When my husband was in law school I watched another one of his classmate’s baby on occasion. He was close to the age Vivi is now, and HE CHOKED ON EVERYTHING. Well, maybe not so much a choke as a gag that looked like choking and resulted in vomiting. I can remember pulverizing goldfish crackers to a dust and his eyes would still water as he stuck his tongue out and gagged on the miniscule bits of cracker.
There came a point when I had to put an end to watching him, I just couldn’t handle the stress and vomit involved in feeding their kid.
Addie had a strange little quirk where she would fill her mouth and chew. And chew. And chew. Like a tiny blond curly headed cow chewing cud. She’d suck the life out of whatever she happened to be eating and spit it out in a sad wilting pile of half chewed on/half sucked on food. Even to this day it takes her eons to chew up and swallow a piece of chicken. While I appreciate her dedication to mastication, it shouldn’t take forty minutes to eat a chicken tenderloin.
Enter Vivi and her gummy toothy jaws of food inhalation.
Vivi is basically the baby equivalent of an alligator. She swallows food whole. How do you convince a baby to chew? Her food is already small and squishy enough not to choke on but SERIOUSLY BABY, you should chew. Let’s just say there is evidence in her diapers.
“Is that corn?”
“Nooo…I think that’s avocado.”
“WHOA! That’s most certainly broccoli.”
Adventures in parenting y’all!
I’m so thankful that I have a baby that doesn’t gag on Cheerio dust but at the same time I’m not so sure babies swallowing entire banana slices is entirely the way to go either. She’s entered the EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT phase and it’s shocking to see how much she can pack away, her mode of chewing certainly makes her desire to eat all the things far more efficient.
What’s your baby’s eating style like? Gag on a sprinkle? Chew like a goat or arrange and gulp like a crocodile?