When strangers touch our babies
Sometimes it is hard to keep our eyes off the cute youngsters we meet. But what about our hands? You just want to reach out and touch them. An urbanMama recently emailed sharing a couple of recent incidents that made her wonder: how do we deal with strangers wanting to touch our babies or pregnant bellies? Has it happened to you? How have you responded?
We all know that babies are irresistably cute, but why is it that some strangers feel entitled to touch them? I had a lady ask to hold my one-month old, and although I politely declined, at least she had the courtesy to ask. Yesterday, on a downtown street corner, a man reached across with his (none too clean-looking) finger and tapped my baby on the nose. I was startled and angry but didn't know how to react besides crossing the intersection quickly to get away. When it comes to pregnant bellies or little babies, how do you deal with strangers who want to get too close and personal?