solid foods

Cassie - posted on 03/30/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am A first time mom and was wondering about feeding... My son had his 4 month check up today and the doctor said go ahead and start giving him solids. So I went and got rice cereal, and of course he would not eat it, he cried and cried till I gave him his bottle. He ate just two spoon fulls and that was all. His doctor also said try not to cover it with anything sweet, because he might not want veggies when it comes time to eat jar food... Any advice??? also is there any way my child can choke on cereal?? I'm so nervous feeding him, I'm afraid of him choking... First time mom jitters :)

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Jane - posted on 03/31/2010

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he can't choke, he'll just cough it back up, it can't get lodged in his throat - you have to make it very soupy and watch as it falls off of his tongue and down his face. then you scoop that stuff right back up off his chin and put it back in and watch it again. lol!
try feeding him after a bottle so he can "learn" more than eat. stick w/it and as he gets the hang of it, you can make less soupy. once he's got that down and is eating regular consistency, you can introduce jars of bananas, apples and pears. then sweet potato, carrots, etc. one new food every three days so you can be sure he doesn't have an allergy. too many new flavors and then you don't know what he's allergic to if he is, but most kids aren't allergic to the basic flavors.
i mix fruits and veggies together; pears & green beans, apples & sweet potato, and peaches & squash. banana mixes well w/everything. later you can add the yo-baby yogurts in to them, too. but let him get the basic flavors first.
ask your pediatrician for a print out of a feeding schedule. they usually have one to give you.
good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 03/30/2010

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well, as long as you make it really runny, it should be fine, then after he gets used to the texture you can slowly add more cereal powder to the mix. my daughter likes oatmeal better, but it's harder to get the right consistancy. you're supposed to feed them solids (atfirst) when they're just kinda hungry. so don't wait a full 4 hours to feed him, try feeding him an hour to 30 minutes before he's supposed to have his bottle. then by time he's ready for his bottle, he'll hopefully have eaten as much cereal as you're willing to give him. do cereal for about 3 or 4 weeks, then you can start stage 1 foods. my daughter loves sweet potatoes, butternut squash, peas, bananas, pears, applesauce, and mangos. but i think that they don't get mangos until stage 2. anyways.. gerber is runnier than beachnut. so you could try the gerber first and if you think it's too runny do the beachnut.

Bethanie - posted on 03/30/2010

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I started my son on veggies at 4 1/2 months, per the docs recommendation. I pretty much skipped the rice cereal, too. If you still plan on giving it to him, make sure it is very soupy so you can "pour" the small spoonful into his mouth. They don't chew, so this way he can swallow it and not gag. DO NOT give it to him in a bottle because this can cause choking and is very unecessary. Don't feed it to him when he is hungry. It's not a replacement for formula at this age. That's probably why he got fussy. Try it out on him in between feedings. At this age, it's not so much that they need it, it's just learning how to eat from a spoon and for them to get rid of their tongue thrusting reflex.

Karen - posted on 03/30/2010

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Check this out: Babyled weaning. http://babyledweaning.com/

I did this with my son and it is great. He never liked the cereals and I didn't bother giving it to him. Imo it's just empty calories. I waited until 6 months to give him anything and now at 13 months he eats everything! I wouldn't do any solids until closer to 6 months, 4 months is really early. I don't know why pediatricians always say at 4 months to start, it's not neccessary. Good luck.

Karen - posted on 03/30/2010

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Check this out: Babyled weaning. http://babyledweaning.com/

I did this with my son and it is great. He never liked the cereals and I didn't bother giving it to him. Imo it's just empty calories. I waited until 6 months to give him anything and now at 13 months he eats everything! I wouldn't do any solids until closer to 6 months, 4 months is really early. I don't know why pediatricians always say at 4 months to start, it's not neccessary. Good luck.

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