Have you ever met a helicopter mom. No ? Well let me introduce myself , my name is Jami and I hover. You can meet me at any given moment while out with my kids, Clorex Wipes, travel size lysol and full bottle of hand sanitizer ready to do battle with any microscopic nasties that find their way in the general direction of my 2 beautiful babies. You're laughing, I can hear you, but I have a mission and that is to keep my 2 kiddos as healthy as possible. With the advent of "Super-bugs" , Swine Flu, and other assorted baby loving germs I have to be ready to do battle at any given moment, a germaphobe's work never ends.
Now maybe you think I'm a little nutty, but I assure you wasn't always this way . In fact, in a time before babies and husbands and coupons I worked in the belly of the beast, an Emergency Room. I have seen all variety of disease; contagious, congenital, mysterious, lethal. I can assure all you doubters that your babies, and mine, are ill equiped to do wage war with these nasties. You can pump them full of breastmilk, probiotics, even antibiotics and sometimes the germs just win, it's sad but sometimes avoidable. Let me explain.
I came across the website mamabears.com and literally jumped for joy ! The biggest culprit in the spread of disease are, our hands. People use their hands for all variety of things from tying a shoe to picking a nose, and pray tell, how often do those hard working digits get cleaned before pinching the rosey cheeks of my baby or fondeling her pudgy hands ..not often enough . Mamabears created these great "kind signs" to hang from a stroller, carseat, or any infant carrying device that read ( Your Germs are Too Big for Me , Please Don't Touch) . It's a nice way to say "BACK OFF" to the kindly stranger magnetically drawn , hands outstreatched, to touch my cooing baby at the grocery store .
If you wouldn't let your baby lick the bottom of a shoe, the packages of raw meat in the butcher's case, the money in the cash drawer, or the handle of a grocery cart you NEED this sign. Up until 90 days your baby's immune system is "open" . Think of it like opening the gas on your oven, drier, and heater in your house, lighting a match and watch it all go up in a ball of flames. Pathogens can easily travel from the nose, to the blood to the brain in an infant under 90 days old. Strangers touch all the things I just mentioned ( maybe worse) and then they are touching the gateways to your baby's insides ; the eyes, nose mouth and hands.
So if you have a baby, know someone who's having a baby, or you are a helicopter mom like me and plan to hang a Mamabear's Kind Sign around the neck of your 2 year old at Disneyland than scoop up one , they make an excellent gift to any baby you care about.
Mamabears has been super generous in offering TEN Kind Signs in your choice of Blue, Pink or Orange ( my favorite since it is nice and bold and really let's that stranger know to look "with their eyes" ) as a Giveaway on the site. If you can't wait to see if you've won then hurry over to Mamabears and scoop up a Kind Sign or two and use coupon code POORMOM for free shipping on your order.
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