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I haven't had that experience with babies, but it doesn't surprise me. People are so different in how they react around their babies, and people are also so different in how they react to people being blind, that I don't think you can say if there's a normal approach or not.
I did have a similar experience though when I met my 2 year old niece and 4 year old nephew for the first time recently. My sister was asking about how much I could see and she said it was so she could work out what I could do with the children! I took that to mean so that she didn't ask unrealistic things of me rather than to mean so she didn't let me do certain things, but it could easily have been either way!
I think all you can do is ask if you can hold the baby if somebody isn't offering, and reassure them that just because we're blind doesn't mean we're liable to drop the baby!
I'm sure as they get used to you holding the baby they'll relax about it and let you do more things ... you'll be changing smelly nappies and bathing the child before you know it!
10 months ago