I’m super excited to share another guest post with you from my sister, Jackie! Jackie graduated with a degree in psychology and married a high school coach just a few years later. From there, she has moved from town to town and been one of the most supportive wives I’ve known. Her most recent move happened just a few days after giving birth to little girl when her husband accepted a position with the Chicago Bulls. Umm, wife of the year? This first-time mommy loves to DIY, run, garden, and spend as much time as possible with her adorable little angel. Let’s dive into her post on Cheerios To-Go: A Mess Free Snack.
As a first-time mother to an 8 month old baby, I’m always trying to find a way to incorporate “adult” food into our hectic routine. Lunches and dinners are easy enough, but sitting down to breakfast in the morning doesn’t always seem very realistic. So I wondered to myself, What can I give the baby that…
- Isn’t very sticky/messy
- Isn’t a choking hazard
- Is easy to eat on-the-go
But how can I regulate how many she gets so that a handful doesn’t end up in her mouth (or in the bottom of her car seat) all at once? And how do I do this without buying some special “contraption”?
The solution I opted for is SO easy and only takes about one minute to throw together each day!
Do you remember those candy necklaces that we swooned over in our middle school days? Well, that’s the same basic principle, except we are using whole-grain Cheerios (or dissolving puffs if you prefer) instead of candy, a shoestring instead of elastic, and tying it around the car seat handle instead of wearing as a necklace. This is great for a snack in the car, while shopping, on a walk, etc.
What you need:
- Shoestring, fabric ribbon, etc.
- Small handful of Cheerios, cold pasta noodles, or dissolvable puffs
String up the Cheerios.
Secure the shoestring/ribbon to your car seat handle with enough lag so that baby can pull string to their mouth, but not so much that they could get it over their head.
Keep the dogs away from the car seat! Haha!
Let baby munch away, all while working on their fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and eating skills.
A Special Note: Be sure to use a thick thread, shoestring, fabric strip, etc. that won’t break or be swallowed by baby. And as a reminder: never leave your child unattended while eating..even the best eater could choke at anytime!
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