I stumbled across this story this morning, and it reminded me that I have wanted to chat to you about this for ages.
"For those nervous moms who have never let another human being touch their baby unless they scrub down like a doctor before surgery -- there's a new product for you!
A company called My Tiny Hands has come up with the idea of a sign you can hang in your baby's stroller or carrier that tells people with unwashed hands not to touch. Kind of like the "Don't feed the animals" signs they put up at the zoo. We think this "invention" goes a little overboard....."
I don't think it is overboard at all - I've wanted a sign like this since the twins were born! The FIRST thing people do when they see a baby is take hold of their hands - ARE YOU MAD!!! You've just touched the dog, the hand rail, your steering wheel, the shopping cart, your child's snotty nose, and various other infectious diseases and then you touch my child's hand. The same hand he sucks on 24/7 because he is teething? Why would you do that?
Yes children should be exposed to germs / dirt etc, but honestly - if I can avoid my 4 month old baby (or worse, a newborn) having a cold right now, I would prefer it that way. I know he will get plenty when he is older, but I would prefer him NOT to get N1H1 and various other ailments while he is still so little.
Rose is even worse that I am. She wont let Max out of her sight. And when she goes out with him, she carries wipes to wipe his hands off if someone touches his hands. But she was away this weekend, so I took him out a bit. The first thing she said when she walked in on Monday night was "did anyone touch Max?" I had to confess that plenty of people had. Because I didn't have that sign! (and because I am worried I will offend someone by saying no. Which means I am more worried about offending someone than I am about my baby getting swine flu. What a winner mother I am. I NEED THAT SIGN!)
Yes I know I am anal/paranoid/odd etc but honestly, I don't understand why people think it is ok to touch a baby's hands. If you must touch my baby (I really would prefer you didn't), then touch his feet or his leg, but not his hands!
Ok, you can all hate me now.