Whats the best way to get your baby to start eating rice cereal. I'm having messy issues. :)

Colette - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to introduce rice cereal and spoon feeding to my 5 month old son, and he is having troubles getting the hang of the movement of his tongue. What can i do to help him??

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Mellisa - posted on 11/22/2009

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Maybe he does'nt like the taste or the texture of it. Rice cereal was always their least favorite they liked the oatmeal and mixed cereal better. I always mixed my babies cereals with apple or raspberry sauce or even with their favorite baby foods along with some formula to make it thinner. It does take them a while to get used to being spoon feed all they know how to do at this age is suck. You just have to keep catching it with the spoon and shoveling it back in. He is getting a little down each time. I suggest you trying cereal at least an hour before his regular feeding time so he won't be real hungry or about 30 min. to an hour after he's had a bottle because if he is real hungry he won't be patient enough to spoon feed all he'll want is a bottle. He'll get better just don't give up. At this age I always sat mine in their car seats to feed them they felt more secure, because their still a little wobbly at this age. Good Luck!!!!!!!

Dawn - posted on 11/16/2009

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I started feeding my son formula from a spoon for about two weeks before we started him on cereal, just to get him used to the spoon. I'm not talking about the whole bottle, just the last 1/2 oz or so.

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Gracie - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Colette:

Whats the best way to get your baby to start eating rice cereal. I'm having messy issues. :)

I'm trying to introduce rice cereal and spoon feeding to my 5 month old son, and he is having troubles getting the hang of the movement of his tongue. What can i do to help him??

just keep at it!! it doesn't happen right away...but do a little bit each day and he'll figure it out. Just don't do it when he is super hungry he won't be able to focus.

I read somewhere it takes 16 introductions to a food for some kids to take to that food. I can attest to that. This week finally my 2year old is liking bananas!! I only gave her several dozens before she gobbled up a full one!! Hang in there!




 

Michele - posted on 11/19/2009

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I use to put it in with baby formula or breastmilk in a bottle dont make it to thick and make the holes in the nipple a little larger with a knife.

Gracie - posted on 11/19/2009

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just keep at it!! it doesn't happen right away...but do a little bit each day and he'll figure it out. Just don't do it when he is super hungry he won't be able to focus.

I read somewhere it takes 16 introductions to a food for some kids to take to that food. I can attest to that. This week finally my 2year old is liking bananas!! I only gave her several dozens before she gobbled up a full one!! Hang in there!

Ginger - posted on 11/18/2009

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My last one just didn't like rice cereal. We stopped trying after a few weeks and moved on to fruit and veggies. She was about 8 mo. at the time.

Jane - posted on 11/18/2009

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that's natural. he'll get better at it. he's never done it before. i hate the mess at any age but that's part of it. some say the messier the eater, the better eater they'll be.
just stick w/it, keep spooning it up off of his chin and putting it back in. feed him in just his diaper if the mess bothers you, the less laundry to do.

Aleisha - posted on 11/18/2009

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The cereal may cause some minor constipation but the easiest way to resolve that issue is pear juice/jar baby food mixed in with it or just part of their diet throughout the day. They also make stage 1 and 2 prunes that you can give them as well and also giving them a couple of ounces of water a few times a day can help prevent constipation.

Dea - posted on 11/16/2009

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I skipped rice cereal and waited until they started grabbing things off my plate and then I would smush it up for them. Cereal is smelly and gross and it constipates. I always assumed that feeding them was supposed to be messy, must be why they love taking baths so much :)

Nancy - posted on 11/16/2009

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I agree with Aleisha... I mixed my children's cereal in there vegetables or fruit (it helped with getting them full, especially in the evening)

Aleisha - posted on 11/16/2009

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make it a little thinner and add like stage 1 applesauce baby food to it or another fruit. that helped my son get used to eating it.

Andrea - posted on 11/16/2009

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I used a bottle at that age. At that time there were no nipples made for feeding cereal. Im sure there are now. I snipped criss cross slits in the tip of the nipple & fed both of my babies that way.

Renee - posted on 11/16/2009

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At 5 months old most children aren't capable of grasping the spoon concept just yet. They are use to the sucking and swallowing motion. What we did was take some runny cereal and put in on a spoon put the spoon in the mouth and let them suck as if they were sucking on a bottle nipple. Also you might want to think about getting some cereal nipples for your bottles and trying to make the cereal with the milk that way and try the spoon in another week or so. Don't give up your baby will get it eventually.

Ava - posted on 11/16/2009

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I introduced my daughter to rice cereal through her bottle. She just wasn't interested in a spoon yet and didn't have the motor skills to eat like that, so I started introducing the cereals into her bottle (rice, wheat, oatmeal), and decided that when she already knew the taste and they were familiar, and she was interested in using a spoon, I'd reintroduce them in a bowl.

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try pressing gently down on his tounge when you put the spoon in his mouth. When he gets older and more expierenced to can go back to "upward" feeding, where you use his top lip to clean the spoon. Do practice spoonfuls without food so he can get used to it, but not when hes too hungry-that will just frustrate you both! good luck

Theresa - posted on 11/16/2009

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make the cereal really runny for the time being til he gets the hang of spoon being in his mouth then as he gets better you can make it thicker. best of luck hope it works for you.

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