Chewing on Lego

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health, Toys

There's a reason the Lego company offers up the larger Duplo building blocks for younger kids -- children under the age of three or four are likely to put their toys in their mouth and the smaller Lego bricks are a definite choking hazard. So you teach your kids not to put their toys in their mouth and especially not their older sibling's Lego bricks, right? And then, some bright boy comes up with this genius idea: Lego-shaped fruit snacks.

Yes, you read that right, Lego bricks that are supposed to be put in one's mouth. Now if that's not a mixed message, I don't know what is: Here, kid, pop this colorful square with knobs on top in your mouth -- hey, don't put that colorful square with knobs on top in your mouth! As Gabe from the Penny Arcade webcomic explained it, "I just spent the first three years of my sons life trying to get him not to eat blocks, and now you're telling him they taste like f#$%ing strawberries. I can only assume that their next product is fruit flavored thumbtacks."

And lest you think this some sort of hoax, it is indeed a real product with eighty calories per serving and no trans fats. Mind you, we won't be bringing these home from the grocery store any time soon; we have enough trouble with my son Jared putting things in his mouth as it is.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.