Just in case you had the urge…
283 Comments | In: Kentucky, Parenting tags: baby, child, safety.
maybe this is a good idea after all!!! http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/02/georgia.tot.slapped/index.html
September 4th, 2009
Did they have so many people touching the baby they had to put up a sign to stop them?
Jeez… What did these parents go through to resort to putting a sign on there?
September 5th, 2009
i actually have a friend who will want to hold stranger’s babies. That person is smart for having that sign.
Not such a bad idea since all the H1N1 stuff going around………this is actually a smart parent!!
Having been around micro-preemies, this one make sense. Some people don’t have enough sense and these babies are at risk for years after coming home from the hospital.
As the parent of two small children who gets creeped out when strangers touch them YES THIS SIGN MAKES SENSE.
I have a similar sign. My baby is sick. They’re hospital issued from the NICU… Usually due to prematurity.
why? because I might catch something?
Maybe the baby was premature or has an immune system issue. Strangers do try to touch babies (and pregnant bellies)… the sign seems like it might be a good idea.
I don’t blame that guy that slapped that crying child. I can’t tell you how much I hate loud unruly children. Keep them at home if they can’t behave. Better yet, cage their little asses up.
People touched my babies all the time in public. They’d put their fingers right in the babies’ faces. I got sick of asking people to stop. Maybe these parents did too.
With all the germs out there, I don’t blame them!
If you live in a small town, everyone feels free to touch babies, for some reason.
My sister lives in Texas and they have a 6 month old child, and Mexicans will try to come up and touch him all the time because they believe it brings good health
Unfortunately, signs like this are necessary. I couldn’t tell you how many times I had to tell people to get their hands off my baby. And don’t get me started on touching a pregnant belly…..
Oh, honey… WalMart won’t let you return a baby without a receipt.
When my kids were newborns, people (strangers) would actually come up to me in the stores and touch them on their heads all the time. One old man even attempted to remove her hood while I was standing there like WTF?! I resorted to being rude to everyone after that so they’d stay away. Maybe the sign isn’t such a bad idea afterall!
I’m with everyone who thinks this isn’t such a bad idea. It never ceases to amaze me who will reach out and touch (or try to touch) a complete stranger’s baby. That is so rude.
This actually is a great idea and the right person with the right means could just get rich on marketing these.. Anyone who has had to go shopping with a newborn can tell you that absolute strangers step up and touch your baby as if it were their own!
If I was the mother of the kid that guy slapped, I would have bashed his head in with a can of fruit cocktail. I don’t know how retarded you have to be to think hitting SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD is a good idea, but I hope when he goes to prison someone beats him senseless. The freak. (Not to mention the fact that any idiot ought to know hitting a little kid is only going to make them scream louder.)
As to the sign, it really is a good idea. When my daughter was a baby she’d been born with fuzzy curly hair, and people wanted to touch her head all the time. Given how nasty and germy people’s hands can be once they’ve been in the grocery store, you wouldn’t want them near your baby even if the kid wasn’t premature.
If you’ve ever taken a newborn to Wal-Mart, you’d be able to sympathize with this mom. The other posts on this site are evidence of the weirdos that hang out at Wal-Mart, and a lot of them will come up and pat your kid on the head or stick their who-knows-how-dirty finger in the baby’s hand to tell you how strong of a grip your baby has…
I’ve often been temped to put a sign!
Gross people always try to touch my kid in public… it’s frustrated and a little disgusting
The problem with having a sign is that people have to be able to read (English even).
I can’t believe people would go around touching babies. I wouldn’t touch some stranger’s baby if it fell out of the basket and rolled to a stop at my feet.
actually this is smart.
people WILL and DO just walk right up and start touching your baby, playing with it’s hair, taking out it’s pacifier.. it’s really weird.
I wish I had thought of that when mine were babies, everyone thinks they can just touch anyone’s baby.
HELLO! THAT IS NOT A REAL BABY! LOOK CLOSELY. You can buy life like babies for hundreds of dollars. She doen’t want you to touch the baby because you’ll either break it or shriek in horror because it’s NOT REAL. Really sick and sad. Get a dog instead.
I have a 7 week old and I have actually thought about doing this. I’m a nurse and am totally OCD about germs and people touching my baby. This is a great idea, Mom!
It’s entirely possible that that child has an autoimmune disease and could be in real danger from germs. But yeah, if that’s the case, for God’s sake, woman, take your kid out of Wal-Mart!
Oh my gosh, that is a totally great sign!
I can’t tell you how many freaky people have come up to my babies to
ooh and aww over them and want to touch them.
gross weird people germs!!!
it always sounds so rude to ask them not to touch your baby.
wish I would have had the sign but I’m just not sure everyone would have read it anyway.
The people you need a sign like that against don’t ask or read before they do it so it seems pointless
September 6th, 2009
f*ck you all!!! you germ freaks no wonder why America is full of people with allergies and a useless immune system and I am one of those idiots
I can totally understand why they put that sign on. Where I live people tried to touch my son all the time. They would grab his hand or his cheek. One lady even attempted to bless him. I was yelling at people every time I left the house.
as a mom, I can see why you would do this.
I think this one is smart. People really do think it’s perfectly okay to just touch little babies. You never know who is sick with what.
i understand you don’t want people touching your baby. i understand they may be ultra-sensitive to germs. so why take them to wal-mart, the place where germs meet to breed?
For those of you without kids that think us moms are just nuts for being concerned about a few germs from complete strangers…besides the germs making the baby sick (possibly sick enough to need hospitalized) there is also the expense of the doctor appointment and medicine. Then there is the 4 days of sleep the parents and the baby won’t get as they are up all night with a crying baby that can’t breathe from the head cold/flu and the list just goes on.
Seriously, I may copy this…. way too many idiots think they can touch my baby. Can you say germs?
This sign is necessary! I was in a KY Wal-Mart once and a strange lady came up to my infant son and started rubbing all over his face telling him how cute he was. I understand she was trying to be nice and give the baby a compliment but he was terrified and my husband was beyond pissed off. Maybe if we had a sign like this the incident could have been avoided.
Hey you’ve got to be careful in walmart. The mad hatter might try to hold her baby.
“I have a similar sign ‘my baby is sick.’ ” Why the hell would you be taking a sick baby to the store for anyway.?Typical Wal Creature.
Does it have a contagious disease?
I wish I would have thought of this when my daughter was younger
there was a NASTY man who touched her hand before I could say anything to stop him – his hands were disgusting
I told him PLEASE get away from my baby – your hands are dirty and touched HER hand – Dont you know that babies put their hands in their mouths all the time ?????
Luckily I kept Antibacterial wipes in my purse so I grabbed one & cleaned her hand – but I still ran her to the bathroom & washed her hands REALLY good – whatever was on his hand had rubbed off to hers – it was GROSS
Some people are just so DUMB
I even had another situation where my daughter dropped her pacifier and a STUPID woman walked by & saw it before I even knew about it & picked it up TOUCHING the nipple part & was about to HAND it back to my daughter when I yelled at her ” DONT GIVE HER THAT ” it needs to be washed !! She looked at me like I was crazy
My daughter was in ICU for 3 days after getting salmonella from someone (most likely in a Walmart type situation) touching her hands. She was 6 weeks old at the time. I wish I had thought of the sign…
Smart lady. I have thought many time about doing this. I had a baby last year, and when I would have to bring her to the store as an infant, people would always try to touch her. Most would ask, and I would nicely tell them no. One time I was in Wal-Mart, and a woman that was working in the meat department putting meat on the shelf came right up to us and started touching my daughter. I was furious! I told her, please don’t touch my baby, you have been handeling meat. She got all pissed off like I was some crazy germaphobe parent.
when my daughter was a couple months old I was shopping at Wal-Mart and a old lady admired her and then asked if she could touch her….um no crazy lady you can’t touch my baby….See if I had a sign she wouldn’t have asked.
I heard Michael Jackson use to shop there.
Strangely enough, this picture DOES take on new meaning after the recent story of the guy slapping the 2-year-old in WAL-MART!
Actually, they sell little nets that go over the carseat that work much better. I just gave birth to premature triplets and people are going to try and touch my babies. Happens all the time with twins & triplets. I will seriously punch someone in the face.
This shouldn’t really even be on here unless you are making an example of the smartest walmart shopper ever. I wish I’d thought of that when my daughter was an infant. You can’t go ANYWHERE in public a cute kid without having people try to touch it!
I’m all for the sign–too many creepy touchy-feely people. BUT in this specific picture–doesn’t that “baby” look like it’s fake? Am I the only one who noticed this? Why is that baby plastic?
