Amanda - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )
Amanda - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )
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Charlotte - posted on 01/24/2010
my lil boy is 5 months started him on fruit n savouriesat 4 1/2 months he scoffs it down n demands more as soon as he swallows it. no prob gettin him to eat somthing other than the milk he was so ready for it
Hannah - posted on 01/22/2010
Some babies simply hate being spoon fed and like to feed themselves. Baby Led Weaning is a method of introducing solid foods as finger foods from day 1. Babies get the chance to handle, taste and explore their food before they are expected to actually chew and swallow it. Even without teeth, babies are quite capable of gumming and swallowing soft foods like steamed vegetables, ripe fruit and sticks of toast for example. This method of weaning can take longer overall compared to purees but babies learn to feed themselves very proficiently and join in at the family dinner table eating the same foods.
One of my friends is doing BLW and her son eats an amazing array of foods all by himself at 7 months of age. He doesn't have any teeth but has no trouble chomping away on whole pieces of food. I'm going to do BLW with my daughter when she turns 6 months old.
Lisa - posted on 01/21/2010
My daughter loves spoon feeding. Sometimes we have to play the little airplane but then she starts laughing so I have to wait for her to stop then feed her. The first few days she did not get the hang of it nor did she want anything to do with it until she realized it was food!!
Kim - posted on 01/20/2010
I tried my daughter on rice cereal at 4 months. She liked the taste and did not have a problem with the spoon. The problem was that she did not have the swallow reflex yet. She is now 5 months old and I think I will try her again. I was worried that I was starting her too soon but after reading everyone else's comments I now feel confident that I am not too early. Thanks. Hopefully this will help her sleep better too.
Jessica - posted on 01/20/2010
yup. My doctor said to start at 4mos with cereal and that has been going well. She was showing signs of readiness so at the end of 4 mos I started her on rice cereal. She's had sweet potatoes, squash, avocado, and is now trying peas.
If your baby isn't ready, then maybe wait a little bit. My daughter liked the cereal alot, maybe because I mixed it with breastmilk, which is the only thing she had eaten up to that point.
I've also heard that it can take 10 times or more of trying a new food before the baby likes it. So, keep it up and one day your baby will like it!
Tiffany - posted on 01/20/2010
ya i have fed my son for about a month and a half now. You might want to try mixing the food in with the cereal when feeding.. thats the only way my son will eat it. and look for foods she likes and doesnt like. My son wont touch peaches he wont even put the spoon in his mouth but others he eats right up!!
Stacey - posted on 01/20/2010
My little one was born August 28th so he will be 5 months soon but has been eating baby food for about a month now. (from a spoon) he eats 1 sometimes 2 jars a day and loves it. At first he had a little trouble with the spoon but caught on quickly and LOVES it. I tried the rice cereal and he hated it. My older son loved sweet potatoes so that's what I started with. He's since had green beans, carrots, pears, apple sauce and bananas and doing very well. If you're concerned your little one is not getting enough they make a feeder that you can put baby food in and it comes out a nipple like a bottle; maybe just until they get the hang of what it is. Sometimes it's just the thicker texture that throws them off. I had a hard time finding the feeder in stores but found it on ebay (new) about 4 years ago for my older son. God Luck!
Alexandra - posted on 01/12/2010
I breastfeed still and he loves rice cereal in the bottle but is having a hard time with it on a spoon. he pushes too much of the rice cereal out with his tongue. He's not ready yet. I will probably try again in a week. I won't move on to veggies until he is used to the spoon with rice cereal.
Summer - posted on 01/12/2010
My 4 month old has just started solids. At first i tried to do as the books say and when he opens his mouth spoon a bit onto the roof of his mouth. He found it hard to coordinate his tongue properly and most of it came out. After a few spoonfuls a gave up. After a few days of the same thing I read somewhere to try leaving the spoon a little in his mouth and let him suck the food of. This worked alot better. Hes now loving the food and not getting frustrated. Now i can spoon a little in his mouth and without leaving the spoon in hes eating away happily. Another thing that sounds simple but i didnt realize i wasnt doing was waiting till he had finished what was in his mouth before trying to give him more.
