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I was trying to search old questions in here but can't find when babies are ready for food ( cereal) my son is 5 months tried to feed him & seems he just pushes it out but opens up when he sees the spoon coming lol

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Asked by sissaymay at 10:40 PM on Mar. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • then he is not ready. babies shouldnt have anything but breastmilk untl 6 months of age. none of my kids were ready for food until then although some babies will take it at 4 months. but there is nothing to wrry about; don't push it - just try again in a month. Pushing the spoon away is the number one sign that hes not ready =] good luck!

    Answer by threeeunder3 at 10:51 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

  • Try some soft foods that he can pick up by himself and experiment with, like avocado or bake sweet potato. It's more natural for baby's to finger-feed themselves, and you will know if he's truly ready when he is interested and able to pick things up and get them to his mouth to gum it apart and swallow. The spoon can be an obstacle really. It's sometimes neater for us, but it takes away the baby's opportunity to learn texture and coordination.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

  • Eating off a spoon is new for him and he has to learn to do it. Every spoonful goes in twice in the beginning until he learns how to swallow solid food. Be patient w/ him because he his just learning.

    Answer by CorrinaWithrow at 10:59 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

  • Signs that a baby is ready for solids: Sitting up, at least supported, some say unsupported; Using the pincer grasp instead of palmar grasp -- thumb and forefinger instead of the whole hand to pick up small objects; Showing interest in others' food, like watching when others are eating or opening his mouth when a spoon is offered; Loss of the tongue-thrust reflex, where baby's tongue pushes foreign objects, including food, out of his mouth as an anti-choking instinct -- the only way to test this one is to try it if other signs of readiness are displayed, but if this reflex has not disappeared, then baby is not ready for solids.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 11:05 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

  • If he is still pushing it out...He is not ready for it. He still has the tongue thrust reflex. That is a natural indicator of readiness. It keeps them from choking on food. The guidelines now say to wait until your child is at least six months old and can sit unassisted. Also, since food before age one is only for practice and not nutrition, do not worry about him not eating it. You can wait until he is big enough to sit up and eat little chunks of soft food and feed himself if you want. Meaning you can skip baby purees altogether. You can go straight to Avocado, baked sweet potato, beans and most finger foods. If he is breastfeeding, you can do that and nothing else until a year anyway.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:05 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

  • Four months you can start feeding them pureed one step baby food. Unless otherwise advised by your Pedi.
    If he opens up when the spoon comes then he is ready. He will push it out at first, because it is a whole new taste for him. He either doesn't like it, or isn't sure if he likes it. Just keep trying. Don't force it upon him, because that might stray him from wanting to try the new foods.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 11:14 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

  • I beg to differ. My son is older and i did go by older guidelines. He did start cereal at 4 months, however, his tongue thrust reflex was gone, he opened his mouth and ate it heartily. Even back in the day and now, that sign is a well known indicator. Has it=not ready, doesn't have it=ready.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:19 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

  • Feeding Your Baby and Toddler (Birth to Age Two)
    Straight from the AAP:

    What do I need to know about feeding my new baby?
    For the first six months of life, your baby needs only breast milk or infant formula to eat. Breastmilk contains a unique mix of fatty acids, lactose, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other important factors that combine to make the perfect infant food. It has everything a baby needs for easy digestion, brain development, healthy growth, and protection from illness. Find out more about deciding between breastfeeding and formula feeding and about feeding your newborn.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:25 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

  • Is My Baby Ready to Eat Solids?
    How can you tell if your baby is ready for solids? Here are a few hints:

    •Is your baby's tongue-thrust reflex gone or diminished? This reflex, which prevents infants from choking on foreign objects, also causes them to push food out of their mouths.
    •Can your baby support his or her own head? To eat solid food, an infant needs good head and neck control and should be able to sit up.
    •Is your baby interested in food? A 6-month-old baby who stares and grabs at your food at dinnertime is clearly ready for some variety in the food department.
    If your doctor gives the go-ahead but your baby seems frustrated or uninterested as you're introducing solid foods, try waiting a few days or even weeks before trying again. Since solids are only a supplement at this point, breast milk and formula will still fill your baby's basic nutritional needs

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:25 PM on Mar. 25, 2010


    Answer by raybird1031 at 11:41 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

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