The week before I left for Florida, Caleb started waking up early in the morning....ugh. Like 3, 4, 5 am. This is my boy that sleeps all night long! So I knew cereal was not far off. We started it as soon we got home. He doesn't spit it out, but he just sort of lets it hang out in his mouth - not really swallowing unless he has to. I know he'll get the hang of it, but it is NOT my favorite stage! I like the "just nursing" stage and then the "eating regular table food" stage. Baby food is not my favorite!!