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To let ds do his special head rub to other babies?

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froken Thu 19-Sep-13 20:22:15

Ds is 9 months old, he has started liking other babies.

We go out to different groups most days, he has started doing a special strange head rub thing to other babies. He crawls up to them, puts his head down and leans his head on the other baby's head.

He doesn't bite or push them over, he is gentle but it is invading the other babies personal space.

I think (hope) that the head rub is actually a cuddle, I always put my head close to his whilst cuddling him and dp sniffs ds's head when he cuddles him.

A couple of times the child at the recieving end of the head rub has become upset and I have immediatly taken ds away, normally the child just looks at ds.

Some of the little children pinch/bite/hit, I am aware that that is compleatly normal behaviour in small children. The parents follow them around saying "no we don't bite/hit/pinch"

Should I also be telling ds "no we don't head rub with other people"?

stella69x Fri 20-Sep-13 09:08:23

I would hope he grows out of it thou coz I have 1 word for you - nits!

Cluffyflump Fri 20-Sep-13 09:10:05

That is so cute smile

Squitten Fri 20-Sep-13 09:10:14

Wouldn't bother me. I would stop him doing anything potentially dangerous like putting fingers in the mouth though - that could get nasty very quickly for both of them!

Finola1step Fri 20-Sep-13 09:11:36

Sounds like he is exploring and it's an attempt at a cuddle or "nuzzling in". Don't worry about it.

VisualiseAHorse Fri 20-Sep-13 09:33:01

Sounds like a lovely little cuddle to me. My boy has only just started cuddling and kissing at 17 months, and it mostly involves a gentle rubbing headbutt!

Dorris83 Fri 20-Sep-13 10:20:44

I must be in the minority but I would find that bizarre if a 9 month old did that to my baby. It sounds very sweet but is be worried he might mistakely kneel on my baby, bang heads or otherwise unintentionally hurt him.
I think I'd be ok if you we're right there next to him and said something like 'gentle' becuse I would know that you were involved and would feel better, but if he came over to my non mobile baby and you weren't around I'd probably gently distrat him and move him away (which is what I tend to do when older babies are likely to crawl directly over my baby.)

StElmo Fri 20-Sep-13 10:51:41

OMG. That was so BORING!

Crowler Fri 20-Sep-13 10:54:48

You're actually making me want a baby, so YABU.

SkodaLabia Fri 20-Sep-13 11:00:04

DD would have HATED that and wailed for ages, so, cute though it may be, some babies don't like have their personal space invaded when they're happily minding their own business. smile

LividofLondon Fri 20-Sep-13 11:07:00

I read the title and thought "wow, this baby does Indian head massages?!"
blush grin

edam Fri 20-Sep-13 11:08:53

Sounds just like ds and our cat - they do enjoy rubbing heads. grin But some other babies will not like it. You seem to be doing the right thing by taking ds away if another baby is upset.

Thepowerof3 Fri 20-Sep-13 13:39:35

Try and only let him do it to babies with older siblings, you'll be able to tell!

froken Fri 20-Sep-13 14:20:59

The groups that we go to are split into babies who can move and babies who can't move. The youngest babiesin his group are 6 months but moving.

I wouldn't let him do it to a teeny baby!

We don't have a cat and he has never really seen a cat, those people with cats and babies who head rub each other are very lucky what a cute thing!

Mojavewonderer Fri 20-Sep-13 14:32:30

Aww sounds so cute smile

Teapigging Fri 20-Sep-13 14:34:59

Mine was more of an eye-gouged at that age...

Teapigging Fri 20-Sep-13 14:35:15

Gouger. Grr.

TarkaTheOtter Fri 20-Sep-13 15:58:22

I would say something like "aww gently, X" so the other parent knew I was watching but no I wouldn't stop it unless it upset the other baby.

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