These Cute Videos Show Why Babies Avoid Grass

Babies and grass go together like—well, actually, they don't go together at all but it's still hilarious to watch them try and get along in these viral videos.

From too-loud voices to having a dirty diaper, there are plenty of things that many babies are clearly not big fans of. But it turns out there's one thing that you might not realize they could hate until you're at a picnic or hanging out in your backyard. The truth is that many babies dislike playing or sitting on grass.

With some babies, you'll go to place your child on what looks like a dry, thick patch of lush grass, and they'll do everything they can to weasel away from it. Don't believe us? Look no further than a slew of viral videos of babies hating grass.

All over social media and YouTube, you'll find videos of babies refusing to put their bare legs or feet on grass. We can't say we know exactly when this amazing video trend started, but back in 2017, a father named Pazi D. posted this hilarious video of his grass-phobic baby girl Kai on the Urban Dads Facebook page and over on YouTube. He noted, "My 11-month-old daughter turns into a gymnast around grass!"

Little Kai certainly isn't alone. Compilation videos abound featuring children pulling the same stunt. Babies will do full-on splits and planks to avoid contact with a spiky lawn. Others flirt with the idea of grass before quickly deciding to back off.

So Why Do Babies Avoid Grass at All Costs?

Sharp, ticklish, or wet blades of grass can catch even a grown-up off-guard, so it's no surprise that babies have a tough time with the overwhelming sensory experience of being planted on the grassy ground.

"The prickly texture and feel of grass are far different [from the] softer and more comfortable feeling of carpet, tile, and wood surfaces on their feet, hands, and body, so babies are often scared of it," notes Gina Posner, M.D., a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California.

What's more, grass can be itchy (hey, even to adults) and even cause rashes, points out Dr. Posner. "That can also make babies more adverse to crawling or playing on it," she says.

One study published in the journal Cognition notes that babies are skeptical about plants in general. "Infants as young as eight months exhibit greater reluctance to manually explore plants compared to other entities," the authors note. The reason: They might be hard-wired to be sensitive to "ancestrally recurrent dangers" that stem from plants, like being poisoned by something toxic.

An image of a baby's feet in grass.
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Nonetheless, plenty of little ones are perfectly fine playing in the backyard or on a stretch of lawn at the park sans blanket—so it can be worth a shot to consider whether your baby falls into this category. Dr. Posner concludes, "Despite grass sometimes getting a bad reputation with babies, there are definitely some who do enjoy it."

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