My daughter is 4 months old. What is your take on rice cereal or baby food? She weighs 10 lbs.SMAL!

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Andrea - posted on 11/22/2009

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I had the same thing with my son.. We started with Gerber rice with Apples in it then just slowly started try new foods Veg and Fruit that is.. He was a much more content little guy when we started food... That and i would watch to make sure that her little belly can handle food.. If you are unsure i would speak with your doctor before starting.. Hope this is helpful.. take care and best wishes

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Elisa - posted on 12/20/2012

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I Have The Same Prob With My Daughter.. The Chart Said She Should Be !!lbs For Her Height 23in. So When She Weighted 9lbs 11oz She Was Under Weight.. Now I Exclusively BF So When They Told Me That I Didn't Know What To Think.. I Was Told Formula To Supplement But She Wanted Nothing To Do With It... Everyone In My Family Said Give Her Rice Cereal Mixed With Breast milk In A Bottle.. Well I Couldn't Pump So I Mixed The Cereal Up In A Bowl She Loves It I Even Threw Applesauce In She Loves That Too.. Now She Is 10lbs 9oz And Going Up Weight Prob Under Control For Now...

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2012

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I have 2 of my own children, plus I work at a daycare with infants 6 weeks to 9 months old. By 3 months they all usually eat cereal and some parents give fruits and vegis. I always say go with what you think is best for your baby. Every baby is different and no one knows what baby needs more than their mommy.

Teresa - posted on 12/08/2012

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I think its fine if her system will handle it. That' the only issue with when to introduce foods. My first never drank more than 24 oz formula a day and we introduced cereal at 4 months. He was never a big eate. My second got cereal at 4 months and ate 1/2 a cup the first time looking at me like I'd been holding out. At 10 months he STILL eats more than my 8 year old does now! So if she will eat it with no issues I say go ahead.

Kris - posted on 12/08/2012

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Both of my kids were on baby cereal when they were 2 weeks old. They would wake up so often and be so hungry they were screaming like someone was trying to rip a limb off. the dr said as long as it's not too thick and the nipple hole is big enough for them to drink it, they should be fine. My daughter was eating quite a few different baby foods by the time she was 6 months. I introduced them 1 at a time, so I could make sure that if she was allergic to onew of them, I'd know which one.



HAHA I almost said something about her weight, and I saw this post 3 yrs old

Nikki - posted on 12/03/2012

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I would defenetely talk to your pediatrician... I did start both my boys on food at 4 months... But I started with oat cereal bc I found rice constipated and then veggies then fruit... Both my boys were big babies 18 lbs by 4 months and we're bottle fed due to milk supply and still were constantly hungry.... So we started solids.. If a baby is ready they will keep the food down if not they will spit it up.. But your baby needs to be able to sit up assisted in order to swallow the food.. Do not out cereal in the bottle.. It's a choking hazard.... Talk to your pediatrician first

Judy - posted on 12/01/2012

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I have 7 kids. They all started solids around 6 months, when they acted interested in what I was eating. I started with rice because it was easier to mix soupy or pasty depending on what the baby needed. because it is mild and rarely allergenic I mixed a touch of apple juice for flavor with it . the apple juice also helped balance out the binding effect that the rice might have on the bowels when first introducing it. Offer only a small amount maybe a teaspoon at first feeding and don't be surprised if it comes back out at you. Just spoon it back in. It takes a bit of practice for a baby to learn how to manipulate the food with their tongue. Hope this helps.

Jessica - posted on 12/02/2009

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I started my son on rice cereal mixed with formula and baby food when he was2 months. He just wasn't getting full on the formula.

Tracey - posted on 12/02/2009

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Definately check with your doctor first, especially about the weight.



I started my son on rice cereal at 4 months of age. It was very runny (very little rice, lots of milk) and I gradually worked up to a thicker rice mixture. At 4 months old, they aren't ready for solids yet. You'll know if its too thick because they won't be able to poop.

Stephanie - posted on 11/30/2009

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My daughter's been getting rice cereal since she was about 9 weeks. She's 4 months old now and she eats oatmeal in the morning and evenings and the doctor told us to give her vegetables and hold off on the fruits until she's 6 months just so she wont shun the veggies for sugary foods. She can't get enough of her veggies it seems though and she's a happy, healthy 14 lb baby (though really tall for her age!). Talk to your doctor before you start her on anything though.

Kelly - posted on 11/26/2009

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i wouldnt worry, my little girl was 10lbs 4oz a 16 weeks but is now a healthy happy 1 year old and is 23lbs! just go with the flow, health visitor dont recoment feeding them early but i got apples and pears cooked then then blended then so there was no lumps added a little milk and she loved it, only introduce food very graduarly. hope it helps

Roxanne - posted on 11/25/2009

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i just started my almost 4 month old on rice cereal and she weighs almost 15 lbs!

