Why do babies put everything in their mouth? Learn from experts

Why do babies put everything in their mouth? Learn from experts

Hello new parents! How are you doing? Your baby is now in their 4th month and you are on alert what if they put something dangerous in their mouth? Parenting can be exhausting sometimes but then you see their smiling faces and forgets everything.

From the age of 3-5 months a Newborn baby starts to reach out for things and grasp them. Now when they grab something, you may have noticed the first thing they do is put that object in their mouth. This behaviour in your baby is known as ‘mouthing’.

Here are a few facts about mouthing that you should know:

1. It is how they explore the world around them.
They don’t know yet about using other senses to experience the surrounding. The only sense they have been largely familiar with is taste. Therefore, mouthing is a baby’s way to know about objects surrounding them.

2. There’s also another reason that you are perhaps familiar with, teething.
Teething starts around the 4th month. For some babies, the teething process is painful and uncomfortable. So, this often leads your baby to chew on something. You can give your baby a teether when they are going through teething. Make sure you are not giving any plastic or liquid-filled teether to your baby. It is harmful to their health. Instead, choose a wooden teether. Tinyvers activity kit 2 has a neem teether for your baby. By now we believe you are aware of how Neem wood is really good for our teeth. It is antifungal, antibacterial, and will help your baby in the teething process. There is also an interlocking disc in this kit that your baby can play with and even if they put that in their mouth while playing, you don’t have to worry. All of our products are made of eco-friendly materials and free from any toxins.

3. This one may be scary for parents but putting objects in their mouth often help your baby to build their immunity.
Being exposed to germs in an object, it actually helps your baby to build their immune system.

4. Now we are sure you will find this reason interesting!
Babies find mouthing as a soothing process. It helps them when they are experiencing any discomfort. By putting things or their hands in their mouth is a process to soothe themselves. So, next time your little on thumb-sucking, you don’t always have to rush to stop them.

5. Coming on to the next point, you can notice that your baby is spitting things they don’t like.
They may have put something in their mouth and spit it out or sometimes you also have to try your hands to take it out from their mouth. As research suggests during the initial months, babies have different reflexes to help them with survival. If your baby doesn’t like any taste, they will put their tongue out of their mouth. This is called extrusion. So, even if they put any object in their mouth to taste it or explore, you can notice them putting their tongue out if they don’t like the taste. But remember providing them with high-quality wooden toys or eco-friendly toys. Try not to give any kind of plastic toys to your baby. Plastic toys contain toxic materials like BPA that can lead to harmful diseases like cancer and hormonal imbalances in a long run.

6. While the popular idea is that babies grab everything and put in their mouth automatically, research has been done to prove that this is not entirely the case.
It largely depends on the object. Infants behave differently with a soft objects and a hard objects. As discussed by Phillippe Rochat, psychology professor at Emory University, “older infants generate more Squeeze-Release responses to the Hard object and fewer to the Soft.”

There are a few facts about baby mouthing that we think you will find fascinating. If you are wondering, how you can help your baby during mouthing? You can check out Tinyvers activity kits. There are high-quality
wooden teether and toys that your baby can play with and also can chew on. Tinyvers activity kit 2 is specially designed for 3-4 months baby. Go explore our activity kits and don’t forget to check out our previous blogs on interesting topics like tummy time, building leg muscles and many more.
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