5-Month-Old Chokes on Fingernail -- Found in His Baby Food!

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Time to get one of these?
We've seen plenty of gross stories about finding alien objects in food: A severed finger in a sandwich, a frog in a salad. But finding something in your child's baby food?!? Gross AND dangerous! Poor little Theodore Bovington choked on a fingernail in his baby food the other day, according to his father, Christopher Bovington. And yes, it was terrifying.

He describes the panic he felt when he saw his baby choking, his wife screaming when she saw, too. "She held his head and was trying to get [the obstruction], but every time he coughed, it moved further backwards." He took a turn and was finally able to pull the object out. Imagine his fury when he discovered it was a human fingernail.


The baby food company, Heinz, hasn't exactly apologized for the dreadful incident. They sent a statement saying the usual, "The quality and purity of our baby foods remains our utmost priority" and "We are concerned to hear" blah blah blah. The Bovingtons sent them the jar of food and there will be an investigation.

But I guess this might be a good time to bring up the idea of making your own baby food? I happen to love Merrill Stubb's "Cooking for Clara" column over at Food52. I mean, look at this scrumptious and adorable holiday baby meal! Or, if you're less ambitious, you could do what I did: Just mash some of your own food with a fork on the side of your plate and shovel that in. Yes, I was that lazy about baby food. Sometimes I mustered the energy to use one of those little hand-cranked food mills.

Of course, what's to stop you from dropping one of your own fingernails into your homemade baby food? Imagine the guilt! Can't a parent win?!? But here's how I see it. If your baby starts choking on a fingernail in homemade baby food, at least it's YOUR fingernail and you know where those fingernails have been. (Hopefully you wash your hands a lot.) But it's not going to happen -- right?!? Because you're probably super-careful, even if you're also sleep-deprived. By the way, this is why I stopped wearing fingernail polish.

Do you buy baby food or do you make your own?


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