What to avoid when feeding baby solids and Right way to spoon feed?

Right and wrong way to spoon feed, top 5 mistakes that can lead to the development of an aversion to food in a child. baby feeding formula,


Did you know that there are things you are doing, most likely without knowing it, that can cause your child to develop a negative relationship with the food they eat?

In this article, I am going to cover the top 5 mistakes that can lead to the development of an aversion to food in a child. Babies may have a dislike for breast milk, formula or food. Disgust is the avoidance of a thing or situation that the child associates as an unpleasant, stressful or painful stimulus.

When feeding baby solids:

Keep in mind that when we are introducing solids we are laying the foundation for a baby's eating patterns, and their perception of food and the feeding experience. That's why we want to create a positive association with food and give kids the opportunity to start learning to listen to their hunger and fullness cues.

As with most of the things I'm about to mention, many parents do at least one of them, but they don't realize that this is causing the child to have a negative experience and potentially Overfeeding can lead to the development of aversion.

The first thing you shouldn't do is introduce solids too early. And by this I mean introducing the baby to food when the baby is not developmentally ready to be given solids. Usually by the age of 6 months most babies show the signs. Based on which we can know that now is the time to introduce solid food to the baby. I'm going to mention them briefly so you know what I'm talking about.

How baby feeding:

  • The child should be able to sit upright without any support.
  • The child should have good head control.
  • The baby should no longer have the tongue-thrust reflex, also known as the tongue friction reflex.
  • The child needs to show interest in food.
  • The child must reach and hold objects and bring them to the mouth. Most babies will have all of these symptoms at around 6 months. But with some children it may take longer, so these signs need to be understood.

I have a separate article that goes into more detail about these developmental signs and false signals of readiness to start solids. If you want to check it out it is linked here.-

So what's the big deal if you start feeding your baby too early?

Starting too early can not only lead to poor digestion, but it can be a negative and frustrating experience for some babies when they are not really ready. Also, introducing solid foods before the baby is ready for development increases the chances of gagging and choking.

These make for a very unpleasant feeding experience that can lead to the baby developing a negative association with solid eating. So if you've started solid foods and feel like you've started too early, and your baby isn't developmentally ready for it, stop feeding and give only breast-milk or formula , until your baby shows all signs of being ready to eat.

If your baby is premature or has other underlying medical conditions, you may need to wait a little longer before your baby is ready for solid foods.

Right and wrong way to spoon feed:


Another thing that can prevent a baby from feeding is the wrong way of spoon feeding. Did you know that there is a wrong and a right way to spoon feed? Many parents hold the spoon above the baby's mouth and at an angle. And then they scrape the food with the upper lip or gums so that it comes off the spoon. It's not a normal, natural way to spoon out food for a baby to eat.

And mounting the spoon at an angle causes the baby's head to tilt up and back, which is not a good position to facilitate a safe and comfortable swallow. If you think about the position of your head while eating, it is usually in a neutral or slightly downward and forward position rather than up and back. It is certainly easier to swallow when the head is in a neutral position or slightly lowered and forward.

Instead of scraping food from the baby's upper lip or gums and putting it in his mouth, we want the child to learn to suck food with a spoon. Babies develop better lip control and movement by being actively involved in removing the puree from the spoon. Also, proper spoon feeding helps to keep the baby's tongue in the right place so that the food can be pushed back towards the throat for swallowing.

Keep these things in mind:

Here are steps you can take to make sure you're spoon-feeding the right way.

You should sit instead of standing while feeding the baby. When standing, you will have a tendency to present the spoon at an angle, and the position of your baby's head will be up and back to be able to see you. This makes it difficult to swallow comfortably.

Start with the tip of a spoon dipped in the puree. Then slowly work up to offering a spoon. Hold the spoon several inches in front of your baby's face, parallel to the feeding tray, rather than at an angle. Wait to notice the baby spoon and mouth open. Gently place the spoon over the tongue and hold it until the baby closes the lip around the spoon. Then take it out straight back from the mouth.

