My kid is a window-licker.
I know babies put everything in their mouth because it is a way of exploring. They see, they smell, they touch, they hear, and of course, they taste.
I also know that baby drool, like dog drool, helps babies recognize things.
I also am aware the baby drool has certain germ-killing things in it (it really does! I learned this from Eddie’s ped AND babycenter, so you know it’s GOT to be true!)
But as Eddie grew, so did his pension for relentlessly sucking on every last thing in our house.
Oh, he still puts things in his mouth from time to time, but it’s more to bite at stuff than to explore. He doesn’t suck on lamby anymore (thank GOODNESS), but he will still put the head of superman in his mouth and bite at the pointy hair. You know, toddler stuff.
However recently Cort and I have started noticed some, uh, licking.
Cort watched as Eddie pressed his face on our sliding door. They giggled as Eddie’s face smooshed. And then? The lounge came out. As Eddie slid his face, his tongue slid along on the glass. Ew.
About a week ago Eddie and I were home together in the evening. He walked up to a shelf we have with a lamp on it and started licking the shelving unit and then biting at the screws. As he licked he watched me…smiling.
My child seriously watched me as he ran his tongue over the enter shelving thing. Like he expected me to be all sorts of proud of him.
Yesterday our daycare provider, Miss Amy had a question for Cort during pick-up. Did he know that Eddie licks windows?
Yes. We know.
Does your toddler do this? Is it normal? And maybe the most important question…WHY is he doing this?
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