Ok, I am trying solids.... how does this work? He still kinda pushes his food out?

Heidi - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 52 moms have responded )

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He seems to like to suck on the spoon and doesn't act like he doesn't like it, but it's hard for him to keep it in his mouth? How long does this stage last for?

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September - posted on 08/20/2009

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Another thought...I would start with veggies first and not fruit. Fruits are too sweet to start with and may discourage his liking for veggies. I've been given this advice from several Mom's.

Janine - posted on 08/20/2009

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It doesn't last too long, with my son it only took a week or so for him to get used to moving the food to the back of his mouth with is tongue from the spoon. They soon get the hang of it. Just stay patient and try not to rush it. You'll be soon trying to get him to slow down!!

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Jayne - posted on 08/23/2009

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getting used to new textures takes time. Its natural to suck thats how he got his food before. dont worry its normal just keep tryin it wont be long before he gets the hang of it

Robin - posted on 08/23/2009

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I know for my son, every time he tried something new, whether he liked it or not he made a funny face, its because it not familiar and not sure what to think, they also push it out not on purpose but depending on how old, they still have the tongue thrust reflex, and that just diminishes with time, we just kept lots of wipes and bibs around, and he eventually got the hang of it.

Jacqui - posted on 08/23/2009

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all babies are different. Don't get stressed about it. Try foods with close texture and feel to milk (mine started with plain yoghurt). Also, don't worry about what other babies are doing at the same age, use your instinct and you won't go far wrong.

Mel - posted on 08/22/2009

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usually only between the ages of 3-5 months depending on when you start solids. mine still does this at 16 months but thats rare. just persist

User - posted on 08/22/2009

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there is also a product out there that you can put in their bottle of milk.. it thickens the milk in their stomach to fill them up more.

User - posted on 08/22/2009

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hey all my boys had solids from 3 months....it doesnt take long for them to learn ,you just keep pushing the food back in their mouth,,,,i used to give them milk arrowroot biscults mashed with a little hot water

Michelle - posted on 08/22/2009

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My 15 month old is still on stage 2 baby food. She was a preemie and chokes on anything thicker. Occupational therapy is working with her, hopefully Iwill be buying kids meals soo.

Laura - posted on 08/22/2009

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Even at 6 months my daughter had a very strong tongue thrust reflex. I placed the spoon a little farther back in her mouth applying a slight bit of pressure to the spoon and that overrides the reflex. It took a while but she is now doing just fine. I also added a bit of cereal to everything to thicken it up just a bit so that the food didn't just fall out. good luck and just be real patient and careful. It'll all work out:)

Catherine - posted on 08/22/2009

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I am going to add my two cents in /I have 3 children all three statred eatting at different times.My last xhild who is 16 months started on solids about 5 months.Doxtors are now recommending 6 months to begin.I would first inxrease the mount of milk you are giving. If you feel he is ready for solids but is not ready to be spoon fed add a little of the rice cereal to his bottle.That way he is getting more in substance.

Jenny - posted on 08/22/2009

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Check out _Super Baby Food_ by Ruth Yaron. It is an invaluable resource about feeding your baby - from the first bite through toddlerhood. It is also very helpful if you want to try to make some of your baby's food. Both of my children started with rice cereal, then ripe banana and avocado. Good luck!

Emily - posted on 08/22/2009

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just keep trying it. Its like riding a bike, it takes practice. Some things come natural at first like sucking, but eating solids takes practice.

Pamela - posted on 08/21/2009

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My Dear Little Sister,



When a child spits food out....it is trying to communicate to you that it does not "seem" right. After all, babies communicate through their" feelings" as they have not yet learned words. If the body senses a dislike, don't force the food, put it aside and try it at another time.



Do not force a child to eat something they spit out. I did that with my first child, after my Mother told me to put a bit of honey in the food he didn't like and he would take it. Of course the honey worked, but I was the one forcing my child to eat what his own body wanted to reject.



