Do You Kiss Your Toddler on the Mouth?

Cynthia Dermody
Toddlers & Preschoolers
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kissing kids on the mouth

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There was a recent poll in The CafeMom Newcomers Club asking moms if they kiss their babies on the mouth -- and, overwhelmingly -- almost 90 percent said always, yes, yuppers, and I sure do

I was in the minority on that one. I wasn't a big baby-lip kisser when my tots were infants because, well, they didn't do it right. Babies can't pucker, and when I'd place my lips over theirs, all I got was a sip of cold sloppy drool. Precious drool, yes, but drool nonetheless.

Today, I smother my toddlers with a lot more lip-smackers, but most of the time my kisses land on their foreheads, cheeks, and once in a while, even their bellies.

As I stopped to consider why I don't kiss my kids on the lips that much, an anonymous mom came up with one possible explanation:

I honestly think that kissing on the mouth is reserved for more intimate relationships. When I see people kiss their kids on the mouth, it drives me nuts. I just think it's gross. I'm not bashing you, it's JMHO.

My dad's parents kissed on the mouth, but I never allowed my grandparents to do so with me. Also, my daughter's birth mother and Grammy kiss her on the mouth and I HATE IT!

But then I was thinking that might not be it, after I read michelle6_10's rationale for why she smooches on the lips:

IMO, a parent-child relationship is an intimate relationship, just not a sexual one.  Once they get older, I wouldn't, but when they are little I kiss on the mouth.


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Is it okay to kiss a toddler on the mouth?

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For those who answered "yes" above, who is allowed to kiss your toddler on the mouth?

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If you answered "no," in the first poll, I'd love to know why the idea of lip kissing kids makes you uncomfortable -- maybe I feel the same way.

SMOOCH! everyone. Happy Valentine's Day!

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