are you a bad parent for bringing your child out shopping to early?

United States
February 6, 2007 9:14pm CST
ive read a lot of reviews on how your child acts later on in life having something to do with to much exposure to people too early on in life. when i was pregnant i saw a woman who had her baby out at 8 days old, i remember thinking WOW thats a little early... but once i had my daughter i had her out shopping within a week also. i couldnt help but bring her out, and show her off. what are your thoughts on bring out the baby?
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7 responses
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
I think with proper measures the baby will be ok. Is is because you cannot leave the baby alone, that's why you take the baby to shopping? I think too much exposure to people will help be the baby to become more active since they will become more active.
• United States
7 Feb 07
yeah that is one of the problems not having someone to watch the baby. but to much exposure to people will make them TOO active when they get older. thats what i have heard
@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I am more worried about germs & sick people than anything. I don't think how your child acts later in life has anything to do with how soon they are in public. You can't live under a rock the first year & never go out.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
I did birng my son out when he was just about 2 or 3 months old. I don't think it has a bad effect to him until now we still bring him to shopping and grocery and what we usually do is give him time to browse over his interest "TOYS" but we do not always buy him one. We just tell him that he only needs to watch what he likes and then go to our real destination that is grocery. At grocery we allow him to choose what he likes and we still decides which ones to buy and not and we try our best to explain to him why we should/shouldn't buy it. Now that he is 5 he always consider when choosing what he likes if we could afford it or not? If not then he'll just choose another item which he thinks we would agree to buy. I guess bringing him to malls has taught him to be responsible in choosing what he likes. So if you couldn't resist bringing him to malls why not make it educational for her.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I had my daughter out 3 days after she was born. I loved showing her off. The only thing I was picky with was if someone wanted to touch/hold her, I carried around hand sanitizer. It's also a cultural thing. Most of my friends are Spanish/Mexican and the culture is to keep the baby inside the house for a month. It's all in what you are comfortable with.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think that is fine to do all three of mine where out in public within days. It's a personal choice. I have a cousin that her kids didn't go out until they were about a week old. I know that alot of the concern is the baby getting sick. But if you keep them dressed correctly for the weather and don't let everyone touch the baby itis fine.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I am a mom and a grandma and I dont see anything wrong with taking them out, as long as they are healthy and properly dressed and covered up,its ok. We had my oldest grand daughters baby pics when was about a week old. I dont think it makes anyone a bad parent at all. Good topic!
@XxAngelxX (2835)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I had my first baby out shopping when she was around a week old as well, same as you, I just couldn't help but show her off. I don't think it does any damage to them in the short or long term. I think it's great to get them out and exposed to life in general. I can't see how it could cause problems.