According to most pediatric health experts, infants can be taken out in public or outside right away as long as parents follow some basic safety precautions. There’s no need to wait until 6 weeks or 2 months of age. Getting out, and in particular, getting outside in nature, is good for parents and babies.
How long should a newborn stay home after birth?
Once upon a time, a cardinal rule of newborn care was that new parents and babies should hole up inside their homes for weeks after birth. Today, we know that it’s perfectly safe to take your newborn on an outing from day one (or two, or three — whenever she’s released from the hospital or birthing center).
What temperature is OK for baby outside?
Experts recommend using caution in temperatures above 90 F (or 84 F with 70 percent humidity). Be extra careful about bringing baby outside in temperatures above 100 F, which can be potentially hazardous to little bodies.
When can I take my newborn out for sunlight?
Infants under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. Avoid using sunscreen. Baby’s young skin doesn’t have the ability to metabolize and excrete chemicals often found in sunscreens. Dress baby in lightweight sun—protective clothing that breathes and covers the arms and legs.
How often should you bathe a newborn?
How often does my newborn need a bath? There’s no need to give your newborn a bath every day. Three times a week might be enough until your baby becomes more mobile. Bathing your baby too much can dry out his or her skin.
How do I know if baby is cold?
A good way to check whether your baby is too cold is to feel their chest, back or tummy. They should feel warm. Don’t worry if their hands and feet feel cool, this is normal.
Do babies cry if they are too warm?
The temperature can make your baby cry. They may cry because they are too hot or too cold. If your baby is fussy because of the temperature, there are signs that you can look for. Signs of the baby being too hot are sweating, damp hair, heat rash, or clammy skin.
Can baby get sick from being too cold at night?
Simply being out in cold weather can’t trigger the sniffles. Of course, once your baby is already sneezing and wheezing or has a runny nose or cough, it’s best to keep her indoors, since breathing in cold, dry air can aggravate her symptoms.
Is afternoon sun good for newborn?
Because infants’ skin is so sensitive, it’s better in the first six months to shield them from the sun rather than use sunscreen. It’s especially important to avoid direct sun exposure and seek the shade during the sun’s hours of greatest intensity, between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Can I expose my baby to sunlight?
It is recommended that babies under 12 months are kept away from direct sunlight when UV levels reach 3 or above. When UV levels are below 3, sun protection is generally not required and a few minutes of direct UV exposure is considered safe and healthy for babies.
Can you spoil a newborn by holding them while they sleep?
You can’t spoil a baby. Contrary to popular myth, it’s impossible for parents to hold or respond to a baby too much, child development experts say. Infants need constant attention to give them the foundation to grow emotionally, physically and intellectually.
What do you do with a newborn all day?
giving your baby different things to look at and feel while talking to them. giving your baby supervised tummy time each day. making sounds.
Ideas for playing include:
- making eye contact, smiling and talking.
- singing nursery rhymes.
- taking your baby for a walk.
- reading or telling them a story.
- making faces.
- blowing raspberries.