We are leaving the 3rd dimensional thinking patterns. It is time to become more sensitive to what we communicate by our body language. Babies are the best to learn this sensitivity from.

Lenore - posted on 08/21/2009

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You always start out with rice cereal. less allergy problems. it does take time. they are learning something new. besides if a child makes a mess they are washable.

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I started my first son on solids around 4 months ( and got tons of grief) but he was ready and hungry, I tried my second on solids around the same time, but he would push it all out and even though he was showing all the signs that he was ready he didn't seem to be. I waited a week and tried again x2 and then he polished off a bowl of cereal and yelled if i wasn't getting the spoon to his mouth fast enough. Every child if different and you are the only one who knows your baby so you have to do what you think is right. Good luck.

Tessa - posted on 08/21/2009

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Formula or breast milk have more calories per ounce than most baby foods and cereals. So if he's hungry, feeding him more of either of those is better than feeding him solids. Cereals and pureed fruits don't have the fats that breastmilk or formula have, and fats are essential to growth and brain development. It's completely normal for a baby to need to eat at 2 hour intervals at times. And it's normal for their sleep patterns to change throughout their first few years. It doesn't mean he needs solids right now. Remember that the more solid food he eats, the less formula or breast milk he will take, and at his age, those are the most nutritionally rich and calorie dense options.

Tammie - posted on 08/21/2009

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I am a true believe in doing what you think is best for you baby and not what other mothers or experts tell you to do. If you think your child is ready for solids, then go for it. The tongue thrust will get better, you just have to keep introducing the foods to him. I started both of my children on cereal when they were 6 weeks old. Formula just wasn't enough for them. When my 7 month old son was younger his belly couldn't hold any more than a certain amount of formula. but an hour later he was still hungry. I started putting cereal in his bottle and he would go 3-4 hours between eating and started sleeping through the night. When he was 4 months old, I stopped putting the cereal in the bottle and started to spoon feed it to him. I introduced veggies between 4 and 5 months old. I think every single baby is different and while some babies are content on eating just formula or bm for the first 6 months or so, others are not. Both mine were eaters and loved food, my little guy will east almost anything mushy that I put in front of him now.

Tamara - posted on 08/21/2009

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He's still got the tongue thrust reflex so he's not ready for solids just yet. I'd wait a while longer before trying solids again.

Cathralynn - posted on 08/21/2009

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Look into baby led weaning. You can skip baby jarred foods and spoon feeding altogether and let your baby start solids when they are ready (which is normally closer to 6mo, but is possible earlier). In essence, you just give tiny bits of soft real foods, at family mealtimes, when they are able to sit upright and grasp the foods and put them in their own mouths, they are developementally ready to eat them and obviously are interested. Its starts a whole process of the bay recognizing its own hungry and full cues and avoids neg eating experiences due to forcing. Good luck! But Again I've heard when babies do that, its too early for spoon feeding. Each baby is different, you don't just reach a certain age and suddenly do the same things all other babies at that age do. And its highly likely he's going thru a growth spurt which means he just needs to eat more frequently, bottles or bm, until it passes.

Danielle - posted on 08/21/2009

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One more thing, my daughter hasn't had any problems digesting solids. She hasn't been constipated and is very regular actually.

Danielle - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hi Heidi,
I started both my children on solids at 4 months and also got the same grief about it that you seem to be getting. My daughter is almost five months now and eats great. I started her off with a little bit of rice cereal in the morning for about a week. She took it but wasn't crazy about it. Then I gave her oatmeal and she loved it. After a week of that I started her on green veggies and then other veggies all stage one. I will be starting her on fruit shortly. She was def. ready for solids. If you feel your baby is ready and your doctor is behind you then just be patient. I also bought this great spoon made by boon. It holds the food right in the handle and you just squeeze the handle to get it on the spoon. It makes feeding much neater. Good luck.

