When will my baby start to dribble? Most babies tend to start dribbling or drooling from around 3 months. This is also when they start to chew on their hands.
Why does my baby dribble? Your babies salivary glands are start to work at this age in preparation for solid food but your baby cannot move their saliva to the back of their mouth to swallow it. Teething is another reason that can cause babies to dribble. The dribble or drool helps to cool down your babies tender gums. Not all babies dribble when they are teething though, we had several teeth that popped up with no extra dribble or soreness.
Do all babies dribble? In short, no! Some babies rarely dribble, some dribble constantly and others only when they are teething.
What are the effects of dribbling? Wet clothes and necks are one effect of dribbling and some babies get a rash from this, as dribble contains digestive enzymes which can make their skin sore. This is why I created Snoodie, my little girl would get a wet neck which would then sometimes get sore and I wanted a dribble bib that would protect her neck as well as keeping her clothes dry. Every Snoodie has an inner absorbent layer to keep babies drier for longer.
How long will my baby dribble for? Babies can dribble anything from 2 or 3 months to 3 years. Every baby / toddler is different. Mine both went through dribbly stages but I have had friends whose babies dribbled constantly for 2 + years. That’s a lot of dribble!
I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below. How much does your little one dribble if at all?