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Old 01-08-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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3 year old chewing EVERYTHING

ds1 was never bad about mouthing stuff until recently. Everything goes in his mouth and he is constantly chewing/sucking on his sleeves and fingers. Is this normal for 3 year olds? And how do I put a stop to it?

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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I don't think it's normal, persay, but lots of kids put things on their mouths. Some of the time it's another way to explore said item, and some of the time it's a habit out of boredom or nervousness. Like sucking your thumb. I would keep reminding him to "take that out", " not in your mouth", and maybe a reward chart with stickers for a successful morning, afternoon, and then a reward. After one day to start, then a weeks worth of restraining from the bahviour for reward.
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My 3 yr old is going through this mouthing phase. Not sure why, but keeping everything from movies, clothing, and his brothers' toys out of his mouth has been less than fun. This too shall pass.
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My son went through it at 4/5....it drove me crazy. I would even find him chewing on his shoes some days. I thought it was odd as well until I was at the store one day and another mom was telling her daughter "quit chewing on the toilet paper package you are 5 years old".

Once I heard someone else having the same problem I figured it could not be that odd!
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