Dear random old lady at the supermarket, please don’t kiss my child on mouth. Better yet, Dear everyone, please don’t touch my kiddo. I don’t blame strangers for wanting to touch my child, he’s freaking adorable, and to be fair I didn’t know not to touch a child’s hands before I had my own. (Strangers touch gross shit, then your child’s hand, which at some point, if not immediately goes straight into their mouth. No thanks.) But how do you nicely ask a well meaning friend or random not to touch your sweet sweet child? Will you offend them if you do? Probably, but who cares. It’s our job as parents to be our children’s advocates and speak for them when they can’t. Babies have such immature and delicate immune systems, bombarding them with germs is no bueno. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather nicely ask someone to wash their hands or not touch my child than lose 5 days of sleep with a sick baby. Your call.