I understand wanting to use the sign. I wouldn’t, personally, but I get it. And, no, the baby does not look plastic.
September 7th, 2009
Voice of Reason
Wish I’d had a sign like this when my baby was an infant. As a matter of fact, I wish I’d had a t-shirt that said this when I was pregnant!
Who is weirder here…the touchee or the toucher?!
I’ve had to tell several strange people to please not touch my granddaughter. And I didn’t feel badly about it either.
I have a sign similar to that. They sell them at mytinyhands.com
You would not believe the number of people who paw all over random babies. I’ve even had store clerks come over and KISS my kids! Seriously, people! I’m trying to get my shopping done!
LOVE IT!!! Ha, ha!
reminds me of a beware of dog sign. like the baby will bite
the baby is a dummy
Hey Ike!Kick the baby!
We need a new sign that says “don’t slap the baby” after the latest incident.
This is so real! I have a sign similar to this that was given to us when we left NICU with our 4.5 month old baby. People have looked at the sign and said, “Oh, I just have to touch it anyway!” I have forcefully removed strangers’ hands from my buggy and child before. Seriously, people, you’re gross and we don’t want you touching our kid!
I have a sign like that as well. Unfortunately my daughter was born at 29 weeks and everyone and their mother tried to touch her and her immune system wasn’t ready for that. I don’t think that anyone should touch a child unless they ask first cause it just isn’t right.
September 8th, 2009
I understand why the parent would attach that sign (germs)… but it seems a little pretentious. It implies that people might want to touch your baby: like your baby is totally awesome. That’s why this post is so funny… cuz there’s a big, bald-headed baby in the carrier.
Strangers always want to touch babies. NEVER let them! I wish I had this sign when my son was a newborn. Some nasty bastard gave him scabbies in the palms of his little hands!Can you imagine taking your 6 week old to the doctor and finding out that he was screaming because the itch of scabbies! He was the only one that had them and we had never heard of such a thing before.
After my last trip grocery shopping, I think I should really try to find a sign like that….this old lady actually had the NERVE to walk up and just start touching on my daughter. My ex, who was there at the time, didn’t say anything and I had to walk away so I wouldn’t go off on her…but I had hoped he would express himself lol……yeah I wanted to smack her upside the head.
I just bought one. Just now. Thank god I saw this….cuz some old woman walked right up and was touching all over my daughter last week, and I was seconds away from smacking her in the face.
I wish I had thought to make a sign like that for my kids! I’ve had sooo many people come up and just start touching my children without even asking if it’s okay. I don’t know who the fuck these people are and they just think it’s okay to touch my 4 week old? Umm, no!
I see nothing wrong with the picture personally… The baby looks real to me. Just bald as hell.
I wish I had that sign, too, with my sons. They were (still are…) very pretty, curly hair, big eyes, etc. I was proud of them but still wasn’t nuts when total strangers just randomly touched them, especially their hands. You can admire and compliment a baby without touching their hands (which always end up in their mouths). I always ask before touching, then never touch their hands. People need to think. Doesn’t happen much, sadly.
September 9th, 2009
My sister’s 6 month old baby was going through chemo therapy for cancer. The treatment often left her with very little or no immune system. There are A LOT of people out there who touch babies without asking. Although some people may take offense or think the sign is pretentious, this mother most likely put this sign in order to protect her child from germs that could potentially be fatal to him/her.
Yes, I’ve seen so many old ladies and old men just go right up to a strangers baby and just start touching him/her. I’d pull my baby back and walk the other direction if I saw that coming. It’s just not polite. At least ask first, and don’t be offended if someone says, no thanks!
yes my mom has the irritating habit of touching babies without the parents permission.irks me.read this sign mom!
Actually, I had to use a similar tactic when my son was a baby and my job had me working closely with the public. It’s amazing how many people think it’s ok just to walk up and touch or even try to pick up a stranger’s child. I don’t know who you are? No, you can’t touch my kid. Sorry, that’s just how it is.
September 10th, 2009
i don’t understand why this is here – seriously – I am going to make a sign like that RIGHT NOW for my son – I GET SO TIRED of people touching my kids – especially with H1N1 going around and my kids are both little (6 months and not quite 2 years) I have thought about making shirts or onesies for them that say “Touch me and mom will cut your hand off.”
but then i’m a little weird
I completely agree with carol W! I took my kids to a bar and grill for dinner friday night because we were up north, and its the only food place around. A drunk old lady walked up to my 11 month old, who is just starting to walk, and picked her up. Never even looked at me, or asked if it was ok… Umm NO! You don’t do that. I don’t even let my kids touch other kids unless the mom says its ok!
Still don’t think I would hong a sign though…
Some of you people are ridiculous. What’s the big deal? Do you want your kids growing up to self-absorbed? Just have hand sanitizer. Make people use it first. That’s what I did. My kids love getting attention from people…always have. It’s a compliment.
Yeah, Brenda, why can’t drunk old women stay out of bar and grills where children belong?
Or is it that drunks belong in bars and children do not?
September 11th, 2009
I agree that the sign is a good idea, perhaps even necessary given the H1N1 epidemic. Some people have said this is simply a germaphobic reaction that depletes the immune system of our young. I don’t agree. If you are the kind of mom who sprays Lysol on everything a kid touches and doesn’t let them go outside without a surgical mask on, then yes you are a germaphobe and you are not allowing your child’s immune system to develop naturally. However, the truth is that people lack good hygiene; they don’t wash their hands. A disease that is fairly harmless in adults could KILL a newborn. It is in no way wrong to protect your child from this. This type of sign could save a newborn’s life.
I don’t blame them! ppl are stupid and think they can go up and touch anyone’s kids!!? My son was a preemie (weighed 3 lbs) and they gave out signs similar to this one for ppl to use. I don’t see a thing wrong with it!
I don’t think alot of you guys understand why their is that sign there, I myself live in washington and those are commonly handed out to newborn babys during the flu season to stop the spread to the baby of germs because babys dieing of common colds is a serious threat, its no so someone just picks your baby out of the blue…
What? strangers touching my kid and making my kid sick? fuck that, I so don’t want to have kids now…..
I think it’s funny because it’s so necessary. People do think it’s ok to touch babies. It’s actually pretty common to go into a store and have people reach for babies. This woman probably got fed up with it and finally put a sign up. Afterall, this website is proof of what kind of people shop at walmart, I too will think seriously about putting a sign like that up when I take my little one to the walmart!
you’ve seen the people that shop @ Wal Mart! I wouldn’t want them touching my kid either!
my daughter was born 3 months early had to have $1,000.00 dollar shots once a month to keep her heathy and for some reason when i was out people thought it was ok to touch her wake her up or cough and breath on her or let their snotty nose kids sneeze on her i wish i would of made a sign like this one it would of saved me alot of explaining and alot of please dont touch her. I cant remember how much me and her dad would say right off the top to the waitress or the people in the stores. you dont have any right to touch anyone’s child
Thankfully I didn’t have to resort to this kind of “Telling off”. I made my daughter a ring sling before she was born and when she was 4 days old, I took her out of town to a convention.. besides no one knowing I was carrying a baby (she was tiny and it looked like I had a purse) If they finally asked, I would open the pouch oh so slightly so they could see and admire but they seemed to not try to touch her. It was nice. I still carry her in that sling (a different position since shes 14 months now) and people don’t bother her as much as they do when shes in the cart.
When my wife was out with our daughter when she was a baby, a stranger put his finger in her mouth! My wife was so shocked she didn’t know what to do. I tried not to make to much of it to keep her calm but if I had been there, blood would have been spilled.
HANDS OFF! NOT YOURS!
It only takes one moment to be looking for a jar of peanut butter and hear someone say “aww what a cute baby coochie coochie coo” Turn around and see some strange person touching your baby.
I don’t see a problem with the sign at all. In fact I can’t believe people have the nerve to feel they can go up and touch babies who can’t say “no” or defend themselves in any way. I mean would you want some strange adult you don’t even know coming up and hugging you out of the blue? No we have personal space that you aren’t welcome in. There is a social ettiquette to this sort of thing and some people just don’t show any common sense.. *shake her head and sighs*
OMG. I totally wish I would have thought of this! I once had a Walmart checker pull the binky out of my kids mouth. I about ripped her arm off!
SERIOUSLY they should hand these out with every baby. If I don’t know you, don’t touch my offspring. Animals know better – why don’t people??
you’d be surprised how often the sign is necessary.
