TROUBLE WITH CEREAL

Marqita - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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MY SON IS HAVING A HARD TIME EATING THE BABY CEREAL... HE HOLDS IT IN HIS MOUTH THEN SPITS IT OUT INSTANTLY... HES GETTING FRUSTRATED TOO. I KNOW HE LIKES IT CUZ HE WILL TAKE IT FROM THE BOTTLE WHEN ITS MIXED WITH FORMULA. HOW DO I HELP HIM WITH THIS?

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Jan - posted on 03/11/2010

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You need to wait a little longer. until he can sit on his own and has lost the tongue thrust refex that is pushing the food out of his mouth, no amount of trying to force him to lose the reflex sooner is going to make him ready for solids, the fact that he still has the reflex means his body is not ready for food yet. Putting cereal in a bottle doesn't work the same way and is not recommended unless it is nessasary to treat reflux, putting the cereal in the bottle can cause baby to choke and asperate the rice particles into his lungs which can cause respiratory infections. Some babies are ready for solids around 4 months, but most are not. Watch for signs of readiness (sits well, no tongue thrust reflex, intense interest in food, able to pick up small objects in a pincer grasp) and then when he's showing all the signs try again.

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This is called the tongue thrust reflex. It means he's not ready for solids. The reason he will take it from a bottle is because you are bypassing that reflex so he doesn't have a choice. I would wait longer to give him any solids and many pediatricians don't recommend putting cereal in a bottle. Check with your ped before making diet changes if you haven't already.

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Make it very thin, almost runny. Babies have a gag reflex until 4-6 months old, so if he is not that old yet, wait to give him cereal when he has lost that reflex.

Rikki - posted on 03/11/2010

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i asume u are talking about your 4 mo i would wait if i were u to give him solids my son is almost 6 mo and we just started a few days ago in australia we are told not to give solids till 6 mo not sure what other countrys think but maby if u wait a while he will take to them better :)

Katarina - posted on 03/11/2010

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Depending on how old he is, he may not be ready for solids yet or he doesn't like to texture

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Tina - posted on 03/13/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter. I would give her the rice cereal in a bottle and it was fine, but by itself she hated it. I now have the oatmeal baby cereal and she loves it either way. If you're using the rice cereal try the oatmeal and see if he likes that by itself.

Crystal - posted on 03/12/2010

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my ped. told me that sometimes the first dozen feedings are hard baby has to learn how to eat! He told me to put a little bit of stage 1 fruits in it it adds texture and it gives a little taste to it. It just takes time Dont worry to much

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try mixing it with some juice. our MIL said mix it with apple juice becuase it gives it a better flavor. is it totally a liquid? or as liquid as you can get? if still no luck he may not be ready. it takes time for them to get used to it tho sometimes

Leslie - posted on 03/11/2010

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My lil girl wont take her cereal unless I put some fruit in it an apple juice....you might give that a try or mix some formula if your worried bout tryin juice. Our lil girl has done great after we tried this.

Ericka - posted on 03/11/2010

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My daughter had the same problem what helped her was making it really thin until she got used to eating with a spoon and swallowing solids.

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I agree with Sara. If your son is old enough to eat cereal though, you may be mixing it too thick. Try mixing it to a thinner texture.

Christine - posted on 03/11/2010

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Maybe just wait a bit and try again. He may not be ready. Or try some fruits and veggies, he may not like the texture of the cereal

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