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How can I stop my 2 month baby from placing his fist in his mouth?

My baby keeps placing his fist in his mouth. Eventhough he just finished nursing for 45 min.He is 2 months and yes I breastfeed. He doesn't sleep while he is nursing.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:10 PM on Jul. 22, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • there's no need to stop him, it's totally normal. It's the same as sucking on a pacifier. Babies use their mouths to check things out. It's nothing to worry about.
    stepmom929

    Answer by stepmom929 at 6:11 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • I wouldn't make him stop. It's part of the sucking process. The suck on their hand, fist, thumb, pacifier, nipple...whatever. It's a natural thing for babies to do
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 6:12 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Why do you need to stop him? This is a comfort thing for him and totally normal. Unless it continues much later in childhood and affects his incoming teeth or his little hands are dirty... sucking his fist should be fine.

    At least it's a comfort object he can't lose or drop!
    geminilove

    Answer by geminilove at 6:12 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • lol.. i don't know if you can prevent it, but you can just take it out of his mouth when it does happen. most babies i've seen do that. i think it's the cutest thing ever. but after a while, their hands start to stink. lol
    rAbella

    Answer by rAbella at 6:12 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Why do you want to prevent it?

    There are several benefits to putting his little fist in his mouth:
    1) reinforcing more & more control over his hand & arm movements
    2) the calm and dreaminess which this (and thumbsucking, etc.) promotes is the best state for development of the brain - and his brain is in high gear, producing jillions of neurons every day. In addition to the simple manufacture of neurons, he is creating CONNECTIONS in his brain.

    3) a baby's mouth and all the muscles involved in the sucking reflex need to get stronger and have more stamina for the upcoming months of nursing when he will need to be able to suck for a longer time and/or more powerfully in order to get more nourishment as he grows and begins to need more. Sucking on his fist and mouthing it is good exercise and stretching for these muscles and reflexes.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 6:25 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • why would you stop him? that's what babies do! They stick things in their mouth. you cant stop him, short of tying his hands behind his back! just wait, the first time he's scooting around on the floor & picks up somethign and jams it in his mouth you'll probably have a stroke!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:26 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

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