(Closed) Smoking and your baby

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

No but to be honest I would be upset if somebody said I had to change my clothes before holding their baby….  

I think its a bit overdoing it… the baby is probably exposed to just as many chemicals in everyday life

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I think I might have asked them to wash their hands? I can’t remember but it wasn’t an issue.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

My mother is a smoker. She’d never smoke around our kid (she doesn’t even smoke around me) and she’d have the common sense to wash her hands, but I wouldn’t make her change her clothes. If you ask me, that’s a bit extreme. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

DH’s parents smoke, and when I go there now (I’m pregnant) they make sure they smoke outside (It’s gross to me they do it inside), but when baby comes they will need to do the same

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

i wouldn’t even think to ask someone to wash their hands. But now it’s my mind, so i will have to see. pretty much all my friends have now quit, so i don’t really foresee it being an issue anyway.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I can’t tell you about reactions for my baby but when my nephew was born my BIL and SIL did request that if anyone smoked or was around smokers that they either wear a jacket while around the smoke or change their shirt afterward.  None of them regularly smoke but the guys had a celebration cigar when he came home and we all were fine with the rules of changing.  

My mother and brother both smoke and I asked my doctor what are good precautions.  She said obviously wash your hands but everyone should be doing that.  She also said to ask them if they can smoke outside (not just outside our house but to not be smoking in a restaurant/bar or even a car so they’re sitting in the smoke) and she said that changing isn’t necessary but it makes it a little better if they’re willing.  I was just going to ask them each to bring a light coat to wear when they go smoke.

I’m sure I sound extreme but I have a skin and allergy-type reaction to the third hand smoke plus they say third hand smoke can increase the risk of SIDS.  I just want to be extra cautious even if I do end up sounding extreme and I honestly don’t picture them getting mad if I ask them to put on a light coat when they go smoke. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a smoker. 

I will wash my hands, I will usually wait about twenty minutes after my last smoke to hold a newborn, and I will lay the baby blanket so that the baby doesnt touch my shirt. These are just my rules.

I’m not going to remember to bring another shirt, and if I do, I’ll forget and smoke in it, too. But I’m not going to be offended if you ask me not to hold your newborn.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just didn’t want anyone smoking in her immediate vicinity or inside the house. I never thought of asking them to change clothes or wash their hands. Honestly, though, it was hard enough getting some of my family members, especially my dad, to step outside and smoke. They were raised around cigarettes so it was a lot of adjustment just to ask them to take it outside. I can’t imagine how it would have been if I’d asked people to change clothes!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Darling Husband has family that smokes. Our rules are that our child won’t travel in their vehicle/stay in their homes, they need to wash hands (but we’ll ask everyone to do that), and have designated non-smoking clothes. Some people say it’s overboard, we say it’s our child and medically proven that 2nd and 3rd hand smoke leads to SIDS, allergies, cognitive disorders, etc. We’ve shared all this info with the family and they were offended at first, but ultimately said they respected our decision. LO gets here in early August, so we’ll see how it goes!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My sister made our Grandma change her shirt after smoking before she held my newborn niece.

If she didn’ want to hold her it was fine, but obviously she would smoke outside and not around the baby.

I don’t think I’d get to change shirts, but definitely wash hands and I’d be pissed if someone smoked around my baby. But I’m a non-smoker and so is Fiance and all my family so it’s easy for me to say that!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Well I don’t have a baby but when I did we never smoked in the same room or in the car with her. Personally I think the third-hand smoke thing is absolutely ridiculous considering that most homes are awash with toxic chemicals anyway (from carpets, cabinets, cleaning products, etc.). Unfortunately I will never have the pleasure of a grandchild but if I did, I would follow the same rules, I would not smoke around the baby/child. That is as far as I would be willing to go.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

MY Future Father-In-Law is a smoker and I never asked him to change his shirt. He did wash his hands before he held my daughter and that was fine for us. He also never smoked in the house or around her.

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