Hi, I have a 3 and half month old son and I'm thinking of introducing some baby food to him. He's starting to drink alot of milk at each sitting -8oz, so i'm thinking the baby food will fill him up a bit more. My question is how do I think I should introduce the baby food to him? I tried giving him rice cereal when he was younger and he couldn't eat it fast enough and started to cry. Should I give him half a bottle in the morning and then try rice cereal after the milk or just try the baby food right away? I would love some suggestions! Thanks

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Karen - posted on 12/15/2008

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I haven't started my baby on solids yet, but from what I have read thus far, solids really aren't an answer to filling a baby up with calories because most solid foods are lower in calories than breast milk or formula. The La Leche League has a good guide on when to start a baby on solids - it talks about indicators such as social behavior and showing an interest in food. http://www.llli.org/FAQ/solids.html

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Heather - posted on 01/02/2009

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I was just reading through all of the replies on this conversation and they all sound very good. My son Jurren was born 8-2-08 and a mother just knows best. He has cereal around nighttime but veggies and fruits during the day. I started him on stage ones when he took an extreme interest in food and wanted to start sitting up. He does very well but you can tell he doesn't like green veggies. I always heard you want to start with veggies and not feed cereal out of the bottle but I give cereal in his bottle. Doctors aren't always right and if he's not ready you'll know.

Stephany - posted on 12/30/2008

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I would follow up any feeding that you do, whether it would cereal, veggies, or fruit, with whatever milk (formula or breast) you are giving him. My pediatrician always told me to do this to associate eating with drinking, so that when they get older they will be more prone to do both at a meal. Also, I agree it's a good idea to start the veggies before the fruit, because they'll never want any veggies if they know the fruit is the good stuff!

Lorilynne - posted on 12/30/2008

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With my daughter, I would nurse her when she first woke up, wait an hour and then feed her some cereal. My son, however, is much more receptive to the cereal when he's actually hungry so I give him the cereal after he wakes up from his afternoon nap. Then he nurses about an hour later. His formula or breastmilk should still be his main source of nourishment however. If he isn't in to the rice cereal, try the oatmeal. As long as its single grain then its fine. Or, you can even try a fruit or a veggie. Cereal doesn't have to be the first food. Just make sure you only introduce one new food at a time, feed him that for a few days before you try a different food. This way you can determine if he's allergic to anything. Both of my kids started solids at about 4 months but there was no history of food allergies in my family.

Jen - posted on 12/30/2008

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My 4 1/2 month old has been eating baby oatmeal mixed with some sort of fruit like bananas, pears, apples since she was around 2 1/2, 3 months and she loves it! The fruits just add a little flavor to it; do you like your oatmeal just plain? Or with something a little sweet? So that's why we added the fruits mixed in with it. At her 4 month check up right before Christmas the Ped said we could even start giving her mashed potatoes and squash at our Holiday dinner. It's excited when they start to eat more solid food! Embrace it and start them now :) Good luck!

Frankia - posted on 12/29/2008

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My 4 month old daughter was the same way. My Pediatrician told me since she still was not getting enough I could start her on oatmeal for a few weeks then I can start stage 1 baby food (veggies first). She has been eating oatmeal for about a month so my doctor said I can give her that in the morning then at dinner I can give her the baby food. Good Luck!

Gina - posted on 12/26/2008

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i am like u not sure wot 2 do they say dont feed your baby till ther 6 months my baby was born13/8/08 but lately he is aven7/10oz each feed and is also waken up durin the nite which i dont mind but baby wants feedin evey 2/3 hours and is not sure how much is 2 much

Jen - posted on 12/16/2008

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i started feeding my baby girl cereal with bananas or apples around 3 months because she was feeding so much, now she's 4 months and she'll eat any cereal or fruit we give her :) We did a small bowl of about 3oz of cereal twice a day in the beginning.

Kimberly - posted on 12/16/2008

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I just went to the doctor today for my 4 month old daughter, and was told to start rice cereal at 5 months. She weighs 11lbs 12.5 oz and only eats 4 1/2 ounces per feeding (every 4 hours). I bought these gerber dip sticks that they (or you) can dip into their cereal instead of using a spoon. Maybe trying those would make things a little fun for him! ;)

Ellen - posted on 12/15/2008

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I actually just had my 4 month old at the doctor today and she advised it was ok to start giving her some rice cereal and if that went ok we could even start introducing some veggies. I think each kid is different - I waited until 6 months to introduce solids to my 2nd daughter because that is what "they" say - and then she was under-weight and we had to try and put weight on her to catch up. So I think as long as you get the ok from your doctor, who knows you and your baby, then I say to go for it.

