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You all know that I started spoon feeding Pax at like 9 weeks - he has been very successful at it and I have steadily been making his cereal, oatmeal or barley, thicker and thicker, so he almost chews, then swallows. He does awesome.
My problem: My doc said he was definitely ready for fruits and veggies and to start with level 1...he is NOT okay with this - they are so thin/watery, it kind of swishes around in his mouth and it dribbles out! He is so used to eating pretty solid food off the spoon that the texture is totally throwing him off.
I thought maybe make a tiny bit of cereal to mix in to add some bulk so he can go back to using his tongue and swallowing like he has gotten so accustomed to, but my mom for some reason said no way, not to do that.
I'm tempted to go get him level 2 food as I know it's thicker but am scared I'm going to mess him up...anyone have any suggestions?
We do fruits and veggies...I'm not sure why your mom would say not to mix it, as long as you know he's not going to react to whatever you're mixing it with. Pippa HATES watered down veggies - some she likes "smooth" others she doesn't care, but she won't even touch them if they're too watery. We make our own, and honestly half the time I just mash it with a fork... Our Pedi told us there aren't many "don't dos" with babies and food anymore as long as it's not a choking hazard
I dont see why she said not to mix it either, I dont think there would be a problem since he's used to eating the cereal.
I mixed cereal with stage one foods with my boys for the same reason of them being used to the thickness. I would do the same with Raini but she doesnt like cereal at all as of last week. Im gonna try again though.
I would def do the cereal and maybe each time start putting less and less in so that he can get used to the difference in texture. If you go to stage 2 foods, be careful as some have pieces of food in it and some have added ingredients (like spice wise) because they are meant for an older baby.
Go with your gut momma, you know what's best for your baby.
Today was a totally different deal - he ate his pears right away and was very happy - I think he just had to figure out that everyone on a spoon won't be the same as oatmeal and barley. I guess it's a good thing he figured it out on his own! He smiled and laughed the whole time, like he does with his cereal.