A creature of habits

I’m sure all babies have their unusual little foibles, but Dylan doesn’t half have some strange habits. To start with, there are the ones that I imagine are familiar to many parents.

These include his penchant for trying to rip my face off. And marauding away in a state of semi-undress while we’re changing his nappy. But there are a couple of others that he indulges in that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while.

The most unbabylike – is that a word? It is now! – is when he stretches his legs out in front of him with his feet crossed. He does this everywhere – when he’s sat on the floor playing, while he’s in his high chair and even when he’s fast asleep.

We’re not sure whether he’s got this via the old ‘monkey see, monkey do’ principle, as both Kate and I sit like that at times, or if he just feels comfortable like that.

It’s funniest when he’s holding a book at the same time. It makes him look very intellectual! On a similar note, he often gives us the same dismissive look that Jeremy Paxman may give someone if they asked him who he wanted to win Britain’s Got Talent.

Then there’s bedtime. For the most part, he’s a good lad and will usually settle down fairly quickly. But not without a dummy. Well, two dummies, to be specific.

We were reluctant to use them at first but after weighing up the pros and cons and seeing a vitriolic, Daily Mail-style anti-dummy poster on display at the local children’s centre, we decided they would be a good idea.

And, as far as Dylan is concerned, they have proved to be just that. ‘Dummy’ therefore strikes me as something of a misnomer. ‘Pacifier’ as they’re known in America seems much more apt, albeit a little clinical.

So anyway, Dylan won’t go to sleep without one in his mouth and another in his hand. We started by putting a spare in his cot for when he inevitably drops one.

This happens when he does the classic infant’s impression of a prisoner running a cup along the bars. An effect that was only added to when he had a striped sleepsuit – but he soon cottoned on to this and it’s now part of his routine.

After his milk, he is given the dummies. The first goes straight in his mouth, only to be immediately replaced by the second. He then swaps them over another three or four times before he’ll allow me to put him down for the night.

This is followed by him crawling around in a circle in the same way a cat does before finally curling up for the night. Funny baby!

Over to you good people now. What strange habits do your little ones have?


  1. Michelle

    he sounds very comical! My little boy (now 16mths) used to always sit with his legs crossed it was so cute. Now he never sits down long enough to cross them!

  2. Arlington Arts Grou

    one of ours would lay on his back and shuffle backwards so just his legs were poking out from under the chair, a regular occurance. Yes, he’s now training to be a car mechanic.

  3. John C

    Number 5 is the first of ours not to learn to crawl. He shuffles around on his bum, keeping his hands free for grabbing things – legs, the cats, toys his siblings have put down for a nanosecond. It’s very cute to watch but he’s going through the seat of his pants at lightning speed!

    Watching how they grow and what they pick up from you is great, isn’t it?

  4. Paul

    George likes to recline with his hands behind his head… he just needs a desk, a swivel chair and a cigar. Well, perhaps not a cigar!

  5. Ravenstar

    Interestingly my little one has some of the same habits! She does the crossed feet thing, and the dismissive glare, and the clawing face off a la horror film thing. She likes to pull my hair a lot too. And lunge at the cats.
    Not quite crawling yet (she didn’t like tummy time in the early days) but trying to walk, so she keeps bobbing up and down like some kind of Russian dancer.
    Oh, and we have resorted to dummy at sleep time too. It goes in the mouth, is pulled out and inspected, put in the wrong way round/upside down, taken out….etc!

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