Why Children Eat Paste

Paste is like rice cereal, only with more flavor and an advanced texture.

Today O and I began the adventure of solid foods and eating with a spoon. I mixed some rice cereal with some freshly pumped breast milk, put O in his chair, got out the soft tipped spoons, and offered O a taste.

O promptly drooled it all over his face, forming a rice-milk-paste goatee. Very young Lenin.

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The next spoon full went all over his bib. The third spoon full was intercepted by his hands, he wanted to hold the spoon. The basic concept of spoon-to-mouth was simple, keeping the food on the spoon, not so much.

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The concept of Spoon-as-purveyor-of-food seems nebulous, Spoon is an Item Vigorously  to Gum on, Grab at and Wave Around. The idea of Bib is also a somewhat foreign concept, but it worked well enough.

I look forward to moving beyond rice cereal into more exciting (flavorful) things. I wouldn’t want to eat rice paste, why would I expect O to want to?


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