September 12th, 2009
I had the same sign – specifically and only for Walmart!!!!
I have had one on my baby’s carrier/stroller since he was 2 months old that says on a big red sign “HANDS OFF!” You have to. Strangers come up and touch all over my little man. GROSS!!! I don’t know where their hands have been! I hate to be verbally abusive when someone does it(although I have been known to do so), so I do it with a clear-cut, back-up-off-my-kid sign! He’s not public property! There have even been times when someone will come up, move the sign TO THE SIDE and still touch my kid!!!!
No, the sign is needed, trust me… I have a friend that will walk up to a stragers baby and pick it up, not asking, NOTHING, and the parent will be a little bit away, and not know until they turn around. Lets just say, I stop going out shoping with that friend, because she CAN’T leave babies alone, at all! So yes, some times that sign is needed, and yes I will be having one of those for when I have kids! I don’t want my kids getting sick because of some crazy ass person who can keep there hands off my kids!
Ok… I know I just put one in, but I just got done reading all these, and I want to same one more thing, SHUT THE F*CK UP ALL YOU STUPID @$$ PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING IT’S NOT REAL, AND ARE BITCHING ABOUT HAVING THE SIGN!!!!! If your stupid enough to think that is a fake baby, you are beyond stupid! DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN, WE DON’T WANT MORE STUPID PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN THE WORLD, DON’T, JUST DON’T! And for all those people bitching about the mother for putting that sign up, GET THE HELL OVER IT! IT’S THE BEST FREAKING THING EVER! I DON’T EVEN HAVE KIDS, AND I KNOW IT IS! YOU ALL (the people bitching) ARE EVEN MORE STUPID THAN THE ONE’S WHO THINK IT’S FAKE! YOU HAVING CHILDREN SHOULD BE OUTLAWED!
To the mothers/fathers out there who think this is great! You are the best, and truly love you kids! You should get an award for “best parent”
And I for one am someone who will NOT touch a baby, I can make cute faces and get the baby to smile or laugh, and that’s good enough for me! I will NEVER touch someone else child without getting the OK, and even some times I still wont if I have a cold, or even know I need to clean my hands first, and NEVER touch there hands/face!
I don’t have any children but I work in retail. And this sign is TOTALLY acceptable. I saw a mother pick her son up to look at somebody elses’ baby and as she leaned him over the strangers cart, he sneezed. And the other lady flipped a bitch. Besides, have you seen some of the people in wal-mart. *shudder* I wouldn’t want them touching my babies either!!!
the lady in stone mountain georgia should have had this.some guy slapped her 2 year old kid in wallmart
the lady in stone mountain georgia should have had this.some guy slapped her 2 year old kid in walmart
well ya! your in Walmart, for gods sake don’t touch the baby!
It’s amazing how people just think that they have the right to just come up and put their greasy/grimey claws all over your baby. I was always having to dodge and weave with my son to try not to be rude to people, but while keeping our distance all the same.
People need to back the f*%k off of other people’s kids.
I have twins and going to WalMart is the worst. EVERYBODY wants to touch them. I need this sign!!
I’m sure the people that go around touching random babies cant read anyway so why bother with the sign?
I cant blame them really. So many crazies come up to me and my wife and ask questions about our son and thats enough to make me wont to fuck them up.
September 13th, 2009
Wearing your baby prevents crazy baby touchers from getting to them. Check out the Moby Wrap. My older son got touched all the time. The Mexican culture belives if you look at a baby and dont touch it you give the Ojos aka bad luck.
My 7.5 month old never got touched. Plus I kept to Costco and the grocery.
I wear my baby too Autumn! But wouldn’t ya know someone actually stuck their filthy hands inside my wrap to touch my newborn’s head! Nope it wasn’t at Walmart ; D
That sign is a WONDERFUL people. Dirty weirdos are always trying to touch my infant in Walmart!
Okay, here’s the thing: anyone who touches someone else’s kid without permission is an idiot, no doubt. Now that’s established, let me say this: if your kid is that sick or extremely vulnerable to germs and other nastiness, stop taking them out in public so often. Simple. The world is not a sterile place, no matter how many precautions you take, a lot of people have disgusting habits that make public interaction hazardous.
I mean seriously, parents, when your take your sick/vulnerable child with you to the store, do you honestly think that the money you’re handling (or any surface you touch, really) automatically disinfects itself the moment it makes contact with your hand? Use your common sense, not everyone in the world is out to make your pwecious little bundle of joy disease-ridden. Keeping your kid healthy is your job, keep them out of as many public areas as you can if you’re that concerned, or encase the kid in plastic until they are 21, whatever floats your boat.
And another thing- kids are major germ magnets themselves. When your special little ray of sunshine runs around a store full of people coughing and sneezing without covering their mouth, drooling all over the place, and digging up their angelic widdle noses, they WILL touch everything they can reach. Oh, but that’s okay, because an adult with a compromised immune system is so much more expendible than your kid. Real world, deal with it.
i’m so getting one of these for my baby. strange people want to touch her all the time. imagine where their hands have been!!!
I totally agree…people try to touch my newborn all the time. One lady even came up and touched my baby’s lips….no telling where her hands have been!!!
September 14th, 2009
i am going to make these signs tonite. my babies have enough going around them with 2 older siblings at home. thank you person for the GREAT idea. OH, and im also adding a STOP sign for those who cant read, like the mexicans!
A woman recently emerged from a bathroom stall and put both her hands on my immune-compromised newborn’s.
Wiped herself, touched a toilet handle, the stall door … and then the hands of an imune-compromised baby.
The people who put that sign on the baby are my heroes.
While it’s best to leave a baby with a more delicate immune system home (or ANY baby, really), it’s not always possible, so the sign really is a good idea. At least it will make people stop and think, even if they decide to be idiots and try to touch the kid -anyway-.
After seeing all these pictures of the possible “touchers” The sign is way too small and must be put to audio for those who don’t read!
September 15th, 2009
I have read a few of the comments and have come to believe that some of you really don’t get it. I have seen people actually ask to hold total stranger’s babies. Yes, germs are a reality; it does not take much to make a baby sick. But regardless of the germs, a parent has a right to tell someone not to touch their child. The baby is real!! I can tell some of you would not know a baby from a beach ball! Scary!!
When my daughter was newborn, anytime we’d take her ANYWHERE people would touch her face, her hands (which she put in her mouth afterward), jiggle her toys at her (also got put in her mouth)… so yeah, I wish I had thought of a sign. People are so rude, they don’t even ask. They just come up and put their germy hands all over your baby like it’s no big deal.
Uusally if your baby is premature you would do this. Their immune system isn’t strong enough yet so this is a polite way of saying back off!
How is this funny? People SHOULD be keeping their hands off of other people’s babies, especially if the child has increased vulnerability to infection. Even if that’s not the case, it used to creep me out when people assumed it was their God given right to touch one of my babies, and this sign would have been perfect for warding off those with no sense.
People want to touch pregnant bellies and babies and it is likely because they are signs of hope for humanity -the miracle of life is amazing. I understand why they want to do it, but it is still wrong to invade someone’s personal space without asking for permission. You simply do not know the situation that other people are facing and it is wrong to make assumptions about people based on what you have experienced in your own life. You do n’t know these strangers or what they go through or how their life is. Don’t assume things about people. My first child was born premature and I actually (unfortunately) had to make a trek to Wal-Mart for baby supplies with my child in tow by myself while recovering from a horrible c-section and would have been terrified if someone had attempted to touch him. His skin was so fragile that it took the utmost care and extreme vigilance to even wipe his butt without tearing his skin off.
Also, until you have been in the same exact situation, you have no idea what its is like. People who have no children should NOT be commenting on how others should raise their children and have absolutely no business doing so. If you hate children so bad, do us a favor and leave our society. Children are a normal part of society and they cannot control their emotions yet. You were the same when you were a child.
I wish I had thought of that, you’d be surprised how many dirty dirty people want to touch your baby. Its disgusting. Its like people wantingto touch a pregnant lady’s belly, totally intrusive.
I wish I had thought of doing this!! My daughter was a preemie and we did have many a stranger try to touch her. And parents that didn’t try to stop their little ones from touching her. I was just as rude and pushed people, young and old away. Where do people get off thinking they can just come up and touch someones child!! I say give this woman an award!!
seriously, this sint stupid. i had a person once (in walmart) unbuckle my daughter to hold her without asking. wth? i didnt like my kid’s hands, arms, or face touched. touch the feet if you must but dont dare touch my baby.
i don’t touch others children.. it is potentially illegal.. and someone would have to be barechested old-timey toughman to want to touch my children while i’m around.
awesome smart parent! Ppl just freaking get all up on babies. You dont know until you have one.
