why does my two month old put het thumb or hand in her mouth?

Krystle - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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why does my two month old put het thumb or hand in her mouth?

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Shalanda - posted on 10/29/2009

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It is a soothing mechanism for newborns especially if they don't use a pacifier. My eight month does the same thing now since she stopped using her pacifier

Jessica - posted on 10/28/2009

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Soothing, curiosity... its just what babies do. They put everything in their mouths, its how they learn. Totally normal!

Bryanna - posted on 10/28/2009

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I think it's a way of soothing themselves sometimes like a soother or a bottle, Mine son who is almost 3 months doesn't use his soother, we've tried numerous times. he prefers sticking his hand in his mouth.. lol. He always, always does it when he is hungry as well. Could one or both reasons, or maybe something else altogether! But my son does it a lot as well:)

Brandy - posted on 10/27/2009

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I was told that while adults will examine new things with their eyes, babies use their mouths. She is discovering her hands and wants to examine them and check them out and when she is older, she will do it with toys. I guess that's why they put everything in their mouth for the first part of their lives. It can also be a hunger sign but if the baby is not hungry at the time, then she is probably just checking things out.

Emma - posted on 10/27/2009

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It can be soothing for them, for my son it's a sign he's hungry and/or his gums hurt. When he was 2 months we discovered his gums were aggrevated from nursing and his soother, so he would put his fingers in his mouth...now he does when his gums really hurt from teething (he's 4 months now) or if someone is holding him he will grab their hand or move to their hand so he can suck on them lol its really cute (providing their hands are clean).

Cynthia - posted on 10/27/2009

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From what the nurses at the hospital told me, thats how they comfort themselves and actually is one of the signs they look for to determine if a baby is developing correctly. Mine does it all the time especially when she hungery!

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