Mouthing

 
Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Mouthing

Mouthing or putting everything in mouth is very common. It signals growth so do not worry much.

Babies putting things in their mouths, otherwise known as mouthing, is not only normal, but also signals a growing interest in the world around them. In the first year, children explore their surroundings through their senses - seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, and tasting. The more they explore, the more they learn.


But be careful about the following things:

  • Keep the child away from choking hazardous things/toys. Provide them with bigger toys with smooth edges so that children do not swallow the toys.
  • Try and replace the items that are not safe in their hands either with some eatables or any other better option. Distraction is the key.
  • Constantly taking away things from their hands will only result into rebellious stubborn behaviour, rather gently distract them by giving suitable things and toys.



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