and another blanket to drape over anyone who wanted to carry her. She was okay. But it's all about whatever you're comfortable with...

  • Bethany
    Oct 01, 2017

    If you do decide you feel comfortable going, you can always babywear him the whole time and most people won't (as easily) ask to hold him.

  • Tess
    Oct 02, 2017

    We have 22 people in our immediate family (siblings and parents), and they all came to see the baby the first few days. He was born in July, and we also attended a family reunion at 2 weeks, because it was outdoors and not flu season. My pediatrician did not have an issue with it, just said to make sure anyone holding him washed their hands first. He did not get sick. I probably would not have gone had it been a different time of year or type of event. Do what you’re comfortable with and talk to your doctor.

  • Kyle-Marie
    Oct 05, 2017

    Be aware not to let anyone kiss you baby, they don’t stress this enough at the hospital or at all! Cold soars are highly contagious and dangerous, my mom had one and she took care of my newborn and toddler and we freaked out, luckily everyone was fine!

  • Jonna
    Oct 05, 2017

    I guess it depends on your family. If they respect boundaries, then go for it! With my first I stayed home all the time, which I think contributed to my baby blues. Socialization is important. I now have 4 children, the youngest is 3 weeks. We go everywhere! My older kids are in school and I'm sure bring home all types of germs. So I figure our home is not safer than the outside world.

  • PedroYsandy
    Mar 22, 2018

    If you don’t want anyone touching your baby, don’t go anywhere. People don’t ask permission. They’re gonna touch. If you’re okay swatting people’s hands away or being ‘rude’ by telling them to clean their hands then go. They need to respect the way you do things for your kid. But they won’t. Haha