what age did you start baby cereal?

Mary - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 161 moms have responded )

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im wondering when a good time to start my baby on cereal is. she takes a WHOLE can of formula a day and it seriously cost us a fortune. she is ALMOST 2 months old.

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Charity - posted on 08/10/2010

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We followed our Pedi's advice and waited til just about 6 months. Of course, we skipped the cereal and just went to baby food. I made most of my own food but Plum Organics are great. From everything Ive been told, baby cereal isnt truly necessary and has very few nutrients- just a way to transition. We started with carrots.

Jamie - posted on 08/10/2010

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We skipped cereal and went straight to vegetables. Cereal is just a filler and adds no natural nutrients (fortified with vitamins, but you can give you baby vitamin drops). We waited until our baby was 5 months, because that's when he started being curious about our food, and I was also starting to have a hard time to keep up with him with breast milk.

Leanne - posted on 08/09/2010

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Never.....we did Baby Led Weaning and started at 5 1/2 months. 'Cereals' and Baby Rice have zero nutritional value and can reduce the amount of milk babies take in which in turn can lead to malnutrition. Solids shouldn't be given before 6 months without supervision of a Dr or medical professional. The gut isn't ready for solids before 4 months and only becomes ready sometime between 4 and 6 months....because of that you can't guarantee you won't cause serious harm by giving solids before 6 months. Go see your Dr.

Kyla - posted on 08/02/2010

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Two months is probably too early. Unless you have been advised by a doctor.. And hate to break it to you.. but you are still going to go through a WHOLE can of formula when you do start cereal. Babies need primarily breast milk or formula until 6 months. I still go through an entire can of formula a day and my son is almost 1.

Jess - posted on 02/28/2013

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Infants should not be given anything but breastmilk/formula for at least their first 6 months of life. Simply because their digestive system is still developing. If fed any solids too early, you may see irreversible damages to reflect this later in life (despite seeming fine & liking it). I would strongly suggest being patient with your little ones who werent designed for our fast-paced world & instant- gratification mentality. You should not force your child to eat cereal through a bottle. Your baby should not be eating steaks every meal to go into a food induced coma for a long period of time (on-going studies link formula to diabetes due to the raise in blood sugars causing longer slumber & drop in blood sugar. Just to be fed again & shoot their levels through the roof). It does not mean your baby is hungry just because they will guzzle a bottle of formula after a breast-feeding. They do as they will to survive. It isnt normal to sleep through the night so early in age & shouldnt even be encouraged!! Let your little one have night feedings, Its better for their metabolism. Not to offend anyone, forgive me if i have.

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Sally - posted on 12/20/2013

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The baby food companies say to start solids at 4 months, the AAP at 6 months, and the WHO at 1 year. Really the only healthy time to start is when your child is grabbing the food and feeding themselves which depending on the child will usually be somewhere between 6 months and 3 years.
Giving children things to eat that they are not developmentally able to digest, is the perfect way to set them up for a life time of digestive disorders. Also, cereal is the worst first food available as it has little to no nutritional value and we our intestines don't make the enzymes necessary to digest grains until we have the molars necessary to grind them.
Is your babies health worth saving a few dollars?

Annette - posted on 12/17/2013

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My baby Cheyenne is almost 3 months old and she eats 5-6ozs of formula but I don't use cearel yet because she sleeps all night already it help giving them a warm bath and warm bottle before bed it helps them sleep better every time I bathe her every other night but she drinks soy milk it's expensive simulac (purple can) but omg it's worth it I breast fed her for a week and after that I started formula cause she was 10lbs 2ozs and 21 1/2 long she was a big baby and I only weighed 120 before I got pregnant I ended up gaining 50 lbs lol but she is heathy as can be. Good luck and p.s. Go with your gut every baby is different and nobody knows you baby better then you even if you do give them all info. Don't go by guidelines go by what you think is best.

Cathy - posted on 09/01/2010

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if you start anywhere before 6months it shows your baby will have weight problems because they cant digest it, i did at 6.5months and ir was perfect.

