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Apr 7, 2011 12:15 PM

Onion goggles for babies?

I feel really dumb even asking this question, but I have a 4 month old who I like to keep in the kitchen with me when I cook. However she cries so much whenever I cook onions or shallots. The only thing I can think is that they are burning her eyes.

If not, do you know of any alternatives that might do the trick and are small enough for an infant?

Yes, I am laughing at the foolishness of this question myself :)

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  1. I had to read this based on the title.......

    Don't they make regular swimming goggles for those infant swim classes? Maybe your local Y would have some?

    actually, here's a place that sells them...

    1. Is it when you chop the onions or when you cook them?

      If it is when you chop them, I have heard that placing an onion in the freezer for a bit before you chop it reduces the "fumes". Also, the sharper the knife, the less fumes are produced.

      1. Have you considered that perhaps you are keeping her a little too close to your cooking? If your kitchen is small, consider keeping her right outside the doorway, or perhaps where the ventilation is better, She may just not like the smell.

        Goggles would probably make a four month old cry even more, and may be a strangulation hazard if they are tied around her head. She could potentially pull them around her neck. I wouldn't go there when the solution is to put a little distance between her and your stove. I agree with you that this is a dumb question, but I don't mean to insult you. It just seems obvious from here when you read it.

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        1. re: RGC1982

          "Goggles would probably make a four month old cry even more"

          I would

          I agree with Philly Ray. The best way is not to put a goggles, but to minimizing the chemicals from the onion. Keep the onion refrigerated help. A sharp knife also help.

        2. Maybe chop onions during nap time?