How to get your little one to eat baby food?

Ashley - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 month old daughter and I cant get her to eat more then 4 oz which isnt bad or anything but she is hungrey about every 1 1/2 to 2 hours and I dont no how to get her to take any baby food to make her more full for longer I wanted to try with the oatmeal first does anyone have any advise?

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Ashley - posted on 11/13/2009

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Ive been putting cereal in her bottle for 2 months now and she loves it that way she drinks it right down but I cant feed it to her.

Sebrina - posted on 11/13/2009

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I started feeding my son cereal at 2 months old. He is 8 months old and very healthy.. Get the banana oatmeal cereal and mix it with the formala in a feeder bottle you'll find them with the sippy cups. She will love it...

Ashley - posted on 11/13/2009

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Well thanks very much that helped answer my question I just wasnt sure if I should give her solids yet and she doesnt like the oatmeal so its just that shes not ready. Thank you!

Colleen - posted on 11/13/2009

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Yep she's definitely not ready for solids. Try again in a bit. I tried starting my son on cereal at 4 months but I could tell he wasn't ready. I waited a month and tried again and he almost instinctively knew what to do.

Ez - posted on 11/12/2009

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If she's sleeping through the night, then it's perfectly understandable that she's feeding so frequently through the day - she's jamming all of her feeds into a much shorter space of time. My daughter did the same thing. She was taking 7 feeds between 6am and 6pm then sleeping 12 hours. I really don't think you have anything to worry about. As she gets a bit older, and she can take more volume per feed, the time between bottles will increase.

Ashley - posted on 11/12/2009

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Thanks for your reply. I formula feed. She has been eating 4 oz since about a month old I would say and I try just even going up one oz but she wont take it. But I think its just her going threw a growth spurt. She has been sleeping threw night since 3 weeks old and that is the only time she never wakes up to eat but I rock her to try and get her to take a nap thinking that she is fussy and I have been changing her more often like every 2 hours just to make she and I will read books to her and play to get her take naps and to make her get her mind off thinking that she needs to eat and I will try and trick her with her binkie but that seems to make her more mad. I might just have to call her doctor and see if this is something that will pass in time. But thanks for the reply.

Ashlee - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi Ashley,
By baby just turned 6 months old and studies show that babies digestive systems arn't developed properly before 6 months of age and their tongue reflex doesn't really stop until about this age. That is probably why she isn't taking to solids just yet as it is still too early for her. Try giving her an extra feed of milk befor she goes into her big sleep at night. My daughter didn't start to sleep through for 8-10 hours until she was about 5 months old, even then l was brestfeeding all day and getting 180ml of formula at night.

Ez - posted on 11/12/2009

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4oz sounds pretty reasonable for 3 months, and some babies do require more frequent feedings for longer. That's no reason to begin solids. Unless recommended by a doctor, babies should not start solids before 6 months (and even at doctor's advice it is a minimum of 4 months).
I also agree with the PP - often tired signs are easily misread as hunger. So try settling her without the bottle, or use a dummy instead. If you think she still is hungry though there's not much you can do besides continue with the frequent feeds. My friend's son fed 2-3 hourly, 24/7, until he was almost 4 months old. As his tummy grew, he was able to take more in one feed and he slept for longer.

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She's pretty young for solids. Do you breastfeed or formula feed? For the first year, most of their nutrition should come from breastmilk or formula. Many pediatricians will recommend waiting until 6 months to introduce solids so talk to her doctor first. She may not be hungry that often. It's easy to confuse another need with hunger. Check her diaper, see if she needs a nap or a change of scenery. If you've tried everything and she's still upset then you will know she wants to eat. She may need something else, but when you offer the bottle she will take it because sucking is comforting to infants.

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