Alli - posted on 01/12/2010
My daughter hates her oatmeal! But i just bought her oatmeal w/ apples & yogurt. thicker in texture.. she LOVES it!
Helen - posted on 01/12/2010
I am breastfeeding my 5 month old, and last weekend started her on rice cereal. I mix it with a little of my breast milk and she loves it!
Leigha - posted on 01/11/2010
I breastfeed my 5 month old and I can barely get her to take a bottle so i can go to class...she hates baby cereal, baby food, and even formula
JANA - posted on 01/11/2010
hey, my boy zaine loves his food, i introduced early but i also find if you give bub aspoon to hold himself and then you feed him it helps, my boy is very independant already n tries to do it himself. good luck
Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010
I had started with rice cereal mixed with breastmilk and my son loved it. Sometimes I would also add a little bit of fruit juice to it with the breastmilk or even some fruit or veggie baby food. Now he's on oatmeal. He eats like a little fiend! He adores the food I give him, but it was a little bit of a rough start. You just have to make sure it's thin enough she can suck it off of the spoon, but not too thin that she could literally drink it.
Joanne - posted on 01/11/2010
Hi, my baby is 19 weeks and I've been feedng him with a spoon since 17 weeks as he went of his milk and was crying all the time for food. Since then he's had puried fruit, rice (not so keen), rusk, porridge and little petit filous yoghurts (which he absolutely loves). He takes more milk now than ever too. I have found that a few of the baby cereals which you're supposed to add water to he won't eat but if i add his milk then he eats it.
Inci - posted on 01/11/2010
Hi, my baby is 5 months old now and i just started giving her the baby rice, at first she was confused and hated it, and cried every time i tried.. The trick is not to give it to your baby when he\she is already very hungry, you give it 1 hour before the usual feed time.. After the baby gets used to the baby rice, then you will need to introduce purred veggies.:)
Amanda - posted on 01/10/2010
Thanks every1!Glad I'm not the only 1 thats not quite managing the spoon feeding thing!Ruby is 5 months old now but just not interested, unlike my first who I started at 4 months and would have ate anything u put in front of her!I think that's why I'm getting stessed about it - I keep thinkin 'well Charlotte was doing really well at this age and was on 3 meals a day and had cut out a bottle!'Don't think that's helpin - prob shouldn't compare them - its true wot they say!No 2 babies r the same!My health visitor says to give her a break so that she doesn't start to associate spoon feeding with all this frustration!So I guess we'll try again soon!will let u know how it goes!
Kimberly - posted on 01/09/2010
I've tried the rice cereal via spoon, but it's not working at all. She just pushes it out with her tounge. I have put a little in her formula in the bottle and she likes that. It seems to keep her full longer. I haven't tried any baby food yet. Just taking baby steps. I give her the rice cereal in her formula at night before she goes to bed.
Nicole - posted on 01/09/2010
yes my son had a hard time eatting with a spoon at first, but we worked with it and what i did was put the spoon and the food at the top of his mouth and kind of hold the spoon in his mouth for a few seconds and drag the spoon out but try to get as much food on the roof of his mouth. i also have found that if u do the "eatting motions" with your mouth he will watch you and copy your actions as well as he can. its hard at first but he/ she will get it down!!
Nicole - posted on 01/09/2010
How old is your baby? Maybe bub is not ready for solids.
Samantha - posted on 01/09/2010
yes i tried when she was 3 mnths because my daughter wasnt satisfied at all with her milk. and she did alright. she didnt like alot of the foods i tried, but now that shes 4 1/2 months she sucks the food out of the spoon..but she makes a horrible mess. but she only gets spoon feed once a day. about 6 mnths ill try 2 times a day. alot of babies dont like alot of stuff at first, but if u keep trying them theyll catch on and like it. they say dont start them out with fruit cuz theyll turn away theyre vegetables. i started both mine out with vegetables like carrots and green beans and they dont really go for the sweets much.
