That first spoonful…

Oscar eating baby rice

It’s exciting but needs some planning

  • Choose a time when your baby is happy and alert (usually mid morning after a feed and a nap) and you are relaxed
  • Help your little one sit up supported (car seat, bumba seat, a bouncer or a high chair if they are able)
  • Make sure you sit facing your baby so they can see your face
  • Start with a smile. Remember this is a new experience and your baby will look for reassurance from you.
  • Eating food is a new skill that needs to be learnt. Babies naturally push their tongues forward when they drink milk so need to learn another tongue movement with solids.
  • Don’t push them. Some babies need more time and one spoonful may be all they can manage at a time
  • Once a day is enough for the first week
  • Allow no more than 30 minutes per meal time
  • Put the spoon in your baby’s mouth gently. You can use your baby’s top gum and lip to carefully remove the puree from the spoon

I decided to start with baby rice. Making it up to runny yoghurt texture was not straight forward even though I followed the instructions. It came out very runny so I added a little more rice to get the right consistency. I also discovered it needs some time to thicken.

Oscar’s first mouthful was not how I imagined. I started with a smile and I expected him to be equally as happy. He opened his mouth and I gave him a small spoonful of baby rice. He didn’t know what to do with it! He frowned and stuck his tonque out and the food came out with it. I tried another spoonful and he gave me a disapproving glance, spitting it out again. It made me laugh and he smiled back. I suppose it a new skill he has to master (like rolling over) and so will take time. We’ll try again tomorrow.

TOP TIP: Let your baby suck the spoon. This is a good transition step from drinking milk to swallowing solids

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