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It sounds like teething, yes. It's pretty common for them to eat less when teething. Maybe freeze some milk and put a cube into a mesh feeder?
we started feeding cereal at 4 months, but started with a little in his bottle each night to get his tummy used to it. Then when he started teething, I put some frozen fruit into [these things([link]] and let him go to town. I think 5 months was when we started purees and it does take a while for them to figure out what to do with their tongue. Gagging is normal, choking is not. Watch a video and read some articles on how to know the difference, it will help you feel better about it. Keep following your gut but don't be too afraid.
I mean, I wouldn't give the kid a steak or anything large and fibrous but some puree would probably be fun. We started giving our little boy solids pretty young. Our Ped told us 6 months is the rule of thumb because of the ability to move foods around with the tongue. We kind of listened, kind of didn't.
Our boy got teeth at 3 months so that's pretty much when we started giving him solids. In addition to homemade purees and jarred baby food (he LOVED sweet potato) we would give him avocado, or watermelon/other fruit in one of these netted holders so he could chomp on it and get the juice/goop out without the worry of choking.
This could be a teething thing or just a developmental thing.
You should try some of those mesh feeders with frozen fruit or frozen purees in them.. they're a bit messy but they're great for getting some nutrition into teething babies.
Also, full length bibs with sleeves (Ikea has awesome ones) are great for messy meals too.
We started at 4 months and, while we did try some purees, she prefers chomping on those mesh feeding bags. She loves mango and avocado but we've also put banana in them. The handle is big enough for her to hold and I don't have to worry about her choking.
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder
We have one of these mesh feeders, and we like to put an ice cube in it when my daughter is teething (or even when she's cranky for no discernible reason-somehow it helps!).
She doesn't seem to really like other teethers, but that will calm her and she'll chew and suck on it until it's gone.
Here's a link to the one we have. My son loves mashed up frozen strawberries or bananas in it. The mesh adds some nice texture on the gums, too, like a washcloth (which he also loves).
I got a mesh baby feeder and I fill it with bananas, avocado, sliced grapes, watermelon, steamed sweet potato, or steamed veggies. LO prefers to feed herself through the mesh instead of eating off a spoon.
Edit: here's a link to the one I have!
I'm in the same boat with my twins, they are 6 months tomorrow but 4 1/2 months adjusted (preemies).
I discovered yesterday that they LOVE strawberries. I already had a frozen bag in the freezer. I cut them up and put them in a mesh feeder and let them gnaw on it. One twin is meh about it, but the other goes crazy. She gets so upset when it's all gone! I hold it for them.
I've also seen these at Walmart and Target.
I plan to use these if LO starts teething around 3 months. Most stores (Walmart, Target, BRU) carry these.
Thank you for this, it makes me feel better about the formula! I cringe every time I buy it, and I cringe when I change his suddenly much stinkier diapers-- but for my sanity, I was ready to stop pumping. When my supply dropped a little at the same time he started demanding 8 oz in a sitting, it was all the motivation I needed to wean down to no pumps. We got 5 solid months of breast milk and I'm thankful for that. I hated breastfeeding, and I also hated pumping, so now we have more quality time together and less frustration. We're doing a bit of a baby led weaning approach to food, so everything he's eaten so far has been whatever fruits, vegetables, and meats we have around (sometimes pureed, sometimes whole, sometimes in those little mesh feeders ). It's been so fun to watch him experience new flavors!
I honestly don't know anything about baby led weaning.
I just wanted to suggest this product-
You might already use it, but I thought I'd mention it just in case. :)
Edit: in case you haven't seen it before, you just pop the fruit or veggie into the mesh bag and snap it shut. You LO can hold on to it by themselves and chew away at it. They're happy and you dont have to worry about them choking on foods. :)
This has been so wonderful for our 10 month old! It's my favorite thing so far! My daughter has six teeth, 4 on the top in the front, and two on the bottom in the front... meaning, she can take BIG bites out of anything (even those hard biter biscuits) and then, of course since she only has teeth in the front, can't mash the food up to swallow. This thing is great! I can stick some fruit in it, hand it to her, and she's happy for the next half hour. We even put a small piece of Easter ham, a green bean and a bite of scalloped potatoes in there for her on Sunday and she absolutely loved it! Until she gets more teeth, I'm sticking with this handy little tool and those Gerbers Puffs and Yogurt Puffs for snack time. My heart can't handle any more choking scares!
Mesh feeder. I bought one but my baby doesn’t like food so ��♀️ idk
The best advice that I'll swear to and will help your sanity and the baby's. Start teaching him basic sign language starting at 6 months. You don't need ASL courses, just some basic signs. This was a huge help. Around 8 months both of my kids started signing back. The sign for more and eat is where you should start. To this day both my kids, 8yo & 3yo, will unconsciously sign some of what we taught them as babies. Here is a video to help get you started. [link]
Some smaller advice:
If you have stable budget, amazon subscribe and save on diapers & wipes. It was cheaper for us than walmart & target.
Once teething time arrives here are two unbelievably underrated items. For when you have access to a freezer, get the munchkin mesh teether and freeze berries, apple slices, banana slices, or ice. For when the mesh teether isnt an option, I recommend the raspberry teether pacifier. I linked both below. [link]
You got this! We all believe in you!
If mother is in the picture be as empathetic and supportive as possible both of you will survive the adjustment for the better. Post partum depression can hit hard and is no joke. Help with feeding, night time rounds, and general help whenever it is possible.
My friend said that these are like magic: Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder, 2 Pack, Blue/Green [link]
If you want to feed the kid more solid food, but he's still too young to have actual solids, give him a barrier between the chunks of food and his throat. He'll chew on this, puree it himself, and have a grand ol' non-choking time.
My daughter enjoyed frozen banana in this mesh bag
I had a package stolen just before Christmas. I think it was the high school kids who walk by the house every afternoon (I live near TJ). They got these and this. Hope you enjoyed them you pieces of shit.
What helped my LO was using these:
I would fill them with frozen fruit like strawberries and she would love it while teething. Hang in there Momma! You can get through it!
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder, Colors May Vary, 2 Count [link]
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Maybe one of those mesh feeder things? [link]
I don't see on here anything about not doing that. A baby at 8 months old is not ready to chew things like food let alone celery. I know it is scary but if this is your first you don't do that they have to learn how to process the chewing and drinking that is why there are training cups and teething things you can throw mushy juicy fruit and veg in that they can naw on.
this is what you want to introduce them to chewing on food
We have a couple of these that we put an ice cube in for her to suck on. Water gets everywhere but it seems to help. She really doesnt seem to like teethers that much so I've also been using a cold washcloth. I only give her tylenol if absolutely nothing else is working and she's been crying for hours.
Sophie brand also makes a bear and some other sizes of animals! I would not get a sophie after seeing those, because the long parts could choke too easily for my liking. (there's a store that carries them locally)
We have these mesh feeders. [link]
ps: we've been teething for 2 months and have zero teeth yet. :(