If I’ve learned anything from mothering a crawling (and now walking) baby/toddler, it’s that silence is the most terrifying noise in the world. Unless Sarah is asleep, she is constantly chattering, talking, crying, or making adorable baby noises. So when I hear nothing, I know it’s because she has something in her mouth.
I’ve read enough horror stories online of babies ingesting button-batteries and thumb tacks to give me nightmares, so I’m constantly on alert. Yes, I probably just need to baby proof better, but it seems unless I duct tape her mouth shut, it’s just inevitable that she is going to explore the world by tasting everything she sees.
Like a dog.
So without further ado, here’s my list of random crap I’ve pulled out of Sarah’s mouth:
- a dremel head
- the membrane to my breast pump
- several pieces of the cover to the most recent edition of National Geographic
- about 18 pieces of dog food
- a strange nut I brought back from Africa.
- an old-fashioned Skeleton key
- a chunk of raw onion (she actually swallowed that…)
- Rubber mulch.
- several rocks
- a bottle cap
- the letter T scrabble piece
- a piece of limestone that may or may not have been stolen from the Pyramids of Giza
- the rubber cap on the end of the spring door stopper
- a wad of toilet paper
- One of those “Poisonous! Do Not Eat!” packets found in beef jerky envelopes. Points to the person at the park who left that on the ground under a picnic table!
I know there are so many other things I'm not even thinking of. Most were not food-grade.
But really, I want to hear from everyone else. What’s the craziest thing you’ve pulled out of your baby/toddler’s mouth??