Apparently there’s some sort of strange tie between learning to walk early and having a large number of teeth come in all at once. I think it might have been a curse some old gypsy woman placed on mothers way back when, because there’s nothing “more fun” than a fiercely teething one year old who thinks he can run.
Finding a snack that a running, teething baby can enjoy without doing too much damage either to himself or to furniture was a bit of a challenge, but thankfully we came across this great hard pretzel recipe by Alton Brown. The dough takes almost no time to put together and can be twisted into all sorts of fun shapes.
What we did differently was, instead of leaving the pretzels in the oven for the full 50 – 55 minutes, we took them out at about half an hour. The result was more of a really tough pretzel rather than a hard one, which is perfect for little teethers. They can gum those pretzels to their heart’s content and parents don’t have to worry about brittle pretzel bits breaking off and cutting the inside of the mouth.
Next experiment: coming up with some baby friendly pretzel dipping sauces!