DON’T BREATHE ON THE BABY
I agree, I had a woman actually try to pick up my baby who was crying!
Why? Does it bite?
September 16th, 2009
Do you people never take your babies and toddlers to baby groups/coffee mornings? Do they not have them in America?? There are plenty of ‘germy’ people there – yes, that’s right, they’re all the other BABIES. I took my baby son to a lot of groups and get-togethers every week. He got a cold occasionally. This is not a BAD thing – it’s called building up his immune system and it happens naturally. You can’t keep your child in a bubble all their lives. And I personally don’t object to a well-meaning stranger stroking my boy’s head in passing, or patting his hand. He’s cute. They like babies. Abuse is not occuring here, people! Nor is germ warfare. I suppose people are a bit more laid-back and realistic in the UK…
Smart lady…I wish I would have thought of that!
I think this is awesome. My firstborn had a heart condition (she since passed away at 5 years old – 5 years ago), and when she was in the hospital after a heart surgery we had a sign up asking people to wash their hands before entering her room and please visit another time if sick… I also have a 5 year old son who has Type 1 diabetes (an autoimmune disorder – NOT the same as Type 2 & not related to weight) & asthma and a otherwise healthy toddler girl. When my firstborn would get sick it was life or death for her and she was on oxygen during illness. When my son gets sick it is very serious for him and I can completely understand the logic behind the sign! When my son had the Rotavirus as a toddler we were told that sanatizer doesn’t kill the Rotavirus (we had assumed it killed everything) & only vigourous hand washing w/ hot water does, so better safe than sorry!!!!
LOVE THE SIGN
I can’t even tell you how many people I’ve seen who don’t wash their hands after using a public restroom. It’s disgusting and I don’t want anyone touching my kids either. We stay home when sick, cover our mouths if we do happen to cough in public, and use common courtesy… duh…. don’t touch the baby – common sense, but so many people need this reminder. People assume that babies are all “healthy” really not true and so many kids are immune compromised & their parents know to wash their own hands/use hand sanitizer after handling money, etc. in public- no brainier. You shouldn’t have to “keep your child in” and others should simply JUST use respect & keep their HANDS OFF. Any parent knows this & people who don’t have kids are naïve. LOVE THE SIGN…
I totally understand this. I’ve had random people paw at my kids plenty of times. This is an awesome idea.
Never had any problems with my kids being touched – I think it’s a little too extreme for me, personally.
A lot of parents of multiples I know have these for their infants & I’ll tell ya, it doesn’t work near as good as just ignoring people. A lot of the idiots who want to touch the baby don’t pay bit of attention to signs or polite a ‘please don’t’. My girls’ in their 5ft long stroller attracted tons of attention & the BEST way for me to avoid people trying to touch/ask questions/ etc is to MOT MAKE EYE CONTACT. People WILL move out of your way when you’re pushing a giant stroller & pretending they don’t exist. I’ve gone to Wal-mart with another triplet mom who had the signs, she was stopped & delayed about every 10 min whereas I only had 1 person daring enough to persist with me.
This is an awsome idea! I was at as Safeway shopping for my wife, when an older woman, about 65ish y/o came up and started talking to my 4 month old son in his car seat. I am glad I turned around when I did because she was starting to reach for him. I had to be rude to her by telling her “Don’t touch him.” She asked “Oh is he sick or something?” I said no and walked off. DON’T TOUCH A STRANGERS BABY!! I don’t mind the talking to the baby. Just don’t touch them!
September 17th, 2009
Ok, I see the point of this because my mother is one of those ‘OHHH look at the baby’ grabbers. I would be pissed if some stranger with god knows what touched my baby.
I total agree with this sign. It drives me crazy when people come up and touch my 10 month old.
I’ve actually had people stick their nasty ass fingers in my son’s mouth. I think this is a brilliant idea!
GUYS, LOOK CLOSELY— IT’S A FAKE BABY! P-L-A-S-T-I-C…
People always touch my baby without asking. Someday one of them is gonna get cut!
September 18th, 2009
That is a wonderful idea, I hate when strangers think it is okay to touch my baby. You never know what that person was touching before you saw them they could have picked a wedge or there nose or God knows what look at the people of walmart.
I don’t blame these parents at all. My niece just came home from the hospital. She’s a premi and we can’t touch her without washing our hands first so that she doesn’t get sick. Her little body can’t handle that. Maybe these parents were trying to keep some “germs” away from their baby.
Premi, a baby with medical issues, etc, I understand. What I think is most interesting is not just the picture, but the comments from everyone agreeing. I don’t touch people’s babies because I know they don’t like it, and somehow it just seems sad that we have all become so paranoid…of germs, each other, etc. Of course there are limits, like with a baby that has medical problems or doing things like taking things out of their mouth or hand or trying to pick them up. But to brush your finger over a curl, over the back of their hand? When did we all get so freaked out over loving gestures? Go to Greece. They love children over there and a crying baby is a reason for every woman to stop what they are doing and try and tend to the baby in nurturing ways. It used to be, kids were loved and cared for by a village. Now we are all too paranoid. To me, that is just sad. As for germs. They are everywhere. If your child is going to live a normal, happy life, they are going to come into contact with germs. You can be careful, but don’t put them in a bubble. When I got a dog that was starting to be a bit ‘put off’ by people, the vet told me to get him out in public and socialize him…let a lot of people that were willing, to just touch him and nuzzle him and pet him. It worked. Before anyone says a baby is not a dog, I do understand…but the idea of creating a paranoid child from your own over done efforts of putting them in a bubble is real. So let the grandmother re-live her own wonderful years of when she had a baby and let her stroke your baby’s head. She will smile, heck, your baby will probably smile back at her and learn people like her. When the old women is gone, if you are worried, grab some sanitizer. Protect them, of course, draw boundaries, but you -can- find a middle ground. I am happy to say that I have two teenage daughters that made it through many a happy strangers coming up and stroking their cheek when they were babies and both of my girls are happy, healthy, well adjusted girls that are not afraid of people, or hugs, or germs, or warm gestures of affection.
Why didn’t I think of that with my first? It really grosses me out when strangers touch my son, even now that he’s 2.
But maybe that’s because I didn’t grow up in a country where everybody hugs and kisses everybody all the time. Yuck!!
If you have kids you can probably relate. People touched my daughter all the time when she was an infant. People I didn’t know would come up to us in the grocery store and touch her face, her mouth, everywhere. “She’s so precious!”. Thank you, get the hell off my kid! They could have transmitted all kids of germs to her! Gross. I got rude after a while, I’d rather offend the hell out of someone than let my 3-week old get a virus that could kill her. So sorry, keep your damn hands to yourself.
I love it when people make comments like “HURR DURR I HAYTE UR KID N I WULD SLAP EM TOO U SHUD CHANE UR KIDS UP ER PUT EM IN UH CAYGE! HURR HURR DURRRR”…
So you were either born fully grown or you were the perfect child, right?
Get over yourselves. No one likes your annoying ass, either.
I completely understand this! We had to make our unfortunate trip to Walmart with our newborn and some crazy lady stuck her head into our covered stroller to talk to our baby…
My nephew was born a micro premie. My sister was given a sign to put on the carrier just like this. It was for the babies health. Before even anyone in the family could hold or touch him we had to sanitize our hands.
So there is probably alot more to this picture then a mom putting a sign on the babies carrier. Like my nephew it could have to do with medical issues with the baby.
September 19th, 2009
This is for the babies safety. Some babies are born with health problems (like a micro preemie for example). People put these signs on babies that usually have problems and for their safety you don’t just go touchy feely on em. Most cases the parent even has to sanitize their own hands before touching and holding. So if you see this sign on a carrier for future reference its not a laughing matter at all.
Believe it or not … there ARE PEOPLE who think it is perfectly fine to walk up and touch a stranger’s child!
September 20th, 2009
I know that hospitals will give out signs like these to parents of preemies because preemies are more prone to infections. Regardless, I could have used on when my son was a baby. I was in a bathroom with him one time when a lady came directly out of a stall, without ever washing her hands, and tried to touch my baby’s face.
a few weeks ago i was at wal mart with my 3 month old son, who was hungry and very fussy. while i was paying for my groceries the lady who was bagging my groceries stopped what she was doing, came over to my son and tried to put his pacifire in his mouth! nevermind how disgusting her hands must have been after bagging groceries all day-she was totally invading our personal space and being disrespectful.
