Baby's mouth: an awakening tool

Baby's mouth: an awakening tool

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To suck, smile, taste, bite, talk ... with your mouth, your baby explores his environment and builds his relationship with others. A short overview of his main discoveries.

Stéphanie Letellier, with the collaboration of Anne Gatecel, psychologist and psychomotor, and Myriam Szejer, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

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A mouth ... to suck

  • Powered by the umbilical cord during pregnancy, your baby must now suckle several times a day to feed.
  • A need not only physiological. During these moments of exchange, breast or bottle, the notion of pleasure and interaction is also very important. He identifies with you, his mother, who will gradually allow him to individualize himself by imposing his first constraints, for example the wait between two feedings.
  • Through these frustrations, accompanied by reassuring words so that it supports them more easily, your child becomes sociabilized also.

A mouth ... to suck

  • Suckling allows your toddler to feel a sense of well-being and pleasure through the secretion of endorphins caused by the movement of the lips and tongue.
  • Some children (around 15 to 20%) are particularly sensitive to this "need for suction". Spontaneously, they begin to suck their thumb, their blanket, or pacifier, if they have one. This gentle routine is comforting in times when they are alone because it allows them to replicate the soothing interactions they experience when they are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding.
  • This is an autoerotic satisfaction: "During the oral stage of the first year, all the fun and libidinal energy are centered around the mouth," says Myriam Szejer, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

A mouth ... to tweet and talk

  • Around 4-5 months, your baby makes his first vocalizations and discovers that he can produce different tones with his mouth. He enters the phase of lallation: "He begins to produce sounds because he has heard you speak already in utero and wants to imitate you.
  • The problem is that he is not yet standing vertically and his larynx is not sufficiently developed to allow him to articulate. But he tries, he trains ... ", explains Myriam Szejer.
  • Do you hear him babbling in his bed? To encourage him in his vocalizations and reassure him, it is important to echo him: "A toddler can psychically present the absent adult for a while, but it must be answered so that it does not trigger. All these forms of interaction are extremely structuring for him and will encourage the implementation of language in the coming months ", analyzes Anne Gatecel, psychomotrician and clinical psychologist.
  • His first word, he will be pronounced around his first birthday. Patience…

A mouth ... to discover the world

  • By playing alone in bed, your baby grabs his foot and puts it in his mouth? If for you this is like a hobby, for him, it's more. He discovers his body and becomes aware of its limits: "This foot, it is mine!"
  • By becoming more mobile, first crawling then moving on all fours, he continues to discover his environment by bringing to the mouth all the objects he finds for a detailed analysis! "It's his way of learning and discovering things, it's good for his awakening.
  • Take advantage of this to name what he catches so that he has a verbal representation and not just an oral representation, "advises Myriam Szejer.At this" mouth-to-mouth "period, make sure that dangerous objects are out of his reach and, to avoid accidents, never leave him unattended.

A mouth to ... smile

  • For up to 6 months, your baby smiles to everyone around him, without distinction: "He does it unconsciously through the secretion of a neuropeptide in his brain, but it's not empty ... The words he In return, he is able to build his future smile, and he understands that this grimace, which he does not yet quite master, triggers satisfaction around him, and he discovers seduction ", analyzes Myriam Szejer.
  • As in his first babble, it is very important to answer his smiles so that an affective interaction is created between you and him: "These exchanges will help to promote the bond of attachment. the risk is to create emotional insecurity in your child, "notes Anne Gatecel. But who could resist his smiles?

A mouth to ... taste

  • Around 4 or 5 months, your baby discovers other tastes at the time of diversification. Salty, sweet, bitter or sweet ... he goes, as and as his culinary experiences, get acquainted with new flavors and textures unpublished.
  • Little by little, his taste will be built making him a person in his own right. Provided you go gradually for a gentle awakening: "Eating with a spoon is not obvious for all children.They pass from the breast, or bottle, which until then filled their mouths permanently, to this new cold object that feeds them discontinuously.They will have to get used to this "nothing" and fill it with your reassuring words, "says Anne Gatecel.
  • It will be the same during the discovery of the pieces, which his mouth and his palate are not used to and which can distress and repel the first time.

A mouth ... to bite

  • A small and firm pressure and this is your toddler who nibbles your breast during feeding. If it's not nice, there's no need to worry. According to Myriam Szejer, this is part of the normal development of your child: "Around 8 months, instead of identifying with his mother, the child will want to swallow and cannibalize at the feeding. is an aspect of the oral drive. " By biting you, your child also expresses all the frustration of being weaned. A "no" firm, and repeated if necessary, will be enough to calm your little biter who is waiting for this to be structured socially.
  • If he bites a nanny, this is not always a form of direct aggression, but it can be a way of getting in touch with the other to "absorb it". Explain calmly that this is not done. This impulse often coincides with a painful dental flare that he relieves as he can: "Give him a teething ring that he can chew at will, it will help," advises Anne Gatecel.

Stéphanie Letellier, with the collaboration of Anne Gatecel, psychologist and psychomotor, and Myriam Szejer, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.


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