5 sec rule???

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/05/2011 ( 47 moms have responded )

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Ok, so my soon to be 1 year old is not liking her highchair or booster seat very much. She wants to be on the go. I have been known to put a bowl of Cheerios on the floor for her easy access while she is scooting amuck! Yup, they end up on the floor, and into her mouth. I do this at home and only at home....do you have a 5 sec rule?

*truth be told, at home it is whenever it makes it to the mouth...dry foods though, and we do not wear shoes in the house*

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Becky - posted on 04/06/2011

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I have a 5 day rule at home, lol! My kids make such messes when they eat, I swear, I could sweep and vacuum all day and they would still be able to find food on the floor somewhere! I try to keep up with it, but realistically, sometimes I have better things to do. So yeah, sometimes they go back and pick things up off the floor and eat them. Hasn't killed them yet. :)
Okay, to be totally honest, sometimes they throw their food on the floor on purpose, and I pick it back up and put it back on their plates for them to eat.
We don't wear shoes in our house either. It's a Canadian thing. :) And we don't have pets. So, while my floors aren't spotless, they're not germ factories either. And I'm very vigilant about not letting them do it anywhere else. I don't even like them eating directly off the table or highchair trays when we're out!

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I remember seeing that on Myth Busters too lol I think they proved that it doesn't make any difference....5 seconds or 10 minutes....there will be the same amount of germs lol

Amy - posted on 04/05/2011

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Not here. I have dogs and they track mud in far too often for me to keep up on it while pregnant. I only mop every other day.Also have a wood burning fireplace so pieces of firewood sometimes are on the floor from carrying it from laundry room to the wood stove. Also, daddy wears boots in and works with metal and could have metal shavings on his boots.

our rule: if it hits the floor, it's done for.

Tara - posted on 04/05/2011

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LOL, in our house the rule is simple "if you can get to it before one of the 3 dogs hovering nearby it's all yours."
My kids have all been floor diners from the time they could crawl until they were old enough to know to keep their little bowl of snacks on a table etc. about 12-18 months or so. Riley is 16 months and has his own little table set up in the living room beside the little tykes kitchen. He loves to sit their on his own little chair and eat his bowl of blueberries or pears etc.

Krista - posted on 04/05/2011

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We don't wear our shoes in the house either, and if I tried to keep my kid from eating stuff off the floor, I'd run myself ragged. I pick up anything wet or sticky immediately, though, and I vacuum every night after he's gone to bed, so at least nothing is more than a day old.

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Jessica - posted on 04/08/2011

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Your the mom :) do whatever you want!
I would let my son eat from our floor.. Our house is very clean and we dont wear shoes

Melissa - posted on 04/08/2011

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I used to be a total germ-aphob but ironicly now that my son is all over the place and I dont have time to mop and vacuum everyday...I let it go...I mean if he drops his paci he puts it back in is mouth before I even get a chance to rinse it off! I have just gotten over it. The only thing that grosses me out is when it happens at daycares...at our church daycare there was food all over the floor, everyone had shoes on, and kids were eating off the floor...I was SOOO grossed out! But we also have a no shoe policy...mainly the bottoms of shoes carry so many germs from public bathrooms and such..yuck!

OH AND there are so many people that let there kids chew on their keys, credit cards and phones....umm imagine what bacteria and such is all over those!!!! I wipe all that stuff daily..haha!

Casey - posted on 04/07/2011

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Our son is always eating food off the floor if we don't pick up before he gets to it and I think most kids probably do, I know we all have germs and stuff in our homes no matter how clean it is but I don't think they are life threatening germs and I think it probably helps to build they're immune system by being exposed to small amounts of germs (thats how I am trying to justify it anyways lol).

Vegemite - posted on 04/06/2011

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If food goes on the floor it's gone. Only because we have 2 in door cats and 2 dogs that sometimes come inside and we wear our shoes into the house before taking them off in the laundry. If that wasn't the case I'd say 1.2.3.4.5. Eat!

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We don't wear shoes in the house and we have no animals in the house. I vacuum daily so I think my floor is reasonably clean. If it is dry food we have a 5 second rule. Not for gooey foods though for obvious reasons. My daughter is 2, and she is always on the go as well so usually she leaves a trail of cookies behind her or something. We don't stop her from eating them off the floor, mainly for the reason that I personally see no harm in them getting a little germs.

Renae - posted on 04/06/2011

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Food on the ground for a few seconds is certainly not the worst thing my child has ever put in his mouth! There are far more germs on many other things he touches on a daily basis.

