Here’s a product for those nervous parents who never let another human being touch their baby … unless that person has scrubbed down like a doctor before surgery. My Tiny Hands tells the great unwashed to keep their greasy mitts off your pristine child. Do they sell one for Mom that says “Control Freak?”Awesome. That is totally who I am - a control freak who has a pristine child. Except not at all...I guess the lesson to be learned from this is one should never assume to know why a parent is doing something. And it aggravates me that a mom's website would further the myth that these signs are nothing more than just paranoia to be ridiculed and ignored if the parent is not around (people thinking - oh, I don't need to wash my hands - that is just a paranoid parent speaking...and then touching the child - preemie, immuno-suppressed, whatever the situation). I am just as bad as others at making assumptions about things and people, but we should all remember what happens when we assume things...
Read more: http://www.momlogic.com/2010/04/10_must-have_products_for_para.php#tags#ixzz0kvjZwQGE
The story behind these pink stop signs is truly special and meaningful, and I for one am very much appreciative of the mother who took the time and risked the ridicule to create these signs. Her daughter was born at 35 weeks. She speaks on her website, My Tiny Hands about how "awkward" she felt about asking her friends and family, let alone strangers, not to touch the baby without washing their hands first. She discussed RSV, which is what sent Bean to the hospital the first time and how flu season was such a threat. I hope that people will take the time to visit the website and realize that these are actually very useful and for some of us parents, very necessary signs rather than just accepting how ridiculous and overprotective the request is.
Sorry for the rant...this one just touched something off in me!