at how many months did everyone start there child on baby cereal

CRYSTAL - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 78 moms have responded )

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at how many months should i start my 4 month son on baby cereal

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Lise - posted on 04/23/2010

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My LO is 6 months old, and we haven't started solids yet. She's happy on breast milk for now. We tried avocado one night right at 6 months, but she just threw it.

Vicki - posted on 04/23/2010

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Amanda I find that a strange position to come from (needing to teach them how to eat). I never taught my boy to eat, and I never fed him. I put food in front of him and he eats it or not. It doesn't really matter - there's no need to introduce food before they can feed themselves. Many babies aren't ready for food even by 6 months and there's no reason at all to make them eat it.

Katie - posted on 04/20/2010

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The recommended age is 6 months.

I started my son on a single-grain cereal (rice) at 6 1/2 months and he loved it!



Good Luck Crystal!

Jeramie - posted on 04/25/2010

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Nothing but breastmilk or formula for the first 6 months! I only tried rice cereal once, and she hated it. At 6 months I started feeding her soft and pureed food that we were eating. Mashed avocado was her first food. I also gave her crackers to teeth on.

Linda - posted on 04/24/2010

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I waited until six months as suggested by my health visitor, as any earlier babies digestive systems aren't developed enough to handle solids. I have read in a few places that you can try the banana test with a baby if a baby can't eat mashed banana then it's ok to begin solids.

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Tiana - posted on 05/05/2010

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lol. my daughter never did like it, i had to throw away alot of it she would just spit it out. i did a little bit of baby food but didnt even have her on much of that before she was taking to solids. i dont plan on doing any babyfood with my son due to all the additives they put in that stuff.

Tracey Ann - posted on 05/05/2010

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I just went to my doctors n she said 6 Months if you start them earlier there are chances of allergies appearing so i'm waitng

Krista - posted on 05/05/2010

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I started my son on cereal at 3 months old and started adding fruit at 4 months old.

Ann - posted on 05/05/2010

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6 months is wat my doc suggested...till den my baby was solely on breastmilk...but tat meant it was diff to make him have anything for about two months...i think u should start with little quantities bout now cos the older he gets the fussier too he will be!

Ericka - posted on 05/04/2010

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My daughters pediatrician had me start her on cereal, stage 1 baby food, and juice at 4 months. She is now 6 months and doing awesome.

Alicia - posted on 05/04/2010

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NO. it is suggested that children should only have breastmilk until the age of 6 months. it can actually do damage to their digestive system

Leah - posted on 05/04/2010

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My Son was only 2 months old, but he was hungry all the time! So I talked to the doctore and he said just to go with the flow, they will let you know when they are ready!

Kathy - posted on 05/04/2010

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Melissa I wasn't trying to put it that way, just saying that its not just about making money, if every woman was successful at breastfeeding there wouldn't be a market for it in the first place. The way you worded it was as though you were trying to say formula was poison or something when its a GREAT substitute for breast milk

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Right, thanks Kathy.I was hoping that since we're all supposed to be reasonable adults here that perhaps people would realize that I meant those of us who had a choice should avoid formula.
I guess I can't say anything on here without being "told". I'm done.

Kathy - posted on 05/03/2010

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Melissa formula is made and sold as a replacement for breast milk not JUST to make money. There are many people out there who could not breast feed and its people like us that they make it for.

My baby is perfectly healthy on formula, her cereal and other foods!! Her favorite is sweet potatoes and turkey!!

Jessica - posted on 05/02/2010

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i started my son at 3 1/2 months he is know 18 weeks and eating formula every 3 to 4 hours and having ceral or mashed fruit/vegies twice a day. He is loving it and swallowing everything no waste for our little man. He gets so excited when he sees the bowl and spoon come out.lol

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There is scientific reasoning behind waiting for 6 months. Baby's intestinal lining isn't done developing completely and what goes in before around 6-7 months isn't filtered properly and could cause problems. Here's a link that explains it better, but they leave out the info I've also read- that more toxins get into the baby's system and that's what that baby is building the rest of it's life on.
http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000...
This is another great reason why breastfeeding for at least the first year (and yes, as us USA'ans are told, the first 6 months), if at all possible, is so important. These are the building blocks for your baby's whole life. Formula is formulated and sold to make money, not to nourish and protect babies.

PS: Babies don't need to eat cereal. Starting them on whole foods (instead of processed foods), like fruits (pears are a wonderful first food) and beef are good, nutritious starts. :-)

Mandy - posted on 04/30/2010

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4 months for us, but it was not thick at all, and they recommend you starting with single grain first because it is easier to digest. With time you thicken it, and can mix in multi-grain. Also, when you first start it's not much, only a tablespoon or two.If they don't take to it right away, no big deal, wait a few weeks and try again. They have to get the hang of eating off a spoon and pushing food to the back of their mouth.Have fun! My daughter loved it!