Also with the no shoes inside thing... I have always wondered whether the bacteria inside shoes and therefore on your feet (especially in stinky workboots and running shoes) is worse than whatever is on the bottom of your shoe. I think the bottom of the shoe might be cleaner than my husbands foot after a day in his workboots. I wonder if someone has researched this?

Sal - posted on 04/06/2011

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ohhh and i don;t let our pets in the house so no hair, wee or food fights there to worry about

Sal - posted on 04/06/2011

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my god whe the kid were younger it happened daily or even hourly, and as long as it wasn;t too gross i wasn;t too worried, the day ingrid tried to eat an apple out of the chook scraps i did draw the line...i do think people who say it doesn't happen at thier house are either lying or soo helicoptering that i just can;t compete with them....

Jenni - posted on 04/06/2011

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Becky, I've heard the no shoes in the house thing is a Canadian thing as well. I also heard hanging out in our garages in the summer is a Canadian thing... ok. Now I'm curious.... I'm gonna start a thread on that. ;)

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I'm with Teresa if it doesn't have gross stuff on it then if he wants to eat it he can - he drops far to much for me to throw it away all the time (at home and family/ friends homes). If it has gross stuff on it (like fluff or hair or dirt etc) then it goes in the bin, if it is outside or in a restaurant/ pub/ childrens centre and it hits the floor it goes in the bin as well :-) I'm not too fussy with germs - it didn't do me and my brother any harm to eat a few things off the floor.

Stifler's - posted on 04/06/2011

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My kid and friends kids all find somewhere to hide toast. It always misses the weekly clean and they come out with it a few days later when they haven't been eating toast munching on some stale toast.

April - posted on 04/05/2011

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I use the 5 second rule in my house only because i know the floors are clean enough. Not anywhere else. You can't trust what type of germs are on the floor in other places. As soon as food hits the floor it doesn't even take a second for the germs to climb aboard. Ugh, thinking about it makes me sick.

Mel - posted on 04/05/2011

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oh yeah its fine lol, just keep your floors clean, when my kid was having to have all her meals on the go even yogurts everything we just put mats down , plus we carpet clean constantly and mop. Kids need to build up an immune system anyhow

Jane - posted on 04/05/2011

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Lol. Cheerios were always on the floor in our house when mine were little (now 21 and 17) and they ate them and they survived. My daughter, when she was a toddler used to share her Popsicles with our basset hound. I didn't LET her and would tell her not to but she would always sneak him a lick or two. Again....she's just fine and healthy :)

Bonnie - posted on 04/05/2011

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For the most part, we use the 5 second rule. I rarely eat anything off the floor. If it something like a chip or popcorn, fine, but not much else. My 2 year old once found a chip on the floor under the couch. He said to me, "Mmm Mommy chip." I freaked out so bad. It is NOT clean on the floor under the couch LOL.

Caitlin - posted on 04/05/2011

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Lol.. dry food is okay off the floor at our house.. The 13 month old makes a beeline for the dried cat food at my dads place (it goes on the counter when we are there) because she is so used to her cheerios and carckers being spread out on the floor she doesn't register a difference. I call her my garborator (sp?) child, because she will eat ANYTHING! My older one - not so much. If she drops her cracker and it breaks - she will cry. She doesn't eat food off the floor, she leaves it for the garborator who will be close behind - almost like a dog!

Krista - posted on 04/05/2011

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You just never know with kids anyway, no matter how hard you try.

One time, when I was three years old, I was eating cheezies. I was sharing them with our dog. I'd pick up a cheezie, and hold it out to Ivy, who would bite off half of it. I'd then pop the other half in my mouth. I must have eaten a dozen or so of them this way before Mom came back into the room and saw what I was doing. She wasn't happy.

The dog and I were both pretty happy with the arrangement, though.

Dana - posted on 04/05/2011

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Yes, Joy, that was the outcome.



And I too am like Mary and Lisa, I do believe it builds a good immune system, that's why I do let Ethan do it. But, my immune system is built up good enough! ;)

Mary - posted on 04/05/2011

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Oh, I'm a believer in the 5 second rule. Like Lisa, I figure it build up her immune system.

Sadly for Molly, she only has about 2 seconds to retrieve something she has dropped...my two dogs are not fools, and they are always around when the girl is eating. My floors may not be "clean" all the time, but one thing they never have on them is food!

Charlie - posted on 04/05/2011

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I have to worry more about my son eating dog food out of the dog bowl.

Dana - posted on 04/05/2011

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You know what's bad, I let my son eat some things off the floor but, there's no way I would. I keep the floors clean and we don't wear shoes in the house but, it still gets dirty easily enough. Now if we had animals in the house, no freaking way. Animals are dirty, there's no way around that.

