Why do babies put everything in their mouth? It can seem like one of the great mysteries of parenthood. In this post I share with you the reasons why everything that your baby grasps goes straight to their mouth and suggest a product that will help you manage this time of crazy sensory exploration.
Boo (7 months) is mobile, I repeat, Boo is now mobile!
It seems that everywhere I turn she is attempting to pick up and eat something either dangerous or disgusting. I’m very much feeling like a helicopter mum these days and it’s super tiring. I know you know what I’m talking about.
I have to remind myself that this mouthing stage is all part of Boo’s development and a new way of her learning about the world. You see young babies struggle to use their hands and fingers up until about 6 months of age and so exploring textures by poking, stroking, squeezing is close to impossible for them. They do, however, have the ability to control their lips and tongue and so that’s why they use their mouth to learn about their environment.
Your baby has the most nerve endings in their mouth than any other part of their body! Amazing, right? So once they have mastered their ability to grasp an object, they will put it into their mouth to explore it and learn more about what it feels like, its texture etc.
One of my beautiful friends has started up a business that taps into this whole stage of baby development and created stunning, high quality, safe silicone jewellery pieces that babies can’t seem to keep out of their mouths. Her business is called Texture & Co.
There is to much that I love about her pieces.
Just to highlight a few –
- Safe for baby
- High quality
- Vibrant colours and combinations to suit everyones personal style
- Safety release mechanism on cord
- Discrete (they don’t look like a baby chew toy hangin’ around your neck )
- Complimentary wash bag included
- Texture & Co donate a portion of proceeds to Cancer Council of Australia
In the above picture I am wearing the ‘Olive’ necklace in black. It suits my whole wardrobe and the one I grab for when I need a little something to boost my mummy clothing.
Some of the other pieces in her collection are these brightly coloured and part of her ‘Signature’ range, which you see Boo enjoying in the picture above. They are again made from safe silicone beads and come in a variety of colours to suit any outfit or mood. Alex from Texture & Co can also custom design you a necklace if you had something specific in mind.
The above image is my signature necklace in ‘rainbow’ which is a particular favourite of Boo’s.
So for me, to manage Boo putting everything in her mouth, I now try to embrace this stage and encourage it in a safe way. Aside from providing her with a safe environment to play and explore, I’m wearing these beautiful pieces during the day for her to chew and play with when I have her close. She just loves it and I know that I’m helping to provide her with a extra opportunity to learn, all at the same time.
Texture & Co are giving 2 readers a chance to win one beautiful necklace each.
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Which Texture & Co necklace and colour would you like to win and why?
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