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The Real Reason Your Baby Puts Everything In His Mouth…

Blame evolution. A new study suggests your baby’s hardwired to put things in his mouth from birth

Carrot sticks. Toys. The TV remote… The reason your baby wants to put anything and everything he can find in his mouth could be evolutionary.

That’s according to a new French study suggesting infants are born with an instinct to do this, all as part of a survival-of-the-fittest mentality.

Researchers from the Institute of Cognitive Sciences looked at 26 adult patients undergoing brain surgery.

The reason your baby wants to put anything and everything he can find in his mouth could be evolutionary

They discovered that the parts of their brains responsible for moving their hands to their mouths were exactly the same for each person.

This suggests it’s a feature built in from birth as opposed to something developed over time – if that was the case, chances are there’d be some variation across the patients, according to the scientists.

Clever, eh? Although try telling that to teddy’s ear…

What’s your baby’s favourite thing to put in his mouth? Let us know on the comments board below.

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