Messy Eater

October 01, 2009 By: erik Category: Food, Offspring, Parenting, Timelapse, Videos 152 views

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thumbI do have to admit that feeding Nora vegetable puree is actually kind of fun. After the first feeding, I realized, “So this is what bibs are for!” After the second day, it occurred to me to ditch the bib, as the shirt underneath always got stained anyway, and why wash two items when you can only wash one? A feeding session seemed like the perfect occasion for a timelapse video. So here we go…

Watch in the first few seconds as she is focused on the spoon, which I dip in the puree, and she watches me move it up to my mouth. When I put it back in the bowl, she looks up at me again, as if to say, “Hey, buddy, you gonna give any of that to me?” Also notice how relatively patiently she waits through a telephone conversation.

It was during this feeding that I coined the fighter jet metaphor. I do a good job of restraining her hands at first, but then they escape. It’s really hard to pull the spoon away from her when I have it by the handle and she has it by the much-easier-to-hold-on-to round end. You’ll see one time when I tricked her and grabbed the round and and slid it out of her hands.

  • Paul

    Boy, do you ever need a hoseable high chair.

    And I like those red and white striped prisoner pants.

  • Ines

    no, no , no , you’ve got it all wrong… listen to me and then you will not have to wash the shirt either… clothes off and in the bath she goes and only when she is sitting pretty in the bath you feed her the veg puree, don’t know what you americans call it but us basques call it multitasking 😉

  • I don’t know if I can explain this very well, but here goes.

    I would cradle them in my arm similar to how you have Nora, but in a way that their inside arm was kinda behind them. Not in an uncomfortable position, but in a way that when they are held tight against your body that arm disappears from the situation. With the arm that is cradling them, wrap your arm over their outside arm and underneath them. This pins that arm as well. Now you have no arms to get in your way.

    With no arms to interfere, you can now put the bib back on and get only it dirty. 🙂

    my 2 c$

  • Maybe I’m crazy, but I figure if Eva wants to “help” feed herself, I let her. I don’t really mind the mess. Sometimes I do give her her own spoon to play with; that helps.