Don’t Touch! Why Parents Are Hanging Warning Signs on Car Seats
Baby “no touching” signs seem to be getting a lot of attention nowadays. Though they’ve existed for several years, some of the resurgence in interest came from a parent on Facebook.
It was Breastfeeding Mama Talk who brought new awareness to the concept by asking others if they’d put such a sign on their baby’s car seat. The post made its rounds, and the discussion is refreshing.
As a parent myself, I get it. My wife and I have had our fair share of touchy-feely, grabby people – some perfect strangers – who insist our child is like a dog to pet. In a way, those people are mildly correct – babies are like celebrities, and people not only want to be close to them, they want to interact with them. Very likely, they also want that tender reminder of when their own children were young. It puts parents of babies in the position of being able to spread a little joy to others.
That’s a nice responsibility!
But at the same time, I really don’t want to invite unwanted germs, especially from people I don’t even know. Even if they’re family and close friends, I’m still a bit wary of illnesses they may not know they even have, ones they don’t disclose they have, or still ones they tend to downplay and dismiss.
Compounding the problem is when you have a preemie, or a child who’s fighting an illness. In either case, the child’s immunity has been compromised and doesn’t need any more battles to fight. And even if your child is perfectly healthy and developed, some studies suggest that the first two months are critical to protecting your child from infections.
I know there are some who think we’ve all become a bunch of wimps and that a few germs are necessary to help our bodies learn to fight off illness. There are still some who don’t put much thought into the germ debate, but rather that it’s about being polite – shooing someone away is simply rude.
The debate is good, but parenting comes in a lot of different shapes and sizes. It’s ultimately up to you to decide what’s best for baby. Just remember to have a good, healthy discussion as a couple and decide what’s best for you both so that you’re on the same page.
A united front will display confidence and agreement, so no matter how others interpret your “touch vs. no touch” stance, you’ll come across as parents who ultimately care and put your child first.
So what do you think – sign or no sign?