(Here’s a quick post with a quick baby tip. I still have a zillion other posts and updates I want to write, but this one was quick so it got priority. Talk to you soon! Maybe! WHO KNOWS)
Babies love paper.
At least, mine do. They love how it crinkles and flutters and tears.
Also, they want to eat it. Which isn’t safe. Or yummy. And they can destroy some pretty important documents in their attempts to eat it.
Felix has been particularly interested in paper lately, especially Lydia’s drawings that she leaves all over the place.
I wanted to let him have that sensory experience in a safe way. Hmm. What’s papery, but okay to chew on?
Ding ding ding! Nori sheets!
If you’ve ever made your own sushi, you’re already familiar with this stuff. If not, well, it’s the dark green, outer wrapping for sushi, made from seaweed. Some people snack on it like chips, too. (Spoiler alert: it’s repulsive.)
You can buy nori from Asian markets, and increasingly from regular grocery stores. I found it in the “ethnic” section of my local grocery store.
When nori is dry, it feels kinda similar to construction paper. But more brittle and less tearable. As it moistens, it becomes flexible and kinda gummy. Felix can chew a sheet into a pulpy blob in about 10 minutes.
The first time I let Felix play with it, I knew it was a keeper. He loved crinkling it and chewing on it.
He enjoys the sound:
And even the taste:
Bonus? Nori is full of vitamins and minerals (Especially iodine, but also vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, niacin, and C), so if he ingests some, it’s actually good for him.
Warning #1: You’ll probably want to keep an eye on your kid while he plays with nori, because it could be a choking hazard.
Warning #2: It smells very strong of seaweed when he gets chewing on it. You may or may not care for it.
Warning #3: He looks like this afterward:
(PS: Aren’t those leg warmers adorbs? They’re from Baby Leggings, in case you were wondering. This isn’t an affiliate link or anything, I just love the products. My babies live in them. They make diaper changes/potty visits a snap. Lydia wore the same six pairs every day from about 3 months to 19 months.)