Introducing cereals

Christine - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello ladies,



Just wondering if you could let me know when a good time is to introduce cereals to my son.? He is currently 14 weeks and 20lbs. He is a very big boy and we just noticed this week he seems to be interested in what we are eating. He seems to be well beyond his developmental stages with everything. I was thinking of trying hin at 4mnths but a lot of literature states that it should not be introduced until 6mnths as it could cause problems with the digestive system?

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Natalie - posted on 11/03/2009

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I am right with you on this one. I have a 18 week old girl. Her dad is sooo ready to push her to grow up and feed her real food already and i keep telling him no no no its not time. I am concerned about her digestive development. he argues that its not the AGE but the DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE that dictates when to start feeding her.
The American Pediatric Assoc. (i believe) states that you should exclusively breastfeed until 4 to 6 months. I really wanted to wait until 6 months. I mean she wasn't acting like she wasnt satisfied after her feedings so i thought why do i need to introduce rice cereal. But nevertheless, i lost the battle. My husband is the one that stays at home and takes care of her during the day (i do breastfeed though - express). We introduced rice cereal at 16 weeks (2 spoon fulls in the am and pm). She seems to be doing ok. She did go about 48 hours though without a poop but she didnt act cranky or anything. She finally went this morning. But this is the first time she did that. One other time she skipped a day of poopy. Although i still wish i would have waited. But now my husband wants her to experience other taste (like bananas) IM PUTTING MY FOOT DOWN!

Hanna - posted on 11/03/2009

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I tried at 4.5 months almost 5 because i stopped having enough milk for my little crocodile and he was getting really constipated when i mixed it with formula.

they say u can start after 4 months, yes i know it's 6 if you breastfeed. and the reason being is not the development of the baby, they just don't want you to stop breastfeeding once you introduce solids. your baby should be getting about 25-30oz of milk daily, after 4 months, anything over that, you can make up with cereal & solids. and that amount of milk(formula) stays constant until the baby is 1. the presumption is that as the baby gets bigger, he/she will need more food & that's where the solids come in.

i guess i'm doing it wrong b/c my son only gets about 12-18 oz of milk a day, but i do give him yogurt & cheese to make up for the difference. and i do put rice cereal in his bottle b/c he hates the taste in a spoon. he eats all the rest of the food fine (at this point he's eating a simplified version of our meal steamed/boiled & i do give him some of our meat too (from the center where there's less spices), i season his food with herbs & he has no problems being fed from a spoon (never did, just hated the cereal b/c it tastes disgusting). ironically, he has no problems eating our oatmeal that i mix with fruits.

if you feel your baby is ready, go for it. just start small b/c cereal can cause a bit of constipation in babies. and a 2-3 weeks later you can start on yellow veggies (sweet potato, pumpkin, squashes), apples (unsweetened apple sauce), bananas. i gave my son apples & bananas to taste since he was almost 3 months old (if i was eating one, i'd give him a piece to suck on -- he didn't get much food from it, but he got the taste of it), he also didn't have problems eating savory foods as long as they taste good (he doesn't eat jar food b/c it's not very flavorful, but everything else he eats w/ no problems, i recently started adding onions & garlic to his food (steamed) & he eats that too).

Lyndsay - posted on 11/03/2009

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Most ped's will tell you between 4-6 months is fine. I tried my daughter on cereal at 4 months and 1 week- but her tummy didn't take to well to it, so I waited another 3 weeks. She had been super interested in what we were eating too. It is going really well now! Just remember to start with VERY runny cereal- almost like feeding him his breastmilk or formula on a spoon and not too much at first! I got so excited that she was enjoying cereal that I let her have too much too soon and I think that was a big part of her tummy troubles. My daughter is up to 3 tablespoons of rice cereal- 2xs a day and she is 5 months and 1 week.

I hope this helped! Good luck! It is such a fun age!

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