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    Default Hoarding food in cheeks

    For some reason when DS eats he sometimes ends up hoarding food in his cheeks. My parents call it 'chipmunk cheeks' and think its cute, but it worries me. I'm afraid that he'll go to sleep with the food in his mouth and choke or something .
    I often don't catch it until DS wants to nurse and ends up trying to latch and chew at the same time.
    Does anyone else have this problem? Or anyone have any ideas as to how to get DS to stop it? I'm not sure what to do.
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    Mellie
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    Default Re: Hoarding food in cheeks

    DD des the same thing....she stuffs her face! No suggestions, we are just in the same boat.
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    Yup. How old is your LO? Mine is 10 months now and has started doing this. I've heard that it's a phase and they get over it. Yesterday we found a piece of broccoli in DS's mouth an hour after we ate dinner. He doesn't like it when we do this, but we just sweep out his mouth with our fingers if he seems like he still has something in there.
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    Kaia has done this since I can remember and only now has she started to actually swallow anything.

    I used to scoop it out after a while...no need to do that now. She's 24 months.

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    DS does this, he's 18 months. Usually after a while he'll spit it out and hand it to me

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    Default Re: Hoarding food in cheeks

    My son is a face stuffer and food hoarder.

    Try offering more water during meals to help wash the food down. Also, I have started putting my hand in front of his mouth if he has too much in there and needs to spit some out.

    Make sure you model good eating- this sounds really silly... but we will do exaggerated chewing and swallowing and will actually show him the inside of our mouths to demonstrate the food is gone.

    Can you have him watch other kids eat? Mine spent a few weeks with a cousin that's 4 YO and he would watch and watch him eat, and really tried to mimic everything. It really does help!

    Lastly, during teeth brushing you can verify there's none left in there.

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    I am so glad to know that DS isn't the only one and that he'll probably grow out of it. Thanks so much for the advice!
    Mellie
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    Default Re: Hoarding food in cheeks

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*amy.marie View Post
    DS does this, he's 18 months. Usually after a while he'll spit it out and hand it to me
    This is the part I just love.

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    Ha! I thought DS was the only one. I'll notice he is chewing like an hour after dinner and am like WTH? He just saves some for later?
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    Default Re: Hoarding food in cheeks

    Gabe does the same thing- somedays he'll chew it back up and swallow and others he decides he's done with it and then it's a present for mama!
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