Help with my 5 month old???

Nichole - posted on 07/25/2009 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My five month old has been eating solids for quite some time now but recently with in the past week every time I feed him as soon as I put a spoonful of food in his mouth his hand directly follows it getting food all over his hand and then himself. He also moves his head all over the place so when I try to put the food in instead of it going in his mouth it will get all over his face. I have tried holding his hands down but he freaks out and then wont eat at all. I don't know what to do cause lately I can't threw a jar of food with him anymore. Help please!!!!

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Laura - posted on 07/25/2009

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As far as I knew Dr.'s recommend not feeding "babies" under 6 months old anything but breast milk or formula. He may just be too young to be eating "solids".

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Ashley - posted on 07/27/2009

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my daughter is 12 months and she is still doing that. come to find out she didnt want baby food anymore. If he has been on solids you should try the pick me ups. its ravioli and she absolutely loves them. I cut them up for her so she doesnt choke. if he can do the puffs he should be able to do those. thats all i can get her to eat right now is stuff she can feed herself. so i go for rice, puffs, cheerios, ravioli, green beans. She doesnt do it so much now.

Kristen - posted on 07/27/2009

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this is totally normal i take all my daughters close off when she eats she is so messy but she is now 14 months old try to show him how to feed himself give him a spoon and i little bit of food on the tray or in a bowl thats how my daughter would only eat for the longest time but now she will eat any way i give it to her but don't worry it is normal and if he still don't eat don't worry when he is hungery he will eat mine goes through stages where she don't really want to eat but as long as his weight is good and the dr says he is fine and healthy then you have nothing to worry about good luck

Jessica - posted on 07/27/2009

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There is also a range called 'organix' which is biscuits and crisps and fruit packets and meals and all sorts. It's all natural and veggie or fruit. The sweetcorn hoops are a fave in this house lol

Jessica - posted on 07/27/2009

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My boy wouldn't let me feed him his dinner tonite (mixed veg and rice!) He was pulling all sorts of faces and when he gagged like he was gonna throw up i just stopped. Daddy placed the bowl in front of him and he started munching away happily and all on his own. Most of it went on him and the floor but he ate and enjoyed it immensly! You can also try a carrot stick that he can hold and gum! Josh loves em, and pieces of banana and cheese and rusks!

Nichole - posted on 07/27/2009

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Thanks for all the great advice. I did buy the gerber puffs and he loves them. I also am letting him hold the spoon and he loves that too..:)

Amanda - posted on 07/27/2009

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when my son did that i gave him his own spoon to play with then i would feed him with the other one, good luck

User - posted on 07/27/2009

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I think this is just something all babies go through, because my 5mth old does the samething. I play airplaine with her. I also hold her hands down right when I am about to place the spoon of food in her mouth. I think all babies are different and you just have to find his way of enjoying while you feed him.

Carrie - posted on 07/27/2009

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give him a spoon to hold, and get one of those bibs that are more like a waterproof coat then if he gets food everywhere it's ok. weaning is a right pain isn't it!

Amber - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son is 2 years old now. And just like every child he went through the same phase. i agree, you should try him on some finger foods (chicken nuggets/stripes, french fries, ect) or even try giving him a spoon or fork of his own to "use" while you are trying to feed him. They are babies, they don't know not to get messy. It will always happen.

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try introducing him to finger foods. it seems to me like he's telling you he wants to feed himself! :) gerber makes these great puffs (they look like giant chetos... but not as day-glow...) and they dissolve really easily.



good luck!

Mel - posted on 07/26/2009

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all the ideas are good. briannas dietitian planned all her meals and wrote down exactly what she was to eat at each age. im fairly sure at that age it was yogurts and custards, rusks with spreads (or without if you like), toast, bread, softer cracker if he doesnt have teeth to bite into them, slices of fruit/vegies like pear, apple (not sure about apple at that age?), avacado, cucumber, banana (try sliced or mashed) and sliced cheese (thinly). you can guide his hand if thats working like others suggested. and yeah its messy :) every time bri was in hospital it took me a good half hour every single meal and snack time, to clean up the high chair, floor, and get her in the bath. at home it was easier with the towels/mats and just to chuck her in the bath

Charlie - posted on 07/26/2009

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aww your little one wants to feed himself .grab a towel , a plastic bib and give him the spoon , help him guide it to his mouth .
i am not going to lie its going to get messier !! good luck , have fun .

Natasha - posted on 07/26/2009

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its messy.. :)
Get a scoop bib and a plastic mat under the high chair, if his a plastic bowl and spoon and let him go nuts, help him guide the spoon into his mouth. He is getting the nutrients he needs from formula or breast milk so i wouldn't be worried to much. :) toast is good as a finger food and not to messy, just cut into squares or whatever and let him munch on it. :)

Momma - posted on 07/25/2009

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Posted by Nichole Leann (10:26 pm)
Christina, yeah he is grabbing the spoon like he wants not pushing it away. I did go out and buy those gerber puffs. I am gonna try them later and see if he likes them. I tried them myself and they melt great in your mouth so hopefully he likes them.

