Wednesday, December 17, 2008

An Embarrassing Habit

Has your baby develop any habits that are unique to them? A specific habit that they used to soothe and calm themselves right before they fall asleep? A specific habit that sometimes can be distasteful, weird or embarrassing?

I noticed that Ryan has developed this distasteful habit of biting and chewing the string of his bolster every time he wants to sleep. He will happily chew away as he dozed off. I am not sure when the habit starts but I don’t think it’s going away soon. Every time, we pulled it out from him, he will show his displeasure. So, in order to make sure that it is at least hygienic, we have got the maid to change the bolster cover everyday. In fact, he has developed a liking to clutch his bolster tightly, covers his face and chews the string to sleep. (aiyoh..slap head, what an ugly sight especially in public).

But surprisingly, I understand that most babies will develop some form of a unique habit that they will naturally carry on into their adult life. My youngest sister has this habit of smelling the string of her bolster to sleep. (I think she still does that!). My wife needs her extra big pillow to cover her head. (She has even given the pillow an affectionate name - `chow chow’ which means smelly in Cantonese). My habit is even more embarrassing! My mother told me that I have a tendency to clutch and squeeze the corners of my pillows to sleep when I was young. And I know she is telling the truth because I still do that unconsciously when I want to doze off. (Now you know my dark side).

I just hope that Ryan’s habit of chewing will stop and he will pick up a lesser `yucky’ habit when he grows older.

Do you have a unique habit to share?

19 comments:

sting said...

hahaha.. should be thankful that it's not his thumbs he's sucking! oppps, did I just reveal my bad habit?!

Calvin Soo KJ said...

my wife till this day has got her "bantal busuk"....hahaha. what to do, i had to busuk together at night lor....lol. btw, thanks for dropping by my blog. do drop by often. cheers and god bless...

claire said...

cute habits.. when i was young, my mum told me i carried a hankerchief everywhere i went.. no hankerchief, no go.. well, i really cannot remember but i hv pic to prove that..hehe..
as for my girl, when she was a toddler, she likes to play with a button .. any button on a shirt and touch the button till she sleeps instead of a pacifier.. hehe..cute hor? she called it "bang hang" ..

Reuben Looi said...

haha.....daddy, i've also got a habbit....not now....but used to....XD but now i think my habbit is like aunty kukus...need a big pillow to cover my head.....(it's comfortbale)....

Lemonjude said...

Yeah, every baby sure need something with them to comfort and soothe them, it is very true...

I gave my boy nappy cloth since 3 months old and he still need it till today. I wash and change it everyday of cause. That nappy cloth could be his comforter when he cry and he hug that to sleep too. Not forget he also chew the corner of the cloth...once he did chew the bolster string but soon he change to chew the cloth...

Don't you think it is nice, I still hugging my smelly comfy pillow..

Lemonjude said...

Don't be embarasse over the habit. It is not something really bad. I couldn't be survive if I don't have the bolster and nappy cloth for my boy during the 1 month hospital stay. It does wonder to calm them entirely.

Merryn said...

daddy.. u try hiding ur face in ur pillow before u go to sleep.. so shiok i tell u! (oops.. there goes MY secret!) haha.. my ethan.. no matter how i throw the bolster to him oso..he wont use it.. he only use it to play n throw to us!

Umma said...

Oh dont worry daddy, why Ryan is biting those its because he is teething. Thats what happened to my little boy too, he grabs and bites the tip of anything from blankets, pillows and even my tee..

Jenny Looi said...

Oh my God!! My brother is revealing my secret in his blog.....very pai seh lah!!!

Elizabeth said...

my son would tinker with his ears before he doze off! it's like a therapy, he couldn't sleep without doing that! but he outgrew that later on...

Angeline said...

can I say I'm lucky? cos' my boys habits are NON-PUBLIC....

but I understand why your little one does what he did.... its to ease off the itchiness on his gums....

2ma said...

well, chewing bolster string is not as bad as grinding his teeth rite? shan rae grinds his teeth while sleeping, and sometimes when he is awake!!! it really disturb us!!!

vickylow said...

It's a phase he will soon pass it. My girl likes to suck and bite her clothes and end up my MIL tied a hanky on her hand for her soothing and keep change it when it wet.

Bonnie said...

I think Ryan did that because of teething??

Daddy said...

Haha. He puts everything into his mouth nowadays and the paed said that it is perfectly normal for his age. Teething should be anytime from now to 8 months. But he particularly like the bolster string and his bolster. So funny to hear different habits from mommies here. If we are to compile it, I guess we could actually come out with a book. haha

Bryan and Brandon's Mama said...

Mine likes to chew on his cloth diaper. Every baby needs it for self-soothing. As for myself, I like to touch the edges of cotton sheets/clothe kekke

cheeyee said...

Hehe I used to have a "bantal busuk" from when I was still a baby (my mom said it full of my smell. Whoahahaha). But have thrown it coz it's koyak already. Since then I just like to hug something to sleep.

Lynn likes to suck her thumb to sleep. It's so difficult for her get rid of this bad habit. As for Hao, once he has satisfied his 'sucking' urge before sleeping, he can go to sleep without sucking anything. He does not need bolster also.

Linda said...

i was waiting for my girls do develop special habits in order to go to sleep. but my 2 yo only need a pacifier to go to sleep. my baby sometimes doze off without pacifier. my hubby and i doesn't have any particular habit. i guess it is more practical when we go travelling, especially with airasia 15kg policy. i don't need to carry extra busuk pillow.

Kristie said...

dont be embarrassed over ryan's habit hehe, babies are always forgiven!

jayden loves to suck his fingers...

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