Quoting norah's.momma✿:" DD is 18 months old and is okay at using utensils, but has to use her hands sometimes. Well, she gets ... [snip!] ... mac n cheese, and she was frustrated because of the cheese on her hands. I hope I'm not teaching her my germaphobe ways. "
I don't think it's a strange habit, but IDK. Both of my kids do that. They'd eat spaghetti, for an example, and that stuff will get on their hands. They don't freak, freak out, but they get real persistent on wanting a napkin. After they're done with it, they refuse to reuse it, so I'll just take their napkin and hide it so they think it's a new one (I'm not going to waste napkins when it's barely been use, ya know?). They kinda freak out on messes, though. Like if the pasta sauce sort of spilled outside their plate onto the table.. they HAVE to clean it up ASAP.