Everyone wants to hold babies. They're so snuggly, they smell delicious, and their skin is so soft.
But this motherhood caper has given me a new perspective on when, whether and how you should ask to hold someone's baby. I've had the full range, and there are a few that stand out:
- not being asked at all and having baby grabbed from behind off my lap (how would you like it if I grabbed you from behind, hmm?)
- being asked when baby was obviously just about asleep on mumma's shoulder
- while trying to comfort an overwrought baby (the Christmas carols were too much) an old work colleague asked if baby would come to her, saying that she could give me a break - it was obvious to me that he didn't want to be held by anyone EXCEPT mumma at that point - but this person persisted and then seem confused when he didn't like "flying".
You might think that asking a baby if they'd like to be held by you is hippy claptrap, but next time you'd like to hold a baby, just ask her and wait - the answer will be fairly obvious.