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3 month old sucking on hand

normal? seems her hand always makes it to her mouth. she does not take a bottle or pacifier. the pacifier seems to confuse her more than anything. EBF. the only problem really is when her nails are sharp she scratches her face up... is this normal though? anything i should be doing?

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Asked by staciandababy at 8:07 PM on Jan. 24, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • most babies do this, they love their hands. and yes it's very normal for her to scratch her face, you can can put mitts on her if you want, but i just let my son go. the scratches don't seem to bother him and he loves those hands!

    Answer by wahm_abbeyrose at 8:10 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • It's normals babies go through these stages and at the age of 3 months there isn't much she can really get in her mouth but her hand. If she isn't taking a pacifier or bottle it may be because she doesn't like the texture or shape / feel of the nipple. That is not uncommon in infants. As she grows she may even hit a stage where she'll try to put her foot in her mouth. Both my son and my nephew did it. New sensations and new things to kids occur all the times and during infancy most of those sensations are something they feel the need to stick in their mouths.

    Answer by bubblycute at 8:10 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • You can cut her nails, or file them with an emery board. You could try the baby mitts too, but if she's getting enjoyment from sucking on her hand, she probably wouldn't like them. It's pretty normal for babies to always have something in their mouths - hands, feet, for some a paci, etc.

    Answer by missanc at 8:11 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • My little girl STILL sucks on her hands (and won't take a paci) and she's almost a year old! (EBF too)

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:36 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • my two-month old does this. she doesn't scratch her face, tho - i usually clip her nails after one of her baths once a week. the nail clippers i have for her came in this american red cross baby grooming kit. and i usually do it while i'm nursing her, since she's mostly calm then.

    Answer by Wheepingchree at 9:47 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • Self-soothing is good.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:48 AM on Jan. 25, 2010

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