my little guy is 4 months on the 20th, when should i start rice ceral?

Anna - posted on 07/12/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

5

25

0

my family is pressuring me to feed him solids. he is boob only right now. please help with advice! he also sleeps fine usually 8 to 4 sometimes till 6 so its not like he needs solids to help him sleep. i am affraid of him weening himself off of the breast because i want to feed him that way as long as possible. Thanks for all the advice!

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Lucy - posted on 07/13/2009

411

29

29

It sounds to me like your son is doing really well on just breastmilk. It's advised not to start solids until atleast 6months, especially for breastfed babies as they thrive so well just on our milk, personally i would wait until around 6months and not even bother with rice/cereal just give blended vegies, carrots, sweet potato etc. Don't give in to pressure from your family, you know your son best and it sounds like he's doing just fine, content and sleeping well so don't rush it!

Dana - posted on 07/13/2009

11,264

35

495

Well, I guess I'll give you the other side. I started my son on rice cereal around 4 months or so after the third time of eating it he got seriously sick, lethargic and I had to take him to the ER. He's now allergic to all grains. The AAP and most doctors reccomend waiting until 6 months because solids too early can trigger food allergies. I'm not saying this will happen as you see all the story's above,alot of kids are fine with it. For me looking back I wish I had waited, it's not worth scanning all food jars for rice flour, wheat flour , oats,barley, etc (you wouldn't belive how many jars of food have these added). My son is now approaching his first birthday this month and he can't have cake. He goes to see his allergist in 3 more months to find out if he's grown out of them. Hopefully he will and he won't have a lifetime of this. Of course I feel all mothers should do what they think is best, it's also good to look into why it's recommended and go from there.

Nina - posted on 07/13/2009

6

33

2

I agree with Christina Lasater. You know your baby more than anyone. My son is 3 months and I already started giving him Rice Cereal. Only because he was a premee when he was born, and he needs to put on a little weight. So at his 2nd morning feeding I give him 2 oz of rice cereal with milk, and 4 oz of milk or how ever much he wants. He's up to about 6oz of milk every 3 hours.

Charlene - posted on 07/13/2009

248

31

42

parents are adviced to start at 6 month. i started my son at four month. if your baby seems hungry and you feel like your little one is still hungry after his feed or starts wanting more feeds in shorter amounts of time then i would start him. only you will no when he is ready . i had family preasureing me into feeding my son its nice to no people are there to give advice but some children arnt ready yet just do wat you think is best for your son :)

Ebony - posted on 07/12/2009

2

12

0

You could actually start now....If he seems not to be gettin as full as you would like...I started rice cereal when my baby turned 4 months...a small amount in a bowl with breastmilk in the morning and once before bed and she slowly grew to like it....Doctors say now you should not put it in the bottle because of the risk of choking...but if you feel comfortable you can add a little to a bottle of breastmilk to thicken it a little, which will keep your little one fuller a little longer....Hope I was of good help.....:) !!!

20 Comments

View replies by

Leah - posted on 07/22/2009

76

30

1

Most women keep their baby on the brest for around a year, depending on their milk supply! I wouldnt start weening him yet. If breastmilk starts to become un-full-filling then start to add ceral or baby food, just goe with his flow. This is what my doctor has told me from day one!

Jessica - posted on 07/16/2009

47

23

4

To each their own...My son is 9 weeks and on cereal b/c he is just a hungry baby. I would suggest though if your going to do cereals try the oatmeal cereal 1st the rice tends to bind them up....If hes sleeping great thats fantastic why does it matter if hes eating solid food if your uncomfortable with dont listen to anyone but your gut!!!! While I know that some dr's say not until 4-6 months m son is doing great on it and I make the cereal real watery so there is no chocking hazzard but he would sleep at all so Thats what the dr and I came up with. DO WHAT U WANT SCREW EVERYONE ELSE!!!!!!!

