Why Is He Doing That? And Other Mysteries Solved

Huck’s latest trick is possibly my favorite so far. When we’re playing on the floor together and Huck is really getting into his toys, he’ll scrunch up his nose and squint his eyes into tiny slivers and tilt his head back between nonsense words and nodding his head emphatically. He looks ridiculous. It is awesome.

At first Brandon was concerned that something was in his eye, or that he was having vision or sinus trouble. “Why is he doing that?!” he’d ask as Huck peered at us through the tiny slit in his eyelids. But given that he only makes this face during play and never seems upset or bothered by it, I chalk it up to that great and powerful explanation for why babies ever do anything these days: “‘Cause it’s fun, I guess.”

But surely there are other reasons why babies do the strange things they do (other than mere recreation). Some of these explanations, after the jump!

According to Heather Turgeon, who wrote Why Is My Baby Doing That? 10 Baby Learning and Development Habits Explained, most all of it has to do with brain development, in one way or another.

For example:

Why does everything end up in my baby’s mouth? The answer isn’t always teething, but rather, because the mouth is a baby’s most perceptive touch sensor. Duh!

Or, Why is my kid such a sugar hound? That would be because evolutionarily speaking (Darwin alert!), sweetness is a sign that a food is safe and nonpoisonous.

How about this one: Why do babies like to be bounced so much? Well, did you know that bouncing is stimulating to cognitive development? True story!

Now if only someone could explain this one to me: Why is it, no matter where in the room I leave him, Huck will always find a way to get himself wedged under that one white arm chair in the living room?


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