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    Default Fists in mouths at 8 weeks

    My DD has been putting her fists in her mouth the last few days. My gut tells me it's not hunger, but it's distracting to me and I'm sure will be to the guests who attend my sister's baby shower tomorrow and comment on how she's hungry.

    I've heard that with teething, the itching can start weeks before. Maybe that's it?

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    Default Re: Fists in mouths at 8 weeks

    Sometimes babies LIKE to comfort suck on their fists as a precursor to thumb sucking. Tell anyone who hassles you that she just ate.

    If you have a sling, just tuck her in it. She will probably sleep through the whole thing.
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    Default Re: Fists in mouths at 8 weeks

    "Actually, she seems to stick her fists in her mouth when she is content. Normally when she is hungry she roots/cries/does a tap dance. Isn't it funny how babies can be so different?"

    If you want to make the grandma types happy, suggest that you think she might be teething and ask, "what do you think?" and then they will happily tell you teething stories, thus distracting them from the original hunger comment.

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    Default Re: Fists in mouths at 8 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*scienceteachermommy View Post
    "Actually, she seems to stick her fists in her mouth when she is content. Normally when she is hungry she roots/cries/does a tap dance. Isn't it funny how babies can be so different?"

    If you want to make the grandma types happy, suggest that you think she might be teething and ask, "what do you think?" and then they will happily tell you teething stories, thus distracting them from the original hunger comment.
    Love. This. Especially the bit about asking the grandma types what their experience was. It's a great distraction technique, and can yield some terrific (if disquieting) stories. "Well, the doctor told me that babies suck on their hands when they've been exposed to Communism, and he prescribed a weekly dosage of Billy Graham sermons and mustard plasters. Worked like a charm!"
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    Default Re: Fists in mouths at 8 weeks

    I worried about the same thing! Especially with the critical MIL. My DS had hands in mouth constantly since very young. But now that he's almost 5 months and definitely teething, I don't have to explain it away- he is obviously teething.

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    Default Re: Fists in mouths at 8 weeks

    In addition to comfort sucking, just sounds like your LO discovered her hands. My DD2 started doing that about the same age, too, and I knew she wasn't hungry either. Great advice from PP! Wish I had thought of those distractions. Now I can put those into practice! LOL

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