Jodie - posted on 07/16/2009

245

28

62

the coice is really yours my doctor told me i could start as early as 3 months but it was up to me i of course started at 3 months because my son was never a good sleeper but i say dont do it untill your ready

Natasha - posted on 07/16/2009

6

6

1

its suppost to be when there 6 months old but if you think you think he is still hungry after the feeds then just try him on rice

Chantelle - posted on 07/15/2009

4

5

0

Hi there is not really a time to start but he will let you know when he is ready. My first son had some at around the four month mark and my second started around three months and it was because they were not getting enough from me to make them not want more half an hour later it got to the point i was feeding all day every day and nothing was getting done so i tryed the food and all of a sudden they were different boys so it depends on him he will let you know but if he is a happy baby dont do anything its not worth the hassel believe me hope this helps good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 07/15/2009

2

1

0

i started my my 3mo 3 wk baby on rice at 3.1 age.... and she is a breast fed baby too. I just mix my milk with the rice and she has learned to love it! I had to change my schedule in pumping and have that milk ready because she gets mad if the cereal is not ready when she's ready!

[deleted account]

The best person to answer this is your pediatrician. My daughter turned 4 months on the 10th, and although it is possible to feed babies rice cereal beginning at 4 months, my pediatrician wants me to wait until 6 months to begin. Also, the pediatrician told me that cereal should never be fed with a bottle as some here have recommended, but only with a spoon.

Brooke - posted on 07/14/2009

869

26

43

If he is happy and sleeps well then there is no reason to feed him rice cereal. The only time they suggest starting is if your baby isn't gaining enough weight or is restless. My daughter is now 5 months 3 weeks and is going to start solids next time we go to clinic. Don't let anyone pressure you as your baby is only this little for a short amount of time. I was so excited to start Hail's on food but now I dont really want to. I can see how fast she is growing now. Time flys!!!

Jammie - posted on 07/14/2009

1

12

0

I started my first son on solids when he was 3.5 months, because the doc. told me to. He weined him self from the breast immediatly. The only time he would let me nurse was at night when he was half asleep. That was over by the time he was 5 months.
My second son was such a good nurser and everyone was always complimenting on how cute and healthy he was. I didnt even bother introducing solids to him until he was about 5 months. He didnt like them. After about a week I quit worrying about it and just continued to nurse. I learned very quick how stubborn my baby was going to be when I attempted to quit just before he turned a year old. I thought it would be cute to watch him "eat" his birthday cake. I was still trying to quit nursing him when he turned 13 months...well, not really I guess. However, I did know that breastmilk was only enough until they were a year old. Just before he turned 14 months I was able to wein him and put him stait on table food. The bonding was awesome. I think that if your baby wants to nurse and you want to nurse...just do it. It only lasts a short amt of time. As soon as I quit nursing my baby he started walking and growing up so fast.

Allaina - posted on 07/14/2009

26

75

3

i started weaning chloe when she got hungery on milk. she hate the baby rice cos its so plain so i give her things with banna cos its sweet or watered down rusk a fav of chloe's all babies are different

Mel - posted on 07/13/2009

5,539

58

228

i tried to post to this one yesterday but it didnt work, anyway what i tried to say was dont worry about him weaning off the breast because he needs the solids at 6 months anyway so you cant think abuot that as food is more important as he gets older. it doesnt sound like he needs to be on solids yet however anytime between 3-6 months is fine to start them on food. i would stay away from rice cereal when you do as it causes constipation and tastes terrible. dont let anyone pressure you and do what you want to do but you will know when he needs food. he will be waking during the night, hungry after bottles hungry more often and watching you eat etc

Lucy - posted on 07/13/2009

50

18

1

only you no your baby, if he starts waking up hungry and is not satisfied after a feed then give him solids

Lynlee - posted on 07/12/2009

461

0

60

From the sounds of it, you don't really want to start solids yet, so don't! Don't let your relations pressure you into doing something you don't want to do. She is your daughter and you need to make the decision for her not them. Older generations always think the way they were raised is the best way and back then, babies would start on solids very early - too early - my husband got given his first solids when he was a week and a half old! Times have changed and it's better for them to wait.

Christina - posted on 07/12/2009

14

11

2

Family members always want to have thier opinion, but no one knows your little man like you. :) Generally pediatricians say to start between 4-6 months (4months for formula, 6moths for breastfed babies) However regardless of breast/formula whenever you feel comfortable and feel like he's showing signs. If you want to start, you could start with adding a little bit of rice cereal in a bottle watered down with either formula or breast milk and see how he does. and then work your way up to consistency. and after he's done that a couple times a day in between regular feedings and is going good, you can introduce the stage one foods, little at a time. But really the best way is to go with your own judgment, and talk to your ped. Some breastfed babies go all the way to a year before they start solids, its just up to you. :) Hopefully this helps a little.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms