for us, we seldom bring dear son to shopping malls when he was below 6mth old, not becos we are scare that he might cry or diffi to handle. but becos he fall ill almost everytime we brought him out, his immunity was very low during that time and pediatrician told us to avoid shopping malls and crowded places until his immunity slowly build up. after that, he seldom fall ill and we often bring him out.
we always place him in his pram, push him around, let him look around. since young, he enjoys going out, going shopping with us. =)