Raisinoia. Will Destroy Ya.

by doodaddy on June 19, 2007

I give Boobaby raisins.

Here’s a quiz: When does BabyCenter say that raisins are OK for your baby? Answer below…

Sure, I read the lists of when you can feed your baby what. Boo didn’t get honey until recently and she won’t be eating nuts until sometime during the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt presidential administration.

I even checked the ingredients to find out if that bag of peanuts I was about to give her was made in a peanut-riddled facility. (As you can see from the photo, it’s really hard to find a peanut-free bag of peanuts these days.)

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We got this on an airplane. Yes, it really does read “Ingredients: Peanuts, Dry Roasted, with salt. Produced in a facility that processes peanuts and other nuts.

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, but at this rate, Boo won’t be able to eat an ounce of anything at all, and we’ll all be scared of it while she does.

You see, the reasons that the authorities don’t want Boo to eat raisins are:

  1. She might choke on them, and
  2. She might get cavities, because they’re sticky.

I mean, really. She could choke on anything. There’s a guy at the playground whose 2-year old choked on a Cheerio. Boo still occasionally chokes on her own spit.

As much as I’d like to just sit Boo down to eat and go clean out the basement, I don’t. We’re nearby while Boo eats. We brush her teeth.


Food paranoia isn’t going to help Boo. Confidence as a parent means believing that I will handle whatever situation comes up, be it minor boo-boo or major trauma. If the issues with raisins are cavities and choking — inherent to pretty much all food — then raisins are on the menu.

Experts be damned!

Waiting for the answer to the “When are raisins OK” quiz? Well, BabyCenter says that you shouldn’t give your kids raisins until they’re at least 3, and 4 is better. We’re only 30 months ahead of the game! Reassuringly, the British BabyCentre thinks we’re in the clear. British babies clearly chew better.

Word Count: 276. Not such a good start to Pithy Week.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth June 19, 2007 at 11:01 am

No raisins until age 3 or 4? Wow, I am a truly horrible parent! One of those mini boxes of raisins keeps Kaitlyn occupied for a good ten minutes! Although it does make for some interesting looking poop. So do blueberries-I hope it’s okay that I’m giving her those! lol


Sarah June 19, 2007 at 1:47 pm

I think it’s so funny that peanuts say that. Almonds do too. Guess the “authorities” think we’re all really smart!


Annie June 20, 2007 at 6:37 am

The food paranoia drives me nuts. An ounce of common sense goes a LONG way. This from the mother who has introduced both babies to cows milk (as a mixer for cereal) long before the 12 month mark.


aimee/greeblemonkey June 20, 2007 at 7:41 am

It’s not the raisins, it the grapes!

That is what Owen picked up off the floor in this post and is also the #1 choking hazard, along with hot dogs.


We only recently stopped cutting grapes in half for Declan. And I still have a habit of cutting hot dogs lengthwise first.

But, to your point, you know what your kid is capable of chewing and I am *pretty sure* you manage her dental hygiene… so, yeah raisins! 😉


Bryan June 21, 2007 at 7:01 am

British babies chew better, but have you taken a look at British teeth? Maybe it is BECAUSE of the raisins??? Maybe you have figured it out!



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