Last Saturday when our newest great-granddaughter was visiting for the day, I discovered the coolest new baby thingy ever! A fresh food feeder. I know. It sounds like something used in a barn or at the dolphin tank at the aquarium, but it’s not! It’s a way for you to introduce your baby to fresh foods.
Our granddaughter who is also the mother of our favorite baby girl bought this nifty gadget at Walmart for approximately $2.00. It was just one of the many, many, MANY things she sent along with the baby to our house for a relatively short visit.
This fresh food feeder (or F3 as it will be referred to hereafter in this post) is intended for babies who are at least six months old and is like a teething ring on the one end. The round handle has a rubbery coating that baby can chew on, but trust me, no baby will want to chew on that handle when she discovers the other end of the F3!
The other end is made of some kind of mesh fabric which I’m sure is perfectly safe for your infant to chew on. If it weren’t safe, Walmart would not be selling them, right?
The mesh end securely snaps into the teething ring end so that there is no way your baby could open the F3 on her own. Trust me on this one. It took me a while to get it open, and I was able read the instructions.
After I washed the F3 in warm soapy water and thoroughly rinsed it, I placed three small cubes of watermelon in the mesh bag and handed it to the seven month old baby girl who was visiting in our home for the day.
What happened then? Here’s the part you mothers are going to love! I had thirty minutes of sheer joy watching my favorite baby girl suck the juice out of the watermelon cubes. Or thirty minutes of peace and quiet. It’s all about perspective.
Since I’m a grandma and I don’t get to see my favorite baby girl on a daily basis, I used those thirty minutes to take pictures and exclaim things like, “She loves it!” or “Did you see that face she made?” and “Her shirt is soaked with watermelon juice, and she doesn’t even care!”
Baby girl liked it so much that when it was time for Grandpa and me to eat our lunch, I popped her back in her little seat and gave her three more cubes of watermelon in her F3. She enjoyed it just as much the second time!
Grandma’s advice for you today is to buy one of these things for every baby you know. Their mothers will love you for it!
Incidentally, the package says that the F3 is great for fruits and vegetables. Next time our baby come to visit, I’m going to let her try brussel sprouts!
One last word of warning …….after thirty minutes with three watermelon cubes, the baby, the shirt, the seat, and the tray needed to be washed. It was still worth it!
Are there any other baby gadgets I need to know about?