Why do Babies Drool?

So babies drool and we all know that. Having drool or spit up on your clothes is one of the highlights of being a parent, nanny or guardian of a new born baby. Some babies drool more than others, but in general, all babies drool and they drool a lot. Thanks to products like a bib or a Baby Drool Scarf parents can keep their clothes dry and their babies clothes dry too as these products are made to catch and absorb the drool. So drooling is part of a baby’s characteristics but why does it happen? Why do babies drool? Let’s discuss it.

Things to Know –

First off, it is important to note that most babies begin teething when they are between four and eight months of age. However, lots of babies begin drooling non-stop around three months of age. As a new parent, you will probably hear a lot of other folks saying that he is just teething and you will think they are crazy because your baby is only a few months old and won’t be teething for a while yet. Nevertheless, it is the reason even though you can see it yet.  Even though the tooth does not actually come through the gum until six to eight months of age, it begins traveling upwards much earlier. Frequently, around three months of age you will notice your little one begins to drool at an amazing rate, wetting bibs every time you turn around. What happens is when the tooth begins traveling through the gum it catalyzes saliva production, which in turn means your baby starts to drool! A second reason why babies drool so much around this age is that it helps them grow and develop. This seems unbelievable, but it is true. Stomach acid is neutralized by the saliva, the baby’s intestinal lining is further developed from all that drool, and heals the esophageal lining that may become very irritated from spitting up regularly. In addition, drool has special enzymes that will help your baby begin to digest solid food when he starts eating it around four to six months of age.

How to use Bibs and Baby Drool Scarfs: Your baby’s salivary glands have been working since she was in utero, but you may notice that she’s started to drool. She’s also putting everything in her mouth and producing more saliva than she can swallow.

This doesn’t mean that your baby’s teething just yet, though – that probably won’t happen for another two weeks, at least. As I said above, the vast majority of babies sprout their first tooth between 4 and 7 months of age. If your baby’s an early developer, you may see her first white cap, usually one of the bottom two middle teeth, as early as 3 months. (And in rare cases, a baby’s first tooth is visible at birth!) Many parents permanently affix a Baby Drool Scarf to their baby about now to catch the drool. Just remember to take it off when your baby sleeps to prevent strangulation. The good news is that your baby’s drool coats toys and other objects with disease-preventing proteins. That’s fortunate – since she’ll continue to explore anything she can get her hands on.

Sleeping for Longer Chunks of Time:

If your baby’s sleeping through the night (five or six hours at a stretch), you’re one of the lucky few. Most 10-week-old babies still wake up in the middle of the night. But even babies who aren’t sleeping through the night at this stage should be sleeping and staying awake for longer intervals instead of cycling back and forth so much. Your baby will most likely have two to four long sleep periods and as many as ten hours of awake time in 24 hours which involve a lot of drooling.

An interesting note: Whether your baby is a night owl or a morning lark, a long sleeper or short sleeper, she’ll probably stay that way throughout childhood.

Rock and Roll:

Your baby is learning rool and maybe sit at 4 to 6 months. At this age, she’ll probably be able to move from her side to her back and her back to her side. The complete roll over won’t come for another month or so, though, because she needs stronger neck and arm muscles for that maneuver. Your baby’s increasing mobility means that you must keep a hand on her during diaper changes. Never leave your baby unattended on a bed or any other elevated surface now that she can move around.

Importance of Saliva:

Drooling fulfills several important functions for your baby.

Softens and moistens food once solids are part of your baby’s diet. Keeps your baby’s mouth moist. Makes it easier for your baby him to swallow. Washes away food residues. Protects your baby’s teeth. Saliva also contains ptyalin, a digestive enzyme that changes starch into sugar. A natural antacid in saliva neutrali


All babies are unique and meet milestones at their own pace. Developmental guidelines simply show what your baby has the potential to accomplish – if not right now, then soon. If your baby was premature, keep in mind that kids born early usually need a bit more time to meet their milestones. If you have any questions at all about your baby’s development or drooling, ask your healthcare provider.