Stifler's - posted on 04/05/2011

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NO! Logan walks around eating stuff and puts it on the floor off his plate and then picks it up and moves on or leaves it there for a bit and comes back to it. Good for the immune system is my motto. No shoes are allowed in this house and only me and Logan are here most of the day anyway.

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I know how clean my floors are...so i have no problem with it, Gab eats off the floor all the time. When we are outside though she knows not to pick stuff up that she has dropped. If i give her a sandwich, she hides pieces of it somewhere for later too...then she digs it out when she wants to munch...i have yet to discover where this hiding place is....
We don't wear shoes in the house either..

Amber - posted on 04/05/2011

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They actually proved the 5 second rule on Myth Busters. It was a couple years ago. So, I don't remember details. But I do remember watching it.

My dogs almost always beat my son to it, so I don't really have to address it. We vacuum and mop regularly, so I don't worry if my son eats it.

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I vacuum every other day and have two cats. I don't have a 5 second rule. We don't wear shoes in the house except for slippers. There have been days when it's 5pm and I catch my son eating a pretzel that I know I gave him at noon lol It happens.

Amanda - posted on 04/05/2011

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I yell 5 second rule all the time, thanks to Dr Oz my son yells back more like 5 minutes mom! Thats right even in public dry food on the floor is appartently ok to eat even after 5 minutes (not that I'm testing that theory of Dr Ozs LOL).

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No 5 second rule here. Maybe a 5 minute rule though. ;) If it doesn't have hair on it (hey, 3 femailes w/ a LOT of hair) or dirt and has only recently been dropped.... it's fair game. ;)

Marylea - posted on 04/05/2011

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We used to do the 5sec rule, sometimes it was more like the 10sec or 15sec rule though :P When my daughter was younger I'd give her cheerios or whatever in a bowl on the floor and the bowl would always end up empty and she'd be eating her snack off the floor. But I would vaacum everyday and keep things tidy so it was okay. Recently though my daughter started to pick up random food off the floor and try to eat it (be it at home or other's houses) so I told her that was yucky and and showed her that you can't eat food off the floor and to put it int he garbage. Now she constantly comes up to me with bits of food or lint or whatever that she's found on the floor and goes "yuck" and hands it to me so that I can throw it out. Its pretty cute.

Nikkole - posted on 04/05/2011

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Yea i do the 5 sec rule at our house only lol don't trust others houses unless i KNOW they clean well but sometimes we have to switch to the 10sec rule haha!

Sarah - posted on 04/05/2011

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I would prefer my son not eat off our floor (we have a big ole hairy dog), but I don't freak out when he does. It's not that big of a deal...as long as it's not something slimy or gooey.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/05/2011

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I invoke the 5 sec rule all the time (at home, friends house, grandparents houses etc). I have been known on occasion to use it at restaurants, but very rarely lol.

Rosie - posted on 04/05/2011

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yes, but only at home, and my parents house. other places creep me out too much, i dont' know what their floors are like, how often they clean, etc.

Kimberly - posted on 04/05/2011

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oh yeah i would have to agree there i understand all of that my grandparents house is exactly like that lol

Kimberly - posted on 04/05/2011

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yep! my points exactly my grandmother screams at me oh thats going to make them sick. i am sorry but its going to happen at least once and if you know whats on your own floor like i do there is no harm. we dont wear shoes in the house either and grant you my son is not at a crawling age yet but he still finds ways to grab anything and everything and goes right into his mouth lol

Jenni - posted on 04/05/2011

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I dont know but my son has a 1 year rule. I once caught him eating cheerios out of his toybox that had gone amiss amongst his toys about a year prior. I saw him chewing on something after he had emptied its contents. He said "mmmm cheero Mama!" ewww. Reminded me I should probably clean out his toybox more often.

I've also seen him eat a lady bug skeleton and another long deceased insect I couldn't identify.

*shrug* he's alright.

My mom told me I've eaten worms and decided to see what a very much still alive smelt (a type of fish) tasted like. My brother use to eat ladybugs because he thought they looked like candy. Kids are sneaky like that. So all I can say is I can think of worse things your daughter could be eating.

September - posted on 04/05/2011

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Dry foods are cool with me in our home only. Otherwise it's in the trash. We don't wear shoes in our house and keep it very clean.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/05/2011

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I think my daughter prefers the floor eating also....she eats when she feels like it instead of meal time...or snacks when she likes to I should say.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 04/05/2011

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We don’t wear shoes either, and yes I do the 5sec rule (Only at home as well, Mikah has a little area, with carpet, that he plays on and takes most of his meals), at times, I swear Mikah prefers to eat off the floor!

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