Top 5 Creepiest Baby Foods

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Fruit and fowl puree. Yikes.
The New York Times recently reported that baby food manufacturers have been forced to revamp their products to combat the increasing numbers of parents who are making their own infant grub. Hardly surprising. Have you seen some of the weird sh*t on the shelves that we're supposed to want to feed babies (we're talking developing humans whose age is still measured in months!). Here are five of the creepiest:

5. Apples & Chicken. Apples and chicken are relatively healthful forms of fruit and protein, respectively, though I wouldn't think to put them in combination. And even weirder is that these two items aren't merely "paired" with each other: They're fully blended into one amalgamate puree. What's for dinner, very young Padawan? Chapples!

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Mum-Mum.....no..........
4. Baby Mum-Mum Cookies. When I first privately ranted about these cookies to some of my cousins (all of whom had children), they rightfully retorted that babies really actually did like these snacks, which are preservative-free and made from all-natural ingredients. What still creeps me out about these cookies is their banana shape (why not have the fruit itself?), and more so, the fact that the manufacturer mascot is "Hot Kid." According to a friend more than learned than me in Asian studies, Mum-Mum cookies are actually Taiwanese in origin and made by a company called "Shen-Wang."

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the lil crunchies are essential for kids/ toddlers with eating difficulties, such as swallowing difficulties or oral aversion, it can help teach kids how to chew and dissolves in the mouth, so they arent crap, but a huge bridge to eating for some kids

Nicki Stacy
Nicki Stacy

Ha. Little crunchies and mum mums are amazing. Eric loved the toddler strawberry ones. :) everything in moderation, right? Only so many hours in the day and I prefer to do other things than stress over making my homemade baby food for the week. I draw the line at things like the little canned sausages. Those are gross, kid or adult. And we never bought any purées with meat in it, only veggies or fruit.

Elisa Loper
Elisa Loper

Nicki Stacy, what would life be like without Little Crunchies and Baby Mum Mum? In a perfect world I would bake my own goldfish crackers, but in real life it is nice to have a snack food with lower sodium than the grown-up counterpart. I'll agree that the hot dogs look more like a science experiment than food.

H Newcomb
H Newcomb

What's wrong with that? (though I agree about the pureed together part). I've made a version of chicken salad with diced breast meat, apples, walnuts or cashews, parsley, cilantro or dill (depending on which was in season out on the porch garden at the time), mayo, sometimes some lemon pepper or a dash of teriyaki sauce. A sub roll works best with it.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

I used to feed lil' turkey sticks to my iguanas and I felt guilty about that.  

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