My 10 month old doesn't put anything in his mouth. Is this strange?

Kirsty - posted on 08/12/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 10 month old boy Harry hardly ever puts anything in his mouth. My older daughter who is about to turn 3 is obsessed with her mouth and still puts everything into it.
I just can't understand why Harry doesn't. I thought all babies put things in their mouths. He seems to prefer to just fiddle with his hands. He won't even eat rusks. He just looks at them.
I get the feeling that I am really going to struggle to teach him to feed himself.
Any ideas???

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Christy - posted on 03/20/2014

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Hi. I realize this is an old thread but I'm going throw same issue with my 10 month old. No toys or food in mouth. Can anyone update me as to what happened or what helped your babies? Thanks

Jamie - posted on 11/18/2010

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I'd mentioned in to you DR. My oldest who just turned 3 never mouthed and ended up with a speech problem. The speech therapist believes part of it was because he never mouthed so he never learned the boundaries of his mouth. He had a hard time with sounds but also chewing and would shovel food into his mouth. We had to do things like stimulate his mouth with textures and things to chew on also strong flavors. Your DR may have some ideas

Dara - posted on 08/26/2010

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Have you talked to your doctor about it? I would probably ask, just to make sure. Does he like to eat when you feed him? Does he examine objects using his hands? I wonder if he just has a different way of learning. Maybe he's the introspective type. :)

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Heenam - posted on 11/19/2010

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When I give a piece of banana to Leina (born 27Feb10) she takes a bite and chews. She makes all sorts of ridiculous sounds, especially still loves to blow raspberries, difficult to imagine she may have speech problem down the track, though she already started mimicking the sound. Next time when I see a doctor I will ask about her not putting things in her mouth. Though thinking having different texture and flavour of food in her mouth may give enough ‘boundaries of her mouth’? I gave a piece of flavoured biscuit in her hand and guided her hand to her mouth so she could taste the flavour of the biscuit to encourage her to put at least food into her mouth, and she sucked few times and put it back to her mouth several times before she tried to feed it back to me. I found Leina has a very sensitive hearing, as long as she can hear things and she probably could mimic the sound as well.

Heenam - posted on 11/14/2010

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My girl Leina, who is 8 month old doesn't put anything in her mouth too; she puts her fingers in her mouth occasionally and takes food but nothing else. But her development seems pretty good, she likes fiddling things with her fingers and she is very inquisitive, she crawled at seven months and walk side ways holding furniture right now but just not interested in putting things in her mouth, I was worried at first but I now think it's good thing, I find she is very smart and starts to mimicking the sound. All other development seems pretty good so I’m not too worried!!

Krista - posted on 08/27/2010

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I don't have any ideas but am here to say that my little guy born Oct. 15/09 is the SAME!! He won't even let you brush his teeth or even LOOK at them. He's still exclusively breastfed and I'm afraid he'll never eat real food! Everyone keeps telling me he will eventually take to food, but for now I just keep trying to introduce something new every few days!
Good luck!!

Kirsty - posted on 08/13/2010

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Thanks Anika. Any ideas anyone else. It's not just food that he won't put in his mouth. He doesn't even put his toys in his mouth. I know this sounds like a dream with a baby not putting everything in their mouth, but I'm a little worried, because I know they learn a lot about things from tasting them, & I don't want him to miss out on a vital part of his development.

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He sounds a little bit like my daughter. Toys seem to go straight in her mouth but when I give her finger food she likes to hold it and look at it for ages. I think she is just being inquisitive and maybe he is too? The annoying thing my girl also does is after she's looked at it, she likes to touch things with it! Like the floor, or a toy. And then sometimes she likes to squish the food in her hands. And then finally she might eat it. It's all about experimentation and working things out. I'm sure it's just a phase and once each food becomes familiar she'll eat it quicker. Maybe your boy is the same? So just give him time. I know it's annoying when you've got somewhere to be or you have to supervise them for ages but hopefully it will pass soon. Good luck!

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