Eating rice cereal from a spoon

User - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Does anybody have any tips for getting my daughter to eat from a spoon?

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Rachael - posted on 11/09/2009

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I started Tyler on cereal at about 3 1/2 months old, and would have to make it pretty liquidy at first. Also, I started practicing with just the spoon just before I'd feed him so he knew what to do with it when I did put food on it. Within 2 weeks, he had it down, and I started making it thicker. They catch onto things like that very quickly!

Pamela - posted on 11/09/2009

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I intermittingly used my finger tip and a spoon for the first few feedings (a week or so) and then just the spoon. My son now takes it right off the spoon! Btw...he also hated the rice cereal but loves oatmeal! Good luck!

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Maria Elena - posted on 12/02/2009

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Hate the spoon!!!...play with a spoon and cereals when she's is happy. be patient and she will get it eventually.

Katie - posted on 12/01/2009

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I have been feeding my son cereal since he was 6 weeks old, from a spoon! Holding him was the easiest to start, and he liked his cereal thick. Now he sits in a highchair and happily eats his cereal for breakfast and veggies for lunch and supper. Just starting meats this week. It takes time for them to get used to the spoon, but be patient and they will get it eventually.

Christine - posted on 12/01/2009

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i have had luck with the way i hold mine. because he doesn't sit alone, i hold him on my lap with his arm tucked under mine and cradling or holding his free arm with my free arm . i guess like an up right cradle hold its easier than i made it sound. anyways you can recline them like this and let gravity do the rest. just put tiny lumps of food at the very end of the spoon depending on the consistancy baby likes.Ive found it much easier than trying to put him in a seat. then when he has the sitting thing down ill put him in a chair

Umekia - posted on 11/30/2009

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Quoting Lynh:

It could be a number of different reasons why babies hate the spoon. Some are used to the bottle and it's like their security blanket. Some don't like cereal. Have you tasted rice cereal? It tastes like cardboard. Try feeding her from a spoon between feedings when she's is happy. If she doesn't take the spoon give her a pacifier or bottle (it doesn't need anything in it) and have her suck a little bit and then pull out the bottle/pacifier and give her the spoon. I did that for a day or two and Mia was eating right from the spoon before I knew it! If this doesn't work, maybe she wants to taste something else. It is quite plain. Try veggies.



well i've eaten oatmeal banana and it was good lol

Virginia - posted on 11/23/2009

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I let my daughter play with the empty spoon for a week before i actually introduced food. I tried making it runny like everyone around me said to do but she didn't get it. I tried to thicken it and she actually ate it right up. For a couple weeks i had to add cereal to her veggies so she would eat them. And also, rice cereal can cause constipation in babies, the oatmeal is a little more gentle on their tummies

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My son has been eating ceral for about 3 months now. We started it very thin with formula in a playtex drop-in bottle with a ceral nipple. Once he got use to that we started on the spoon and mixed applesauce with it and he accepted that much better!! Just don't let her get use to the sweet taste.

Maegan - posted on 11/20/2009

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My son is almost 6 months and still refuses the bottle, pacifier, and any food. He'll play with food in his mouth but ALWAYS spits it out. I've been trying for 5 weeks now!

Missie - posted on 11/19/2009

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Kaylee started eating cereal last month, I had trouble getting her to eat off of a spoon at first. (I highly discourage putting in bottle or feeder) So what I did for the first few feedings was feed it to her off the tip of my finger. I would give her several bites that way and then would sneak the spoon in on her, now she is eating off a spoon like a champ. Good luck!! Hope this helps..

Elizabeth - posted on 11/18/2009

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My daughter puts anything and everything in her mouth, so it wasn't too much of a challenge for me. It took a lot of patience at the beginning and still does at times when she's distracted or not in the best mood. You could start by putting some cereal on your finger or on her pacifier and then slowly move to using a spoon. Good luck!

Alli - posted on 11/18/2009

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Try using a juice to mix in the rice. It's the only way my son would eat it. He hated it with water and he hated it with any kind of formula. I think the flavor of the juice also helped him when he started baby food.

Melony - posted on 11/18/2009

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I added the baby applesauce to it and my little one loved it, just make sure it's runny at first, and he takes the spoon right out of my hand if I don't have it good enough- word of advise- go naked with only a diaper and feed in a warm place, newbies are totally messy!!

Lynh - posted on 11/18/2009

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It could be a number of different reasons why babies hate the spoon. Some are used to the bottle and it's like their security blanket. Some don't like cereal. Have you tasted rice cereal? It tastes like cardboard. Try feeding her from a spoon between feedings when she's is happy. If she doesn't take the spoon give her a pacifier or bottle (it doesn't need anything in it) and have her suck a little bit and then pull out the bottle/pacifier and give her the spoon. I did that for a day or two and Mia was eating right from the spoon before I knew it! If this doesn't work, maybe she wants to taste something else. It is quite plain. Try veggies.

Melissa - posted on 11/15/2009

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have you tried holding her on your lap why feeding her. i have heard its the best why to start them. then to be in a high chair. i also did it myself and it worked.

Amy - posted on 11/10/2009

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i started my daughter out with rice cereal and mixing fruit to it!!!! it was a lil messy at first but in no time she took right to it

Billie - posted on 11/10/2009

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I fed my daughter breast milk by spoon once then did cereal she took right to it

Kerri - posted on 11/09/2009

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Are you using breast milk or formula? Just make it extra runny so she is drinkning of the spoon. I also let my son play with the spoon in his mouth. Good luck

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