Leslie - posted on 08/22/2010

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We started my son on cereal at 2 1/2 months because I could not keep him full. We gave him some in the morning and evening but back away from the evening cereal due to not sleeping as well. He is two weeks shy of 6 months this week and I will be starting baby food shortly.

Joan - posted on 08/21/2010

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When my babies were extra hungry I bottle-fed them yogurt with either a bit of water, or apple juice and they loved it and it did fine in their tummies (this was at about 3 months old). Yogurt is really good for babies, as even though they can't digest cows milk till 1 year old, yogurt is different and already pre-digested.
As far as baby food, the less processed stuff we give them the better. Commercially made baby foods --even ones that are filled with all kinds of vitamin additives-- are still no where near the real deal of whole foods. As far as first foods go, banana is a much better option than commercial "baby cereal".

Sherry - posted on 08/18/2010

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I started both of my children at 4months and neither had a problem.My son did better than my daughter though.

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a whole can of formula? how big is the can? i started to give my daughter cereal at 1 month old in her bottle. but now she is 6 months old and has cereal mixed with baby food

Andrea - posted on 08/18/2010

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Everyone is entitled to opinion to when to introduce juice to their baby, but why would doctors and WIC say it's okay to introduce watered down juice to your baby at 6 months old if it was hazardous to their health?

Heather - posted on 08/17/2010

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We started ours at about 2 mths , I had concerns about him spitting up.well first the whole time in the hosp. he spit up so I asked to switch to sy formula that really helped he said most babies cant stomach regular isomil( blue can)I dont know if that is true but our son couldnt drink it either so it must be some truth to it.Back to cereal, he told us to add about a teaspoon,but I used my judgement with the scoop in the formula he was up to a whole scoop. This also helped at night he slept better and was more satisfied. hope this helps oh but use rice cereal its easier for them.:)

Brandy - posted on 08/16/2010

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Both of my kids were 6 months. I know formula is expensive but it's best for your baby if you wait.

Julie - posted on 08/16/2010

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In 1990 the doctor had me start my baby at 3 months because she wasn't nursing well and not gaining weight. With all the rest of my children though including the last born in 2008 I waited until 4 months when doctors recommend. My friend however had a baby like yours that drank lots of formula and nursed and still seemed to be hungry. Her doctor had her start giving cereal at 2 months, but her baby was able to swallow already. Most babies aren't able to, and will just push it back out with their tongue. If you try it you'll have to make the cereal really thin and give a little bit at a time, putting it as far back on her tongue as possible so she's forced to swallow. They also have special cereal feeders that look like a bottle and you make the cereal thinner and the hole in the nipple is bigger and they drink it like formula. Ask you doctor for his recommendations though after you've shared your concerns.

Emily - posted on 08/16/2010

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a whole can of formula? how many times a day are you feeding her and how many ounces. babies that are that young should only be eating 2.4 ounces a bottle. and you take their weight * 2.7 to get how many ounces a day they should be eating. I started my son on ceral when he was 6 weeks old. of course i asked his pedi before hand. but im more apt to know what my son needs than the pedi, and that's always going to be my opinion.

Colleen - posted on 08/16/2010

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Our Ped got a little upset with me when my daughter was 5 months old that I had not yet started her on solids yet. All of the recommendations say 4 months to start introducing. They have a formula that has rice base, it's Simulac Sensitive RS. You might find you go through less formula. I went through probably half as much when my daughter started this formula. She got full, and she wasn't spitting it up to make room for more.

Anna - posted on 08/16/2010

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I started my daughter on cereal when she was 3.5 months... I nursed her and she was nursing every hour! I couldn't keep up with her. When I started giving her just a tiney bit of cereal she went back to her regular schedule of eating. The issue wasnt my milk supply... she just needed more to eat.

