First time feeding-solids
Emily - posted on 06/27/2010
i take an avocado or a banana and scrape a little off and with my finger or a spoon put it in her mouth and she moves it around in her mouth. she hates pureed food other than beans. i pureed beans one day and gave her some and she held on to my hand until she had sucked every single drop off lol
my daughter hates baby food. real veggies and fruits she loves. but even that she spits out. just get a thick bib and some baby wipes in hand.
Lindsay - posted on 06/27/2010
my sister started her daughter on fruits (which i told her not to do) because she thaught her daughter didnt like the veggies when really it was just a different taste to her and she was still learning to eat from a spoon, i would keep trying and soon she will be a pro..My kids still love their veggies!!
Becky - posted on 06/27/2010
I started my daughter on solids a month ago and it's been a battle but she finally started eating ok last week.
Consistency was a big problem - too thick & she wld gag on it, too thin & she wld just dribble it out of her mouth. I tried mixing it with her formula & this was great for rice cereal but I discovered she doesn't like it in her veg so now I just use water.
She got sick & we stopped giving her food for almost a week. When we started feeding her again she was alot better so maybe your bub just needs a couple of days break before trying again.
Pushing food out with the tongue is a natural part of development. Food is often a sensory experience so when feeding our daughter we put a little bit on her highchair tray and let her feel & explore it so she will get used to it.
It can take approx 15 times of trying a food before a child likes it so if she doesn't like something straight away persevere with it.
I also found that having sips of water helps my daughter swallow her food. I try not to introduce the water til she's about half way thru but this cld help.
I guess it's just trial & error til you find something that works for your little one.
Oh, just remembered they often start off by eating just 1/2 or 1 teaspoonful at a time and slowly build up the amount.
Good luck. I hope some of that helps.
Spitting food back out is called the tongue thrust reflex. That reflex is there to protect them and it means that they're not quite ready for solids. How old is your baby? I would hold off on solids for a while longer and wait until you notice signs of readiness which include:
-at least 6 months old
-able to sit up unsupported
-lost tongue thrust reflex (doesn't spit food back out)
-developed pincer grasp (can pick food up between thumb and finger)
-no longer satisfied with breast milk or formula (not related to a growth spurt).
When just learning how to eat solids they often spit it out. They are learning how to use their tongue to push food into the back of their mouth for swallowing. This is completely normal! i would continue doing what you are doing and before you know it she will be getting it down :)
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