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hey everyone i just started giving DD (stephanie) cereal yesterday, she's 4 months. i know they have some problem getting used to the spoon but how long does it take? i try it w/ a spoon for a while and then just put it in her bottle when she gets really fussy. did/do u give them cereal at every feeding?
It does take them awhile to get used to it- and it's possible she's not quite ready to start with a spoon yet. Is she showing the signs of readiness? If she is, then I'd keep offering her the cereal on a spoon, and she'll get the hang of it. It takes a lot of time, and can be pretty messy, but that's how she'll learn. If she doesn't take it from a spoon, I wouldn't put it in the bottle (unless you're using that method because she has reflux). Starting solids are really more for practice than they are for calories or nutrients, she should be getting enough nutrients and calories from her breastmilk or formula.
The first time Trinity frowned up and pushed it back out of her mouth. Wwe fed her once a day in the beginning and she gradually became more receptive about letting the spoon go into her mouth and keeping some of the cereal in. At one point it seemed like she was getting frustrated so we took a 3 day break. After that she did much better and began finishing her serving and banging for more when it was gone. In all I think it took about 4-5 tries before she really got the hang of it and began to eat instead of spit it out/play in it. Also, it took us a couple tries to figure out the right time to give it to her (before or after bottle, how soon, etc.) Now she does great and we recently began oatmeal.
i gave her a one day break and the next day she had the first spoon w/out any mess and she did such a great job just right now. she finished it all and a lot less messier
i think we'r both getting the hang of it day by day