any suggestions on getting my baby to eat from a spoon?

Sesaly - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Alex is 4 months old and i havethis feeder thingy and it has all kins of attatchments. nipple, sippy cup top, and a spoon. well i made the mistake of starting him out with the nipple and now he wont eat from teh spoon...he wont swallow the food.

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Christina - posted on 12/19/2009

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Maybe he's too young and not ready. You're supposed to start your child on solids when he/she loses the "tongue thrust" reflex - or so I've been told/read.

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Rebekah - posted on 12/19/2009

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I really wouldn't stress about it yet. At 4 months old most babies aren't even experimenting with solids yet. I offered my daughter solids for the first time when she was 5 months old (only with a spoon), and when she didn't seem interested, I waited an entire month before trying again (pediatrician recommendation). So, she's just now getting the hang of a spoon at 6.5 months and is a healthy baby girl. From what I understand their primary source of nutrition will be breastmilk or formula until they are 1 years old... So you're doing great, be patient, and give it some more time.

Sesaly - posted on 12/19/2009

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thank you guys for all your help ...i will take it step by step and l will be as patient as possible!!!

Sesaly - posted on 12/19/2009

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Thank you so much, I will do my best to stay as patient as possible, i just want to make sure he is getting enough food lol

Brenda - posted on 12/19/2009

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Maybe if you get him a sepperate spoon he'll forget about the other thing. You will probably have to be patient though, since he's going to want the nipple until he forgets about it, and you have to stop offering the nipple to him (That's the hardest thing to do) he's going to cry and you'll want to cave, but if you really want him to eat with a spoon he's going to have to be really really hungry.

When I started on solids my son would only eat a few spoonfuls before he would start screaming and crying for milk and he'd have to be really really hungry before he'd eat anything solid. Even just a few bites is a start. you can also try "Biter Buiscuits" they are like cookies, but they're harder, so that babies can only gumm them and the cookies don't break in half so they won't choke on them.

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Megan - posted on 12/19/2009

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hmmm....a baby is going to push the food out of his/her mouth with his tongue, the texture is different and their trying something new. Give it a week and he will be doing better...your son is ready, 4 months is the perfect age! just try to make cereal a little more runny like i said b4!

Jackie - posted on 12/19/2009

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Christinas right if your baby is pushing food or spoon out of thier mouth with their tongue they are not physically ready to eat solids. Its mother natures way of making sure your baby doesn't chock on something they shouldn't have near their mouth. So trust it and wait a while longer.

Megan - posted on 12/19/2009

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My 4 month old spits a lot out also....i started out making the cereal a little runny and he would suck it off the spoon like he was drinking a bottle, now i make it thicker and he will take to the spoon but only swallows a little the the rest is all over his face, just keep using spoon he will get a hang of it. :)

Brandi - posted on 12/19/2009

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It's ok. he's experimenting with the texture of the food. Most babies younger than 6 mos. don't actually swallow very much of the food that enters their mouths. lol. Perfectly normal. Just keep at it and before long, he will be eating off a spoon all on his own :-)))

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