Post # 1
So, I know a lot about babies and caring for children. But, as I don’t have children of my own, I’m not too on point with developmental stages and exactly “what is ok” at what point.
a facebook aquantaince posted a picture of her 6 month old eating dinner the other day and I couldn’t believe it.
first of all, the naked baby had a dinner plate on of coffee table (with sharp, wooden corners!) and there was garbage everywhere on the table and in the background. Not clutter, I get that. Garbage. Like straight up wrappers and junk and boxes and papers just piled high everywhere.
Anyway. This kid had a plate full of spaghetti. Not cut into small pieces at all. And I could tell because the way she was holding it in the air that they were HUGE long pieces. She also had full length green bean, not cut up at all. AND she was holding a freaking baby carrot in her hand!!
so, can someone with kids tell me – this isn’t a normal or safe meal for kids, is it? DH thinks I’m making a big deal but it seems really dangerous the way she served it!!
Post # 2
At 6 months old, babies aren’t typically great at feeding themselves. They’ll play with the food, but probably not be very good about actually putting it in their mouths with purpose. It’s hard to judge without seeing the picture. The baby carrot could have been cooked and very soft. We practice baby led weaning, and have been since DD was about 6 months old, but we make sure the bites are pretty small. DD also doesn’t get her own plate at this point. I generally believe that most parents are doing what they feel is best for their child. I try not to be too judgemental.
Post # 3
Cory_loves_this_girl: I usually try not to judge. But. Given this girl has had three of her children removed from her custody and she wasn’t allowed to go home from the hospital when she have birth to this one because they were concerned for the baby’s safety…yeah, it’s hard not to judge.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2
I think it’s great to expose children to a lot of food at that age that they can practice sucking and tasting (they probably won’t be able to chew anything or even swallow a piece of food). If the woman is willing to clean up the inevitable mess, that’s fine.
But the large sized carrot sounds like it could be a choking hazard.
Post # 5
Im not a parent but I cant imagine a 6-month old being able to feed themselves spaghetti. I wouldnt worry about it. I would mind my business on this one!
Post # 6
PP made a good point saying that a lot of 6 month oldss will like to play with food…. is it possible that this wasn’t the baby’s food, and they just started playing with it and the parents decided it was cute and to take a picture? I probaby wouldn’t feed my baby like this at this age… but without knowing all info I don’t want to judge them too harshly.
Post # 7
sofialovesmikey: Obviously that kind of information would have been useful in your original post.
Post # 8
MissCookies: the picture is the baby with a huge fistful of spaghetti being shoved into her mouth and trailing down to the plate…I wouldn’t be comfortable putting that much food in my adult sized mouth!