Thursday, August 26, 2010

Straws and Mesh Bags

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So Bab-E Brother REALLY likes to eat people food from these little Munchkin-brand mesh bags

(Never mind that they're a royal pain to clean.)

The funny part is that he'll pretty much only eat bananas out of them. (Try to put anything else in there, and he'll spit it out, but bananas are like "crack for babies.")

Lately, we've also found that Bab-E Brother LOVES to hold a straw while he's sitting in the high chair. (It keeps him from trying to grab his spoon with EVERY bite, thereby flinging baby food all over himself and the surrounding county.)

Giving him a straw also buys you at least 5 minutes to get his food ready without any screaming.

The other day at the park, Mom-E did a little natural "experiment":
Bab-E Brother was already holding a straw.

Mom-E proceeded to put a banana in a mesh bag and presented it to him.

So what do you think happened. Did he:
a. Hold on to the coveted straw, ignoring the mesh bag.
b. Ditch the straw in favor of his banana baby-crack bag.
c. Spontaneously combust, being unable to decide between the two.

Note that this experiment is akin to:
Cats always land on their feet.
Bread always lands butter-side down
What happens if you drop a cat with a slice of bread strapped to its back, butter-side up?


And the answer is:
d. Fuss until Mom-E holds the mesh bag for him so that he can eat it WHILE still holding/playing with the straw.

(Never tried the cat/bread experiment.)

Oh man, babies are smart.

Master adult manipulator, already before the age of 8 months.

Have a good week,


  1. LOL! That is funny....thanks for sharing. Cara was obsessed with straws at that age too, but refused all baby food until the age of 10 months (when she was ready for real table food). Now, all she does is eat...go figure. Rosi

  2. Smart Bab-E...and what a little stinker :)

  3. Wow, that is a smart Bab-E! They know just what to do ....maybe we need to take classes from Bab-E on "How to get what we want from life". He could make a lot of money spreading the news! Great story! love, aunt-e

  4. They only get better at pulling our stings with age. My daughter never ate anything out of the mesh device. They did come in handy when she was teething and we would put an ice cube inside. That seem to calm her down at least until it melted.

  5. I never experienced the mesh bag. I often experienced being manipulated!

  6. o man, you are going to have your hands full with this one, he is clever! And as far as the bananas in a mesh bag go, I can only imagine how hard that would be to clean. Great post, as always. I just noticed you offer code for your blog badge, hope you don't mind me putting that on mine!

  7. I was going to guess that he inserted the straw into the mesh bag and attempt to stab and or drink the banana.
    I've been wrong before. It will happen again.

  8. @Lee: Thanks! Absolutely, that's what the code is for!

    @WM: As a man, I'm quite experienced at being wrong. You get used to it.