Janel dined out with baby Winfield when he was 5 days old!

There are SO MANY rules to keep track of when worrying about what to do with a newborn. When to take them out of the house shouldn’t be one of them. Just think, once you get home from the hospital, you usually have to take baby to the pediatrician within a week. What is so different about dining out with baby? Some things to keep in mind are regarding mom and baby’s comfort and the safety of baby.

Is it Safe To Bring Baby Out So Early?

You may be surprised to hear that most pediatricians will tell you that there is no medical documentation that supports keeping your baby at home for the first few months. Yes, newborns have weaker immune systems but if you follow basic precautions you should not run into any problems. In fact, healthy newborns and mom too, can actually benefit from spending time outdoors. In the beginning try taking your baby to open and airy places, for example going for a walk or a trip to the park. Avoid crowded places that have poor ventilation—such as airplanes or trains.

Finding the Right Restaurant For Baby

The first time I took my new baby to dinner was 5 days after delivery! It was my birthday so my husband wanted to take us to dinner. After I vetoed about three different places (one was too dark, one was too busy, one looked too much like a loud bar), we finally found a place that looked kid friendly. We chose a quiet booth in the corner and baby Winfield slept in his car seat the entire time. Moral of the story is that as scary as it may be as a parent to leave the house, your newborn is totally safe, content and un-phased by the first big trip out.

Tips For Dining Out With Baby

  • Trust Your Instincts: Don’t take your baby to a loud, cramped restaurant with smoke or other dirty things.
  • Dress Baby appropriately: Baby should be in the same amount of layers as an adult. Bring a blanket for back-up and avoid temperature extremes.
  • Keep people from touching or kissing your baby: I recommend a Covered Goods All In One Nursing Cover that can keep baby shielded from the public. Also, always keep hand sanitizer handy.
  • Be prepared: Make sure you have a diaper bag with diapers, wipes, blanket, pacifier and a change of clothes at the least for baby if a blowout occurs.

Information provided in blogs should not be used as a substitute for medical care or consultation.

Janel Littlejohn

About the Author

Hi! My name is Janel Littlejohn, I'm 29 years old, and I grew up in Sharpsville, Indiana. Prior to Aeroflow, I have worked in higher education as an adjunct professor, assistant athletic director and women's basketball coach. I married my husband, Corey in September 2016 and we welcomed our first baby into the world in September 2017! His name is Winnfield Thomas (Winn) and I am loving being a new mom!