Critical Thinking Is The Way
I also think some folks are missing other important points here. Yes the germ thing is a big problem. It is fine to have babies out in Germville to build up their immune system. But that doesn’t mean it’s ok bathe the babies in germs from strange folks who want to touch them when they shouldn’t. I mean is good to have firefighters who put themselves in danger to put out fires but believe you-me I bet none of them wants to BE on fire. There is a difference.
Another issues is to me the most basic… no one who does not know the mother personally should make the assumption that it is ok to touch someone child. Aren’t we taught as children, not to touch other people’s toys without permission? Then why aren’t our little babies given the same respect as an inanimate object?
September 21st, 2009
My baby had been sleeping and someone came up to her and rubbed their hands all over her face… waking her up and spreading germs. She was only a couple weeks old.
Then when said person walked away I watched as they wiped their nose across the back of their hand. So they obviously had done that before and who knows if they did it before they touched my baby. It’s common courtesy is to ask, but apparently a lot of people think they’re entitled to touch my child.
i’d do the same thing. i kind of love this sign. i’m fiercely protective of my 3-month old, and she’s only been out shopping with my husband and i once. any other time, she goes to grandma’s. i hate people.
Unfortunately, even with the sign some moron will come up and start touching the baby.
my daughter is 3 and because shes cute and really petite( she always been grabbed and touched by others in public) ..and she seriously FREAKS OUT any more or stares off to the side and sucks her thumb..omg
and my other daughter is always mistaken as a boy( ears are pierced and wearing all pink ) i even say yes SHE is cute her name is…….and they still call her a handsome devil (BUTT HOLES)
September 22nd, 2009
what the fuck
just leave the motherfucking baby at home
I genuinely hate when people touch my baby. So when adults come up and start touching his face, or taking his pacifier out, I do to them EXACTLY what they are doing to my son! They usually get a weird look on their face, and then I say “He probably hates it too, don’t you think?”
Works every time!!!!
So I can kinda understand this IF the baby was premature. I have a preemie and I don’t want anybody that I don’t know touching him you never know where peoples hand have been and they get sick very easily! and you can’t always leave your baby at home.
I like it! I don’t care if the baby is preemie or not…I don’t want strangers coming up getting in a baby’s face. The 1st place most people reach for on a baby is their hands…what’s the main thing babies are putting in their mouths? their hands!
Ok, honestly this is a good idea, but I’m sure it doesn’t work. I’ve had people pick up Sam’s bink and put it in his mouth. A friend of mine told me a story of a woman (stranger) who put her finger in a crying baby’s mouth and repremanded the mother for having a young baby out in public.
September 23rd, 2009
I didn’t have the urge before, but that sign REALLY makes me want to touch that baby.
People tried to touch my kid all the damn time when she was little, and they almost always did it without asking. It’s incredibly rude, yet it happens all the time. if they managed to put a stop to it, good for them.
Would you want any of these people to touch your kid?!
September 24th, 2009
the baby looks plastic… OMG I THINK IT IS A DOLL!! ROFL!!
Um, did anybody see the rest of the people on this site? Not sure I’d even bring a baby into Wal-Mart. The sign is not even close to enough!
I’m applauding this actually, there are some nasty ppl *review this site* and some of them think its okay to touch your babies face… ugh..
MOM TO BABY WITH CANCER
My baby has cancer. We keep her at home as much as possible, but sometimes, we have to run out of the house for various reasons. Because of the chemo, she has no immune system. Viruses and bacteria that you or I could fight off with no problem, not even realising they are there, could literally kill her. But other than having a bald head (like the kid in the picture) from the chemo, you wouldn’t know that she was sick by looking at her. You don’t know what is going in people’s lives. Don’t take the chance with a child’s life. Don’t touch anyone’s baby.
And to all you creeps who think the baby is plastic: I’d like to see what your heads would look like after you lost all your hair to chemo. Shut the @#$k up.
Good for her….I hate when people think they can reach out and just touch anyones baby. Babies can get sick easier than everyone else…nobody wants you touching them!!!
I am a dad to a 6 year old boy and a 3 month old girl and I would freak out on anyone that tried to touch my kids that was not family or friend , you would never go around touching and kissing an adults hands and face that you didn’t know so why is it ok to touch and kiss a baby or child’s? i just had a neighbor of mine comeup with their dog and the dog’s face was right in the stroller trying to sniff my 3 month old daughter’s face and tried to lick it and my neighbor was offendedd when my wife told her dog to get away from the baby. what is with people , i mean how stupid are they.
September 25th, 2009
this person is actually smart.. one for putting the carseat in her shopping cart rather it being on top like every other white trash person out there and two telling people to not touch her baby. i see the most people leave the bathroom without washing their hands at wal-mart. no thanks
studies have shown that babies are the safest surface to touch in Kentucky
why are people bring such young sick babies to walmart? stay home if your baby is so susceptible to the freaks that appear to shop here. And nobody is gonna read your stupid sign. Get someone to go to the store for you.
I get the rage at dirty strangers touching a baby–been there and wanted to crack some skulls myself! But, to all of you with immunocompromised children/nieces/nephews, whatever–they shouldn’t be in Wal-Mart.
I also agree the sign is off-putting. If it really is a matter of life and death, yah it’s worth it to look like an a-hole, but common germs usually (thankfully) are not this dire.
Finally, I see babies parked in infant seats in the shopping cart all the time. If you really don’t want people coming up and touching your kid, put him in a baby carrier. Slings and baby bjorns and such are EVERYWHERE people, and guess what it’s good for your kid’s development. Cheaper than a fancy pop-out baby carrier, and safer as well. Baby lovers don’t get all up in your space if your kid is in a carrier–trust me!
September 26th, 2009
I dont think anybody understands how much strangers DO just walk up and touch your baby… untill you have a baby of your own! I’ve often thought of putting up a sign as well!
And what is wrong with putting the carseat on top? Some of them LOCK in place, you know.
After seeing all the pictures of the “People of Wal Mart” it makes PERFECT sense to put that sign up.
I’m with you MAMAOF2.
Those signs are necessary at WalMart all those weirdos you are posting pics of… they want to touch our babies. Especially right after they have sneezed or coughed!
I have two boys. I can understand having a sign like that if the baby is immune-compromised, but my boys were healthy babies, and I never had a problem with people touching them. I don’t think its rude, I think babies are one thing that most people can connect over. If it really bothers you when someone touches your kid, use saniizer afterwards, wash their hands, or just leave them at home!
In all honesty, with the H1N1 virus around and so many stupid people out there that have no regard for basic hygiene I think the person is smart.
September 27th, 2009
MY DAUGHTER ACTUALLY BIT A DOOR GREETER STICKING THEIR HANDS ALL OVER HER. SERVED THEM RIGHT
That is a DAMN good idea. My (premature, infant) daughter was smacked by a child whose parents weren’t watching her once. And I have twins and whenever I go out with the two of them together, people want to talk to us or touch them. It annoys me to no end. I wish I had made a sign like this when they were still tiny, because I could never figure out how to tell people to back off! I just pushed the stroller away and left as quickly as possible. Gah people bug me.
September 28th, 2009
Actually, I have a premature baby, and it’s suggested that you do that. It’s mainly because you never know what strangers will do, and I’ve actually had people try it. I don’t understand why a baby is supposed to be shared w/ anyone, I don’t want strangers touching my kid.
Ok after seeing all the these people I don’t think that is a bad idea. I wouldn’t want them touching my baby.
September 29th, 2009
I don’t blame her… i tried to find these signs when my son was born. A lady actually came up when i was bent over grabbign something and was unbuckling him to hold him. i freaked out! i also had someone kiss him and another lady take his pacifier, blow on it, and then try to give it back. people are crazy these days
September 30th, 2009
I’m cool with the sign for all the above reasons…but if the kid is so sensitive, WTF are you doing putting it in a bacteria-laden shopping cart. And after you got your change, or punched all those buttons for your CC, did you wash/wipe/purell your hands before YOU touched the kid? Didn’t think so!
you’d be surprised at how many people will actually just walk up and start touching your kid’s face
October 1st, 2009
i have a huge problem interacting with strangers. i don’t like it. i go to the store to get things i need, not to talk to you.
i got pregnant, and it seems that when you’re pregnant people automatically think your belly is community property. i hated strangers walking up to me touching my stomach. It was ridiculous.
