So my sons doctor said we can start him on solids... fruits, meats, vegetables, and oatmeal. Well I tried giving him some oatmeal rice cereal. Not quite sure how to feed it to him. I gave up after about 5 minutes. It seems like he just pushes the spoon back out of his mouth with his tongue. Not sure how to do this right.
Edit: So he's tongue pushing has stopped for the most part and I hadn't given him bananas the whole weekends and his poop returned to normal. I'm pretty sure the black poop and smell was the bananas. I'm thinking of giving him some carrots or sweet potatoes next.
Umm... that's just silly. My three-year-old started on rice cereal at 4 months.... she's in 95% for height and 30% for weight. My other daughter is almost 5 months old and she is in the 75% for height amd 8% for weight.
You don't want to give him cereal that is the consistency of peanut butter, of course he would choke on that. But, you give him watered down cereal almost the consistency of thick cough syrup so they can get used to it.
4 months old is way too young for solids. He does not have tongue control, and can choke. Plus he will become obese. He should be taking at least 24 ounces of formula a day.
That tongue pushing thing is a reflex that basically means he's not ready. When that reflex backs off you'll have an easier time feeding him. Try again in a few weeks. Or longer. I wouldn't start solids on a 4 month old.
That's normal. Remember - you're not really feeding him solids for nutrition right now. It's partially just to get him used to the texture and to eating something from a spoon. As someone else said, you're in no rush. I stuck with the oatmeal rice cereal for a while. I waited until 6 months to start fruits, meats, and veggies. And don't give up on one variety if he doesn't eat it the first time (once you start baby food). My LO would refuse something one week - then gobble it down the next.
He is not ready if he pushing food back out. We introduce solids around 6 months. No cereal because it is garbage. Aap recommends 6 months and no cereal anyways. There is no rush for solids. My first was ready at 7 months. 2nd baby is only 3 months and still ebf.