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Sure, try rice or even the oatmeal cereal. I heard that you shouldn't mix it with sweets like fruit and all because it gets their taste buds used to "sugary" food - that's just my opinion... but she is ready to try cereals. my little girl was small too, She wore newborn sizes until she was like 4m old, so ya... but I gave her cereal. Don't give it to her in a bottle tho. Let her experience a spoon :)

Amy - posted on 11/25/2009

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well babys grow at there own pace my daughter was small about the same wieght and my son well hes 2 months old and weighs 13 lbs! rice ceral is supose to be the starter ceral my advice mix it with some fruit that you are trying for a whole week the children tend to take the ceral better with the sweetness of the fruit. apples, bannanas what eer is sweet pears exedra!

Yozanne - posted on 11/25/2009

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I started my baby boy on solids at 17 weeks as he was a big baby (9lb 13oz when born) and was very ready. For the first week or two i only fed baby rice, now hes 21 weeks and has 3 meals per day (as hes 18lb 11oz) and eats a variety of fruit and veg. I introduced one fruit or veg at a time over a few days to ensure that he showed no allergies. x

Sarah - posted on 11/24/2009

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My paediatrician told me to start between 4-6 months. He also said that because i had quite a big baby (75th percentile) whose quite active i will probably need to start closer to the four month mark. My baby is only 2 months old but is already nearly 13 pound and she only gets breastmilk and a formula top up. He also said that when giving solids before 6 months make sure you feed them milk first, then the solids because the solids will make them feel full but won't give them the nutrients they need. You also need to make sure your baby will take food from a spoon (or your finger) and that she will swallow it, if she keeps spitting it out she's not ready. I'm not really sure why so many people seem to suggest starting with baby cereal? i've always been told to start with veggies (pureed and thinned potato, carrot, peas etc) and as everyone else said to only try one at a time, each for a few days to make sure there are no allergic reactions. Also i've been told if you have a history of food allergies in your family to try and put off introducing solids to 6 months and avoid anything highly allergenic.

Iysha - posted on 11/23/2009

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oh, if gaining weight is the issue, ask her pediatrician about high calorie formula. my daughter is on it and is growing . jumped from 5th percentile in both weight and height to 25th percentile.yay!

Iysha - posted on 11/23/2009

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if you're looking to make her gain weight, i wouldn' suggest it. it will limit her calorie intake. she needs more calories to grow. her pediatrician should give you a booklet on introducing baby food/cereal when he/she thinks she is ready. I too have a small baby...she's almost 5 mos. and is a little under 12 lbs.

Melissa - posted on 11/23/2009

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With my daughter, after 3 weeks i had to start putting half a teaspoon of cereal in her bottles with her formula because having just formula was like drinking water to her. she never slept and was always fussy and always hungry. She is 3 1/2 months old and just weighed in at 13 lbs. and she now eats 3 teaspoons of cereal with 6 oz of formula every 5 hours. Adding cereal did wonders for us and it really helped. i would say go ahead and try it, it wont hurt the baby and at 4 months is when doctors normally say to start them on it, but it just really depends on the baby. But ever since we started cereal, my daughter hardly ever cries and she sleeps through the night and is all around just happier in general because she actually gets full when she eats now. Good luck to you and i hope everything works out!

Amanda - posted on 11/23/2009

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with a baby that small you need to talk to your doctor before starting food. I started my daughter on cereal at 3 months but she was almost 12 lbs. The health nurse told me that the problem with starting food early is not digestion but absorbtion of nutrients. Cereal will fill your baby up without giving the nutrients she needs, in my case Fallon could eat about a tablespoon of cereal and then drink 6oz of breastmilk. But definately talk to your doctor first

Eleisha - posted on 11/23/2009

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My daughter started food quite early, and while I can't really give advice on that (she took to it immediately). I will recommend one thing... cook your own. I have always made her veges and stewed her fruit. In the whole 3 months since she started, she has had 2 jars of food. By making it I know exactly what I am giving her, and the transition to "normal" food will be somewhat easier as quite often jar food (even veges) is sweeter. Good luck!

Patricia - posted on 11/23/2009

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rice cereal is great if you get the plane one not the flavoured you can put your own flavourings in like purreed fruit.

Lynette - posted on 11/22/2009

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I started both of my kids on cereal with milk (formula or breast milk) and got the used to that then slowly brought in applesauce and other foods into the mix. You want to start slowly don't give your baby more than 1 food at a time to make sure there's no allergic reaction. If work one food in at a time you can figure out any allergic reactions better, hopefully none but better to have an idea just in case. Good luck!

Tanya - posted on 11/22/2009

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I would say you should def talk to your doctor about it, but from what I've read, 4 months is the beginning of when babies can begin to digest solids. It may be that if your daughter has had a hard time digesting breastmilk/formula she may not be ready to digest rice cereal. And if she's not digesting it, just pooping it out, then she'll just be fuller faster, not gaining more nutrients. That said, my mom said she gave me rice cereal when I was less than 2 months old, and I did fine, but I was a big baby already.



Also, I haven't come to this hurdle yet personally. It is only what I have read, since my son is just under 3 months.



You might find this article helpful. http://www.babycenter.com/0_introducing-...



Good luck with your decision!

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