Now that i have a child…people seem to think she is community property. They start talking about how cute she is and walk right up and pinch her cheeks or grab her hands and start talking to her. It is very annoying, rude and unnecessary.
i will for sure start putting one of these signs on my cart from now on.
Have you been looking at these people? Would YOU want THEM to touch YOUR child???
October 2nd, 2009
Are you looking at the people on this site? Would you want them touching your baby with their freaky cooties?!!?
October 6th, 2009
I have a 6 month old and was just talking to a friend the other day about how i would like to put a sign up or tell people to keep their hands off… I have a lot of people that will come up and put their finger in his hand and stuff and i just wanna yell at them and ask them if they remember the H1N1 flu is around and that my lil guy puts his hands in his mouth…lol
Seriously you would be surprised how many goons in walmart come up and think it is ok to just touch my son’s face and hands when I don’t even know them.
Sadly, the people who need to read this sign can’t. You might as well have a calculus equation written on there. I thought of doing the same thing when my daughter was younger though.
She should recieve the smartest person in walmart award! I wouldn’t want some of those people touching any of my children either! YAY FOR HER!
October 7th, 2009
If this website has taught me anything, it’s that you don’t want anyone touch you or a loved on in Walmart…
Our son has heart problems and the hospital gave us some after he had open heart surgery. You cannot risk getting your child sick. But I also hate when complete strangers touch my kids
This is not really a bad idea- you ARE in Wal mart- how do you when the last time the lady in the neon-leopard unitard washed her hands?
October 9th, 2009
It starts as total strangers touching your pregnant belly, and then they touch your baby without asking. Plus we have a particular culture around here that thinks it’s bad luck to see a baby and not touch it, so everyone tries. I know they’re trying to be nice, but considering babies have no immune system (especially with all the Swine Flu stuff) and all the child abductions, I almost considered putting up one of these myself to keep people from touching the baby. It’s not pretentious, it’s reality- people will touch your baby in public!
Can you blame the parent for warning people to not touch their baby?… after all, they are in a Wal-Mart and the photos on this site prove how freaky Wal-Mart shoppers are. I know I wouldn’t want any of them touching my babies.
No seriously…that is a good idea….as a new mom i understand that completely. people do not have common sense these days (as seen from this site…) i have had many many people come up and take my sons pacifier, tickle his toes, grab his hand…its crazy!
October 10th, 2009
They probably reserve this sign just for trips to Walmart. Would YOU want any of the people featured on this site touching your baby?
October 11th, 2009
It bothers me because this sign is almost completely necessary at Walmart… or the flea market. I once had my son in his stroller and some weird woman (not weird at first) came up, did the goo goo gaga, paid some fine compliments, then slid her pinky finger in his mouth. Winner! It still pisses me off. Needless to say I blew up very inappropriately at her.
I am going to print off a sign right now and attach it to my daughters car seat. Everyone wants to touch my baby all the time, just because she smiles at people does not give them permission to put their hands and fingers all over her.
We went to my grandmothers apartment and another older lady who was a neighbor bent down and kissed her hand before I could do anything. My husband asked her what the f*ck was wrong with her. She said the baby was just too cute. I was livid and wanted to yell at her, my baby chews on her hands and she just put her nasty mouth on them.
People really have no manners. I would not touch a strange baby no matter how cute. Why cant a wave and nice comment be enough for some people?
October 13th, 2009
I can really understand why this was necessary.
Firstly, if you’re shopping retail and picking up things, you’re collecting germs. I work retail, I got swine flu, I live in ky.
Secondly, looking at the state. People in KY have a tendency to be overly familiar with other people. Being known as the “friendly state” has it’s ups and downs. People in KY will go right up to your child. I’ve seen it many a time. It’s like watching babies is a favorite past time. Having babies is too but that’s another story.
So yeah, baby signs = understandable for a ky walmart.
I don’t see anythink wrong with it at all I have a 3 month old and people always come up and try to touch her.
WE are child free. We would NEVER touch your smelly, pukey, crying, poopy baby. Not ow or ever! Babies are germ machines, poop machines, barf machines, crying machines. When I see one, I go the other way.
Seriously, people really do think they have the right to touch your baby. I don’t know. Who knows where their nasty hands have been.
Just like people think they can touch pregnant women’s belly’s! Eww, back off!
October 14th, 2009
I had a sign on my carseat: http://www.mytinyhands.com/.
Once I had my son on the changing table in the toilet at a restaurant. He was half-naked, and poopy, and some woman came out of the stall, came over to my son on the changing table, and said “Oh, how cute!” and proceeded to grab his hands before I could say anything. She then walked out of the bathroom.
People who think that desperate parents wouldn’t resort to a sign like this either have never had kids or have ugly kids, because random strangers touch babies all the damned time.
i agree with the man who slapped the toddler, sometimes toddlers and small babies can be annoying, loud, or unruly and they deserve a good smacking, doesn’t matter where. They shouldnt be brought out in public, thats why they make kennels
I definitely don’t blame this parent for putting up a sign! When my daughter was a little baby, people would randomly come up and try to touch her too. I used to try to positively re-direct by telling them they could touch her feet/socks, but eventually solved the problem by wearing her close to my body in a sling/hip hammock when we were out. People are less likely to invade an adult’s personal space. Or maybe I give off that “I will rip your head off your shoulders if you approach me” vibe lol I don’t know.
October 16th, 2009
I wish I’d had a sign like that when my twin boys were little! I used to walk around glaring at everyone just to keep a 15 minute shopping trip from turning into an hour ordeal.
WORST of all was when a nasty Wal-Mart cashier actually left her register to come around and KISS my son on the forehead! I was just frozen in shock. Needless to say, his head got Germ-X scrubbed as soon as we got to the car!
It’s amazing how many strangers touch a baby. It horrified me to take my newborn out and be bombarded with people of all ages and with all illnesses thinking it was okay not only to touch my baby without asking, but to hold her hands and touch her face! I couldn’t get away fast enough!
I always want to spit on babies whenever I see this sign. What? You didn’t say I couldn’t spit on the baby.
Honestly, most of us don’t want to touch your ugly babies. But sometimes, we do look at them, point and laugh. Don’t you ever wonder how many people think your baby is ugly? Probably a lot. There’s a lot of ugly babies out there.
I could have used this sign before…people have no concern about babies health sometimes!
October 17th, 2009
YES! People ALWAYS think they can just come up and touch your baby. Way too many germs out there people. Keep your mitts off.
Umm…if you dumb cunts dont want your baby to get germs how bout not taking it to WALMART?!? And trust me dearies, not everybody wants to touch your new pooping and pukeing machine!
October 19th, 2009
I have preemies with very underdeveloped lungs, so on the rare occasion that I do take them out I have a sign on their carseats that say, STOP, do not touch the baby. It does looks strange, but really it’s not. You wouldn’t believe how may people will just come up and want to touch your baby.
I remember one woman wanting to touch my newborn…and then she asked to hold her WHILE reaching for her! I almost died! Told her to, “NO” my baby could not be held because there’s too many germs out there.
If I had thought about it, I would have made a sign just like it. That’s a SMART mother!
actually that’s not so bad. i saw one at church sunday that said ” please wash your hands before you touch mine. ” it’s a nice way to not have to say it 10K times.
October 21st, 2009
Not too much to ask. Too much going around!!! I have a premie granddaughter and going to tell her mom about this so she can. (And she will!!! She is very protective). I wish I had thought of it when my boys was younger!
October 22nd, 2009
I totally agree with everyone who said the sign isn’t going to far! Way to many people think it’s ok to touch a baby! It’s not! How do I know where your hands have been. How do I know when the last time you washed your hands wash!
October 23rd, 2009
My son was born at 28 weeks, 2 lbs 12. oz, he spent 7 months in the NICU. He is fianlly home, but even taking him at Drs. appointments I have to ask people not to touch my son. I don’t know where they have been or if they had washed there hands, (wouldn’t matter if they did) people need to have some respect and not touch other peoples children. I would use that sign.
October 25th, 2009
Sorry ment 7 weeks in the NICU.
I actually get this. A waitress KISSED my baby at a chinese restaurant one day without even asking me!
October 26th, 2009
I understand if the baby is sick, but then the baby should be at home not at wal-mart. Don’t give some excuse that you had to take the baby, there is no excuse to take a sick baby to wal-mart, most wal-marts are 24-7 you can go when someone else can watch the baby. Other than that I think people need to chill. I have two children and of course weird people would come up, but I never was so rude to yell at them or tell them not to touch my child. I would start moving like I was busy offering them a friendly smile and a thank you to the “your child is cute” comment as I wheeled away. If my child did get touched I would clean them off afterwards, that simple. Yes people need to learn to keep their hands to themselves but people also need to learn not to be rude. If you hate human contact so much then do the rest of us a favor and stay home.