Colleen - posted on 04/29/2010

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I started our son on rice cereal exactly at 4 months...after receiving the OK from our pediatrician.

Corlia - posted on 04/29/2010

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It depends on size and weight of baby. I started at 6 months. They must be able to sit and keep their head up. The clinic sister told me if they can keep upright by themselves then their systems on the inside is ready. It made sense to me and we did not have any problems starting at 6 months with a little bit of cereal in the morning.

Cassandra - posted on 04/28/2010

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I started trying extra runny cereal occasionaly with my son around 4 months, although he really didn't start eating it till closer to 6 months. Guess it was all just practice. :)

Rosalyn - posted on 04/28/2010

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my baby girl is 4 n a half months old n shes been on solids for 4 weeks!!! she was and is a big baby but loves her grub so i tried rusks n baby rice n she wasnt keen!! she likes things with more flavour so i tried the heinz banana breakfast n she loved it!! use ur own judgement hun ur little boy will tell u wot he wants in the end!! x

Michelle - posted on 04/27/2010

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4 months. Perhaps start him on the textures of foods ... don't try and shove it in his mouth.

Alex HATED rice cereal on its own ... so I mixed it with fruit puree. If you have allergies in your family ... wait til 6 months. I am not allergic to anything, so Alex got everything except what is not recommended (like peanuts, honey, strawberries etc).

Joey - posted on 04/27/2010

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My b/g twins are almost 5 months and have been eating cereal and veggies all month. I tried just plain cereal at first and neither one liked the taste so I mixed it with veggies. They have gotten to the point where if they see the spoon comming at them they pull the thumbs out and sit there with thier mouths open! They look like little birds! And they will tell you about it if you are too slow with the spoon! I always nurse after they are also. We are only at two solid feedings a day and the rest of the time is nursing. We also give them water but we haven't introduced juice yet.Good Luck!

Kathy - posted on 04/27/2010

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I didn't know "most babies hate cereal" mine and any other babies I've known love it!! only thing she wasn't sure of at first was when it first went in her mouth.... 3rd or 4th spoonful she was inhaling it!

Elysia - posted on 04/27/2010

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i started at 4months as just breast milk was no longer keeping him satisfied. I double checked with my child nurse before doing so

Doris - posted on 04/26/2010

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I started at 6 1/2 months because he was born 2 weeks early. It's recommended 6 months to prevent any allergies. I gave my baby Heinz and he vomit because it contains skim milk. I changed to Organic Oatmeal, Rice Cereal after that did not contain any dairy products and he loves it. If baby gets constipated a little diluted prune juice helps the bowel movement.

Jennifer - posted on 04/26/2010

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I started mine with a a spoonful here or there at 4.5 mos as advised by my paed. My son had reflux and it was supposed to help. I found it constipated him(rice cereal) and I ended up only using cereal as a filler when feeding fruit purees and to thicken watery veggies like zucchini. Rice cereal has no real nutritional value for babies except for the added iron which a breast fed baby gets from its mother anyway (until baby is eating solids). I now make porridge from oats for breakfast for my son as it is cheaper, just as easy and tastes better:) Many midwives advice starting on avocado or something else as cereal has no taste and breastmilk is supposed ot be flavourful. Most babies hate cereal. Do what you feel comfortable with- there is no reaosn to start your baby on cereal until 6mos if you don't want to.

Alicia - posted on 04/26/2010

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Never did baby foods or cereals. I just pureed our foods and started increasing size and consistency as they did better and better. Why pay that much for "baby" food when you can make healthier, fresher foods at home?

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The recommended age to start is actually 4 months (if it wasn't they wouldn't have that on the box) but I feel that only you as his mother, knows best. I noticed that my daughter was just not satisfied with her bottle so at 4.5 months I started her on rice cereal (my pediatrician was OK with me starting cereal). She is now almost 6 months and she is fine. I first started it very liquidity (recommended to use breast milk or formula) and when I noticed that she was doing better with the spoon, I thicken it a little more. After two weeks, it was at a good texture. They say that spoon feeding helps with their jaw movement so that they can one day talk. GOOD LUCK!!!

Jenna - posted on 04/25/2010

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my daughter got put on cereal by the dr around 2 months because of reflux and spitting up so much, she starting gaining too much weight and i tested her without it around 4 months and she did fine. shes 5 months and gets it in the morning & at night. shes also on jar food because she was eating cereal for so long formula alone doesnt keep her full. at around 3 months she did start watching us eat and want our food, so i believe she was ready. the dr didnt tell us specifically which cereal to put her on so we tried rice, which constipated her. so we switched it to oatmeal. do what u feel is right for ur child!! every baby is different!

