You just had this gorgeous new baby and even though you want to show her to the world, that world must stay on the other side of the computer screen (at least for now). As a first time mom, I feel apprehensive about allowing people to come and visit the baby. As a teacher, I have seen how quickly a sickness can spread in a classroom. As many of my friends are teachers, I have felt even more neurotic about them coming to visit after being in a germ infested classroom.
So here are my rules for visiting a baby under the age of 8 weeks:
- Immediate family and close friends only
- Anyone in grade school is prohibited
- Anyone who works in a grade school must at least change out of work clothes before coming to my house.
- Anyone with children at home must swear that their child has not been sick. If yes, stay away!
- Every person who handles the baby MUST wash their hands when they arrive. Oh and feel free to also use the HUGE container of hand sanitizer by the door.
Neurotic, maybe. I spoke to my pediatrician and he said he agree’s with the no school aged children rule before a baby has their shots. This same rule applies for traveling.
I was lucky to have Charlotte during summer break and my two nieces were able to meet her before returning to school. But now they are back at school, they have to wait until she has her shots to see her again. I feel like a meanie but the last thing I want is a sick baby.
If the baby spikes a fever, she will be admitted into the hospital where a plethora of tests will be administered. – Dr. R (my pediatrician)
That quote sticks out in my head every time someone “risky” wants to visit. It just isn’t worth the risk. If you are one of those people who can’t say “no”, just use the pediatrician as your go to line. “The pediatrician said no visitors outside of immediate family until she has her shots.” No one can argue with that.
“Sorry folks you have to wait”