Helping your baby transition from breast or bottle feeding to solid foods is not only important but also stressful for the baby as well as the mother. For most moms it is nothing short of a challenge as not all kids adapt quickly to this slow but steady change in feeding habits. Take note of these smart strategies for tackling the toughest baby feeding problems.
1.The Spitting Baby
It is normal for babies to spit up a little. If your baby tends to thrust his/her tongue and push food back out with every bite then probably the tongue-thrust reflex is yet to pass. It is an instinct that all infants have, to push anything out of their mouths to avoid choking. You can thin out whatever you are serving to your tiny tot by adding breast milk or formula as it will also act as a familiar taste on their developing palate. Put a bit of food on a spoon or your fingertip and place it in your baby’s mouth. If that tiny tongue continues to push out the mush even after several tries, take it as indication that it is not yet time to switch to solids. Wait another week and try again.
2.The Fussy Baby
Is your baby turning his face or fussing every time the spoon comes near? This might mean that your bundle of joy is not in an eating mood, tired, sick, distracted, or just full, and he is letting you know the only way he can. To help your baby accept the new foods, start with tiny portions . Try giving an alternate item and if you still find yourself out of luck, try again later when your baby is well rested.
3.The Grimacing Baby
Wondering why your little one takes one bite and starts making a funny face? Do not get alarmed as it might mean that your baby is just surprised by this novel sensation as the taste buds need time and practice to get used to new textures and flavors. Give it time because it can take up to 15 times before a baby accepts a new food.
4.The Gassy Baby
Since your baby’s developing digestive system is under considerable stress as it learns to absorb food, so sometimes it might cause him to get all gassy and smelly. There is nothing to be scared about if you notice no recent behavioral changes in him, it’s just the food that that has made your baby’s brand new machinery, a little uncomfortable. Try feeding smaller meals but more often, since, usually it’s not the food that’s producing the gas, but the quantity. Your baby’s tummy is the size of his fist, so feeding large amounts could strain his system.
5.The Allergic Baby
You include a nutritious component in your munchkin’s diet and the next time you change his diaper, notice a big red rash on his bottom. It could be a plain old diaper rash however rashes around the bum or mouth often signal a food allergy. Other allergic symptoms include vomiting, wheezing, watery eyes and a runny nose. Is you notice any such food allergy symptoms, consult your pediatrician. In case of a mild reaction, the doctor will probably advise you to feed your baby the same thing again, just to confirm the allergy. If the same reaction occurs again, stop feeding it to him and reintroduce it only when his doctor asks you to. The good thing is that many babies eventually outgrow food allergies.
6.The Constipated Baby
Does your baby grunt or become tense every time he tries to poop? Has there been a significant reduction in the amount of stool your baby passes each time? The culprit most probably is his new diet which probably might be getting him all constipated. Check in with the doctor, then try cutting back on more binding foods like bananas, potatoes, and rice cereal. Add more fiber-rich items such as fruits and veggies to his daily diet. Also try giving him some diluted pear juice to help soften his stool.
7.The Scared Baby
Is your baby reluctant when it comes to feeding himself? Some babies are more cautious about changes while others take a little more time to adapt. In order to speed the self feeding process, serve brightly colored and tiny portions or bite sized pieces of foods that are easy for your baby to pick up and put them in his mouth. Also hand him a spoon with a short, curved handle that’s easy for those chubby hands to grasp, and offer coarsely textured foods like oatmeal, which won’t slide off, causing all the mess.
Try chatting about the foods so that he becomes familiar with them and may become more inclined to reach for it. Remember, once your baby learns how to feed himself, then there is no stopping so be sure to keep a sturdy bid and some wipes handy. Regardless of all the mess, this is an important step for your baby's learning, growth, and self reliance.