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We can only protect our babes from so much. For the many things I can’t protect mine from, my mantra has become: “He’s just building his immunities.” It’s inevitable, that at one point or another he will get a cold, or an ear infection, or bronchitis, or whatever the case may be. That’s just life. It’s inevitable that he will put things in his mouth that have not been sterilized. It’s natural for babies to do this. It’s inevitable that his hands will touch things that have not been disinfected. It’s all part of their discovery process, but for a new mom and dad, the germs that seem to be lurking on every surface can be a bit overwhelming, hence the adoption of my mantra.

Below are a few scenarios to illustrate what I mean…

Niko is chewing voraciously on Sophie the Giraffe, and the next minute she has been dropped on the floor. I pick it up, give her back to him and think, oh well he’s building his immunities.

Frasier our poodle licks Niko’s fingers and then Niko puts his hand in his mouth. Again I rely on my trusty mantra.

I take Niko out into the world and strangers smile at him and touch his hands, he then proceeds to put his hands in his mouth. Through gritted teeth, “He’s building his immunities.”

We’re at the doctors’ office and people are coughing all around him. You get the idea.

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