Christina - posted on 08/20/2009

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i agree that he is showing signs that he is NOT ready for solids yet. it is important to make sure he is developmentally ready. the increased appetite and waking is normal and may just be a growth spurt.

Kate CP - posted on 08/20/2009

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Quoting Heidi :

All the solid baby food jars also say 4 months and up....


Baby food companies want you to start using their products as soon as possible. I would suggest taking a trip to the library and looking into infant and child nutrition. I don't know your son and I'm not a doctor or dietitian so I can't say you SHOULD do this or your SHOULDN'T do that. From personal experience as a mommy I can only say that I believe he is showing signs that he's not ready to start solids yet. That doesn't mean he's a slow developer or anything like that...just means he's not ready yet. But if you feel that it's a good idea to start solids now then I guess go for it...but I personally would wait.

Krista - posted on 08/20/2009

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Quoting Heidi :

and he is a supported sitter, sits in his bumbo seat just fine, and watches me when I eat. He opens his mouth when the spoon gets near him. He is 16 lbs and my doctor said I can introduce things slowly to him.


If your child can't sit up straight without his bumbo, then he can't sit up straight on his own.  The whole thing with a bumbo chair is that it supports a child even when they CAN'T sit on their own.  The only thing you should be even trying with your child is MAYBE rice cereal.  If he's under 6 months he's not going to be able to digest and breakdown any type of other food.

Nicola - posted on 08/20/2009

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I started my boy on baby rice at 3mnths coz he was a starver and ready for it an took to it great, he did make a mess when eating kinda taking off the spoon and move it around his mouth so it was like he was spitting it out takes a while but he got there within a week or 2 an still he make a mess.lol. You know when your childs ready, keep him from the sweets foods try cooked fruit instead and mashed banana, i was adviced that by loads hence the reason i put him on baby rice first then I moved to home cooked veggies, his fav was butternutt squash really mashed down. Home cooked veggies also cause less staining on clothing and you know whats going in them coz you cooked them.*:-) Be patient and have fun. once he got the hang of it he wont stop.

Nicola - posted on 08/20/2009

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Quoting September:



Quoting Meghan:

making baby food is SOOOO much more affordable--plus it's healthier, and super easy. I just steam, puree (and add water to thin it) and then freeze it in ice cube trays. when it's frozen, i put them in a ziploc w/ the date. Two cubes is about the size of a small baby food jar.






I AGREE! My son loves homemade foods. I've never feed him jarred foods. Ewww! I tasted them and they are sick!



 



 



totaly agree here, soo much cheaper an my son loved the home made food i made for him and you know whats going in them.





 

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Quoting Heidi :

All the solid baby food jars also say 4 months and up....


really? all the ones I have seen have said B for begginer or 6+

DAWN - posted on 08/20/2009

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how old is he? it is a sign he isn't ready for solids. hold off and try again in a bit f time

September - posted on 08/20/2009

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Quoting Meghan:

actually--baby magazines/books now refute that. they say there's no proof that will happen, and it definitely hasn't been the case with my baby. he started right off with fruits and has still taken to veggies. Even if he does prefer fruit--it's still healthy. A baby will usually have to try something several times before they take it, so if they refuse veggies just keep trying. We are the parents after all : )



True! It's only what I've been told. So I tried it and it worked great for my son! There is not a veggie or fruit that he will not eat.

September - posted on 08/20/2009

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Quoting Meghan:

making baby food is SOOOO much more affordable--plus it's healthier, and super easy. I just steam, puree (and add water to thin it) and then freeze it in ice cube trays. when it's frozen, i put them in a ziploc w/ the date. Two cubes is about the size of a small baby food jar.



I AGREE! My son loves homemade foods. I've never feed him jarred foods. Ewww! I tasted them and they are sick!

September - posted on 08/20/2009

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Quoting Meghan:

making baby food is SOOOO much more affordable--plus it's healthier, and super easy. I just steam, puree (and add water to thin it) and then freeze it in ice cube trays. when it's frozen, i put them in a ziploc w/ the date. Two cubes is about the size of a small baby food jar.



