Months ago, I would daydream of taking my newborn out for walks in the park, slung across my belly on grocery excursions, or just in and around the neighborhood. However, these daydream sagas were dashed months ago when I became aware of the so-called baby "Lock Down", which involves staying chained indoors for the first 6 weeks as the baby's immune system develops. I argued that it didn't make sense with a baby that had a perfectly normal immune system even if they are more susceptible. However, my arguments were shot down by family or friends. I guess there's quite a bit of stigma about it. Six weeks??? I go stir crazy after one day of being stuck indoors.
I just can't buy it. I did some research and found that unless I live in Mexico city or near some sort of rank garbage dump, taking a newborn outside is perfectly fine. I just need to exercise a certain amount of good sense- keeping him close to me, avoiding crowded areas, keeping strangers at bay, dressing him appropriately etc. Also, I will be passing my own immunities to my son via breastmilk, which further inhibits scary germ infections. Plus I worry that it would be over-protective to practically keeping my baby in a bubble for six weeks. Therefore, a stroll about the neighborhood with the little guy wrapped up in a sling is perfectly fine. So, I will be taking him out and about social stigma and all.