Now with Little Miss I find myself even more laid back. So much so that she kinda raises herself while I lounge on the couch with my pomtini.
Ahem just kidding...
Anyways, if her toy falls on the ground, I just pick it up and hand it back knowing it'll be in her mouth in seconds. I let her chew on my credit cards, my cell phone case and anything else that won't break off and choke her. The other day she was chewing on the silicone basting brush in my kitchen...it was clean to start but then she slobbers all over it, drops it on the floor and mommy hands it back to her. To my credit I do remove any clumpy dog fur that attaches itself, but otherwise I can't even tell you how much dust and germs have also jumped on board for a one way trip to her gummy mouth.
I think this world is too obsessed with germs. I think antibacterial soap is alright but I buy soap based on how it smells not how many extra germs it will eradicate. I think that if you wash your hands well it doesn't matter what soap you use. I think that over using antibacterial products and never exposing kids to germs and dirt is what causes them to get sick constantly. Don't get me wrong, if the guy next door had ebola virus I wouldn't drag her over to get her exposed so she could fight it off but I'm not going to worry too much about how clean the floors are when I pick up her soother, wipe it on my pants and hand it right back to her. Does this make me a bad mommy? Maybe, but just let me finish my drink before you judge me.