Rice Cereal anyone?

Toni - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hey all, when did you start your baby on rice cereal instead of just the breast or formula, and how was their response to the change? im going to be starting this soon, just interested.

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Holly - posted on 08/26/2009

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Hi Toni, I started my little boy on Rice Cereal at 5 months, but I gave him that and nothing else for about two and half weeks. I then started mixing some mashed banana and pureed apple. I definitely gave it for too long. Rice cereal is rich in iron so have now caused my son to have consipation. If you're going to start just give it for a few days then start mixing it with mashed banana, pureed apples/pears or veggies. Just do that for a few days and then start giving your baby pureed fruits and veggies on there own. I can recommend a really good book for starting solids, it's called "New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner" by Annabel Karmen. I found it extremely helpful!

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Lorraine - posted on 09/07/2009

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Well as far as starting your baby, there are some signs that you should look for.



- Head control. Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.



• Losing the "extrusion reflex." To keep solid food in his mouth and then swallow it, your baby needs to stop using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.



• Sitting well when supported. Even if he's not quite ready for a highchair, your baby needs to be able to sit upright to swallow well.



• Chewing motions. Your baby's mouth and tongue develop in sync with his digestive system. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow. As he learns to swallow efficiently, you may notice less drooling. He may also be teething around the same time.



• Significant weight gain. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they've doubled their birth weight (or weigh about 15 pounds) and are at least 4 months old.



• Growing appetite. He seems hungry — even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day.



• Curiosity about what you're eating. Your baby may begin eyeing your bowl of rice or reaching for a forkful of fettuccine as it travels from your plate to your mouth.



Once you start to see all these characteristics also think that most doctors recommend to start when your little one is from 4 to 6 months. With my baby girl I made sure that she had all of these traits. She started at 4months and 1 week with rice cereal and breastmilk. She absolutely loves it. Also make sure that you only start rice cereal first or any new food one at a time so you know if your baby has any allergies to that specific food. Well hope this helps!

Gabrielle - posted on 09/07/2009

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Wow Trish, I didn't realize Aiden had GERD as an infant! That must've been rough!



I think the main issue with putting cereal in the bottle isn't so much about choking (I don't see how that would work), but about the calories. It's a deceptive increase in calories, so it can cause weight gain. Unlike adults, babies only eat what they need, so when you sneak cereal into their bottles, it overrides their natural ability to monitor their intake. I think that's also why we shouldn't make them eat when they turn their heads away to say they're done.



Trish's example is a good one of going with what your pediatrician says is good for your situation. Mine said it was "ok" to start at 4 months, but I knew I wanted to wait until 6, unless I saw signs from Isabelle that we needed to start sooner. He said most moms are ready to begin weaning at that point, which was why he gave me the go-ahead. We weren't ready, and I'd read about the open gut possibility, so we waited.

Tricia - posted on 09/07/2009

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I had to start Aiden earlier than recommended. Of course he was a big boy, and the doctor was concerned about his GERD. The rice was supposed to help absorb the stomach acid I think.

I do agree with Jennifer Welker about the constipation. We were doing the syrup as well, so it was a strange trade off. As far as the water thing, I found putting just a few drops of natural fruit juice in there gave it flavor, and Aiden became more interested in drinking it. And I do mean a few drops. I used to get such complaints from Andy that the juice was not right. But of course it was 90 percent water and only 10 percent juice. Of course, they say the juice isn't good for the teeth, but the first dental appointment came, and the dentist said he looked good... so maybe he was no worse for the wear.

I agree with the people talking about not putting it in the bottle. I wouldn't say so much because of a choking hazard, but boy does it clog the nipple, and then to clean it out of the nipple was not fun.

Stephanie - posted on 08/26/2009

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I started rice cereal when my daughter was about 3 1/2 months. She did get constipated, so i only gave her rice cereal every other day for a while, so she could get used to it. Trying rice cereal for the first time, you should mix it really well and make it really runny so its easier for them to eat.

Whitney - posted on 08/26/2009

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i started my daughter at 2.5months. As soon as she started taking 4oz I out in 2 tablespoons of rice cereal with mixed fruits. She loves it. When i give her bottles without it, she acts funny...then realizes she must eat. :) I'm going to get her a spoon and try that next, since it was what the dr originally suggested.

Deborah - posted on 08/25/2009

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Our pediatrician told us no earlier than 5 and a half months. We started it two weekends ago and our son loves it.

