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How soon until I can take my newborn to take a walk outside?
Same here. We took the kids out at a few days old and it worked all fine. A full term newborn is not that fragile and oxygen, sunlight, and reasonable exposure to the real world are good things.
Is raising a child bilingually with English worth the effort?
Good point on the NYT. There is a lot more of it though, see dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=39638 or the reference sectiion of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_advantages_to_bilingualism. In either case it's "use it or lose it", but it does stick better than expected. My oldest just went to an American college and really didn't speak German for 4 years but he is still quite good at it and has no accent whatsoever.