Grabby baby

DS is seven months old. Lately he has been trying to grab everything. And if he gets it, it goes straight into his mouth. I'm talking food, clothing, shoes, books/magazines, TV remote, cell phones, anyone's hands, anything else. We had to go through a security checkpoint, and before anyone could stop him, he grabbed a wire from the guard's headset and starting gumming it. He doesn't have any teeth yet, and I imagine it is possibly related to teething, but also curiosity.

I generally don't favor using hand sanitizers (because I worry that they create resistant bacteria), but should I use something like that on him? Or wash his hands? He must be getting lots of germs into his mouth.
Germs are good! They keep their immune system up and working! I mean, I'd try to keep him away from putting really yucky things in his mouth, but that's what babies do! Babies put EVERYTHING in their mouths. From the time they CAN until they're like 2.
~ the artist formerly known as babywavy ~

Please excuse any typos. For the time being, we are blaming it on my computer.
ITA You could spend A LOT of energy make sure he doesn't put anything in his mouth or touch anything. Ultimately, he will get in in his mouth anyway and you just wind up frustrated. Personally, I just make sure DS doesn't do anything exceptionally gross, disgusting or unacceptable. I'd rather spend my energy playing and enjoying him.
Long, blonde, 3a/mostly b hair.

Just try to keep dangerous things out of his mouth, and anything extremely germy, like people's hands or things that are noticably gunky, like old candy from the floor in stores. Stuff in your own house, though, like TV remotes and things that are big enough that he won't swallow and choke, are fine. Babies explore by putting things in their mouth, and it's up to you to make sure the things he tries to eat won't hurt him. But, as someone else said, germs help build his immunity, so don't kill yourself wiping everything down with bleach wipes.

One thing I never ever let my kid touch was toys in the pediatrician's waiting room. Those things are incubators for strep throat.
ITA, and i HAVE to be a germ-a-phobe!!!!

I let him explore anything he wants within reason. If it won't hurt him, he can play.

I always keep toys and clorox wipes in my diaper bag, so if they fall on the floor i can wipe them down and not worry about him getting gross stuff in him mouth!
Caroline is almost 15 months and still doing this, although it seems to have subsided in the past couple weeks. Lately she will pick some tiny speck off the floor that I can't even see and hand it to me. The only thing she is still really into eating is toilet paper. Fresh off the roll. Mmmm...
I agree with the others. Germs help them grow strong. Use the wipes for surfaces and if you're out and a toy falls on the floor. Other than that, let him explore, because this is his way of learning about the world around him.

I can't scan it, but I have a picture of my oldest when he'd gotten into a pot of soil one day. He wasn't quite a year old. I had to laugh at that one while I cleaned that mess.
There's no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold so he turned up the sun.
I know you all are right. The funny thing is, I'm usually NOT a germophobe at all....just that when my DS is involved, I find myself worrying about more things.
I wouldn't worry until cold and flu season rolls around.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not;
and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
-Henry David Thoreau
I didn't worry if it was stuff in my own home. During cold and flu seasin I generally try to keep the babies in as much as possible.

The incubation period for a virus is 3 days - I could always count back 3 days from when Bailey got sick, and sure enough it would be a day we went to Target or Wal Mart - or God forbid played in the dreaded MacDonalds play area! Yuck!
~ the artist formerly known as babywavy ~

Please excuse any typos. For the time being, we are blaming it on my computer.
I always keep toys and clorox wipes in my diaper bag, so if they fall on the floor i can wipe them down and not worry about him getting gross stuff in him mouth!

I'd worry more about a baby touching something that has been wiped down with clorox wipes than something that has fallen on the floor. Bleach in the mouth...bleah...
I always keep toys and clorox wipes in my diaper bag, so if they fall on the floor i can wipe them down and not worry about him getting gross stuff in him mouth!

I'd worry more about a baby touching something that has been wiped down with clorox wipes than something that has fallen on the floor. Bleach in the mouth...bleah...
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves

- I was thinking the same thing!
~ the artist formerly known as babywavy ~

Please excuse any typos. For the time being, we are blaming it on my computer.
I always keep toys and clorox wipes in my diaper bag, so if they fall on the floor i can wipe them down and not worry about him getting gross stuff in him mouth!

I'd worry more about a baby touching something that has been wiped down with clorox wipes than something that has fallen on the floor. Bleach in the mouth...bleah...
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Pampers makes these kid-safe disinfecting wipes that they sell at Babies R' Us and places like that. They're called Clean N' Play Wipes, they're made w/ethanol I believe.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not;
and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
-Henry David Thoreau

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com