Our girl, she loves to chew on things. At 9.5 months, everything still goes in her mouth, although she's slacking off a little. Sometimes she will use her eyes or hands to investigate a new item, at least for a minute or two. Then into the mouth it goes. She is teething again at the moment (we're up to EIGHT now, with nine in hot pursuit) but the mouthing and chewing have been continuous since she could muster the hand-mouth coordination necessary lo those many months ago. We find it entertaining and swear she is part puppy, but it does occasionally present some dilemmas, for which we seek your input.
- How do you clean Robeez? While waiting for the bath to fill, Natalie peed on the bathroom floor and her shoes took some of the fallout. I wouldn't care too much except that she's somewhat obsessed with chewing on her shoes (she really *is* part puppy). Anyway, would you clean them or not worry about it? How?
- What can you use to repair wooden toys? We got her a gorgeous set of nesting cubes for Christmas but one is coming unglued (fits in well around here). I'd like to fix it before it's totally broken, but don't know what kind of fixative is safe for something we KNOW will end up in her mouth from time to time.
- The last issue is where Natalie's obsession conflicts with my career. She's fascinated with books (warming the cockles of both moms' hearts) and very much enjoys munching away on her board books (pausing every now and then to exclaim, "Buh! Buh!"). I am delighted that she loves books, but the librarian in my soul cringes when I see them in her mouth. I have been able to restrain myself thus far, instead using my book preservation and repair skills when necessary. However, she is now interested in our books, and this I cannot tolerate. We live in a small condo (small by everyone's standards but my NYC friends) and can't move them to a room she doesn't go in or a shelf she can't reach. We've shared and sold and packed away all the books we can bear to part with. So what else can we do? Any suggestions?
All this talk of chewing is making me hungry. I think I'll go find something to munch on while I wait for your input.