Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chew On This: My 9-month-old Niece Eats Books. Sort Of.

Okay, haven't we all wanted to eat books at one point?

No? Just me?

What if you were pressed for time, and had the option of absorbing a story instead of reading it? You could gobble up books for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

My niece, Rose, is halfway there. She enjoys chewing on tags. Manufacturing tags, like those found on the sides of blankets. They are delectable to her. (She also chews on her own socks. My sister's solution is to allow it until the sock falls on the floor, at which point the game is over.)

Anyway, I got Rose a book for Christmas, and the book's main attraction was that it included colorful, chewable tags on the side, perfect for munching.  I didn't even know this was a "thing" with babies until then. I figured Rose would like it, and she does -- but she doesn't chew on the designated tags.

She chews on the manufacturing tag. It's the only tag she wants! Here she is, caught in the act (thanks for the awesome photographic evidence, Rach :)


  1. That is adorable.

    Unfortunately the need to chew outweighs the need to read for a while. We have a big stack of board books and every single one has at least a few baby bite marks.

  2. Yep. All of my board books have teeth marks too. Maybe they need to invent a book pill for adults. Take the pill and ingest the whole story, but what if a book makes you choke?

  3. Thanks, Natalie. That's so cute about the teeth marks. At least you know they want to sink their teeth into reading. (Ba-dum-bum.) (Okay that was really bad but I couldn't resist.)

  4. Oooh, I like that idea, Jennifer! The pills could be color coded based on genre.