Feeding Your 4- to 7-Month-Old (for Parents)
Feeding your baby in the first few months is pretty straightforward. Parents were unsure about exactly when to introduce solid foods and To meet iron requirements, which are higher between 6 and 12 months of age, offer two of bites, clean his tray periodically, and spoon-feed him to avoid the mess. With BLW, parents don't spoon food into a baby's mouth. With spoon feeding/ TW, parents are sometimes coached on what to feed baby and how . fruit or veggies, soft finger foods like cooked green beans, or ground meat. Feeding a baby is among the top concerns new parents have. How do you know if Meet the Winner of the Parents and Dreft America's Messiest Baby Contest. The proud mom of our Is Your Baby Refusing the Spoon? Here's What to Do.
Wait a minute and try again. Most food offered to your baby at this age will end up on the baby's chin, bib, or high-chair tray. Again, this is just an introduction.
Feeding Your 4- to 7-Month-Old
Do not add cereal to your baby's bottle unless your doctor instructs you to do so, as this can cause babies to become overweight and doesn't help the baby learn how to eat solid foods.
The order in which foods are introduced doesn't matter, but go slow. Introduce one food at a time and wait several days before trying something else new. This will let you identify any foods that your baby may be allergic to. Your baby might take a little while to "learn" how to eat solids. During these months, you'll still be providing the usual feedings of breast milk or formula, so don't be concerned if your baby refuses certain foods at first or doesn't seem interested.
It can just take some time. But if a child falls repeatedly and it hurts, he will learn to protect his body and may not want to try again for some time, instead relying on crawling. Eating is also a developmental process, and too much gagging can cause kids to stall in that development. This can lead to picky eating, fear of food, and scary food jags, where kids become highly selective and eat only a few different options for months.
Food aversions are created with repeated negative experiences around food and require professional intervention. If you notice that your baby always becomes upset after gagging or avoids certain foods that cause him to gag, consult with your pediatrician, who may refer you to a feeding specialist. Gagging on Food Going Up, Not Down Gagging can also be a sign of frequent gastroesophageal reflux GERwhere the stomach contents rise into the throat, causing baby to wretch. GER often occurs during mealtimes, but is also seen throughout the day, especially when baby is lying down or sitting in a car seat.
Should you notice your child gagging away from meals too, it's important to share that information with his physician. If food or stomach contents are inhaled into the lungs, it can be life-threatening.
Gagging: What You Need to Know About Feeding Baby
GER can develop into gastroesophageal reflux disease GERDa chronic condition that requires intervention to prevent damage to the esophagus food pipe. Choking Gagging is not choking. Gagging is a reflexive attempt to push something away from the airway, while choking is caused by food or an object partially or completely blocking the airway.
When babies gag, it is not foolproof protection against choking. A gag may warn you of a possible choking episode, but not in every case. It intensifies as you begin your solid food journey. Below are a few tips to help you honor your baby's cues and help him listen to what his body - not the clock or an external rule - has to say: Babies who are too tired, hungry, or overstimulated will probably not enjoy the eating process. Wait until baby is in a better state emotionally to offer food.
Let your baby guide the spoon feeding process. Never trick a baby into opening her mouth or slide the spoon into her mouth without her realize what's happening.
This may cause feeding aversions and fear of the eating experience, and it takes the control over what goes in her mouth away from your baby. Judy and I have worked with kiddos who are fearful of mealtime for this reason alone.
Stay engaged in the feeding process - try not to be a passive participant. We recommend removing all devices from the table. Go slowly so baby can manipulate the food in her mouth and feel her body's signs of fullness.
Five Spoon Feeding Mistakes Most Parents Make - Feeding Littles
Don't be surprised if she doesn't like a food right away or seems startled by the texture. Honor her cues if she's refusing a food, and don't give up offering that food another time. It may take exposures for her to enjoy it. Forcing her to eat it will make it worse. Feed baby until she indicates that she is full. Conversely, never force her to finish the last few bites of food in the bowl or jar - when she's done, she's done. We don't want her to learn how to overeat.
Never hold a baby's hands down as she's trying to grab for the spoon. Watch this video for an example of what this looks like, and notice how baby is also being fed quickly and without much time to open his mouth or respond to the spoon.
See how he leans away and looks a little overwhelmed: Furthermore, as baby gets messy and her face becomes covered in food, we usually like to scrape it off with the spoon. Here is an example of face scraping: Depositing food at the top of a baby's mouth makes her an inactive member of the feeding process and doesn't teach her where food should go when she eventually brings it to her mouth herself. When we scrape her face after she has taken a bite, it can be uncomfortable and may lead to feeding aversions, as many babies don't like the sensation.
Below are some additional tips about the mechanics of spoon feeding that you may find helpful: Remember, if she's uninterested or distracted, don't slip in the spoon while she's not looking. Guide the spoon toward the back corners of her mouth, not her top lip or hard palate.