Rebekah - posted on 04/25/2010

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i started my daughter on baby rice and 3 month she was waking up every 2hrs in the night for a feed a was drinking 9oz everytime after 2 weeks she was on baby tinned food now she has breakfast tins and a tin at tea and she sleeps through from 7-8 :)

Alyssa - posted on 04/25/2010

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My pediatriatric started my daughter at 4 months along with baby food fruits..starting with applesauce then banana then your choice.my daughter is 6 months now and doing fine

Jessica - posted on 04/24/2010

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I started at 5 months because my daughter was ready. She was sitting up on her own and showing signs of little interest in her bottle. The first time we gave it to her she took it.

Angela - posted on 04/24/2010

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4 months is when we started - per dr recommendation. Its up to your baby when he's ready. Try it and if he can't keep it in his mouth or spits it out, you might want to wait a little longer. It all depends on whether or not his mouth is ready to eat cereal yet.

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2010

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back when my eldest were born they recommended you start at 3 months, so i did. with my youngest (20 months) i was going to wait until the recommended 6 months but ended up starting at 5. luckily i had no issues with any of them and they took to it well.

Stephanie - posted on 04/23/2010

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I started my son on oat based cereals rather than wheat based. Wheat can be quite harsh and possibly aggrivate an underlying allergy. My other two children could not tolerate wheat so couldnt eat wheat based cereals like weetabix but could tolerate oat based cereals like porridge and ready brek. My new baby is 6 months and i started him on readybrek which is full of calcium at 5 months and he loves it and so far so good no intolerance.

Virginia - posted on 04/23/2010

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I started mine right after his 4 month check-up. I started with just once a day and then increased it to twice a day, in his bottles.

Jennifer - posted on 04/23/2010

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I had started Natalia on cereal at 4 months. I also started to introduce her to other baby foods at the same time, but I did ask her ped. if it was ok to start this early.

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My daughter's pediatrican said to start her on cereal at 3 months and baby food at 4 months. You can ask your sons doctor what he/she thinks and they will be honest

Amanda - posted on 04/23/2010

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I started four months, they encourage to start at 41/2 months and only certain foods. Then by six months, they should be well into having a range of different tastes. I started my daughter on 1 tablespoon of rice cereal at dinner time, she found it strange at first getting used to eating without sucking lol. But now she is 5 months and she has a meal of rice cereal for breakfast, then something different like pumpkin for tea, she loves it. You dont want to get to six months and be trying to teach your child how to eat. But then everyone is different. My doctor and health nurse said start them at 41/2 months. Hope this helps :)

Alena - posted on 04/22/2010

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i started at 3 months for both kids but look for signs that they are ready like supported sitter or when you put a spoon in front of him does he go for it.

Donna - posted on 04/22/2010

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most nurses and peadiatricians will say 6mths however my daughter was never a big drinker so at 4mths i started adding cereal to her bottles and after a couple of weeks started giving her cereal at breakfast only. By 5mths she was on solids 3 times a day. Hope this helps

Dana - posted on 04/22/2010

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If he is ready start now...I started my daughter at 4 months with rice cereal and she really liked it..oatmeal was not a hit until she was about 6 months...if it isn't a go right away keep trying. By the time she was 6 months she was through all of the stage 1 veggies and fruits...

Deb - posted on 04/22/2010

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6 months, and I was very set on following the guidelines because of allergies in our family. I figure, also, unless the baby's really still hungry even with full servings of milk/formula why rush? They have their whole lives to eat solids. Why risk upsetting their digestive tracts before they're ready? When all the guidelines said 6 months for cereals and 1 year for other sensitive foods (citrus, shellfish, nuts, etc), I followed them.

Momof1 - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son's doctor said 4 months, but I am waiting until he is at least 6 months, because breast milk is all he technically needs until then.

Brittany - posted on 04/22/2010

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when ever they are ready, my daughter didn't eat baby cereal well till 6 months but its good to practice. :) When we first introduced her to it she mostly pushed it outta her mouth with her tongue.

Kathy - posted on 04/22/2010

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we started our daughter on rice cereal @4 1/2 months, as per her doctor, when we told the health nurse even she said its ok if the doctor said it was ok. I was told anywhere from 4-6 you can start cereal, she gave me suggested guidelines for introducing solids and told me to use my judgment. She's now 7 months old, and so far only doesn't like the jarred beef foods (beef & veggie or beef & broth) and peas. Although the beef & broth I really don't blame her, it smells gross and tastes almost as bad. I also read on a handout from the health nurse that you CAN (don't have to) start giving small amounts of homo milk @ 8-9 months, not to replace formula/breastmilk but to give them the taste to make weaning easier when your ready.

Tristina - posted on 04/22/2010

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My 3 month old boy was eating basic cereals. He was always very hungry even after his milk feeding so I started him on cereal against the advice of the doctor (suggested wait until 4 months). He never got a lot, about 2 tbsp 2x/day. He's fine, 14 months old now and started homo mild @ 9 months now on 2% already. He's 98%ile for all growth.

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