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Why babies like to put everything in their mouth

Why babies like to put everything in their mouth

 

Grimacing or baby mouthing is a phase in a baby’s life when they tend to put everything in their mouth. It is defined as a contact of an object with the mouth, lips, or tongue. Ranging from their hands, toys, blankets, and teethers, babies tend to put almost everything in the mouth.

There are several reasons why baby mouthing happens. Your baby will probably start reaching for and grabbing things when they are 3 to 5 months. Once they’ve managed the grab, they’ll often go straight for their mouth.

Some of these reasons are the following:

 

They’re exploring their world

While older children and adults get the feel of things with their hands and fingertips, a baby’s chubby little hands are mostly good for grabbing things and accidentally hitting themselves.

You’ll notice that as your little one’s coordination improves, they’ll put their fists (and whatever they’re holding) into their mouth. Their hands and fingers aren’t yet well developed enough to really poke, squeeze, or stroke something.

Their lips and mouths, on the other hand (pun intended), are full of sensory nerves that let a baby really get a feel for what something is. So baby mouthing tells your baby if something is squishy or hard, furry or smooth, warm or cool.

 

BABY TOY PHONE WITH MUSIC SOUND AND MADE WITH TEETHER

BABY PHONE TOY WITH SOUND AND TEETHER

This interactive phone toy has entertaining music, lights, and built-in soft silicone teether that is suitable size for baby to grasp.

 

They’re (almost) always up for a snack

A baby’s taste buds start forming early in pregnancy. In fact, your little one already has a sweet tooth before they’re born! Babies like sweet things better than things that taste sour or salty.

This sweet tooth — plus the fact that growing babies are almost always hungry — means your baby will check to see if something is sweet and if it’s edible.

Fortunately, babies also have strong gag and extrusion reflexes. This is evident when they’re presented with a new taste or different texture of food.

They’ll most likely spit out something that doesn’t taste good — although, in the beginning, they’ll also spit out stuff that does. But you obviously don’t want to depend on reflexes alone when it comes to safety.

 

BABY FOOD PACIFIER CLIPS SOOTHER

BABY FOOD PACIFIER CLIPS SOOTHER

(for 6 months old and up)
Let your baby enjoy the food and its different tastes on their own. This is a non-toxic silicone material and is suitable for most kinds of solid food.

 

They’re teething

Fortunately, we don’t remember it, but growing all our teeth at the same time and having sore gums all the time must’ve been very uncomfortable! This is why teething babies can be grumpy sometimes.

Teething is another reason for baby mouthing. Your baby puts things into their mouth and bites down on anything near them — including you — because it feels good when they’re teething!

 

They’re self-soothing

Before your baby learns to get their thumb in their mouth, you might notice that they suck on their entire hand — or on anything they can put in their mouths. Sucking or biting on something helps the baby self-soothe.

Babies (like adults) can engage in self-soothing behaviors when things aren’t quite right. They might feel hungry, unsafe, cranky, sleepy, or uncomfortable.

All these things can make a baby crabby and irritated. Baby mouthing can feel soothing and help them relax.

 

 

BABY RATTLE WITH SILICONE TEETHERBABY RATTLE WITH SILICONE TEETHER

Teethers are toys that a baby can put into their mouth when new teeth are developing and this 2in1 baby rattle is perfect for teething babies as it has a built-in teether that can give them some comfort and relief when light pressure is applied.

 

They’re building their immune system

While your baby explores their world, their immune system is also learning about what’s out there and how to best protect their tiny bodies.

Baby mouthing introduces new germs to their insides. Yes, it seems gross when they put a dusty toy they discovered underneath the couch into their mouth, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

This helps your baby’s shiny new immune system better recognize bacteria, viruses, and other germs that might get in, and it helps them prepare to fight off these invaders. This is why it’s usually OK if your baby sometimes ignores the 5-second rule when eating a newly discovered piece of food off the floor!

 

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com

https://www.momjunction.com

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