Mindy - posted on 08/16/2010

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i started my daughter on cereal at almost 4 months. i mised it with formula. i did that twice a day then used a bottle and mixed rice in with the bottle every so often to fill her up. just be careful. too much rice leads to constipation lol

Amielle - posted on 08/16/2010

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How big are these tins of formular?? In Australia we can only get tins that weight around a kilogram.

Hayley - posted on 08/15/2010

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We started our son on rice cereal in his bottle at two months. We started only at night, I would totally suggest it :)

Amber - posted on 08/15/2010

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four months...but some people have started pretty soon because they just aren't getting full. I would ask your DR.

Lauren - posted on 08/15/2010

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I started my son on infant cereal around three and half months. He was eating so much formula that I needed to do more. His doctor gave me the ok because even she thought he was eating too much formula

Trudy - posted on 08/15/2010

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After having 6 children they all started baby food at dif ages my youngest child who is 18 months was eating it at 8 weeks old & he would have his bottle then cereal. I would add alot of baby milk tho as it had to be quite fine for him to be albe to eat it.

All babs are different as i know form having 6 kiods they have all done & started things at dif ages.

If you think your baby ie ready go with your instincts thats what i say.

Dont listen to these mums that say oh no thats to young half the time they have had either one child or are on the 2nd child & thes are themums that think they no it all.

Like i say do it when you think he/she is ready n yourl know when the time ie right as the bub will eat it al up with out refuseing it.. I would only fed a baby this young tho on the plain farax (baby cereal)

Hope this helps

Ghadeer - posted on 08/15/2010

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well..as for me i started my baby girl with fresh orange juice or apple when she was 2 months old just a couple of tablespoons a day ...at the age of 5 months, she started to eat anything we eat but mashed.. it really depends on the weight of your baby.. the build-up as well.. you should try and see what would happen.. nothing serious i'm sure.. good luck

Meghan - posted on 08/15/2010

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My son has been eating cereal since he was 3 weeks old.. The doctor said We could put it in his bottle because he would eat 4 ounces every 2 hours! Hes never had a problem with the cereal at that age and hes 6 months old now healthy as can be!

Tina - posted on 08/15/2010

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I agree what most people are saying. Try to check with your dr first. I started my daughter on cereal @ about 4 months, at dr request, due to reflux. It seemed to help her. She is now almost 15 months and a good eater. She was feeding herself "finger foods" at about 6-8 months old.

Sabrina - posted on 08/15/2010

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My baby girl is 1 month and 3 weeks, I have ALOT of friends with babies around her age and they all say they give there babies a bottle of formula with cereal after a bath befor bedtime. She loves it and Ive had no problems with giving her that. Also once in a while I blend up a VERY small piece of banana in her formula my mother gave that to me when I was her age and so have alot of other peaple I know. (I was very skeptical about that but ppl SWORE it was ok so I gave it a try...well my mother gave it a try a few times apparently with her with out me knowing :haha......) But no problems with giving her that eather.

Kate - posted on 08/15/2010

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you could maby put some farex in her bottle my sister in law did that and it helped her just about a teaspoon to start with and if it isnt to thick then add more.

Karyn - posted on 08/14/2010

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from your pic bub doesn't look that big my daughter is nearly 4 months and i've only just starting to put cereal in her bottle see your nurse or midwife they might be able to suggest something

Kelley - posted on 08/14/2010

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I started my son on cereal at 9 weeks, and my daughter at 4 weeks. I put it right into their bottle of formula, 1tsp per ounce of rice cereal. It gives it a little more substance and helps them fill up better. I can't imagine going through a full can of formula a day (unless you are using something other than the powder, which is what I used.) My mother is a pediatric nurse and knows my children's pediatrician very well, and he told me that I should do what I am comfortable with and that he had no problem at all with putting cereal in the bottle at such a young age. And when you think about it, I am 35 and when I was a baby we were put on whole milk WAY before one tear, and we were on cereal by the time we were two months..what has changed so much in that time??? Nothing really, just that someone wants to tell YOU how to raise YOUR children. (And on a side note, if you are on WIC, always tell them what they want to hear, or you will get lots of lectures that make you feel like a bad parent...as my pediatrician told me, "No one died and made them the gods of child rearing" LOL

