For Christmas, a mother we know gave us a Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder for a gift. Today while doing some work in the nursery, I decided to open the packaging and play around with this.
Now, I have to say, I think this is an uber cute idea and I can’t wait to use it to help with teething pain as well as introduce Maia to some new foods when she’s ready for them. I’m already daydreaming about bringing her to the farmer’s market with me and becoming a ‘regular’ there, sampling the fresh fruit and feeding her organic, locally grown produce.
But opening the thing for the first time… holy geez. There are two little ‘arms’ that poke up through the lid, and when you squeeze them together, the lid can be pushed open. Or, at least, that’s the idea. The arms are triangular with the widest part where they meet the lid, so my fingers kept sliding off and I couldn’t get a good grip. Neither could Chris. I took a pair of needle-nose pliers to try and get a better grip, but all they did was score the plastic and still slide off. Chris finally ended up taking the pliers and individually bending the arms back a bit, since it seems like the item was manufactured without the arms set properly to even be able to bend back far enough to fit through the lid. (I’ll note that, from my quickie internet browsing and the link I posted above, it seems that they are now manufactured with a latch on the side, not arms at the top, which would make them infinitely easier to open).
So I can open it now, but I spent a few minutes swearing at it and wondering why on Earth a company would make such a stupid thing. Of course, that sounds mean, but I’m still totally geeking out about getting to use it for the first time.