Do you all require people to wash their hands before handling your baby? My baby is two months old and is putting his hands in his mouth a lot. Ii realized that well-meaning relatives and friends are constantly touching his hands before washing theirs. Should I ask people to wash their hands before holding him? Thanks.

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User - posted on 11/16/2008

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Hi ladies!!! My friends and family throw a fit when I ask them to wash there hands. Even her dad. I just think they may think we are obsessing over the babies; however they do put their fingers in their mouths. I have sanitizer, hadn wipes and soap by the sink, PICK ONE. LOL! I do not want to stress when my baby does get sick and try to figure out who did it, when and darn it.

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Crystal - posted on 03/05/2013

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Well my brother's gf have everyone wash their hands before dealing with their baby bt when she go to the bathroom and comes back she doesnt always wash her hands and i find that a bit nasty bt i agree with making everyone washing their hands before holding your baby.I actually wash my hands before holding anyone baby even if im not asked to wash my hands.

Jenelle - posted on 11/21/2008

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Absolutely. That's YOUR child they're handling. You have to take care of himif he gets sick. And it is flu season. I also have hand sanitizer all over the house and in the diaper bag. Just make sure it's alcohol free bc babies can get alcohol poisoning.

Rowyna - posted on 11/21/2008

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I have a hand sanitizer near our baby wipes/diaper caddy. I'd just suggest a pump or two if they don't wash up.

Caroline - posted on 11/20/2008

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i dont tell people to wash their hands, of course i dont want strangers touching my baby but stroking or pinching his cheeks is fine (within reason), you cant molly coddle them, my family and friends are free to pick lucas up anytime they want, you cant wrap them up in cotton wool, theres germs all over the place, its better they get used to some of them now! i mean yes if someone had dirty hands i would say something and i kno they'd have no problem with it! and as for sticking things in there mouths trust me it gets a whole lot worse! you cant keep them clung to you 24/7 afraaid to get dirty, there children let them carry on being just that

Elisa - posted on 11/20/2008

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Yes!!!!!!! its almost RSV season and the best prevention is hand washing!!! I keep sanitizer out everywhere and tell all to please wash their hands...no one has been bothered yet:)

Jaclyn - posted on 11/20/2008

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I don't ask people to wash their hands, although most seem to do it on their own. I'm really laid back about the germ thing, probably too much so. I don't sanitize bottles, I don't use bleach or lysol around the house. I still clean like I always did and I figure a few germs are fine. He needs to build up his immunity and I'd rather him do it now while he's breastfed and has the benefit of my immunity to help him.

Shari - posted on 11/20/2008

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I blame it on the dog, because everyone pets the dog when they walk in the door, then reach for the baby. We have a lot of allergies in our family, so it makes sense to everyone not to spread the pet dander onto the baby... hey whatever works!

Emily - posted on 11/16/2008

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Hey everybody- we had a bunch of family over tonight and I basically blamed the doctor. I said, "Dr. so-and-so said that we need to implement a hand-washing policy during cold season." It's only partly untrue- he does advocate hand-washing! It seemed to go over fine and everyone complied! Thanks for the suggestions.

Jennifer - posted on 11/16/2008

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Well, whoever says that, Emily, probably has the dirtiest hands of all!! J/k. I like our Baby Bjorn, too. We used it at the mall for the first time today and I noticed that people did a lot of looking, but no touching. It was great!

Emily - posted on 11/15/2008

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Thanks, everybody for the ideas and support. I'll keep these posts in mind when I get shot lots of "Fine! If you think my hands are dirty I'll wash them!" looks.

Holly - posted on 11/15/2008

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I'm with you Monica and Jennifer. I don't hesitate to ask people to wash their hands or give them some Purel. I'm amazed by how many people just reach out and start touching my baby's face without asking or without washing their hands. My pediatrician told me one way to minimize the touching is to use a carrier (like a Baby Bjorn) instead of the infant car seat when you are out and about. He said people are MUCH less willing to go grabbing at a woman's chest than they are to stick their hands in an infant carrier. I'm not sure if that's a "fact", but I've found it to work well - particularly at social gatherings. It also gives me the chance to say "have you washed your hands?" before handing over the baby for cuddles with friends and family!

Monica - posted on 11/15/2008

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I don't care if people get upset or not. I always ask everyone to wash hands before touching my baby.

Jennifer - posted on 11/15/2008

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I don't care if people get insulted or not. Five minutes of them holding my baby, rubbing their germs all over him isn't worth a week of me dealing with a sick kid. They have their turn to hold him and then go home, while I'm with him24/7. Plus, if he gets sick, then I'll probably get sick, and that's a whole new ball game taking care of a baby when MOM is sick. Not worth it!

Karen - posted on 11/15/2008

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I do! When I was at the hospital, my nurse said it was a must...because of hospital germs... I advised visitors then and just kept it up when I came home. To make things easier, I keep a nice looking bottle of soap by my kitchen sink also. Some people will get insulted by this, but baby comes first.

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