Amanda - posted on 01/09/2010
I let my daughter play with the spoon and chew on it for a while before I started to introduce her to foods. That way she knew that the spoon was an ok thing. She does just fine with fruits and vegetables and I only give her solids once a day and it is usually only half of a stage 1 jar.
Heather - posted on 01/09/2010
my twins both eat rice cereal mixed with breast milk from the spoon. at first they both hated it..but keep trying and eventually they will come to love it! when one baby would get mad i used to move on to the next and come back to the mad one when first introducing the spoon! i guess for those with one baby just give the little one a break and try again in a few minutes. if that doesnt work, quit and come back the next day. i also sing a little cereal song when its time to eat and make clicking noises with my tongue when i put the spoon in their mouths
Lili-Marie - posted on 01/09/2010
Hello, Started my lil boy at 11 weeks, same as my other one, he loves his food, prefers it to milk! xx
Ramona - posted on 01/08/2010
I think its a working pregress, just try everyday but dont push the idea, once he/she gets aggravated stop and go back to the old method. My doc told me this is a good idea because if the baby gets frusterated they will associate being fed as a stressful situation. My lil man is having a hard time spoon feeding and I find that even though we try everyday he is still a lil reluctant but is much better the first time.
Eunece - posted on 01/08/2010
Yes my Caleb loves to eat food and he does well with the spoon. Sweet peas, sweet carrots, bananas, rice and oatmeal. He LOVES it all!:-)
Ashley - posted on 01/08/2010
YES, WE STARTED RICE CEREAL AT ABOUT THREE MOS. THEN ON YELLOW FRUITS AND VEGGIS FIRST. HE WAS VERY WILLING B/C HE WAS ALWAYS HUNGRY AND GROWING SO FAST! hE LOVES ALMOST EVERYTHING EXCEPT GREEN BEANS NOW AND EATS 2 JARS OF FOOD A DAY. i WOULDN'T BE TOO EAGER TO PUSH SOLIDS IF THEY AREN'T READY...BABIES AT THIS AGE GET EVERYTHING THEY NEED FROM BREAST MILK OR FORMULA...MAKE SURE BABY FOOD IS ONLY IN ADDITION TO THE MILK AS BABY GETS HUNGRIER! ENJOY THAT BABY!!!
Ashleigh - posted on 01/07/2010
i feel my 4 mo. old with a spoon 3 times daily.
Jess - posted on 01/07/2010
My daughter loves eatting from the spoon. I started when I saw her coping me when I ate... opening her mouth, pretending to chew !
I simply mashed up vegetables like sweet pototo. She loves it. I didn't puree it just put it through the mixer to get rid of the chuncks. My daughter hates commercial baby food its too runny but if I mix that in with potato I have mashed she will eat it. She opens her mouth for the spoon and even tries to take the spoon. Its great fun and to make it really easy I bought spoons that change colour if the food is too hot !
We made feeding a fun game and when she needs encouragement we pretend to eat her food... always gets her mouth open !
Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010
We tried oatmeal cereal on a spoon for the first time last night and wanted nothing to do with it! He looked very confused and started to cry, so we gave up for the night. ;) We'll try again tonight. I think when we move onto something that tastes a little better, we might have more luck!
Tanya - posted on 01/07/2010
my son wouldn't eat off a spoon to start with so i gave him his baby rice from my fingers to give him the taste then slowly introduced the spoon to him
Simone - posted on 01/07/2010
hi, my baby girl loves her friut, but i'm only giving it to her once every other day. she was sick on the baby rice, so i haven't tried her on that again. i'm still fully breast feeding so i'm just introducing little things to her.
Mel - posted on 01/06/2010
Yes, tried her with fruit which she didnt like, but have moved on to baby rice and she LOVES it, I made it with expressed breast milk to start with but she eats so much I now make up formula and she eats it with that. On to two meals a day already!