Thelma - posted on 08/14/2010

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We my oldest was on cereal and baby food @ two weeks old cause she wouldn't nurse and did nit want formula and her doctor told me to give it to her she want breastmilk but she wouldn't suckle from me ...so when I had my son I just followed but he started food when he was a month old

Ashley - posted on 08/14/2010

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Please read all you can on the subject and be fully informed before starting your child on anything. Check out this website: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids..., and also learn about "open gut" (google it). Also keep in mind that rice is a simple carbohydrate and will cause baby's blood sugar to spike quickly and then drop (a sugar rush). Also consider that when a body (yours or mine, for instance) gets tired and drowsy after a big meal, it ~usually~ was not the healthiest meal - and the body is having to work overtime and basically shut down to digest it, whereas when you eat a really healthy meal, you feel energized and active... the same happens when a baby seems sedated after a meal that maybe was too big - even though as moms we desperately want this extended "sleepytime", it might not be the healthiest for baby! Just a few things to think about, I hope it helps! :)

Jessica - posted on 08/14/2010

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I would say to ask your doctor. S/he would probably have a better idea of what to say and what amount and when is safe. I started my son when he was 4 months old.

Andrea - posted on 08/14/2010

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I started my daughter on cereal when she was 3 months old. She didn't like the oatmeal cereal, but she loves the Apples and Rice Cereal. When I started her on it I made it almost like a liquid, very watery, using her formula. She still took her formula, but it wasn't as much as it was before. Now she still eats the Apples and Rice Cereal with her formula, but I'll mix in some gerber applesauce to give it a more apple flavor.

Kayla - posted on 08/14/2010

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i started my son at 3 months, and he seems to like it alot. hes quite the piggy too. he has two spoonfuls of it once a night.

Cheryl - posted on 08/14/2010

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Too early Mary. She needs fluid more than the solids right now. Thats a fact and also her tummy is still a bit immature to digest cereal. When she's 4-5 months and has pretty much (almost) doubled her birth weight, is the best and recommended time, and only start with 1tsp per day for a week, increasing slowly.

Jade - posted on 08/14/2010

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2 months is way 2 young. they recomend 6 months now. i started my son just after 4 months. maybe you should get some advice from your health visitor because a 2 month old shouldnt be having that much formula a day! hope this helps

Bernadette - posted on 08/13/2010

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not til nearly 6 months. I started feeding her solid foods when she started showing that she was ready by watching us eat and practicing "chewing" when she would see us doing it. It's pretty much common practice to start at 4 months, although it's not really recommended until 6 as their digestive systems don't mature until then, and they don't need anything other than what is provided in breast milk or formula. I didn't actually start on cereal either, I started with mashed pumpkin and other soft veges.

Jana - posted on 08/13/2010

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When my baby was 3 1/2 months i started putting single grain cereal in his bottle to prepare him for solids. Make sure u find a nipple with bigger holes. Then at 4 months i started feeding him off bowls once a day at first then u can increase it. I always do a combo cereal+fruit or veggie plus 2ozjuice. U can save a fortune if u make your own baby food but i suggest start using the gerber 1st foods to make sure the baby will not have allergies then u can make ur own if u prefer. It is healthier and yes, will make him full and sleep thru the night. goodluck!

Desiree - posted on 08/13/2010

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I started my little angel around 4-5 months. But I was also nursing the entire time. So I pumped the milk to mix in the cereal. The irst time I tried she didn't accept the spoon. So I waited a couple of weeks and tried agian. Then slowly I began to thicken it, until the doctor said I could start her on the stage 2 foods.

Brittany - posted on 08/13/2010

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My son did the exact same thing so his pediatrician recommended starting cereals early. Luckily for us, he picked up on spoon feeding really well and didn't have any troubles with it at all. He is now 6 months old and moving on to 2nd foods. Just have the talk with your pediatrician because every baby is different and develops at different rates.

