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Anybody know why babies rub their feet together constantly like they're trying to start some kindling on fire?

That can't feel good.
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My 3 month old ds doesn't rub his feet together. But he does like to rub them on me when he is nursing. I think he is saying, "Get me a foot massage." I always do!
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My 3 month old ds doesn't rub his feet together. But he does like to rub them on me when he is nursing. I think he is saying, "Get me a foot massage." I always do!
That's cute! Maybe my dd is trying to give herself a massage?

I guess I thought all babies rubbed their feet together because all three of mine have. I just was wondering if there was a developmental reason for this. Am I really the only one who's baby does this?
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Probably it just feels good.


Or, ya know, they're checking to make sure those tootsies are still down there. You never know when one will get away.
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Anybody know why babies rub their feet together constantly like they're trying to start some kindling on fire?
To take their socks off?



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OMG, Twwly that is TOO funny!
I knew there had to be some reason for it.
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My dd did this too... she'd rub them back and forth furiously. Around 4, 5,6 mos... I can't even remember now but she doesn't do it anymore. I assumed it was when she first discovered her feet... and the things they could do?
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Mine does it when she's anxious or otherwise excited. Sometimes it's a happy thing, but mroe often it's a sign of concern.
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Maybe there's an evolutionary link to crickets!

DS does this too. It's usually when he's really happy.

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