This is a discussion on dont seems interested in cereal within the Introducing Solids & Feeding Your Fussy Toddlers forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; dear son is 5.5mths and according to his pediatrician, we can start him cereal. he has been looking at us eating ...
dear son is 5.5mths and according to his pediatrician, we can start him cereal.
he has been looking at us eating and seems so interested in our food, keep wanting to snatch our foods but just now when i fed him some cereal, he doesnt seems to be very interested. he ate the 1tablespoon i gave him, just that he is not so enthu to the cereal then milk..
is that normal? all babies are lik that during the 1st feed or izit dear son really dont lik cereal?? or lik what my mum said, i need to give him some time to get use to it?
Hi regina mummy,
Yeah my son was also like that. It's normal. Give your son a week or two to get used to eating from a spoon. They still have the tongue thrust reflex where they will spit out with their tongue any foreign matter. What I did when he spit it out is to push it back into his mouth gently to tell him that it is ok to eat it.
Also make sure the consistency is not too thick so that they can just swallow it. First few tries is just to let them get used to eat food off a spoon. After that then they will learn to appreciate taste and start to become choosy.
dont't choose a time when your son is too hungry. Then he wouldn't be patient enough to wait for solids to fill his tummy because he's too used to milk doing the job.
thks mummies for the replies...
diymummy, dear son drank milk at 1.20pm so i fed him cereal at 3pm. but right after finishing the cereal he cried for milk and drank 180ml of milk!!! OMG!!! is that normal also? as in after cereal he still can drink his usual amount of milk??
When my son just started out eating cereal, he loved it so much and can polish the whole bowl plus his whole bottle of milk somemore!
But recently I think he got sian of it , he will fuss and cry after eating too many spoonfuls of cereal and veggies. However, if its cereal mixed with fruit puree, he wants more.. Babies also so fusy... Alaamak
thks again mummies..
one more qns i wanna ask, abit off topic though.
dear son is crying for milk every 2.5-3hrs!!! is the interval too short?? if dont give him milk, he will cry very badly. and today i started introducing water to him as i start him cereal.. but he still drink alot of milk..
Maybe he is having a growth spurt?
When I introduced dear daughter cereal, she looked very excited but the mouth open so small. Have to teach her to "" big big. Then she will chew on the spoon or start blowing with the spoon in her mouth. Now she is getting used to it, she knows to open her mouth.
I read that in the beginning, it's better to use the finger to get them used to the idea of biting onto something to get food. Prior to them starting semi solids, you can give them a soft plastic spoon as a toy to let them get used to putting it in their mouths and etc.
As for the amount, in the initial stages of starting semi-solids, the recommended amount is just one to two spoons per day. No more coz babies are just starting to discover their tastebuds and all - they shouldn't be stuffed with semi-solids. Milk should still be his main food while semi-solids are just supplements or for taste. Only when he's older should you increase the amount.
If baby doesn't like what you're giving him, dont't force him. Try another day. Perhaps he may change his mind. Some babies take more time to adjust to eating semi-solids or solids while others just breeze right into it.
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When my boy just started out on cereal, I only gave him one teaspoon of cereal to start with. So agree with snowbear that that's not substantial enough to fill him so it's normal that he'll cry for milk later on.
Now even though my boy is on 2 meals (one rice bowl of porridge for lunch and 3 heaped tbs of cereal for dinner), he still cries for milk every 3 hours.
My mother in law always tells me that if your baby likes to drink milk that it is good as it is very nutritious. My pediatrician also told me that milk should be the main source of protein and nutrients for babies up to 1 year of age. So it's good that your baby is still drinking a lot of milk.
He'll soon begin to like solids once he learns that solids will make him full for longer. My son took about 2 mths to learn that. Before he learnt that, he was always crying for milk.
Pinkdiamonds & diymummy,
i think dear son is on growth sprut too! cos he has been waking up for night feed this 1 week.. and i notice his growth sprut always last for 2weeks instaed of 1week..
and very weird, even if he is not on growth sprut, the max he can tahan without milk is only 3hrs max. sometimes 2.5hrs will screams for milk. like ytd, he cried very badly for milk when it is only 2hrs!! we tried playing with him, give him pacifier, he all dont want, just want milk! before that he drank 180ml, and after 2+hours, he drank 210ml!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!! my friends' babies who has as huge appetite as dear son, all has slow down in milk intake, if not the interval can drag more than 3hrs. and they are ALL younger than dear son! is that normal?? any mummies also encvounter same? as in, baby drink lotsa lotsa milk even alrdy 5.5mths??
i dont know if he really dont like it just feel that his facial expression change once he tasted the cereal. hopefully as time goes by, he will slowly get used to it...
btw, mummies, when do you start introduing puree into cereal?? right after 4days or wait until babies has totally get use to the cereal??
My baby also can only tahan 3 hours and he's now almost 11 mths -.-"
My son now drinks up to 800ml of milk daily plus 2 meals of solids. But his weight gain very slow....
I just introduced puree only, maybe 1 week after I gave her cereal?
Right now her cereal is replacing one whole feed so I usually can wait 3-4 hours till I give her milk later. I believe different babies have different milk intake, so not to worry as long as your baby is gaining weight healthily.
My girl seems to like metal spoons better cause they are cooling and provide some relief to her gums. My mum uses metal spoon at her place to feed her. at home I feed her with a plastic spoon and she is slowly getting used to it.
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I started my boy on cereals recently.
He was ok when my aunt feed him on the 1st 4 days, but when i feed him during the weekend, he dont like! Keep making noise when i feed him!
Izzit due to my feeding tactic/pattern wrong??
On Sat, i sat him on my lap and feed him, he ate more.
On Sun, he sat on my hubby lap and he only ate a few spoons and start making noise. We gave him milk in the end!
Maybe next time i must be more persistent!
But feeding is a real messy affair, i have cereals on the floor, my hand, my leg, his face, nose, hand and feets
The "book" says that usually the cereal must be somewhat creamy and watery.
My boy started off cereal at the infant care. They prepared it the watery style. Only much later on we realised that my boy like the thick kind.
Then there was once my boy also started to fuss even when the cereal was the thick kind. Then we found out, he likes his cereal hot.
Hahaha.. So it's just a matter of finding out what your baby prefers.