Michelle - posted on 12/15/2008

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My pediatrician said @ 4 months it is ok to introduce fruits and veges. Try feeding half of his formula first, then feed either cereal, fruit, or vegetable. After eating finish with the rest of formula. Feeding formula first seems to take the hunger edge off for more enjoyable feeding.

Justine - posted on 12/15/2008

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hey mummies!

know Ive said this elsewhere- a friend of mine is a lifelong diabetic and new mum- according to her advice (that she got from her paed) feeding solids before 6 months is a fast track to childhood diabetes. I'm not going to risk it. My bub asks for more milk sometimes and thats what she gets. they all do growth spurts and unexpected stuff, but my friend was advised that 6 mths was a good rule for solids

Are you sure its not teething?

Kelsy - posted on 12/15/2008

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Both of my kiddos were the same way - they are both big, hungry boys and the formula just wasn't cutting it. I started them both on cereal in their bottles (using a cereal nipple which allows the flow of the liquid to go a little quicker) at 2 months old. Now, Connor is almost 4 months and I'll be starting him on baby food today. Although your pediatrician will frown upon all this, you have to do what is best for your baby and only a mother knows that :) Although, I would suggest doing vegetables first - just because I started Trey out on fruits first and he was so in love with the sugar, he hated veggies. I wish you the best of luck!! :)

Kandice - posted on 12/14/2008

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Thanks for all the advice. I know the typical age is 6 months, but my mom gave both my sister and I rice cereal at 3 months and we both don't have allergies and are very healthy. But I do appreciate all the other opinions and suggestions, you have all helped me in some way. I will talk to my doctor at Noah's 4 month shots.

P.S. Kirsten- I'm from Vancouver,BC

Kirsten - posted on 12/14/2008

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I agree with Kerry. Here in Australia (don't know where you guys are all from), but they recommend nothing but breast-milk (or formula) until about 6 months. The internal organs are not developed enough to take solids until around this time. Also, introducing solids earlier can contribute to allergies. I'm going to keep with just breast-milk until at least 5 and a half months. Let me know what other countries say. It's interesting to hear the different opinions!

Kerry - posted on 12/13/2008

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I've always read that 6 mos is the youngest age to introduce...earlier could lead to allergy problems later.

Candida - posted on 12/13/2008

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Our pediatrician had my 3 and 1/2 month old on rice cereal since she was 2 months old. she loves it and hates oatmeal. she does eat it straight from the spoon. first thing in the morning, she is so hungry that i just give her a bottle. when she's ready for her next feeding, i do the cereal and then a bottle. we also give her cereal about an hour and a half before her last bottle at night to fill her up really good so that she will sleep better. if you give it to them too late, though, they don't seem interested in the last bottle and that backfires on ya. This is my second and we did the same thing for our first and it worked like a charm. hope this helps. btw, have plenty of wipes ready when you decide to get started :)

Tonia - posted on 12/13/2008

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I've started Aeryn on a little rice cereal a few weeks ago making it super thin and fed through a medicine dropper. This week we've made the change to a spoon. I give her a 2 oz bottle, then offer the cereal (only 1-2 tablespoons when mixed), then offer another 2 oz bottle.

Kandice - posted on 12/12/2008

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Thanks Ashley. Noah goes usually 4 hours in between feedings so i'm lukcy that way. We just go way to fast through the milk. But that's a good idea to feed him right before his usual time. Thanks again.

Ashley - posted on 12/12/2008

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My son is also 3 and half months old i try to feed him rice cereal about 15 min befor i know he will need to eat and that way he not crying through the whole feeding time, i than feed him about 3ozof a bottle after but he still only goes about 3 hours. you are only suppose to introduce one thing at a time so feed him the cereal once a day for a few days than if u want u can introduce somthing else, Im introducing bananas tomorrow... should be fun.

good luck

Heather - posted on 12/12/2008

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Have you talked to your pediatrician about this? I know I didn't introduce solids with my daughter until she was 6 mo old. You can try oatmeal cereal instead of rice cereal it has a little more substance. Good Luck.

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