Katie - posted on 08/24/2009

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Hi there! well my daughter is 4 mths. I started giving it to her in her bottle at about 7 or 8 weeks, i know she was almost 2 mths. but yea it helped her alot she just was hungry all the time, and would wake up alot in the middle of the night, which is expected but she wasn't content just with milk, so the cereal helped alot, and her peditrican even okd it...hope this hleps!!

Cathi - posted on 08/24/2009

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The doc will tell you to wait until six months. After telling mine that my guy was taking 10-11oz every three hours at three months she said it was ok to start rice cereal. We did it with a spoon. I don't like that in the bottle deal. They have to learn to eat from a spoon eventually, might as well get it done! Just make it soupy.

Gabrielle - posted on 08/23/2009

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We started rice cereal when Isabelle was 6 months old. I've researched it quite a bit, and it seems that the best thing, long term, for a baby's digestive system and to prevent food allergies is to wait to introduce food until 6 months. (Google "open gut"). Anyway, she was exclusively breast fed until then, and was sleeping just fine (slept through the night at 3 weeks). I think most infant sleep problems are just that--sleep problems to be solved, or the baby is not getting enough calories through breast milk throughout the day. So our whole grain rice cereal did not change a thing as far as her sleep habits go, except perhaps that her naps are now a bit longer and she can go 4 hours between feedings now. Of course her poop consistency changed, as would be expected. I've tried to give her water in a sippy cup to keep her BMs moving fine, but she just thinks the cup is a toy to chew on. Otherwise, everything is the same! Cereal doesn't really change things. I give her cereal or food at normal meal times (and at the table with us), which should hopefully help us transition well to eating like a grown up.

Megan - posted on 08/23/2009

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i started my son with rice in a bottle after 2 months, i blieve. it helped with spreading his eating times apart and for him to sleep longer at night. Hes almost 8 months now and i give him rice only at night in his bottle that helps him fall asleep. He sleeps almost every night all the way through. he has a jar of fruit in the morning and some barley, a jar of veggies and milk for lunch, a jar of dinner for dinner and something sweet. and for snack between breakfast and lunch he has some juice. and then of course the bottle before bed.

Eran - posted on 08/22/2009

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I was never one to "wait" for the doctor to tell me when to start things. My kids were both 1mo. when i started them on cereal. the only thing is that i did not put it in their bottles. I went straight to the spoon. I made it real thick and started with just about 1 tablespoon. It took about 2 feedings for them to really get what to do with the spoon but once they did they loved it. We gave it to them right before their last feeding and they slept through the night by 1 mo. then. It was great and they started first stage food by 2-3 mo. It is all how you feel. Only you know what your kid needs. don't ever be afraid to try. Our parents did it and we turned out fine. (for the most part) lol

Charlene - posted on 08/22/2009

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I put rice cereal in my baby's bottle at week 6 or 7 I think. He slept better at first but I started spoon feeding him rice cereal and he hates the plain rice and won't even drink a bottle with rice in it anymore. He doesn't like the taste lol so now he only eats rice cereal when it's mixed with veggies or something (he's almost 3 months now)

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Whatever you do, please DO NOT! put it in a bottle. It can be a choking hazard! The longer you wait with food, the better. Your child should be able to hold their head up, fully, before feeding them. Before this, their stomach's are not developed enough to be able to digest it properly and often will cause stomach upset. Most doctors will say 4 months for rice cereal and at least 6 for foods, which you should start out with veggies because they aren't as sweet as fruits obviously. If baby has sweet first, they will be more likely to only want sweet. PLEASE! ONLY FEED YOUR BABY FOOD (RICE) WITH A SPOON!!!

Jessica - posted on 08/22/2009

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I started to feed my daughter rice cereal at 3 months 3 weeks because she was no longer sleeping through the night. I fed her cereal before she went to bed and she slept 10 - 12 hours straight. She still gets cereal at night and still sleeps great!!

Isabela - posted on 08/21/2009

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3 months and she loved it, if anything, if you give them a bottle put some in it :)

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2009

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I started the ricecereal when I noticed my baby wanting to take more bottles than usual.

He did get constipated so I used Karo syrup. Works like a charm! About 1 tsp in a 4 oz bottle. every other bottle.

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2009

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i started givin my son single grain rice cereal in his nighttime bottle at 6wks. 2 tbls to 4 oz water (always half tbls). he did good on it, but every kid is different. some sleep better, some not as good. he started getting cereal in every bottle at 4 mos cause he was spittin up a lot! it helped. i dont even spoon feed it to him now cause he still gets it in evry bottle. some babys get constipated from it so watch. if he does, the doc will tell you what ll help it. a hint, buy the medium size nipples to start. the cereal nipples dont work! good luck!

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