Parents Cash in on Swine FluMadeline Holler
True, keeping other people’s germs off of your babies can lead to awkward moments/involuntary body-checks. For some reason, people feel entitled to wiping their dirty fingers all over the insides of babies’ hands — and sometimes in their mouths — all in the name of a little coochie-coo.
Even if it’s cold and flu season. Even if they’re related.
And when it’s grandma, or the nice old man down the street? How do you …? What do you … ? What’s a parent to do?
Now they’re mass producing them and, in this world of swine flu scares, business is booming.
The $9 rubber signs, which come in pink and blue (of course) and are the octagonal shape of a stop sign, say “wash hands before touching baby” on one side and handsoffbaby.com on the other — accompanied by universally understood graphics.
The couple is also selling T-shirts, bibs and onesies expressing the “hands-off” sentiment. They say 21 hospitals have placed orders with them. News of swine flu has helped business to boom.
Me? I’ll stick with the body-checking and uncomfortable laughter — saves money AND lives.
How do you keep people from germing up your little ones?