LOL. when I would buy them for my daughter I think I ended eating half the pack myself. I loved them and they are a very nice low calorie snack :D

Momma - posted on 07/25/2009

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I wish I had some helpful advice for you. Fortunately for me my daughter loved her solids too much to play games. However I would make little sounds at her when she was acting like she was too tired to eat. Maybe that might help if you havent tried it already. Good luck

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My youngest LOVED those Gerber puffs! I tried to entertain her while I fed her. I would make up songs and sing them. Sometimes after she would take a bite, after a bunch of figeting I would say "Yaaa!!" and clap at her. Positive feedback for when she was doing it right is always great. It is a phase and he'll move past it soon!

Tasha - posted on 07/25/2009

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Don't worry love, it just takes time. My 14 month old son loves to move his head all around when I feed him, and if I give him a bite of food and it all doesn't make it in he uses his hands to either push the rest in or pull it out. I have started to let him feed himself and see if that helps any, but mainily just strip him down to his diaper, that will save you on laundry.

Amanda - posted on 07/25/2009

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i give my son a bowl and spoon, or sippy cup to play with while i feed him, it keeps him occupied and allows me to get food into his mouth.

Nichole - posted on 07/25/2009

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Christina, yeah he is grabbing the spoon like he wants not pushing it away. I did go out and buy those gerber puffs. I am gonna try them later and see if he likes them. I tried them myself and they melt great in your mouth so hopefully he likes them.

Grace - posted on 07/25/2009

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That's fine. My daughter did that some. She grew out of it. I just left her alone. I knew that if she was hungry she would eat and we were still breastfeeding as well. Just don't stress, because he will pick up on it and it will be that much worse.

Melissa - posted on 07/25/2009

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My daughter would put her fist in her mouth with every bite when she was 5 months too. I concluded it was because she was teething!!! As soon as she cut her tooth, she stopped doing it!! :)

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nichole, for finger foods try very tiny bits of banana and avocado. and baby mum mums (rusks) anything that can dissolve easy in his mouth is good. gerber munchies (they look like cheetos) and cheerios are all good first finger foods

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do you mean he grabs the spoon or he blocks his mouth with his hand?
if he is grabbing the spoon maybe he wants to give it a try himself. try giving him a spoon of his own. also you can buy toddler bibs at walmart. they are made by kooshies and are large nylon ones that you can wash in the sink.

Nichole - posted on 07/25/2009

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He has been eating solids just fine. He is already on stage 2 foods(doctor recommended). He just wants to put his hands in his mouth along with the food and wiggle all around when I feed him. It doesn't happen at every feeding but lately its been 2 out of 3 times I feed him in a day. He sits up fine by himself and is almost crawling. I am gonna try some finger foods, maybe he is just a stubborn baby like his parents..lol.

Alicia - posted on 07/25/2009

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I think that if he is wanting the food give it to him! I would sit my daughter on a towel, take her clothes off of her and let her go. I am not to sure though if she was 6 months or better but its ok to let them explore and learn. And then when she was finished i would just make it bath time! Of course at that age i am sure that you are not feeding food at every meal, so it shouldnt be to much of a stressfull task! LOL hang in there it gets better!!

Kate CP - posted on 07/25/2009

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A child is ready for solids when they can sit upright by themselves, grasp objects in their palm, and have shown an interest in adult foods (whatever Mom is eating).

Michelle - posted on 07/25/2009

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My daughter has just got out of that phase, it drove me insane but it only lasted about 2 weeks, apparently its an important stage in there development so for those few weeks she preety much just ate finger food, bannana, pieces of pear, pieces if bread or toast i also found that if i put food on my finger she would eat like that. I also dished abit of her food into a little bowl and put it on her tray to play with while i fed her, that worked too (be warned though its messy business, i suggest putting a towel under his highchair). It is a phase that most babys go through tho, all my mates babys did it too. He will eat if his hungry.

Kate CP - posted on 07/25/2009

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Sounds like he wants to try feeding himself. When you're feeding him try putting his hand on the spoon and help him guide it to his mouth. Worked for my daughter. :)

Nichole - posted on 07/25/2009

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What kinda of finger foods can I give it at 5 months. I am so clueless when it comes to this?? lol

Nichole - posted on 07/25/2009

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What kinda of finger foods can I give it at 5 months. I am so clueless when it comes to this?? lol

Mel - posted on 07/25/2009

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i used to do that hold her arms down and force feed, cause mine is underweight and really needed it so she couldnt afford to be picky, but really you dont need to stress causehes 5 months and hes not underweight, and mine went thru plenty of those stages of refusing to eat, just had to let her self feed in the end. give finger foods and try letting him do it himself. mine went back to spoon feeding at 10-11 months would eat heaps of yogurt and custard all day, but then started refusing again. when she was about 13 months she started feeding herself so thats what she does now. i dont think you ened to worry cause they all go thrustages like this

Nichole - posted on 07/25/2009

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Thanks, Elizabeth. I will try that. It's just so frustrating. He was doing great till like a week ago and then all this started.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/25/2009

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HAHA this is totally normal. Babies learn by exploring and unfortunately they do most of this exploring with their mouth. I know it is messy but you have to let him do it just invest in so nice big bibs :-). Also talk to him while you feed him. Pause between bites and ask him/sign "do you want more?" Not only does this get him interested and involved in the process but is a great way to introduce basic signs like "more" and "all done"

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