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Baby will not take from a spoon

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usernoidea Sun 19-Mar-17 13:32:00

How long should I persevere with weaning baby by a spoon?!
Will take if I squeeze a pouch into his mouth but will just clamp his lips shut and self combust if I try with a spoon!
He won't put anything edible in his mouth from his hand but does put everything else in there!
He's 6.5 months.
Thanks x

AssassinatedBeauty Sun 19-Mar-17 14:40:26

Well, you can't keep squeezing a pouch into his mouth forever, so I'd persist with the spoon. What happens if you give him his own spoon to hold whilst you're spoon feeding him?

I would persist with giving finger foods too. Eventually he'll get the hang of it. He's only little still, so will be ok on mainly milk for a while yet.

Whatsername17 Sun 19-Mar-17 17:33:23

Give gimme a spoon. Also pop a little onto his lips to kick off to give him a taste.

usernoidea Sun 19-Mar-17 18:11:12

Been trying all these things! Will just keep persevering!!!
Thanks for your replies x

CottonSock Sun 19-Mar-17 18:12:21

I tried for months... swtiched to baby led approach now with fair success. It was 8.5 months before she ate anything

highinthesky Sun 19-Mar-17 18:13:50

I agree persistence is the answer.

Remember a spoon is a foreign object, with repeated exposure DS will get used to it, and eventually find that it comes in handy when he wants to eat something he really likes!

Teds77 Sun 19-Mar-17 18:17:14

Gave up and switched to finger food here. Eventually took yoghurt off spoon at 8.5 months here too. She was a bottle refuser too so remember being desperate for her to start eating a little something to ease the dependence on boob but sadly it wasn't to be!!

It was really at around 11 months that any decent amount of food went in via fingers or spoon.

Trinpy Sun 19-Mar-17 18:22:19

My first baby was like this. I did blw in the end and just gave him pre loaded spoons for stuff like yogurt. Worked well for us and it also meant he learnt to feed himself with cutlery very early on.

My mil wasted many hours trying to feed him from a spoon (without success!) and it all looked far too stressful, which is why I chose not to persist with it.

NuffSaidSam Sun 19-Mar-17 18:28:28

Persevere, but don't let it become a struggle or an issue or a cause of stress (same advice for any food he won't eat as well).

Give him a few bits of finger food and try with a spoon at each meal. If he ignores/refuses then just give him the pouch, no stress. Eventually he will use both a spoon and his fingers.

6.5 months is tiny!

CottonSock Sun 19-Mar-17 19:48:39

Teds... that could be me right now. Boob monster approaching 9 months amd I love feeding her but had enough. My first dd took straight to everything.

Now I'm getting the hang of it blw becoming easier. Made some fruity flapjacks today with my 3.5 year old with no sugar which was fun (oats, oj, maple syrup, chopped apricots and prunes, raisins, tiny bit of oil and a grated apple plus mixed spice. Pressed into tin and baked about 15 mins). Can also make with milk.

TittyGolightly Sun 19-Mar-17 19:50:13

Baby led weaning is your friend.

CottonSock Sun 19-Mar-17 19:50:38

And don't push it, just let it be fun. Pretty sure mine has oral aversion from reflux and being force fed some medicine.

TittyGolightly Sun 19-Mar-17 19:52:14

no sugar which was fun (oats, oj, maple syrup, chopped apricots and prunes, raisins, tiny bit of oil and a grated apple plus mixed spice

That's actually loads of sugar! Syrup, fruit juice and dried fruit are almost entirely sugar, the body processes oats and apples as sugar.

CottonSock Mon 20-Mar-17 08:33:24

Well no processed sugar sugar... I dont mind her having natural sugar, it's been a struggle to get her to eat anything at all. Plus she needs calories. Take your point though.

TittyGolightly Mon 20-Mar-17 09:06:39

The body doesn't differentiate between natural and processed sugar though.

TittyGolightly Mon 20-Mar-17 09:09:43

And fructose hits the blood first, which will cause a big spike followed by a big crash (and probably some grumpiness).

CottonSock Mon 20-Mar-17 09:22:34

Better not give her any my milk either.. that's probably full of sugar too

usernoidea Mon 20-Mar-17 09:51:59

Hey guys, play nice.....stop hijacking my thread!

TittyGolightly Mon 20-Mar-17 10:30:34

All in moderation. Your flapjacks sound very tasty but they aren't particularly healthy, that's all!

CottonSock Mon 20-Mar-17 11:10:38

Yes sorry for hijacking. I guess my point in relation to your issue is that I have taken advice for my food refusing baby from dietitian, gp and hv. Eating something and learning to eat was more important than what it was. My problem may have been more severe, but literally if there was anything she will eat it would make me happy.

Philoslothy Mon 20-Mar-17 11:12:55

I would give up with the spoon, they don't need food until a year anyway. Give him food - if he eats it good. If not he doesn't.

A few of mine have been lazy and quite liked being spoonfed for short periods but most have just fed themselves

usernoidea Mon 20-Mar-17 11:46:54

Thanks again. I tend to agree that I'd rather he tastes things at the moment and gets used to textures as opposed to how he's getting it!
Ps those flapjacks sound good - would even better with chocolate on the top wink

TittyGolightly Mon 20-Mar-17 12:57:59

He won't get used to texture with purée though.

usernoidea Mon 20-Mar-17 13:03:04

Agreed. I'm also trying avocado/banana/rusks etc so not everything is pureed
Anything he takes is a bonus but he's young so this may take a while. That's life I guess . I'll have to learn to be patient (not one of my strong points!)

TittyGolightly Mon 20-Mar-17 13:17:18

I'd ditch the rusks - they have zero nutritional benefit. Steamed broccoli florettes, breadsticks, slices of mango/pear/apple, marmite toast fingers, risottos, fish goujons, omelette cut into fingers are all good first foods.

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