I AGREE! My son loves homemade foods. I've never feed him jarred foods. Ewww! I tasted them and they are sick!

Meghan - posted on 08/20/2009

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actually--baby magazines/books now refute that. they say there's no proof that will happen, and it definitely hasn't been the case with my baby. he started right off with fruits and has still taken to veggies. Even if he does prefer fruit--it's still healthy. A baby will usually have to try something several times before they take it, so if they refuse veggies just keep trying. We are the parents after all : )

Meghan - posted on 08/20/2009

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making baby food is SOOOO much more affordable--plus it's healthier, and super easy. I just steam, puree (and add water to thin it) and then freeze it in ice cube trays. when it's frozen, i put them in a ziploc w/ the date. Two cubes is about the size of a small baby food jar.

Meghan - posted on 08/20/2009

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4 months! I started him on oatmeal (tends to get constipated) and it took him about 2 wks to get used to it (I started by giving him just 4-5 bites a day--SUPER thin) and after a couple of weeks started him on fruits which he loved. He could eat pears and bananas all day. He's been on rice cereal (gerber makes one mixed with apple which is really good--Caden loves it) for 2 meals a day, and then a meal with fruits and veggies--I make my own fruit/veggie food. He's been eating it like a pro since just before 5 months...he'll be six months next week.

Meghan - posted on 08/20/2009

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It took Caden a few weeks to really start swallowing his food without thrusting his tongue out--he still does it a little. It's just a new way of eating--give it a little more time and I'm sure he'll figure it out:)

Kate CP - posted on 08/20/2009

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He's 4 months old, honey. He's probably going through a growth spurt and does need to eat more. Maybe not solids, but more calories per meal.

Kate CP - posted on 08/20/2009

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Okay, well if your doctor says it's okay then I would go for it, I guess. I wouldn't recommend rice cereal though, that stuff is gross. Also, the Bumbo seat is a sort of supported seat that helps baby stay upright. If he can sit up on his own in the middle of the floor then he's considered an unsupported sitter.

Heidi - posted on 08/20/2009

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And, he doesn't stay full at all. He went from sleeping 4-5 hours to now waking up at 2 1/2 to eat. These are all signs that he is ready.

Heidi - posted on 08/20/2009

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and he is a supported sitter, sits in his bumbo seat just fine, and watches me when I eat. He opens his mouth when the spoon gets near him. He is 16 lbs and my doctor said I can introduce things slowly to him.

Kate CP - posted on 08/20/2009

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A baby is ready to start solids when:
They can sit up unsupported
They can grab things with their palm
They have shown an interest in adult food

I don't think your son is ready for solids yet. I agree with September: why are you trying to start your son on solids?

MaKayla - posted on 08/20/2009

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It may take a week or two for him to get used to keeping the tongue in the mouth! Once he gets the hang of it, you won't be able to feed him fast enough! LOL!

September - posted on 08/20/2009

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I just noticed that your son is only 3 months old. Is there a reason that you are staring him on solids before 6 months? The pushing the food from his mouth might be a sign that your son is not ready for soilds....

September - posted on 08/20/2009

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Try mashing the food up a bit. This seemed to work well for my son. Now at 10 months he is pretty much eating what we eat just cut up into small bite size pieces. Good luck and enjoy :)

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Quoting Erica:

Actually, it depends on the age of the child. Pushing the food out of their mouth is a reflex and shows that they aren't ready for solids yet. Give him a week and try again. He'll take it when he's ready.



AGREED! Pushing it out means he's probably not ready yet (especially if he's under 6 months old). Wait a couple weeks, then try again.

Erica - posted on 08/20/2009

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Actually, it depends on the age of the child. Pushing the food out of their mouth is a reflex and shows that they aren't ready for solids yet. Give him a week and try again. He'll take it when he's ready.

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