Incoming rant, stay tuned for your regularly scheduled, rant-free content to come.
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Why do people feel the need to touch my baby? The touch itself is innocent enough. Most people just want to feel his arm or leg. But why? How does that benefit anyone in this situation? What are you really getting out of this? What is my baby getting out of this? I certainly am not getting anything out of this.
I don’t want to sound ungrateful that people think my son is cute. I really appreciate that. But I just don’t understand the need to touch him. I definitely understand the want to touch him. Let’s analyze how creepy this is. Strangers don’t do this to children past a certain age, because at that point it’s weird. So why is it acceptable to do it to someone who cannot voice their comfort or discomfort with the scenario?
I’ve felt this way since he was born, so why did I wait 6 months to say something? Because out of the blue, Little Love caught a cold. Now I know what you’re thinking, before the age of 1 most babies will get several colds. That’s the statistic doctors have told me. So really this isn’t surprising. Except that it might be. The first time Littles got a cold it was from Husband. It was easy to trace back. But this time, we don’t know who gave it to him. So we have to assume that it was transferred from someone in public. And maybe it was innocent enough that we were out and about and it just happened. Here’s the thing, however, if a stranger gave him a cold, what else could they give him?
Call me overprotective, call me a helicopter mom, I don’t care. I’m frustrated and the only solution I can think of is to make sure no one touches him. I’ve tried in the past but there’s this sense of embarrassment that I have to ask complete unknown people to refrain from getting in my son’s personal space.
Again, this is just a rant. I’ll get over it, just as Little Love will get over his cold. But I want to plead this case—if you ever find yourself wanting to touch a baby, ask the parent or guardian first if it’s okay. If they say no, please respect that.
If you’re a parent that doesn’t care, that’s cool too. My issue isn’t with other parenting styles, it’s just I would hope people regard mine. Maybe a stranger didn’t give him a cold. Maybe it’s a result of teething. Regardless, it still makes me uncomfortable that people want to grab him.
Happy days and see y’all soon!