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Do you let your baby eat paper?

(9 Posts)
rouge Tue 04-Jan-05 14:19:42

DD adores ripping up magazines, but quite a lot of the paper seems to end up in her mouth sooner or later. I've read that magazine and newspaper print is toxic, so should I put a stop to her fun? Or just keep her intake to a minimum?!

rouge Tue 04-Jan-05 14:19:58

BTW she's just over 11 months

Nutcracker Tue 04-Jan-05 14:22:20

My Ds used to do this and still does ocasionally. His fave is bus tickets and he has usually eaten the lot before i notice.

I don't let him eat it but if he gets the odd bit in i don't panic about it.

NameChangingMancMidlander Tue 04-Jan-05 14:22:38

I've no idea re the toxicity of newpaper print, but perhaps it would be good to curb her passion for paper digestion a little. Just to be on the safe side !

pixiefish Tue 04-Jan-05 14:22:56

I try and stop her but she does sometimes manage to get some down. I let her rip it and then try to get it off her when I see it heading towards the mouth

PrettyCandles Tue 04-Jan-05 14:51:28

The ink is toxic, but I doubt that a baby could eat enough to make themselves ill. That said, I wouldn't let the baby just get on with it - the paper alone could give her a blockage! I would be inclined only to let her rip under supervision so that you can keep the intake to minimum. If you see that the ink marks her at all, take it away at once because I think that 'loose' inks are more likely to be absorbed than ink which are well-fixed to teh paper.

Zephyrcat Tue 04-Jan-05 14:56:22

lol so glad someoone has started this!! ds is 6 months and is at his happiest when he's sitting sucking and screwing up bits of paper!! Can't be good for him!

PicadillyCircus Tue 04-Jan-05 15:04:42

I think I read somewhere that the Financial Times is the only paper with non-toxic ink.

rouge Tue 04-Jan-05 20:11:34

Thanks everyone! I think you're right about the Financial Times, PC - I heard that too.

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