Babies are adorable. They're made of all the things we find cute; big eyes, big heads, round cheeks, even their intoxicating scent. So, it's really no surprise that well-meaning strangers are drawn to a newborn baby like moths to a flame. They flock to new babies, hands out, ready to hold that tiny human and ready to elicit the thoughts every mom has when someone touches her baby for the first time.
The first time I took my newborn to Target I was terrified, proud, and completely overwhelmed. I was wearing my son in a buckle carrier, his head on my chest, so I was fairly certain no one would try to touch him. Yeah, I was wrong. Turns out, people are determined to touch babies and will go for any exposed spot, exploiting all options with reckless abandon. A foot? A leg? An arm? Sure, why not. Top of head? Well, of course. A sleeping newborn, nestled in the carrier, with just the very smallest amount of cheek showing? Yes. Definitely, yes.
If a baby-touching-person wants to touch your baby, they will touch your baby regardless. Because these particular people are so determined and, you know, everywhere, I feel reasonably confident saying that most moms respond in the same way. While some people actually don't mind their babies being touched by strangers, most definitely do. So, when you see a mom biting her tongue while you touch her newborn, assume she's thinking the following (and, you know, back the you-know-what off):