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Overkill for babies with more than a couple teeth
on July 19, 2013
Let me start off by saying that cutting food into little, itty bitty bits, is the bane of my existence. I wouldn't mind it so much if my 10 month old was a dainty eater, but 'tis no ordinary baby, 'tis an eating machine! Pair that with the fact that she has a whopping eight teeth and it's safe to say that I cut ALOT of food. Enter the Mash & Serve Bowl. Noting the aforementioned hatred of cutting, bane of my existence, yadda yadda yadda...I wanted to love this bowl. I really did. However, the resulting texture of food is inconsistent; for example, it turns the flesh of blueberries and strawberries into a watery, unusable pulp, but barely cuts up the skin. That leaves with me the task of not only cutting a fresh batch of fruit, but now I have a bowl to clean. Eh. It obliterates eggs into dusty bits and turns pasta into a paste. The problem lies with the bowl's ridges; I don't think they are raised enough to create the lumpy, fork mashed texture I am looking for. While trying to get the unmashed pieces, you end up overmashing the already mashed food in the process. Does that make sense? I haven't tried meat yet, but I'm not optimistic. I think it would work well for babies with a couple or no teeth, but is overkill for those who are able to chew pencil eraser sized pieces (not pencil erasers themselves...that's an entirely different problem). I'm trying to perfect my "mashing & grinding" technique, to see if it makes a difference. However, designed as it is now, it doesn't work for my needs.