This is very good idea just who has babies know how IMPOLITE the people are about touch the babies without ask the parents for permission first. I’m looking to buy it any sugestions?? Thank you!!
I wouldn’t want the people of WalMart touching my baby either.
KSMITH– It’s about manners and boundaries! I never get snippy with the people that actually ask to touch my baby, I politely tell them no, but it’s the one’s that swoop in and start touching — which sometimes you aren’t quick enough to wipe off before that hand goes in the mouth. I live in swine-flu central and have even pooped a person’s hand from trying to enter his car seat to touch him.
I will never understand why strangers think it’s okay to touch a baby or even ask to a hold a baby. Most of them seem to be grandmothers too and have BTDT! Tell me he’s cute and look at a distance– that I’m fine with. I wonder if these people would think it’s okay for strangers to touch them? Maybe I should try that next time someone tries touching my little one. XD
As far as taking your baby to wal-mart. God forbid a parent actually has to take their children with them to run errands and get groceries.
October 29th, 2009
As a mother of 2, I have had to tell people to back off more than once for touching my babies. They want to stroke their cheeks/touch their little hands/hold them… and that’s a HUGE no no! If my babies were still babies I would be making a sign!!!
. With my first someone actually came up and picked her up out of her carseat when my back was turned getting something off the shelf. I almost hit the woman, how dare you pick up a strangers baby!!! It took at least 20 minutes to calm my poor baby down. I debated getting this sign when I was pregnant with my second daughter and invested in a baby carrier instead. People STILL try to touch her. HELLO!! Not only are you touching a strangers baby but its attached to me and you are almost touching my chest! Keep your hands off.
October 30th, 2009
I wouldn’t want people at walmart trying to touch my baby either, i mean just look at the rest of the pictures on this site!
October 31st, 2009
I love this sign…my youngest is 15 months old….you would be suprised how many strangers think it is okay to go up to a baby and touch or kiss on them…it happens to me all the time actually in Wal-Mart…even once with a wal-mart employee….he scared my daughter and wouldn’t leave…started to question me what was wrong with her. I just told the guy that she was tired…he started to question if maybe I needed to change her diaper or feed her. Finally, I told him no, but maybe he should think about getting out of her face since she was scared of him and that is why she was crying.
November 1st, 2009
I have completely lost my only reason to live in Kentucky. If I can’t touch the baby, what is the point of living in Kentucky?
Actually, while I’m on the topic, there is only one purpose of Kentucky, make fun of it and its residents.
i work at walmart and i watched a customer come up and just start touching this person’s newborn baby and making faces at it like it was their own. i just stood there waiting for the parents to do something.. but they didn’t.
it really was disgusting that people were doing this specially since the only flu that has reared it’s ugly head in my area is the H1N1. and the shots are on a all time shortage and people are constantly sick up here.. i really wanted to yell at this woman to stop but.. not my place.
when i have a child.. i am going to keep a blanket over my kid while in a public place or have the baby in a carrier attached to myself so i can intercept the offending hands or better yet.. shoot them ><.
November 5th, 2009
Wish I’d thought of that when my daughter was a babt. People are nuts and think all bets are off with babies. They just think they can come up, get in their face and touch them because they want to!
If you’ve browsed this site, you see all sorts of interesting whack-a-doodles shop at Wal-Mart. Would you want your kid touched by people who forget to wear pants to the store?
November 6th, 2009
That’s actually probably a good idea. People always want to come up and touch and hold babies, a lot of them do it with no permission. Its disgusting.
here is a thought, LEAVE YOU LITTLE FUCKERS AT HOME! just because you have kids, does not mean that you have the right to be rude or disrespectful to others. so what if ppl touch your kids, germs are not going to attack your kids, and if you would eat right and take care of yourselves then you fucking retards would not be born sick. USE YOUR FUCKING HEADS.
If you dont want people touching your kids fine, but I dont want to hear the brat scream and cry and watching your bad parenting. Also i dont want to give you my space in line at checkout. I do not want to wait to go to the bathroom so little “Jaden” can make a poopie. I dont have kids and dont need to be extra nice to you because you do. Some of you have kids and then forget you are part of the world. MANNERS PEOPLE, MANNERS. some of you need a refresher course.
that is the best idea ever! alot of ppl have a fascination of touching babies and even trying to put their fingers in a random baby’s mouth! EWWW! the sign is a genius idea
November 12th, 2009
How is the view from your trailer today? I’m sure you can’t find this information while you are watching NASCAR — so I’ll let you in on a little secret. Children under 6 months can not get a H1N1 shot. So actually. YES. You could kill them by touching them. As for the ranting about Manners… What gives anyone the right to touch someone else’s baby?
November 13th, 2009
This is assuming they can read.
November 16th, 2009
Alright one thing i’m not getting a baby sitter to go to the store and i’m pretty sure no one else in their right mind is going to either. Yeah some parents don’t take care of their kids and let them run all over, but my kid is 5 months old so if she starts to cry deal with it. Obviously having children put you on a scheduale so I have to get things done when I have the time. Another thing i’ve already punched someone in the face for touching my kid. It didn’t have anything to do with germs it’s the fact that she’s my baby and I don’t want some one I don’t know touching her.
Tom is a douche bag!
Look fuck face, you are so stupid, babies can get sick, yes, but most parents with common sense leave them at home. I find it hard to believe that ppl are touching babies with out permission. I have never seen that happen and cant imagine it. People should not be rude to others just cuz they have babies, i dont watch nascar and think ppl who do are fuck heads, i dont believe in giving shots to kids, read some info, and parents who are not dumb fucks put babies in a sling to keep them close or at home with someone and maybe you should leave your 5 month old at home before god forbid some innocent person sneezes and has to incur your wrath for hurting poor little “emma” or “kadin”. both names that only douches bags use BTW. Only bad parents put their kids in carriers to ride around, and probably bottle prop them, and i dont care what you say, there is always someone to watch your kids, ALWAYS. They are called baby sitters, or do u just not want to pay because why should you pay when you can take the fucker to wal mart where ppl are trying to shop and use your mom status to hold others at hostage cuz you dont want the fucker to get sick. I think when ppl have kids they lose common sense. People want special treatment because they dont want to upset their kids, get over it, kids are not that fragile and they are not going to get sick from ppl touching them , tom you are a moron and i hope someone coughs all over your kids and there is nothing you can do to stop them. Germs are not evil.
November 17th, 2009
Ok Tom is a Douche Bag. I will agree with you that parents should leave their children home when they are sick and when it’s late at night most kids should be home around 8 but thats just me. Other than that I completely disagree with you. For one there is not always someone to watch your child. Babysitters have lives to and just going to the store is not a good enough reason to impose on someone elses life to make your shoping experience less stressfull. I’m in the military and i’m gone for 2 weeks to a month at a time so I try to spend as much time with my baby as I can. If you don’t like kids being in a store then go later or deal with it. You obviously don’t have a children so that’s probably not an issue for you. It wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t have a baby and I didn’t want to be around a bunch of screaming kids either but I didn’t get pissed at a baby and thats where your especailly wrong. Your an adult act like one, and if your not shut your mouth.
November 18th, 2009
These signs are actually made for premies who can’t handle the germs. They are from a health website. My pastors wife has one for their son who was born 10 weeks early and is more suseptible (sp?) to sickness because his immune system is so low.
November 24th, 2009
I knew this one would get these kind of comments. UMMMM……you guys have seen all the rest of the freaks on this website? Right? These are the same crazies that want to touch your baby. My little guy has a heart defect and is immunocompromised. He got one with his shots.
November 25th, 2009
I completely agree with this sign. One way to help prevent strangers from touching your baby is to use an infant sling/wrap or front carriers. Strangers are much less likely to approach you and try to touch the baby when he/she is on your chest. And a blanket to cover the baby while they are in a car seat works well too. My son was born in October, the beginning of flu season, and I couldn’t believe the audacity of people who would come up and try to touch him! Protect your babies!
November 28th, 2009
Why in Hades would you want to touch the baby?You KNOW where its been!
November 29th, 2009
flowy dress waitress
that’s a DOLL
…It might bite.
For real though, it is so annoying how people think they can just touch babies and pregnant women. Seriously, is everybody a creeper? HANDS OFF THE BABY!
December 5th, 2009
She’s smart…I almost got arrested at the mall for some woman putting her hands on my daughter!!!
