how do you feed a 5 month old baby baby food? Mine just spits it all out.

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Amy - posted on 06/24/2009

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Quoting Kristen:

I'd say wait another month.....if your baby is bottle fed and needs supplement, try adding a tsp. of rice cereal to every 2 oz. of formula.



According to both the doctors that my baby saw & the WIC clinic, you should NEVER add cereal to a bottle of formula. Unless there is a specific medical need for it, such as severe GURD. This habit is one of the biggest reasons that so many babies and toddlers are larger than they should be and it sets them up for a lifetime of weight issues.

Minnie - posted on 06/24/2009

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That may be an indication that he's not ready for it....just a thought.

Tamara - posted on 06/24/2009

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Wait another month. Your little one isn't ready for solid foods. He's showing it because he still has the tongue thrust reflex and he's not yet 6 months.

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Debbie - posted on 07/12/2009

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I found that my son didn't and still doesn't like bought baby food it tastes awful.... Have you tried your baby on pureed vegies that you make yourself. No need to add anything to them. I tried Jackson on Rice cereal first then tried him on a different vegie each few days to make sure he wasn't allergic. Good Luck.

Mel - posted on 07/03/2009

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its just a stage they go thru just persist they get the hang of it eventually. mine still spits almost everything at 15 months so still has to have heap of bottles

Frances - posted on 06/29/2009

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I would try the feeding bottle. You know the one you put cereal in and you can push up the bottom.

Ruth - posted on 06/29/2009

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Thank you all for your replies, they've been really helpfull.

The reason I was trying to feed her baby food is because her pediatrician reccomended it. Also because I've been breastfeeding her fulltime and she seems to want more than i make. I've already added cereal to her milk (by using a breast pump to put the milk in a bottle), once in a while.

so i've just added the baby food to her milk.

Thanks again for your replies.

Ruth - posted on 06/29/2009

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thank you all for your comments, they've all been very helpfull.

She does sleep through the night since she was 2 weeks old.

the reason i was trying the baby food was because her pediatrician said she could start eating them.

also because i've been breastfeeding her full time and she seems to want more than what i make, and since i had already started adding cereal to her milk (i'd use a breast pump to put the milk in a bottle) but she was still hungry.

i've just been adding the baby food to her milk and trying every 2 days to see if she'll eat it.

Thank you all again!

Jocelyn - posted on 06/29/2009

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Hi, try cereal 1st.... use a small tea spoon, give only 1 or 2 1st, the next day add more and so on.. By the time baby become 6mth, he/she will be ready for porridge.They will sure be messy, but its ok.... They must learn how to eat solid liao.

Sandra - posted on 06/24/2009

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They clearlly state there is no need to withhold "allergen foods" if your family has no history of food allergies. It's very clear. And it's up to each family. I'm glad things like PB&J sandwiches and shrimp were perfectly okay for all of my beginning eaters to have.

Guggie - posted on 06/24/2009

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Quoting Sandra:



Quoting Kate:




Quoting Kendra:

Hey, you may want to try and add a little sugar or season it a little bit that may help...







Please don't add sugar or salt or other seasonings to your baby's food until you know if she is not allergic to them plain.  Refined sugar and salt can be harmful to a baby's immature digestive system, and babies can be allergic to spices just like other foods.  Best to wait.  If your baby is STILL having trouble at 8 - 10 months this may be a good solution, but not so young.








Also be careful about eggs.  The yolks are okay around 8 months, but the whites can cause allergies and you should wait until 1 year -- longer if there is a family history of allergies.








Starting with grains is NOT a good idea because babies don't have the enzymes to digest the grains until 18 - 24 months.  Grains are rough on the system -- it's why it's "roughage" and they recommend it for adults.  But it isn't good for little babies.  Ripe, mashed fruits are your best bet when it's time.









The AAP has long since reversed it's very short-lived stance about holding back certain foods.  Unless your family has a history of food allergies, a baby from six months on can have anything you eat - including foods with peanut protiens, eggs, strawberries, shellfish, and other "high allergen" foods.  A baby can also have the same spices the rest of the family has - allergies to spices are extremely rare, and again, unless your family has a history of allergies, odds are baby will be just fine.






The first article here spells out what the AAP said:  http://geriatricmama.wordpress.com/fanta...






 






Although solid foods should not be introduced before 4 to 6 months of age, there is no current convincing evidence that delaying their introduction beyond this period has a significant protective effect on the development of atopic disease regardless of whether infants are fed cow milk protein formula or human milk. This includes delaying the introduction of foods that are considered to be highly allergic, such as fish, eggs, and foods containing peanut protein.






I think you might be reading it wrong. The AAP is saying that delaying past the 4-6 month mark does not have enough current studies available to convince them. You might also want to ponder over why they use the particular term 'atopic disease.'

Sandra - posted on 06/24/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Kendra:

Hey, you may want to try and add a little sugar or season it a little bit that may help...





Please don't add sugar or salt or other seasonings to your baby's food until you know if she is not allergic to them plain.  Refined sugar and salt can be harmful to a baby's immature digestive system, and babies can be allergic to spices just like other foods.  Best to wait.  If your baby is STILL having trouble at 8 - 10 months this may be a good solution, but not so young.