This allows the baby to suck the puree with a spoon while you are bringing it straight out of the mouth. Give your child time to move past the puree and swallow. This usually takes a second or two. When you're starting solids, your baby may push back on some food and then swallow. Over time, this forward/backward movement will fade and the baby will start swallowing more food.

The third thing you should not do is put the spoon in the child's mouth or fight with your child over the spoon. Some good parents, out of loving concern for their child's physical well-being, begin to pressure, force or trick the child into eating. They hate to do it, but keep on forcing the food into the child's mouth.

Don't pressure kids to eat:


Because they worry that the child will not gain weight or become unhealthy if they cannot get the child to eat what they believe the child should be eating. However when children are pressured or forced to eat, it becomes an unpleasant or stressful eating experience. When repeated, the baby may develop a distaste for feeding. It sets up a vicious cycle.

As an aversion to feeding develops, the baby will fuss or refuse to feed, which in turn stresses the parents out and forces them to stop weaning the baby. By doing so, they are inadvertently reinforcing their hatred of their child's feeding.

Another thing some kids hold onto the spoon, especially as they get older. Or they want to keep holding the spoon after taking it out of the mouth. Some parents get into tug of war with baby on spoon so they can continue to puree on spoon to feed baby. But this can lead to the child developing a negative association with food.

Most parents are very nervous when it comes to introducing solid food to their baby and it is difficult to figure out how much to give. Wouldn't it be easier if the child said, "I'm done, I don't want to eat anymore?" Fortunately, even before they speak, babies show signs as to the way they communicate.

When the baby refuses to open the mouth to feed more, turns away from the spoon, loses interest in eating, or is very fussy during feedings, these are signs that the baby is done and we should The child should try not to overeat. Babies need to develop an awareness and trust their fullness cues.

What parents need to know is that baby will only take a few spoonfuls at each meal in the first weeks after starting solids. Breast milk or formula will continue to be the baby's primary source of nutrition and solids will only be a supplement. For most babies it isn't until 8 or 9 months that they really start taking solid foods.

Let the child eat independently:

Babies need to learn how to take and swallow food safely before they start increasing solids. Ultimately, we want kids to grow up to be independent eaters, so from day one, we should let them control how much or less they eat at each meal. How the child responds when he grabs the spoon is a sign of progress in the child's development and should be encouraged and celebrated.

The fourth thing you should not do is to scrape or wipe the food off the baby's face during feedings. Obviously after the feeding session is over, you need to clean the baby, so it's okay for you to wash or wipe the baby. Most babies get very fussy and upset when they wipe their faces.

Must be familiar with food:


It is all part of the experience. When we spoon food out of a baby's face or wipe the face between bites, we create negative sensory experiences during feedings. So you let your child be messy. To make clean-up easier, put on a bib and cover the floor with a splash-mat.

The fifth thing you shouldn't do is stay on the puree for too long. Pure food seems to be safe for parents who worry about a child suffocating on regular feedings. As a result, some parents continue to feed their child only pure food for longer than necessary. Babies become familiar with drinking their milk as a smooth puree, and as they get older, they have more difficulty accepting different textures.

One research study found that children who were not introduced to textures other than puree for 9 months were more likely to have overeating problems and limited diets as they grew older. Babies who initially experience more texture and taste are less likely to be picky eaters.

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Conclusion :

Babies are not built to live on pure food for the rest of their lives. The goal of weaning from breast-milk or formula is to make them transition to eating real food that the rest of the family is eating. Of course this happens as progress over several months. But after a week or two of your baby easily taking to smooth purees, there's no reason why you can't transition to offering purees and a more lumpy texture of finger foods. By 6 months, most babies are able to carry things in their mouths. So there is no reason to doubt their ability to self-feed strips of food starting at 6 months. This will allow exposure to a greater variety of textures.