i thought with body parts it was usually 'les' which should be used. In the suggestions during the exercise, there were options to use either. Does it depend on the verbe (trempe or plongé) ?
Freeform Writing Exercise A1
Actually, both 'les' and 'ses' are given as possible alternatives with the verbs plonger and tremper.
However, if the verb 'se tremper' had been used it would have to be 'les' -
Bébé se trempe les pieds dans l'eau
Hope this helps!
You are correct -- normally one uses the definite article with body parts, unless (there always is an exception) there are more than one person involved and it could lead to a misunderstanding. Or, the other exception (which doesn't apply here), the body part in question is the subject of the sentence.
In the text under question, there is the father and the baby involved. To be unambiguous, the possessive pronoun is used.
Special cases when you use mon/ma/mes/etc with parts of the body (French Possessive Adjectives)
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