Most places we go, we get stopped by at least one stranger. Newborn babies draw people in like magnets. I enjoy telling them how many days/weeks old our daughter is and hearing congratulations. And most of the time these quick adult interactions are quite welcomed after a day spent inside with little ones. I'm so grateful when they hold a door open for us or just give me an understanding smile.
Only once did this interaction leave me uneasy. While at our daughter's doctor appointment, we were approached by a teenager. I'm sure his intentions were good, but he repeatedly tried to get way too close to me and my newborn - asking to hold her, touch her and even feed her. I felt so uncomfortable that I ended up leaving the waiting room. When I returned, I saw the same teenager approach our son (who was being watched by my husband) and another brand new baby.
For those readers with older children, when/how did you teach your children how to behave around newborns and babies? With all the nasty colds and viruses going around, it's important for them to stand back. Please let the new parent bring the baby to them (not the other way around). And if they get too excited (which is understandable...newborns are cute!), please step in. New parents have a lot to juggle already, please don't allow the situation to escalate such that they must also juggle your child.