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Is anyone still doing chip-sized?

Because it occurs to me that we are not, and nor have we been for some time. I'm wondering if it's been since she got some teeth?

Keeping the carrots chip-sized definitely important when you are starting off, that's for sure, as it seems to be as important that the food can easily drop out of their mouths as get in there so a long, thin piece is essential. But as Babybear has got older and more active, I think her need for texture has increased to the point where she would now be most frustrated with a puny finger of food.

She likes full-sized tortillas, quartered sandwiches, big hunks of meat, individual Yorkshire puddings and whole new potatoes, bananas, apples and pears. She derives a great deal of pleasure from closely inspecting everything that is about to go into her mouth (well, on a polite day – to be fair she fairly often inhales things without giving them a second glance) and a standard-issue chip of veggie would not satisfy. She turns things around in her hands, bashes them on the table, rubs them in the puddles of water that inevitably cover her highchair before either eating them, dropping them off the side or popping them into her Tommee Tippee bib for later. It's a rich and rewarding sensory experience for a 10-month-old baby, and a monumental pain in the arse for the person who has to clean it up.

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10 Responses to “Is anyone still doing chip-sized?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    We have gone both bigger and smaller! Things just get cut up as the grown ups would have them and Minky gets on with it. I love the pincer reflex! I'm sure she eats far too much peas and corn. I just want to watch her pick them up!

  2. Anonymous says:

    so true… now that Babybear's tummy bug has tailed off (oooh, the relief of actually finding a solid-ish nappy this morning) we tempted fate with some minestrone soup crammed with veggies, lentils, borlotti beans and pasta. picking up individual green lentils takes some doing, i've got to tell you…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Depends on the food over here as well!
    Most of Munch's food is done in discs/slices now (great for frisbeeing across the room) her fruit is quartered.About the only thing that is chip shaped is chips (sorry, home roasted potato wedges…)
    Didnt stop my dingbat sister cutting her roast dinner into tiny bite sized pieces (even though I told her to leave it as it was) while my back was turned, Munch took one look and swept the whole lot onto the floor in disgust!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I should add (woudlnt want anyone to think she as no pincer grip….!)that she does eat peas and sweetcorn, but if she has seen a lump of food and you cut it up she refuses to eat any of it!

  5. Anonymous says:

    The Baba is in her fifth week of BLW and still does the chip shaped thing. She is much better at picking up food she has dropped on her tray/bib. We look forward to the pincer grip – I guess we have a few months before that. Hasn't developed frisbee throw just yet!

  6. Anonymous says:

    We're still mainly chip sized at 1 month in though it doesnt stay chip shaped for long as Euey finds it necessary to squish everything through his fingers and the kind of suck the mushy mess off!
    My son has the most delightful table manners!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I actually found it easier not to do the chip-shaped thing at all really – angelcake was much safer with big chunks she could scrape away at (as in aitch's 'bumcheek' metaphor). I still cut her meat so that it is in reasonably thin pieces though, with the fibres running lengthways, but i don't think at this stage it's really necessary.

  8. Anonymous says:

    isn't that funny? i've never cut Babybear's meat into slices, just enormous big hunks. i do like the fact that everyone finds their own way with BLW, don't you?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Not strictly a BLW question but just thought I'd ask if any of you FF are still sterillizing?
    Euey is 7 months now and I must admit its a bit hit and miss sometimes what about you guys.

  10. Anonymous says:

    erm… i haven't sterilised anything for months. i just bung it all in the dishwasher. but i am a spectacularly lazy woman. (actually i read on a thread on mumsnet that some neo-natal unit was advising hot-washing and leaving to air-dry so i thought 'that's good enough for me' and put the damned steriliser in the cupboard).

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