How did you feel about strangers touching your baby?

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Registered: 09-30-2011
How did you feel about strangers touching your baby?
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 1:06pm

I'm sure we've all been there at one time or another- You're out running errands and some well-meaning stranger comes up, gushing about how cute your little one is and touching them. Does it bother you and if so, how did you handle the situation?

I'm not too much of a germ freak, so strangers touching my baby didn't bother me too much but I've had a couple of people try to actually take the baby out of my arms or their carrier so they can hold them. That's where I draw the line. I hate to come off as unfriendly, but you just don't know who you can trust nowdays. :smileysad:


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My oldest is a redhead.

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Fri, 02-10-2012 - 10:24pm

I must really give some kind of "back off" vibe to people or look like I can kick butt, because noone ever touched my pregnant belly and noone ever touched my baby without asking. Even the other day, a slightly intoxicated man was getting a little overly friendly with all the ladies in the vicinity but me. I'm not really unattractive or anything, so it must just be an aura I give off. I do tend to look at people very directly and don't necessarily smile immediately.

Probably when people reached towards my baby I would start to pull/turn her away, in your case. Just slightly. It's pretty clear body language, IMO.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 12:04am
I didn't mind if they patted the kid or touched thier fingers, etc... but no to holding my baby!! Of course my baby will be turning 14 soon lol! It was a little while ago!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!