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#1 sharon8h

Posted 12 December 2003 - 11:01 AM

Now, my mum isn't one of these wacky mums who tells me all sorts of old fashioned crap, but she did tell me that I shouldn't tickle my daughter's feet.  She couldn't explain why, and did say that maybe it's an old wives' tale.

Does anybody know if it's something I shouldn't do, or is it just rubbish?

-Sharon

#2 mumsangel16

Posted 12 December 2003 - 11:24 AM

Hi i have heard this soooo many times! "Dont tickle the babies feet or they STUTTER". After being told this by every second person i asked the doc and health sister and there exact words were " what a load of crap".
So i believe that yes it is an old wives tale! But each  to there own lol.

Sarah mum to Natasha born 26/05/02

#3 jojo01

Posted 12 December 2003 - 03:34 PM

I've also been told this and it gets the same response as all the other silly old wives tales - what a bunch of crap!! Sorry, I just don't believe in them and get annoyed when I hear them...  :mad:

Rgds, Jody
Mum to Aiden 26/06/03


This message was edited by jojo01 on Friday, 12 December 2003 @ 4:44 PM

#4 Guest_Millipede_*

Posted 12 December 2003 - 03:57 PM

I was told that to tickle a babies feet was a good way to gently wake them up, so maybe thats why she said you shouldnt do it (except when you actually want them to be awake).

Milly

   Elizabeth        Matilda

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#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 12 December 2003 - 03:58 PM

Not only does it make them stutter (not) I also read that a scientific study somewhere has shown that tickling a baby's feet may lead to a foot fetish in later life.  PMSL!

Cheers
Narelle

DS - 10/07/2002

#6 Ruey

Posted 12 December 2003 - 07:07 PM

the version that I was told was that if you tickled a baby's feet a lot, they would be slow to start walking...ie associate feet contact with tickle...so wouldn't want to put their feet on the floor.  How weird is that????

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#7 MichelleM

Posted 13 December 2003 - 08:36 PM

Hi Sharon,

I've heard the stutter old wives tale but don't believe it.

The midwives at my hospital tickled Josh's feet to wake him up while I tried to feed him.  Mum saw it one day & told me that when I was a baby in the Childrens hospital the nurses also ticked babies feet to wake them up.

I don't tickle Josh's feet though because I HATE being tickled myself - no other reason!

Michelle

Joshua 27/02/03
Isabella EDD 19/03/04
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#8 Guest_DesireeW_*

Posted 14 December 2003 - 07:22 AM

I tickle may baby's feet when they're real little and fall asleep at the breast....Tickling bubs feet can wake them up so the can continue feeding.

Desiree


#9 sharon8h

Posted 15 December 2003 - 07:47 AM

Thank you for your responses.  I would never have guessed that it would cause a baby to stutter!  That is just too wierd!

Now I can tell DH that he can tickle Corinne til his heart's content.  

Thanks
-Sharon

#10 Skaramoosh

Posted 15 December 2003 - 08:16 AM

When my son was tiny I would make it VERY clear to everyone who tried to tickle his feet that it wasn't on. I just feel that it's a respect thing. Why subject a baby, who can't get away or say 'don't do that', to something really annoying, that most adults or older kids would run away from.

Kylie
mum to Jack William
12/09/02
See Jack at www.babiesonline.com/babies/j/jwh02

#11 Guest_DesireeW_*

Posted 15 December 2003 - 12:38 PM

Well actually a baby can't feel the tickling sensation until they are at an age where they recognise that it is another person that's doing the tickling...that's when they laugh.  

Have you tickled your own foot before???  Did it feel tickly or did it just feel like your are moving your fingers over your foot?  Why is it that if someone else tickles your foot...you laugh and when you tickle your own foot, you don't??  Because it's someone else who is stimulating that area and not yourself that causes the tickle....hence you can't really tickle a baby's foot anyway, they don't feel the tickle they just feel someone touching their feet.

So I guess you don't stroke your baby's head or rub their belly or back eh Kylie??  YOu know they can't run away can they? How would you like someone stroking your head?  You can tell them to stop but a baby cannot.  Sort of makes for a very sad exsistence if you can't even touch your baby.

Desiree





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