I always give DS (13 months) my shopping list when we get to the till during our weekly shop, as chewing on it keeps him occupied whilst I unload / pay/ pack. This morning a man ran up to us looking utterly panic-stricken 'she's got paper in her mouth, she's eating it!' I told him it was ok and he walked away. Glossing over the mistaken gender (I know it's hard to tell when they're so young), am I being stupid or is it ok? I regularly remove other stuff DS chooses to eat - worms, mud from the drain, the mouldy blueberry that hid from the broom - all of which seems to have done him no harm. I'd have thought nothing of it but moments later a lady came up to me and said the same thing (but with the correct gender reference!).
My DD (11 months) is always eating paper and cardboard, I've given up trying to police it too heavily and only intervene when she's actually got a really big mouthful or has moved onto something more worrying like the stuffing out of the rocking horse! Not sure if you're being unreasonable or not but you're not alone.
I have one of these fake climbing clips and I duly attach house keys to it and attach it to the trolley for DS to chew at the checkouts. Alternatively, I give him leaflets about gas/credit cards/insurance to chew.
I let my DD hold my handbag in shopping trolley seat when she was approx 18-20 months old. Thought she had found a tissue in my bag and was chomping on it, mildly concerned, resolved to take tissue out of her mouth after I had chosen between ice cream and magnums lentils and rice, turned out she was chomping on a pantyliner that had come out of the wrapper in my bag
Oh fuzzled what a good idea! DS is always trying to get the bit you retrieve your pound with into his mouth but it's too short (by an amusing amount, he spends a good ten minutes with mouth wide open, extreme-leaning). I'll tie some worms to my buggy clip and keep him occupied that way
I don't think eating paper is the worst thing in the world, but I also think its lovely when people are concerned on your DC's behalf. However annoying unnecessary people's interventions are (helping with buggy/holding a DC's hand/being told a DC is crying when its because they've been told off etc) I try to be gracious and accept the help in the spirit it was intended and thank them for their help because it is sweet of them.
I also worry that if I snapped (tempting with the DC in time out and someone going to talk to them) they would be less likely to approach someone who really did need the help in future.
So YANBU for letting DS eat paper, but they are not BU for being concerned.
Yes. real worms from the garden. Quite tasty judging by the look of joy on his face when I catch him looking for all the world like a blackbird with his wriggly harvest dangling from the corners of his mouth