Also be careful about eggs.  The yolks are okay around 8 months, but the whites can cause allergies and you should wait until 1 year -- longer if there is a family history of allergies.






Starting with grains is NOT a good idea because babies don't have the enzymes to digest the grains until 18 - 24 months.  Grains are rough on the system -- it's why it's "roughage" and they recommend it for adults.  But it isn't good for little babies.  Ripe, mashed fruits are your best bet when it's time.





The AAP has long since reversed it's very short-lived stance about holding back certain foods.  Unless your family has a history of food allergies, a baby from six months on can have anything you eat - including foods with peanut protiens, eggs, strawberries, shellfish, and other "high allergen" foods.  A baby can also have the same spices the rest of the family has - allergies to spices are extremely rare, and again, unless your family has a history of allergies, odds are baby will be just fine.



The first article here spells out what the AAP said:  http://geriatricmama.wordpress.com/fanta...



 



Although solid foods should not be introduced before 4 to 6 months of age, there is no current convincing evidence that delaying their introduction beyond this period has a significant protective effect on the development of atopic disease regardless of whether infants are fed cow milk protein formula or human milk. This includes delaying the introduction of foods that are considered to be highly allergic, such as fish, eggs, and foods containing peanut protein.

Kate - posted on 06/24/2009

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Quoting Kendra:

Hey, you may want to try and add a little sugar or season it a little bit that may help...


Please don't add sugar or salt or other seasonings to your baby's food until you know if she is not allergic to them plain.  Refined sugar and salt can be harmful to a baby's immature digestive system, and babies can be allergic to spices just like other foods.  Best to wait.  If your baby is STILL having trouble at 8 - 10 months this may be a good solution, but not so young.



Also be careful about eggs.  The yolks are okay around 8 months, but the whites can cause allergies and you should wait until 1 year -- longer if there is a family history of allergies.



Starting with grains is NOT a good idea because babies don't have the enzymes to digest the grains until 18 - 24 months.  Grains are rough on the system -- it's why it's "roughage" and they recommend it for adults.  But it isn't good for little babies.  Ripe, mashed fruits are your best bet when it's time.

Sandra - posted on 06/24/2009

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You don't. He's not ready yet. Babies can begin finger foods at six months - IF they're showing signs of readiness. Pureed foods and cereals are no longer recommended - if your baby is spitting things out, his tongue thrust reflex is rejecting foods.



In another month or so, start giving baby pieces of your table foods (pancakes, eggs, soft veggies, the list is endless with the exception of obvious choking hazards like tough steak) and let baby explore the texture, weight, color, and taste of it. He will regulate exactly how much he can eat and what he can eat. Good luck!



http://geriatricmama.wordpress.com/fanta...

Amy - posted on 06/24/2009

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You can wait a while longer to try solids, or you can make it a different consistency.



I started my daughter on solids at 4 months & she did just find once I found the consistency that worked for her. And realize that some of it will come back out. A lot of people say that it needs to be thinner, but just experiment with different consistencies ... I found that my daughter liked it to be less runny and once she started getting some solids in her tummy she really liked it.

Kendra - posted on 06/24/2009

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Hey, you may want to try and add a little sugar or season it a little bit that may help...

Jenni - posted on 06/24/2009

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just offer it every once in awhile... i wouldn't be too concerned... babies dont usually start on solids until their 6 months... just dont force the issue for now... ur baby just might now be ready yet

Tori - posted on 06/24/2009

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I mixed a little in with the milk it really depends on their eating habits I had one big eater and 2 others who ate like birds all preemies

Shilleah - posted on 06/24/2009

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Mix with Rice cereal and warm it up! My daughter loved it.But don't add alot of cereal. Too much cereal will make them constipated. Also try putting her in her high chair and just adding allitle on the table.She will try it on her own.

Joanne - posted on 06/24/2009

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Are you feeding cause you want him/her to sleep though the night ?? Oh yeah ..feed solids to early may cause allergy and other affects..all in good time

Nicole - posted on 06/24/2009

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I agree with the two previous posts. Not all babys are ready for solid foods at the same time. My son would not even take the oatmeal until he was 6 months. We did oatmeal twice a day for a couple weeks before we started doing mashed bananas and avocados. Don't rush it and dont try to overfeed them either. Baby will be eating everything you are before you know it.

Kristen - posted on 06/24/2009

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I'd say wait another month.....if your baby is bottle fed and needs supplement, try adding a tsp. of rice cereal to every 2 oz. of formula.

Kate - posted on 06/24/2009

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Your baby isn't ready yet. The tongue thrust reflex must disappear first. But, solids aren't recommended until 6 months anyway. When your baby is watching you eat and trying to grab your food, it's time for solids. But as long as the baby doesn't really seem to want it, s/he doesn't need it. Parents tend to start WAY too early today.

When you do start, try "Just Tomatoes" dehydrated foods (they have several fruits and veggies) for finger foods instead of Cheerios. Easier to digest, good for finger dexterity. Babies don't need grains until they are much older (18 - 24 months). You can spoon feed ripe, mashed banana or avocado or steamed, mashed fruits/veggies too, but some babies prefer to feed themselves. But -- only when s/he's ready. S/he'll let you know by wanting to grab the food and feed him/herself.

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