We tried a banana with a handle first by washing it well and then cutting a piece of banana and removing skin to expose only two inches of fruit.
I discovered that banana leaves nasty brown stains on everything. Thankfully a good soaking in oxyclean got his waterproof bib and his embroidered crab onesie that I made clean. We undressed him down to a diaper for his next adventures.
For our next grippy food we tried a triangle of cantaloupe with the well-scrubbed skin still on. Baby M was able to get a very good grip on it with one of the triangles pointing down and a long side in his mouth. He used his bottom gums to scrape out quite a bit of fruit!
Still on the grippy list, but much less so was a half a peach, pit removed. The peach fuzz managed to stay rough enough and the size was large enough that baby M was able to hold it in his mouth for long periods of time while he worked at gnawing away the fruit inside. It was a hit and the first thing he reached for several times.
Finally we tried corn on the cob, cooked a little longer than those of us with teeth prefer it cooked. It proved to be a little frustrating because it was a little slippery. Baby M reached for it at least a dozen times though and whined with frustration when I handed it to him and then took my hands away as soon as he put his on it and before he could manage a good taste.
Overall, grippy foods proved to be a success this week! And most of all, it was fun!
Next we're trying some drier foods and adding in some cooked foods too.