Jamie - posted on 08/13/2010

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when my son was not quite 3 months old, he was taking a 6 ounce bottle ever 3 hours and his doctor told me to start putting cereal in his bottle to slow how much he was taking at a time. It is not recommended until they are 6 months, so I would ask your doctor

Alyshaa - posted on 08/13/2010

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Our daughter was drinking 6-8 8 ounce bottles a day when she was 4 months old ! So our Doctor told us to start her on Rice Pablum, then try Barely then Oatmeal and so on .. It helped a lot ! Now shes on a steady Three meals a day with Five eight ounce bottles a day (shes 7 1/2 months old now) . gl with everything :) .

CHRISTIE - posted on 08/13/2010

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I firmly believe that a baby should be feed breastmilk or formula until they are 4 months old. I know it is hard and you want to start other foods but they can cause food allergies if they are started too early!!!! Your baby will be 4 months before you know it!!!! She'll be years old before you know.....don't rush things.....enjoy the time you have. She wont be a bay long!!!!!

Brittany - posted on 08/13/2010

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I started my son on cereal at 2months old. I didnt tell the doctor. Think back to when your mom had kids etc you turned out fine and they used to cut Ts in our nipples and down it went. I started my son originally because I had switched his formula do to gas and then out of the blue started projectile vomiting, with the 2 tbs of cereal its thicker there fore he does not puke

Rhian - posted on 08/13/2010

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We started at 7 months and it didn't go well. For 2 months we couldn't get her to eat anything pureed, homemade or storebought. We moved onto small pieces of soft fruit and such.

Emily - posted on 08/13/2010

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Flax seed meal is good, but it can cause gastric issues and very frequent bm's for my daughter, not saying that it would for your baby. I sprinkle about a teaspoon on my daughters fruit because she is not a grain/cereal eater. She likes her veggies and fruits. All to their own, right?...just like us.

Angela - posted on 08/13/2010

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Babies stomachs are really sensitive and cereals aren't a good idea for them at all, lots of cereals have cow's milk and if your baby has an allergy to it or is allergic to gluten you won't really know as they don't show up right away!
My son is 14 months and never had baby cereal, he's still breast fed and if I make cereal for him it's from ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds.
You don't have to follow the "norm" what did babies eat back in the day before cereals etc.

Ana - posted on 08/13/2010

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I have 2 girls and my 2 year old I started adding just a little bit (teaspoon or less) to her formula at 5 weeks, I would do this 2 times a day, usually her lunch time feeding and the one at night before going to bed. As she got bigger I would add more to no more than 2-3 feedings a day. My 4 month old I started her on rice cereal at 4 weeks (she's a heavy eater), it's not that you save on the milk, but what happened to me is that my babies would stay hungry, right now she's 4 months and drink 8-9oz of formul each feeding, about 4 hours in between the feedings and sleeps all night from about 11pm -6am.... she would stay hungry and I just could not add more ounces to her feeding, so I would just add a bit of cereal to thicken up her formula and it would satisfy her more. Good Luck!

Jenny - posted on 08/13/2010

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my son started at 1mo just a little at a time he is now 2 1/2 mo and eats 3 times a day , we were going throu 1 can every other day now it last up to 4 days

Emily - posted on 08/13/2010

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Remember that you are the momma. Dr. Denmark (pediatrician) tells you to start cereal at 3 months...and come to think of it, I started at 3 1/2 months against many protests. She was happier. At 4 1/2- 5 months I started Stella on mush (after we tried each ingredient for a week to check for food allergies). Mush is black eyed peas (protein), banana, applesauce (fruit), cereal (grain) and for lunch and dinner a veggie...all stirred together. She is very healthy and now eats all finger foods with some pureed veggies here and there if I feel she is not getting enough for lunch or dinner. She is 10 1/2 months now. She ate the mush from 5 months to almost 8 months. Thank GOD she has 6 teeth.

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