Don’t Kiss the Baby was created to help keep babies germ free.

The meaning behind the line is to politely ask our friends and family to please refrain from kissing the baby. It is a cute and funny way to relay the message without hurting anyone’s feelings. Many times we have our babies visiting relatives or with the nanny and then it happens…someone puckers up to kiss the baby… as a parent, we don...’t know what to say or do. Don’t Kiss the Baby line is there to help communicate our feelings. Most people without babies are unaware of the weak immune systems infants and toddlers have. They cannot fight simple colds, the flu, and other ailments adults can easily pass on to them. Of course we want them to be affectionate but a hug will be much more welcomed without passing on the germs they have on their lips or in their mouth. Visit us at for more information about germs that can be passed onto infants and toddlers.

Think you don't have periodontal disease? Think again. An estimated 80 percent of American adults already have some form of periodontal disease and millions don't even know it.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), kissing can transmit up to 500 different kinds of germs -- including those that cause gum disease. Just one kiss can pass gum disease between a parent and a child. yes, kissing on the lips can transmit germs between adults too, but the children are more vulnerable and haven't developed their immune system yet.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding saliva-sharing behaviors of any kind around babies and young children -- including kisses. The alternative? Give them a big hug. You don't have to share spit with them to show them that you love them.