Feel awkward asking friends to wash their hands? Try these tips from experienced moms:
"When I brought my baby, Willoughby, to dinner with friends, I dramatically took a gigantic bottle of hand sanitizer out of my bag and put it on the table with a clunk. They got the joke, smiled, and helped themselves." Heidi K. Eklund; Poughkeepsie, New York
"I always felt embarrassed asking people to wash up before holding Hayes. So I blamed it on our pediatrician. I figured my request held more weight coming from an authority figure, and I didn't have to look overprotective." Linley Fraser; Hailey, Idaho
"When Brody first came home, I posted a sign saying, 'My baby is a germophobe!' on our front door. Later, I propped the sign up on a bottle of hand sanitizer (subtle, I know!). It works and usually gets a laugh." Kim Kempinski; Phoenix, Arizona
"A few years ago, at a convention, a stranger approached Zach's stroller and put her finger in his mouth. I was horrified! From then on, I started carrying my son in a sling to shield him." Angela Hoy; Bangor, Maine
Originally published in the December 2010 issue of American Baby magazine.
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