Am I overreacting about a stranger approaching my baby? “I was at a shopping centre the other day and a older man with a cap came up to my daughter in a pram saying she was looking at him smiling… what one year old doesn’t smile at anyone. Then he asked her name and touched her check saying when they look at you like that they expect you to play with them back. I asked for him to please not touch her, and then I ignored him. After I started walking off thinking that was odd I remembered the very same guy approached, us doing & saying the same things, last time I was there. After the  first-time this happened I saw he went on to another lady with a pram too. I felt uneasy all day thinking about it and called security about it this morning. Am I overreacting? Has anyone experienced same thing?”


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  • Sometimes it’s better to over react than ignore so I think if something doesn’t feel right with you then you have all rights to protect your child.



  • That would creep me out too. Best thing to do is call security



  • I completely agree, I got told someone touched my niece on the head in a line and I wasn’t even there and wanted to track him down.. I think playing such as talking and waving is okay, but hell no to touching. When I see a little kid talking to me, I worry about talking to much back as I don’t want parents to think I’m too creepy.



  • Its ok to be like that i reckon!



  • It quite scary when people do that! No over reaction



  • Not at all – I don’t think were over reacting at all.



  • i don’t think your overreacting



  • Sounds like most people have agreed that you are not over – reacting.



  • Hi, paranoid mother here and I would rather over-react than under-react



  • Has it happened again to you?



  • He might just be liking seeing babies at the shopping mall, but its good to be aware just in case.



  • I think children’s safety is paramount.



  • It is difficult to know whether he was sincere or not, but you just can’t take the risk.



  • They shouldn’t touch your child without asking you first, but I think it’s very natural for an older person to derive joy from little ones.



  • no one should be approaching children and touching them, I would of reported him also


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