Although I wasn’t sure how they would be received, her natural curiosity got the better of her and she didn’t even wait until I had finished photographing them before she snatched one and got stuck in.
|Yes I crawl around on the ground and take photos of food – it’s the best light!|
They were a HUGE hit. I can’t even describe how excited she got every time she was offered one. And I’m like “dude, they’re dates… what’s to get excited over?” but she thought they were the best treats ever. We used them as insurance on the plane to Melbourne as we knew it would be a sure thing to get her to sit still and be reasonably quiet if all else failed. She was actually pretty manageable thank goodness, but every day during our trip we packed three in a box with some other snacks and they were the first to go. She would immediately cram one in her mouth and attempt to pick the other two up in one hand. Had to be holding all three at once. I was covered in date-flavoured spit most of the time. Classy.
Anyhow, they’re now on constant rotation here, although I am cognisant of the natural sugars being quite concentrated and the fact that the dates can stick to her teeth so they’re not an everyday thing. But damn, are they handy! (Update – Abby’s dentist said the grooves in her teeth are not very deep, so with regular brushing like we normally would, dried fruit is a fine treat to serve without too much concern. YAY!)