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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I'm one of THOSE people now...

I didn't give much thought to how I'd deal with strangers touching my baby.

I probably should have though, because I find myself wanting to slap their hands away. At Aspen's two-month check up, some lady came over and took Aspen's hand in hers. I'm flattered that she thinks my baby is cute, but I don't know why this woman was in the Dr's office and don't need her sharing whatever ailments she has. I took out my hand sanitizer immediately after removing myself from the situation and did a little damage control asap. Seriously, I never thought I'd be THAT mom, the one with hand sanitizer coming out her ears.

Now that Aspen is gaining more control over her giant noggin, I've been taking her around in her slings more often. It's a lot easier to navigate stores without hauling the car seat, and I'd never even think of taking her stroller into a public place at this point. So then I'm faced with two problems: strangers touching my baby AND getting ridiculously close to my chest (where she's slung).


Thankfully Aspen's immune system is stellar (thank you breastfeeding!) but that doesn't mean I want to expose her to extra challenges. And more importantly, I don't need strangers getting that close to the girls.

What am I going to do when RSV season rolls around and all sorts of freakos are trying to touch Aspen? I think the phrase "STEP OFF" is a wee bit harsh, but it's what usually comes to mind.


  1. You and me both sister! You and me both. I'm now facing the dilemma of protecting three kids. Lets just say we're not leaving the house this winter.

  2. I am the same way! I don't let anyone touch him, ever! My coworker also made me a cute little sign to hang from his car seat and stroller that says "Please don't touch the baby, thanks." I bet you could make on of those for your sling LOL!

  3. I love those people who tell you that you "should" be exposing your child to other people and their germs while they are little. I always think that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard!! Ya, like I want to deal with my tiny baby with a cold or whatever germs there are there! It's ok to be one of "those" people, you have the motherly instinct to protect!

  4. You could say please don't! Then back away and say Thank you.

  5. Thats great she has such a good immune system. I still cant believe Bailee has had so many colds especially for it being the summer. People come up to Bailee all the time & surprisingly I really dont mind it. My mom would never let anyone touch or hold me though.

  6. From the point of view of one of the "touchers," please know that we mean no offense! I don't even really like babies, yet I've found myself baby-talking to random infants in the grocery line, making funny faces at kids peeking over a restaurant booth and, yes, touching other people's children. I can't help it! Kids are touchable.

    So, thank you for the reminder that most people don't like strangers man-handling their offspring. I'll try to keep my hands to myself from now on. :)

  7. Everyone is so different. I am not one of those moms, unless the person is seriously outwardly sick I don't mind people touching my kids, but I've never really had that problem, or I have just never noticed too many people trying to touch them, most people just say how cute they are and keep walking. But you do what comes naturally to you and I don't think anyone would be offended if you turned away so they couldn't touch your baby, I think most people understand.

  8. I think the best part of this post is the fact that I felt like a huge hypocrite while explaining how I feel.

    You see, there's this one little boy who is SO FREAKIN' CUTE and for some reason I just can't resisit giving him a little tickle to make him smile (sorry Melissa T!) every time I see him. But, I justify it b/c I know his mom and she knows me and that must make it ok. Right?

    I'm all about appreciating kids and making them smile and laugh, but I guess we need to remember that they're like pets and we should ask before poking and prodding them so the parents don't freak. Or what if the kid's a biter?!


  9. This is exactly why I don't touch strangers' kids. And if I admire the kid of someone I know, I try to touch their feet or tummy - anything besides their hands because you never know when those things are going back in the kid's mouth.

    But I think I'll be the crazy hand sanitizer type of mom. You never know what people are carrying around on their person.

  10. hee hee! i am that mom too until my kids get bigger. maybe you could get her a onesie made that says "look, but don't touch" or something sassy like that. :)

  11. Oh my. With my first, I was sitting on a bench nursing her under a little nursing blanket. An older woman came up to me and actually pulled the top of the nursing blanket away to see her nursing!

    She was a sweet old woman cooing over how she treasured those memories with her children but please! A little privacy?!

    I just sat there in shock, not knowing quite what to do.

  12. Just a little advice: Don't go to Walmart.


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