Every baby goes through a phase where they want to put anything and everything in their mouths. And it can be so stressful for caregivers who are always looking out for unsanitary choking hazards making their way to your little one.
But luckily, it doesn't last too long, and the evidence is mounting that mouthing objects can be good for your baby's oral development.
Most babies start to mouth objects around four months, but it peaks between 6 - 9 months. Researchers also noticed the variety of sounds your baby can make will increase during this period. This would suggest that babies are learning how to produce certain sounds by mouthing objects.
What’s more, babies seem to make more sounds when mouthing an object during play than when mouthing their hands or fingers.
What can you do to promote safe mouthing?
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