I'm kind of conflicted on this point. I understand that newborns could be said to have "compromised" immune systems, but my casual philosophy on dirt and germs in general is that low-level exposure is generally a good thing.
When my BFF had her baby 1.5 years ago, she cheerfully reminded everyone who came into the house (up until baby was about 3 months old) to use hand sanitizer she had provided at the front door. I was and am totally fine with this... but kinda wondering what I will do.
My babe is due in Feb/March and I expect to be taking him/her to Passover and Easter at Grandmothers' houses at 2-3 weeks old. I have no problem standing up for myself, even if it sounds kooky/overprotective to others, but I am not sure how much I care or should care if people have washed their hands before they hold or touch the baby. I plan to BW, so I'm hoping baby-holding/passing will be limited*... But I still expect him/her to be held briefly by at least 5-10 people... or at least touched.
Is that not a good idea? (Assuming baby has no health issues other than simply being a newborn.)
What do you think? What did you do?
*At least in comparison to my cousin and his fiance, who recently brought their 7-week-old 33-weeker (i.e., age adjusted brand-newborn) to my Grandmother's house and basically asked everyone present if they'd like to hold the baby. Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that... just pointing it out to say that it's not my instinct to start passing baby around ASAP, but it's also somewhat expected in my family that folks will be allowed/encouraged to hold baby.