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Friday, December 9, 2011

Please Step AWAY from the Baby.

Random fact – a newborn’s optimal eyesight is approximately 7 inches.  That is also the space from a mother’s breast to a mother’s face.  Divine … God’s divine plan.  That a newborn sees his mother while she loves him in only a way a mother can.
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So, I suppose it is natural for people to want to shove their faces into close proximity of a baby.  It is instinctual.  People want to see the cute baby and want the baby to see them.  People also feel this instinctual desire to touch or caress a baby.  They are so cute – you almost can’t help yourself.

News Flash:  Please Step AWAY from the Baby.

I know you mean well.  But don’t touch my kid.  Also – don’t put your face right in my kid’s face.  Let me explain it to you.

  • Things aren’t like they used to be…. there are germs and illnesses you may be carrying you don’t even know about.
  • There is this thing – called RSV.  I know… you’ve never heard of it before – please see above bullet.  In healthy children and adults it seems like a runny nose or cough.  In babies or medically compromised children – it can be life threatening.  Yes… I am serious.  Deadly Serious.
  • I don’t know you.  Why do you think I want my kid to have your germs?
  • Maybe you are a clean person…. did you use Purell or some other sanitizer after you touched the door to enter the building / check out counter / everything?…
  • It is winter season.  Flu season.  Germ season.  I have 3 small children – who share germs. We don’t want yours.

This letter is an open letter to all well meaning people who see my children a child bundled up this winter and find themselves wanting to reach in, touch, and talk to this child.

Step back.  Away … from the baby.  Please

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5 Comments:

At December 9, 2011 at 6:19 AM , Blogger championm2000 said...

I saw a great sign that communicated the same message (although not nearly as eloquently). The sign was made especially for car seats, strollers. I guess you truly can buy anything these days.

 
At December 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

I was just going to say the same thing about the sign. Sometimes you can get them at doctor's offices or on ebay.

 
At December 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Kristen said...

I have seen the signs. We considered buying them when we had the twins - but it almost seemed passive aggressive. (as if this post isn't. haha)

 
At December 9, 2011 at 3:52 PM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

Both of my girls were born premature and both of them had to have the RSV shots to protect them. I barely took them out of the house when they finally came home from the NICU but whenever I did people were in their faces. People need accept that they should look from afar. It's like the saying, "You look with your eyes not your hands!"
I'm with you on this!!

 
At December 19, 2011 at 12:32 AM , Anonymous Ruth said...

I took my baby Christmas shopping last week, and several people reached out and TOUCHED him! On the face! I love people, and I'm a nice, polite person, but I felt like grabbing my baby away and yelling at these strangers.

 

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