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September 25, 2009

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When it comes to eating, my son is just not that into in bite-sized; he wants the whole thing.

It started with handfuls of blueberries and grapes, then entire strawberries and bananas. By August he’d found bigger fruit to chew. He will eat a tomato like it’s an apple. Give him a peach or a pear and most of an afternoon, and eventually he’ll return the pit or the core.

Because he seems to have been spared an interest in putting non-food objects into his mouth, he got an early start. That means his teething toys have looked like this:


and our choking-hazard watch post has been pretty uneventful, with the exception of his brief Mulch Period over the summer.

Sometimes he won’t even wait for me to peel a banana or an avocado: He’ll bite his own entrance, then spit out the leathery skin.And if he learns that something isn’t edible in its whole form (we find root vegetables and melons with bite marks), he plays with it instead. Jack can often be found at home walking the living room/kitchen loop cradling a spaghetti or acorn squash. At dinner, he’ll reach across his plate for the whole baked chicken or the roast in the middle of the table. The other day I had to pry an onion from his hands.


Is it messy? Yes. Might we find a slimy, half-eaten nectarine in the laundry basket? Yesterday. It is a struggle to get through the produce department at the grocery store with a child who will try to jump from the cart for a mango. But for a kid who considers a pear a real treat, I will gladly take it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2009 7:03 pm

    I love the shot of him with the tomato. My Nicolo will also play with food like its a toy. Francesco still will eat a whole apple, core and all if I don’t cut it up.

  2. September 26, 2009 11:50 am

    How cute and cool is that?… Jack is certainly a cool, unique kid… quirky!

  3. September 29, 2009 3:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures! My son was the same way. he refused to eat baby-sized pieces of anything — he had to be able to grab the whole thing, or a very large chunk, and sink his teeth into it. He’s still a real fruit-and-veggie guy, so maybe this is a good trend!

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