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Old 09-07-2007, 10:04 AM
 
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Default When people wearing perfume hold your baby...

This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I can't stand it when friends or relatives are wearing perfume or a strong scented body lotion and hold my babies. Their clothes and hair wind up reeking of perfume and I get so grossed out. I can hardly wait to bathe them. I don't want to be rude and tell perfume wearing people they can't hold my children, so I just deal with it. Does this bother anyone else? How do you handle it?
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:13 AM
 
Location: New England
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Forget about holding the baby. I hate it when they've doused themselves with so much that I can smell them 5 minutes after they've walked by. I told one girl that whatever she rolled in sure does stink. I don't suggest that approach, fwiw.
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Old 09-07-2007, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Tampa baby!!
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I told one girl that whatever she rolled in sure does stink. I don't suggest that approach, fwiw.
LOL! Even then some people don't take the advise, even though it should be obvious. When I can smell my perfume, I get a headache. If I can't smell it, it's on just right, IMO.
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Old 09-07-2007, 01:33 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Honestly, I would not hurt the feelings of a relative or friend over this. If it bothers your baby he will cry and you can take him back, if not, don't worry about it.
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Old 09-07-2007, 06:43 PM
 
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Agree with Gentlearts. Or the baby will make a funny face and squirm "away" if it offends too much. Baby will probably be the first to let you both "know" before you even realize :>)

I say let Baby "handle it". They're not shy.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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The Mother I babysit for wears very strong perfume, and it rubs off on the baby. When she is wearing the perfume the baby gets really crabby and I can't even stand to hold her... the smell is so strong I get really bad headaches. What is worse is the mother doesn't send clean clothes for the baby. I need to find a way to tell the mom with out sounding rude or having to bathe the baby everyday. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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I'd tell the mother that you are allergic to perfume. She's probably unaware that her baby smells like her perfume. Tell her that you need the situation to change in order to continue babysitting.

Some people are unaware that they were wearing too much. We had an intervention with a friend---a few of us got together, sat him down, and gently told him that he wore way TOO MUCH. He took it well and stopped over doing it.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Saudi Arabia
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''Wow am i in heaven ..nice perfume u wearing there, aww look the baby seems to like it too'' .. get my point ! ..If the baby sneezes ''Aww h/she's so sensitive to smell'' ..gently ask the person to hand em over ..''May i'' ..if the person seems to hold on ..yell @ em ..gimme back my babeeeee .. stomp your feet and cry out loud ..'' i want my baby, give back my babeeeeeeeeee .. scream a loud .. cry baby cry .. fall flat and act as if u've got a jolt .. yeyeyeyeyeyee my babyeyeyeyeye ..lol
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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My brother in law is allergic to fragrance and my sister and both of their daughters are very careful of what they wear (even soaps they use), yet my mother, knowing about his allergy swims in a vat of the stuff before visiting them.

Some people just don't understand or just don't care.

Light fragrance is so pleasant, but overwhelming odor is like repellant.

Babies can't just walk away.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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Just tell them the baby seems to be very sensitive to scents, and would they mind wiping some of it off before they hold him. I am extremely sensitive to scents and have had to tell my MIL and mother that, they seem to try, but when they don't, I've had to wipe down my phones and bathe my children... after which I have to go lay down with a severe headache and swollen red eyes.

I'm not sensitive to male colognes or fruit based smells.... but it seems that people that like to overdo it are partial to flowery smells.
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