Ask any mom, babysitter, older sibling, dutiful auntie or general person who has been around toddlers, and they’ll tell you: Babies put weird things in their mouths. Maybe they’re teething. Maybe they’re hungry? Whatever the reason, strange objects end up in in their mouths. And now, artist Lenka Clayton has documented all of the absurd but real things she has extracted from her baby’s mouth in a lovely new book.
The book itself is gorgeous and available in a variety of colors, a move we can definitely get behind. Clayton only printed 100 limited-edition copies, and her sharp design eye is apparent in every facet of the book.
Spanning from when Clayton’s son was 8-15 months old, these objects were all found in the many countries where Clayton and her son were living. They include, but are not limited to: an acorn, a bolt, chalk, a cigarette butt, a sponge, small rocks, a little wooden man and a tea bag.
We love that this mom found an artful and hilarious way to document that period of time when her son wouldn’t stop putting things into his mouth — even if some of the things he found (an empty rat-poison container, for instance) are totally terrifying.
So don’t worry moms, you’re not alone. Other babies are gnawing on bizarre objects, too. If you like this, you should definitely check out Lenka Clayton’s other work about being a mom. Her sense of humor is always apparent, along with her love for her adorable little boy.
What strange things have you pulled out of your baby’s mouth? Tell us in the comments below!