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March 14, 2006

Dadchest Co-Stars In Baby's First Eating Video


The kid and I Googled up Jonathan Coulton's song "flickr," and for some reason, this video was the second result. [No, really!]

While Dad holds little Matt-i-chew steady and provides play-by-play, Mom steers the videocamera in one hand, and that first ever spoonful of solid food in the other. If you like your rice cereal served with a large, hairy side order of manchest, your order is ready.

Matthew's First Bites [google video]
Matthew's dad's a computer programmer in VT. here's his blog [truevox.blogspot.com]

posted March 14, 2006 12:33 PM | add to del.icio.us | digg this


Not to be one of those parents who is hung up on judging the way other people raise their kids, but here goes my gripe. One of the first things that struck me was that baby looked awfully young to be starting to eat rice cereal. Sure enough, a scroll through Dad's site shows that he wasn't even 4 months old! What are those parents thinking? Oy vey. Also, it first almost looks as though Dad's naked behind the baby. On a positive note, that's a cute baby!

[well, i guess if you can be all judgmental and not be hung up about it... 4 months is the guideline, and the kid is close. Without knowing anything else about him or their situation, I am not comfortable judging. Also, the "at first," "almost" "looks" naked is 1) part of the funny, and 2) obviously not the case, so what's the big deal?-ed.]

posted by: disapproving parent at March 14, 2006 3:55 PM

Since I chimed in too late last time to plug Jon, I'm doing it again here. I've known Mr. Coulton for a long time, and he is one of the world's most delightful and talented people. It really warms the cockles of my heart to see him get recognition for his awesome troubadour skills.

Anyone who wants to have a good laugh should check out his cover of "Baby Got Back." Must be heard to be believed. You probably won't want your kids in the room, though.


posted by: Sarah at March 14, 2006 4:22 PM

Disapproving -- those guidelines are just that: guidelines. Babies all develop differently, and really the best sign of when a baby is ready for solid food isn't clock-based, but rather: when they show signs that they want it, and the tongue-reflex has gone away enough that they can actually keep any in their mouths. So that's probably what they're thinking.

posted by: Matthew Miller at March 14, 2006 10:48 PM

Wow! I'm honored that we're on your site! I've never had this happen to me before.

To all asking questions, lemme see if I can sort it out...

I wasn't naked (though I do tend to go around shirtless and in shorts). Though I'm not sure that nudism is a bad thing, just not for me.

He was just about four months when we started this. It was doctor recomended (the lady's got plenty of experiance - she was both my and my fiance's pediatrition), and we both thought it would be a good idea. Hey, at least we arn't the folks who put it in his bottle at two or three weeks.

The child is huge, he's a very advanced grower. I'd say we're feeding him too much, but it's not like he's getting fat. He's just... big boned? At any rate, he's taking it well. We've moved on to squash and apple sause.

Again, thanks for the hits, it's nice to see other daddy's out there!

posted by: True Vox at March 15, 2006 12:06 PM
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