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Any parent of a toddler knows how often you have to snatch things out of the little ones’ hands or fish foreign objects out of their mouths.

That’s why all those toys and games with small pieces have “not suitable for children under the age of 2 or 3 or 4” printed on their packaging. Because if I’d let Markus play with Mr. Potato Head a few months ago, we might have ended up in the ER to dislodge MPH’s ear from Markus’ esophagus.

With that in mind, I basically said, “What the!?!?!” when I read yesterday about the relatively new Kellogg’s Lego fruit-flavored gummi snacks.

OK, I’m a pretty big gummi lover. Bears. Worms. Swedish fish. Gummi Lifesavers.

These snacks are the shape and close to the same size as real Lego blocks. They don’t have the holes in the bottom, so you can’t actually build anything with them (see this video of two foul-mouthed — but bleeped — men discovering this fact).

So that doesn’t seem to bright; aren’t we supposed to teach our children that their toys are not edible? (I know I’m not alone, check out this Google search and you’ll find plenty of bloggers who feel similarly.) I don’t have as big a problem with the Eggo Lego waffles:

They’re a little larger than your typical Lego block, and not nearly as colorful. I can see children trying to attach their Lego people to the waffles, though, increasing mom and dad’s dish washing duties.

Syrup can be very sticky.

The gummi Lego “nutritional” information, such as it is, after the jump:

Ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, apple puree concentrate, water, modified corn starch, gelatin, contains two percent or less of citric acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural and artificial flavor, color added, hydrogenated coconut oil†, carnauba wax, yellow #5, red #40, sodium citrate, blue #1.
†Less than 0.5g trans fat per serving.

OK, so it has no nutritional value whatsoever. Being a “do as I say, not what I do” mom upon occasion, that’s not gonna stop me from eating gummis, but I really don’t want to pump that into my smitchiks.

Photos via Kelloggs.com

This entry was posted on Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 7:00 am by Amy Vernon. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: candy, choking hazard, eating shenanigans, infant safety, nutrition, snacks, sugar, toys




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You make it, they eat it, right?

As most parents soon discover, feeding a family is rarely that easy, whether its nursing a fussy newborn or trying to get a hot meal into a squirming toddler (or attempting both at the same time.) And that's not even the days when work runs late, the main course burns, or your adventurous little sushi eater announces from now on she will only eat food that is pink.

As parents ourselves, we've been there, done that, even learned a few tricks along the way. And we're pretty sure so have you. Maybe together we can make eating together as a family -- gulp! -- fun again.

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Hema Easley Hema Easley has been a reporter for The Journal News since July 2002, first covering municipal government and then nonprofit agencies, women's issues and the South Asian and Muslim community in the Lower Hudson Valley. In her previous job, Hema was a correspondent for the Associated Press in South Asia. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
KatieKatie Ryan O'Connor, a Journal News editor and 35-year-old mother of three, never quite appreciated the work that went into feeding kids until she had to do it herself as a mother. If she had a food-and-kids philosophy it would be something like this: try your best to offer as much healthy food as possible, but sometimes fruits just have to be counted as vegetables and there are far worse things than chicken and spaghetti. Again.
TraceyTracey Princiotta, a 37-year-old mother of one, loves to cook, bake and eat, and is relieved that her son appears to be equally willing to chow down -- even if it's baby food and formula right now. Despite her husband's intense aversion to vegetables, she has high hopes of nurturing a true chowhound who will try everything at least once. And if all else fails, she's not above sneaking veggies into other foods.
Marcela Rojas Marcela Rojas has been a municipal reporter with The Journal News since January 2003. She is a native of Putnam County and grew up eating Peruvian food. She didn't realize until she was 13 that rice did not come with everyone's meal. After several years of living in Los Angeles -- where she grew a fondness for Thai food -- she returned to Putnam County where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Zyla (rhymes with Lilah) just turned 1 in March and, so far (her mother is pleased to note), loves to eat everything.
Swapna Venugopal Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, a Journal News reporter, started her career as a journalist in 1999 after graduating with a master's degree from New York University. Before joining the paper in 2006, Swapna worked as a municipal reporter for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey, and took a baby sabbatical to care for her two children, now ages 7 and 5. She has currently outsourced feeding her children and husband to her mother, who is visiting from India. Her friend and colleague Katie O'Connor, informs Swapna that she wouldn't mind being fed Indian food by her mother, too.
Randi Weiner Randi Weiner has been a reporter with The Journal News since 1989, having covered police, government and schools in Westchester and in Rockland. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she worked for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before moving east. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup and sat on the boards of two community theaters. She plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, Connecticuts largest Irish band. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

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