I asked my mum and sister as I will be with them both a lot in first few weeks. They r happy to get done. Bubs due in April mum is actually getting hers done today. Hubby family r happy to get theirs done. I won't be spending too much time around others for first 6 weeks and if people visit they will be asked to use hand sanitiser before holding baby. My midwife also said don't pass baby around if ur out for first 6 weeks or so to limit risk.
If family had refused then I would simply say they would have to wait before visiting til she is a bit older. Not worth the risk.
hi, i understand where you are coming from but i just wanted to mention that its also important that your baby is exposed to germs as well. thats how they build their immune system in the first place. I think its pretty well known now that kids that aren't exposed to as many germs in the early years through the antibacterial soap / cleaners, lack of outside play etc tend to get sicker and for longer then kids that are from houses that don't use those kind of products. Farm kids have been shown to be healthier then city kids too due to the exposure to germs, animals etc.
If you aren't going out much for the first 6 weeks and you have limited visitors the risks are pretty low. Even if your guests sterilise their hands before touching bubs, they will touch other things in your house as well as breath on them. in my experience they will try to kiss them too! Hand sanitizer is a marketers dream. New parents with a "vulnerable baby" who will want to feel they are doing something to protect their bubs even though there is little point or it may even make their fears come true.
I know when bubs is born you don't want any germs near them at all, but the truth is the second they are born or even as they travel down the birth canal they are colonised with bacteria. Hospitals have some of the most dangerous germs floating around but people don't think twice about having their babies there and most of the time there is no issue.
I know I am ranting....germs are a passion of mine...lol. Just saying if you don't use hand sanitizer the right way it is pointless and if you use it the right way your bubs will have a crap immune system and is likely to get sick all the time which is exactly what you want to avoid!
breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do to protect your bubs.
all the best with everything! smile