December 6th, 2009
really good idea, have you looked at the people on this site sticking there hands down there pants, old men sporting boobs i think if one of those people touched my baby i would put them in a plastic bubble with breathing tubes of course and put a big sign on it that says you touch the baby i kick your a$$ every time i went to wal-mart .
September 29th, 2010
I think its a great idea especially with the flu season here, H1N1 and MRSA being serious problems. You never know what kind of health problems this little may be facing. And also the fact that many people dont wash their hands regularly, I wouldnt want someone touching my little one.
October 4th, 2010
I really don’t blame the parents. I was at a restaurant with my husband and newborn daughter when some strange woman just picked my daughter up out of her car seat. As soon as I got her back, we left. I’d never been so creeped out in my life!!
December 1st, 2010
I LOVE THIS!!! I hated when people can up to hold my son,,, I know he was cute with his cute curly hair,, but no!! you can hold him,, I dont know you!!
December 17th, 2010
Man: *walks up and touches baby*
Woaman: an’t you see the sign???
Man: yes baby… I can.
Woman: then get your hands of her!
Man: I never touched you!
December 20th, 2010
I have to say that people will put their nasty hands on a newborn babies face. They should start giving these signs out at the hospital!
February 10th, 2011
Perhaps these signs wouldnt be needed if all the freaking wierdos and creeps would stop touching our babies instead of just looking at them!
February 17th, 2011
We have felt the same about our baby…one day a cashier touched our baby with her money dirty hands, it was nice and disturbing at the same time.
March 1st, 2011
Well, this actually makes sense. Here in El Paso, the Mexican women just LOVE to touch babies. My baby was born when a lot of people here were getting H1N1 and I yelled at a lot of older Mexican women for reaching for my baby. As it was, my husband couldn’t come home one day because a woman was rushed in to the OR for an emergency cesarean and come to find out, she had H1N1. Everyone in the OR had to be cleared of it before they could leave, and those test took like 24 hours. It is a scary thing, especially for premies, or other babies with compromised immune systems.
March 5th, 2011
Okay, to those of you who are saying shit like, “If you’re kid is sick, don’t take it out,” I’m assuming you’ve not a parent, and definately not a single parent. It’s not always possible to leave your child at home. So moms have to do what they can to protect their children as best they can. I usually just kept my daughter’s carrier covered up (it was winter when she was in a carrier) so people didn’t even have the option.
March 25th, 2011
As a non mother I have to ask the mothers if you mind when people walk by and say hello to your babies. I’ve caught myself standing in line and saying hello to someone’s baby but I’ve never ever put my hands on a baby.
March 29th, 2011
Opposite end of the story
I have an unique twist. I was a cashier at an Aldi for quite awhile and living in a huge Amish community we see a lot of babies. I was cashiering for this amish man and instead of putting his baby in the buggy, which was full, he asked me to hold her while he got out his money! Mind you I’m sitting in my chair, yes we sit at Aldi, holding his baby with a line full of customers. I’ve never felt so awkard. I was the one who needed the sign that day that read ” My hands are filthy please don’t hand me your baby”
You would be surprised how many strangers will walk up to you and try to touch a small baby. They don’t even ask. I wish I had that sign when my son was a baby.
March 30th, 2011
my child was born 4months early and i had a stop sine shaped one from the nicu that said hands off on it preemies are at risk for all kinds of germs getting sick can kill them and people are nasty and dont think what is on there hands before they go touching strange baby’s
May 10th, 2011
why is the sign laminated
May 28th, 2011
Well, there are lots of people who want to “pet” other people’s babies. Not so strange to put a sign up!
June 5th, 2011
SAZ are my girls
My ID triplet girls were born at 32 weeks and weighed 4-5 pounds each (Savannah, Addalynne, and Zayleigh), I and my friend took them to walmart the other day and i have a sign on there carseats because they get sick easily and my and my friend each had a cart and i had Zayleigh where that baby is and i have Addalynne in the basket and my friend has Savannah. And people look at us and the cashier said aww sister shopping with thier babies together. I said no, these are my triplets and this is my friend (We look alike) and she was about to touch them and then i said please dont touch them. and she gave me this nasty look.
I can see if your baby is sick, but other than that, a sign is just not necessary. Move along If someone in a store is bothering you. Babies pass more illnesses to adults than adults pass to them. Newborns pick them up in hospitals. They are more likely than adults to catch and pass things around, but their immune systems also build up quickly. You just have to find a balance thats right for your baby.
August 11th, 2011
This sign is a fantastic idea. Those little creatures carry all kinds of illnesses and disease. How many times have you seen kids running around stores not just Walmart with snot running out of their noses? Wiping it with their hands and picking up merchandise with those infected hands. I thinkg the little varments should me locked up in the front of the store while the parents shop.
August 30th, 2011
Okay, I’m a mom of 4 (3 grown and a 7-year-old), and though I don’t think I’d be entirely comfortable with a well-meaning stranger trying to touch my child, neither am I going to go nuts if someone did. My little boy eats a healthy diet and takes supplemental vitamin D-3 (not the synthesized junk you get in milk), and he has an incredible immune system. He can come home from playing with other kids who turn out sick, and be unscathed. Give your kid a bath after you take him shopping if you’re so worried. If the child has a compromised immune sustem, why are you taking him out in a public place anyway? Germophobes!
September 11th, 2011
People actually touch stanger’s babies? I can’t even…eww. The only way I would ever even consider touching a stranger’s baby is if the building was on fire and I was the only one who could reach it.
And you people saying other people are gross and don’t want them touching your kid? Kids are worse. I don’t touch them because they’re gross. Always having their hands in their mouths, picking their noses…
December 14th, 2011
SEE BOTH SIDES
While i am 100% in support of those parents who are trying to protect a baby from an immune system issue or premature birth, i am also aware that exposing a child to more germs is better for the kid. hasn’t this been observed by science?? I agree it is rude for random people to invade space…but at the same time, we need those antibodies to be able to more effectively resist disease in the future. I sometimes get sick of the over protect obsessive attitudes that parents have today. Its time to take a chill pill (unless the child has a disorder/disease) and live life as it is supposed to be lived – NOT IN A PERFECT SANITARY SANCTUARY
January 22nd, 2012
considering I have a newborn I totally support these people.
February 11th, 2012
Ok, I don’t want to sound mean…and I LIVE in Kentucky. For making fun of this is ridiculous…Go through all of these pix from Kentucky, and tell me if you want these “humans” touching your baby.
February 22nd, 2012
If I lived in Kentucky I’d ensure no one touched my baby either. I had random people feel the need to touch my son’s hands when he was an infant. I wish I had thought of being less tactful about the situation. “Please, admire baby from afar, thank you.”
April 3rd, 2012
For some reason, when people see a baby (or a pregnant lady) they seem to think that it’s open season for some “touchy-feely”.
I don’t know why people think it is ok to just go up and touch or pick up a strangers child because its not. So this sign makes good sense. Now let’s just hope all the people who do these things CAN READ! LOL
I am from Kentucky, I have no kids, but when or if I ever do have a child I do not want random strangers touching my belly or picking up/touching my child!
May 6th, 2012
I should have done that
Yes people touch your baby that much in walmart I had one crazy lady kiss my new born! I would refuse to take him in Walmart without his seat being completely covered!
May 18th, 2012
About a sign saying : Look and smile only no petting allowed.
I understand the fears about germs. One, the germs are everywhere especially in the air you breathe and the boxes you take home etc..
Two; small children should not go to grocery stores or crowed places until they are 3 months old if they are breast fed to build antibodies.
Mothers are irresponsible for taking children who have weak immune system in to crowds…they are selfish and want to walk around in a bubble.
Poor children will not have the sense that humanity at large is safe they will be raised in fear of strangers and lacking a sense of community.
Maybe you can form a group of mothers you trust and go shopping alone and help each other build children trust of other people within your small tribe.
What a strange world worried about germs but not the poison in baby foods or processed food…medication made with synthetics..plenty out there to kill you especially corn syrup in all the food.
August 8th, 2012
This is a good idea… Everytime I go somewhere strangers try to touch and play with my kids… And lots of them are probably as germy as a toilet seat!
November 8th, 2012
I’ve never understood strangers who feel it is perfectly ok to touch your child. @7 years ago we didn’t have the flesh eating fasciitis to cope with or the good understanding of the disease pathways we do today. I think she has decided this may head off a few hurt feelings that would come from saying if you touch that child all your getting back is a bloody stump…….
July 28th, 2013