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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Storing Food

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Storing Food

A couple weeks ago, I took my kids out for ice cream.

As we sat in the crowded creamery eating our treats, my son said hi to just about everyone who came through the entrance.

To see what unusual eating habit he unveiled,


A few minutes after he finished the last drop of his junior scoop of mint chip, my son turned to the napkin I had in my hand and spit out about twenty chocolate chips.

Unbeknown to me he spent the last half an hour, swallowing the ice cream and separating the frozen morsels in his mouth.

While it was sort of amazing that my tot could accomplish such a task, it was also a lil unsettling.

He's done the same thing a couple other times with tiny bits of chopped salad and quiche.

Is my child part chipmunk, or does your youngster also sort and store food?


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milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
My cousin used to do this all the time. When my aunt would give him salad he would eat the other veggies and store the lettuce in his cheek. I don't think it was because he didn't like it. It seemed to be that he was sucking on it. ew
jimpolandy jimpolandy 9 years
My son would do that, but he had texture "issues" when he was younger. He would hold an entire chicken nugget in his mouth for a long time, but wouldn't swallow it.
RaincityChicky RaincityChicky 9 years
Oh yeah, my son is three and he's done it for as long as he's been eating solids. He'll also store food he doesn't like instead of swallowing it. I've found half chewed broccoli in his mouth 2 hours after eating it!
Bisque Bisque 9 years
This just happened yesterday with my nephew and choco-peanut butter ice cream! It had tons of nuts and we first thought he was enjoying them, but when it was time for his bottle, he said he still had stuff in his mouth. Lo and behold, tons of nuts were still inside. Although he didn't spit it out, he ended up chewing and swallowing it with much persuasion from me and my mom.
stephcorinn stephcorinn 9 years
I have to say I do this with ice cream, too. I don't like little hard things in my ice cream (pieces of chocolate, nuts. etc.). However, I don't usually "store" them in my mouth the entire time. My sister does the same thing.
carriesk carriesk 9 years
My little cousin once ate an entire Chinese dinner with a gum tucked in his cheek. When dinner was finished he continued chewing the gum. Yuck!
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 9 years
I do that with my ice cream with chocolate chips, lol...
loveleighdancer loveleighdancer 9 years
I have a funny story about this when I was a child. I was about 4 or 5 and my Grandpa took me to a Cubs game. He bought me lots of food that day and at one point he asked me if I wanted a peanut. So I tried it. After that I continued to eat lots of food, finally we got back home later in the afternoon. We were in the kitchen talking to my Grandma and I spit out the peanut and go "I don't like this. Can I throw it away now?" So I had kept it in my mouth practically the whole day haha.
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
My kids don't but I do! :ROTFL:
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Too funny. My kids do not do this.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
My cat does this with his pills, but I had no idea humans did that. LOL!
latinav latinav 9 years
I think its funny. My 1 year old does this with any type of meat. I could give it to him with rice or veggies and he seperates it and spits out the meat.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
That's too cute! No, mine "refund" offensive bits immediately. They did have an odd preference for depositing their refunds on my plate, but we have moved beyond that.
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