1 month old....can i give her rice cereal?

LeeAnn - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )




I want to give my baby cereal to help her gain weight. Should I ? Why or Why not?


Marilyn - posted on 06/10/2010




Putting a pinch of cereal in the formula is a lot different than introducing solids which we all know a 1mos old can't have. I don't think the cereal will fatten the baby...it is used both for reflux, spitup or what have you and to thicken the milk (like nighttime feedings) to keep the baby full and see if they will sleep more at night...I tell you this I tried it with my first child and it was ok now my second was sensitive to everything and the cereal made her tummy hurt so I guess it depends on the baby...when I asked my pediatrician she said only if after changing the formula your baby still has problems spitting up then you should add cereal to her milk...if not she said wait till she's 3mos old and you can add a small amount to her bottle(pref. a pinch of cereal) hope that helps

Kristy - posted on 11/09/2009




hi ive got 2 young kids and they were both on solids at 1 month and there healthy babies i think my kids flourished wen they started on rice cereal

Jessica - posted on 11/08/2009




It's not bad to, and you can. Drs don't recommend solids due to the fact of allergies, but rice cereal isn't one of thise concerns. My dr ,specialize in preemie and infant/toddler care, told me to add it to my son's bottle to help spit up. I added rice cereal very little to formula at 2 weeks old with my son to help with spit up. It's advised for preemies to help them gain,also.

Oh, some formulas are made with rice starch added so rice cereal isn't the solid food issue... Just mix very little where formula is still very thin so baby doesn't choke and try it for a week to see how it goes. Your child won't necessarily gain much more. My son stayed underweight even with 2 cereal bottles every day.

Laura - posted on 11/09/2009




I would have to say don't do it. She will get all of the nutrients that she needs with breast milk or formula. All rice cereal will do is fill up her belly and then she won't want the other stuff that can actually put the weight on and give her the nutrients that she needs. Don't rush things. She'll plump up eventually!! Good luck :)

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Shivon - posted on 12/08/2013




My son is a month and the breast don't full him so I started the rice cereal and he's doing great.

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2010




LeeAnn, I think your best bet is to speak with your child's doctor about your concerns with her weight. I wouldn't give cereal to a baby under 4 months unless a doctor gives you permission to. It could potentially cause choking, allergy issues, or digestive problems. I don't think her tummy is quite ready for it. But, def speak to her doctor!

Kerren - posted on 11/10/2009




They have to be closer to 6months before you give them anything other than milk my son was about 4 and a half months before i gave him anything solid but that was because he was a really hungary baby and was having quite alot of milk and he'd already been on hungry baby milk since about 1 and half months.

Leah Moore - posted on 11/09/2009




Every baby is different but from my experience I would say always check with your health advisor first. Everything she needs she can get from breast or formula milk. She's only a month old. Babies lose a few ounces in 1st week and then start gaining weight. Her weight looks fine to me. I would wait til she's 4 months at least unless your doctor advises otherwise.
Congrats and good luck :)

Tara-Marie - posted on 11/09/2009




i started giving my baby baby rice at 3 months but that was cuz she was hungary i wudnt give ur baby baby rice at 1 month her tummy will NOT take it what u need to look at is how much she is having an how often at 1 month my daughter was having 3 onz every 3 hours now at 4 months she is on 7 onz every 4 hours an her breakfast in a morning x

Georgina - posted on 11/08/2009




No! Her little tummy isn't ready for that yet. Not until at least 4months at the earliest, unless your Dr advises otherwise. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 11/08/2009




The only instance where it's recommended to give rice cereal at such a young age is to assist with reflux - and ONLY under the guidance of your doctor. At one month of age your babe should only be eating breastmilk and/or formula.

Pia - posted on 11/07/2009




Definitely don't give her cereal. Heaps of people will say that they gave it to their kids and they are okay, but a lot of problems from early feeding can start in adulthood. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about her weight gain, and if your doctor is worried he will give you suggestions for helping her. If you are breastfeeding he may get you to supplement with formula occasionally. My son is considered underweight as well, but he eats way more then is recommended (he is 16 months). All his growth goes to his height, he's in the 95 percentile. Don't stress too much unless your doctor tells you too:)

Sarah - posted on 11/07/2009




If you feel she is having problems gaining weight I would talk to your doc. Giving her cereal is not going to help with weight gain. Formula and breastmilk have more nutrients in it and will help her growth over the cereal. At 1 mos. her tummy is not develop enough to digest the cereal and you will cause more problems with giving her cereal. My suggestion would be to ALWAYS talk to your doc. BEFORE introducing new things. There are things you need to watch for and know before you add them to your child's diet. Also cereal should be fed by spoon and at 1 mos your baby is not going to be able to eat from a spoon. Enjoy your child and don't force her to grow up faster than what she is ready for. And TALK TO YOUR DOC. If there is concern about her weight gain there is a special formula that helps with that.

Erika - posted on 11/07/2009




Pediatricians don't recommend any solids until 4-6 months of age. Your baby needs to have doubled her weight before any solids are given. Ask her pediatrician what you can do to help her gain weight. She's probably fine as long as she's producing enough diapers throughout the day.

Hope this helps.



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No, I wouldn't. The *youngest* age to introduce solids is 4 months (unless your pediatrician says otherwise). Many pediatricians are urging parents to wait until 6 months. A lot of people will say, "I gave it to my child and they're ok..." but a child's stomach is not ready to digest solids yet. Starting solids too early can cause constipation and digestion problems as well as problems down the road. Rice cereal has no nutritional value. So if you replace feedings with rice cereal then baby will get less breastmilk or formula which is what they really need.

Brooke - posted on 11/07/2009




Your baby will gain weight in her own time... you are advised not to give a baby any form of solid food until at least 4 months, and even at 4 months unless there is a good reason to they advise 6 months... how much does she weigh?? if she is under weight then your Dr will let you know what to do. my daughter is 9 months old, she is only 16lb. But she is healthy, not a thing wrong with her.. she is small because because of genetics... Don't make your daughter put on weight unless she really needs it..

feeding a child under 4 months can lead to allegies, digestive problems and obesity later on in life. These things may not happen. but they also could

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