Yesterday I posted about an experience I had at Applebee’s with unsolicited advice from a stranger. This is an addendum to that posting, so in order for this one to make sense, you better read the one from June 29th first. If you want…I’m not one to tell people what to do (wink wink).
I’m currently re-reading the book “What to Expect the First Year” because I have a 10 day old baby. In the chapter on one-month-old babies, a new mother asks when she can take her newborn baby outside or in public. This is the response from the book, written by experts on child care and development:
“Unless your hospital and your home are connected by a subterranean tunnel, you’ve taken your baby outside already. And barring a blizzard, a rainstorm, or significantly subfreezing temperatures, you could have conceivably continued to take her outside every day since. Old wives’ tales that have kept newborns and new mothers captives in their own home for two weeks postpartum and more are completely INVALID. Any baby hardy enough to leave the hospital is hardy enough to weather a stroll through the park, a trip to the supermarket, even a lengthy excursion to visit grandmother.”
To the stranger who confronted me at Applebees about having my 8 day old baby out in public I say “shut your freaking gob!” And stop butting into strangers’ lives.