HELP! MIL touching baby's face constantly!

Lovinmommyhood - posted on 03/26/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I love my mother in law but ever since our baby was born she puts her hands all over him non-stop. Always petting and caressing him. I cannot stand when she does it to his face and head. How can I ask her to stop in a way that will not hurt her feelings? I already said that the doc said their skin is sensitive and it can cause baby acne. That stopped her for about a week then she was at it again. I think she thinks it is ok bc she sees me do it. But its my baby!

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Kelsey - posted on 03/26/2013

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Just ask her to stop nicely; explain to her about the feelings your having and ask her if she felt like that when your husband was first born, and if she did, then say that's what your going through. I know the feeling about being protective, I had that too, with one great-grandma who would place lip-sticked kisses all over my poor baby, and an auntie who wanted to kicked me out of my own home to have a date night with my (ex) boyfriend for a couple of hours when the baby was three days old; breastfeeding, then my (ex's) mom was a piece of work, she assumed that once the baby was born, she would get to take him for every weekend overnight when he was a week old...just certain people and certain things "rubs you the wrong way." Stand your ground! What you are feeling is perfectly normal! I've gotten a lot better once I said my peace and my baby grew. Besides, you can touch your baby however you like. It's your baby, not her's.

Lovinmommyhood - posted on 03/26/2013

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It has bothered me from the start and not just if it was my mother in law but if it was anyone doing it. It is not like she get's him and does it once then stops. It is a CONSTANT touching. He is so tiny (only 8 weeks old) and I feel protective over him. He does not have all of his shots yet and she works at a nursery school. I feel like all those germs are getting on his face.

Amy - posted on 03/26/2013

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I guess the question is why does it bother you so much. Without knowing why I can't offer advice on how to get it to stop because I don't think it's a big deal, she's your MIL not a complete stranger.

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