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My daughter is 4 months old and we are just starting her on rice cereal. we have been trying to feed her with a spoon but it has been no luck. we have only been doing it for a week but she gets so upset when we try to feed her this way. She takes the cereal just fine in the bottle but she cant be 3 years old and still drinking from a bottle. How do we get her to eat from the spoon without getting so upset?”
It sounds like your daughter might not be ready for solids quite yet. Most major health organizations now recommend that parents wait until a baby is at least six months to start solids. This gives the baby’s digestive system time to mature, lowering the risk of food allergies and illness. You’ll know she’s ready for solids when she can it up on her own, unassisted, has at least doubled her birth weight, has an interest in food, and is able to pick up food with a finger and thumb and feed herself, or grab the spoon and help guide it into her mouth.
Try putting small pieces of ripe, diced avocado, mushed banana or cooled, soft-cooked sweet potato on the tray of her high chair. If she’s ready, she will pick them up and (at least try to) put them in her mouth. If she’s just not interested, try again another day — don’t force her. She won’t still be drinking from a bottle at age 3 — most most parents transition babies from a bottle to a cup at around 9-12 months– once the baby is able to hold a cup on her own. Also, please, don’t put rice cereal in a bottle unless your pediatrician specifically tells you to as a treatment for reflux. It makes her formula less nutritious and creates a choking hazard.