Spoon feeding?

Ramona - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am wondering what methods Mom's used to get there baby's to spoon feed, and do you recommend giving baby food through a bottle?

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Amber - posted on 01/08/2010

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Food through a bottle... no.
Start with something simple. Right now I'm using watered down cereal.. very very thin.. with a spoon.. just a couple of spoonfuls in a sitting (twice a day). If the babies tongue thrust is not developed yet, they're going to have a rough time. It takes some getting used to. Trial and error.. and lots of patience.

Marivic - posted on 01/08/2010

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i think the trick is let your baby watch you when you are having your meal. babys tend to immitate what they see. that's how i started with my son on about 4 months i just notice him sticking his tongue out while he watch me and my husband having our dinner. so i told my dr. if i can start him with "solids". he said at 4months baby is ready, but most articles and WIC program does not recommend till they get to 6months age. i actually started him on his 5th month spoon feeding, rice cereal mixed with his milk formula. he loves it!

Rhiannon - posted on 01/08/2010

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When i first started spoon feeding my son I found that making sure the food gets on top of his tongue and far enough back in his mouth then he did not push it back out with his tongue

Ramona - posted on 01/08/2010

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Thanks for all the feedback. My son is a lil over 4 months old and always pushes the food back out. I was told that he has to loose this reflex before he can spoon feed but my doctor os telling me to start feeding him veggies... so I am feeding him through a bottle, but we do practice the spoon everyday.

Emily - posted on 01/07/2010

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I just started my 4 month old on rice cereal from a bowl. We made it really runny at first and not even a week later he is eating it thicker & like a pro. He pushed it out the first couple of days. He also has had rice cereal mixed with his formula since 9 days old due to him having severe acid reflux. Seems to work great for us.

Jamie - posted on 01/07/2010

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my daughter is 5 months old now, i started her on rice cereal at 2 1/2 months and I started then spoon feeding it to her. my theory is they have to learn how to use the spoon, so even at that young age why put it in the bottle? it will be messy, but it's basically for the baby to learn, and will get the hang of it..

Mel - posted on 01/06/2010

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I wouldnt bother if your baby isnt interested, and no I wouldnt feed cereal through a bottle.

Kellie - posted on 01/06/2010

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I tried to give my son cereal through the bottle but he wouldn't have anything to do with it. As soon as I mixed it in a bowl and spoon fed it to him he LOVED it! My doctor told me to start him on cereal through the bottle but I had no such luck. Good luck! :o)

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