Originally Posted by grace's voice
No one did it in my last pregnancy. Only one person has done it this time, but she's a friend (and pg too) so I totally don't mind a bit. What I hate is when strangers feel the need to reach out and touch my newborn... its like hello, did you wash your hands? Maybe I'm paranoid, but what is it like only 1 in 6 people wash their hands after going to the bathroom? Eww.
: Oh, I am so with you on that one - so far only friends have touched my belly so I'm OK with that - but I hate hate hate when strangers think it's OK to come over and touch your baby (on the head, face, HANDS!! Which go right into their mouths!!!) This is a serious
pet peeve of mine, I'm kind of a germophobe
but hey, we almost never get sick because, among extended bfing and other things of course, I am very careful about washing my kids' hands (or using those hand gels if we're not near a sink) constantly and watching what they touch/who touches them. So I'm kind of aggressive about keeping people's hands off - unless of course they ask and I know they're not sick, the type who wouldn't wash after going to the bathroom, etc.
It's hard though, I don't want to offend people! Especially the nice old ladies at church (but usually they're blowing their noses into used tissues right before coming over to touch my kids - ugh!!) What's worse is my own relatives - my 85 y.o. grandmother was cooking once and I saw her handle raw meat and then just RINSE her hands quickly in water and then go over to play with my baby!! I was like, sorry to offend you grandma, but here's some SOAP, now scrub!
Oh yeah, one more reason to love babywearing - when your baby is all tucked in a sling tight against you, people feel less entitled to just come up and touch than when they're just sitting in an infant carseat!