Just what I need... another forum to post on! lol. (Some of you may know me from other forums since my username is the same elsewhere.)
Anyway. DD is 9 months old, and we're pretty sporadic w/ her (spoon-fed) solids. Even those, though, we waited until she was over 8 months. Mostly b/c I am lazy and BFing is so easy. We do not have a high chair. When I do solids, I sit her in her Bumbo to feed her. We do not have the tray that attaches to it, but I wouldn't want to use that as a high chair anyway since she can escape it. I saw somewhere a shower curtain mentioned... but don't know if that's feasible for us either. It would be easy enough to spread it on the floor but it's the cleanup I'm worried about. I'm sure that all the food won't stay on the curtain, and I don't fancy digging it out of the couch and carpet and windows (at least not yet anyway. :P). Then there's the curtain itself. We live in an apartment so I can't just drag it out in the yard and hose it off, and it seems so unweildy to put into the sink. I wouldn't want to do the tub or washing machine since the larger bits of food won't go down the drain. And we really can't go buy even a cheap high chair right now, at all. Car repairs and inspections/registrations/new driver's licenses/etc from our recent out of state move have eaten up all spare money.
Anyway on to my swallowing question. DD has no trouble swallowing the baby food I feed her. I also feed her the occasional puff (treating them more like candy than a snack in their frequency), which she also has no trouble swallowing once it dissolves. But then every so often she'll be moving around, and I'll glance at her and see that she's "chewing". She doesn't chew unless there's something in her mouth, so I'll check and it'll be some fuzz, a tiny piece of styrofoam, a bug.. (Ok so the bug didn't make it to her mouth, but it almost did. lol). If I just let her be, she seems like she'd just chew and chew and chew these non-food items like a stick of gum. It's like since they don't dissolve or turn to liquid or anything, she just keeps them in her mouth to play with. If I start giving her soft solids to explore, I'm just nervous at this point that she'll just play with them, even if they get into her mouth, b/c they also won't instantly dissolve like the puff or aren't already semi-liquid like the baby food.
Thoughts? Did anyone even make it this far in my post? lol