Baby Boot Camp: When Will You Take Your Newborn Out?

Sona Charaipotra

Baby in Stroller
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How do you decide when your newborn is ready to go out into the big, bad, germy world?

It's a dilemma that challenges all new parents. And for us, it was particularly tasking, because baby Kavya was born in February, in the heart of flu season.

Plus, with all the drama about H1N1, we had all these "well-wishers" warning us about how newborns are so susceptible to catching germs, and they heard this story about so-and-so's cousin's uncle's niece's daughter and blah, blah, blah. So naturally, we worried about exposing the baby to strangers in those first few months -- especially because people seem to find it so hard to resist touching a newborn.

But we also didn't want the fact that we became parents to mean we'd spend the winter hibernating in our cozy little apartment. I tend to overthink things, so I didn't want to get all worked up about this and end up paralyzed by the fear of germs and strangers. But I also didn't want to end up kicking myself for exposing my newborn to things she couldn't handle.

So we just decided to go for it -- in a practical manner, obviously. Baby Kavi's first outing? Aside from a quick off-hours visit to the gurdwara (the Sikh temple), it turns out it was a Dunkin' Donuts about 10 minutes from my parents' house one morning during our move. She was almost 3 weeks old, and she slept right through it. And you know what? It was no big deal.

What was your newborn's first outing?

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