When to start cereal?

Kelly - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 months and he always has 4oz almost every single hour. I dont think the formula is enough for him. Do you think it's too early to start cereal?

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Sabrina - posted on 08/31/2009

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No, I don't think so. I started my son on cereal at about 4 months because he was a small baby and the doctor wanted to put some weight on him. I think you would be ok to start cereal, just make it really watery though and start out with really small amounts.

Hope this helps!!

Kristen - posted on 08/31/2009

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That could be it to. Thats how my sisters 5 month old baby girl is she has no patients what so ever lol. I plan on trying again so I'll try when hes not too hungry and see how he takes it. It seems like he doesnt know how to swallow it just yet lol. Its pretty funny to watch him try though. :)

Heather - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Kristen:

My son is also 3 months old and he just recently started eating more than 4 oz. He will eat 5 or 6 but not every hour. I bet you are tired! Mine eats when hes hungry. Which could be 3 hours or it could be 6 hours it depends. Ever since his growth spurt we havent been on much of a schedule. I started giving him cereal in his bedtime bottle around 2 months old. Some people say not to do that while others do it as soon as they bring their newborn home. Its really a personal choice. I would say go ahead and give it a try. I have tried giving my son cereal with a spoon and hes not ready for that yet he gets upset and wants his bottle. So I would just try it and see how he takes it. If hes not ready you can always wait a few more weeks and try again. Hope this helped :)



Hey my son used to throw a fit too when I started using the spoon. I found out though it wasnt the spoon....mommy just wasnt fast enough. They are used to taking the milk at their own pace and how dare they have to wait!!! lol  Anyways i started trying cereal BEFORE my son was acting hungry but long enough after he last ate that he would still eat.  This worked better and he was more patient waiting for the spoon. I havent had any problems since.   This may work for you too....or he may really just not want to part with that bottle lol. Thought I would throw this out there though....hoping it would help  :) 

Kristen - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son is also 3 months old and he just recently started eating more than 4 oz. He will eat 5 or 6 but not every hour. I bet you are tired! Mine eats when hes hungry. Which could be 3 hours or it could be 6 hours it depends. Ever since his growth spurt we havent been on much of a schedule. I started giving him cereal in his bedtime bottle around 2 months old. Some people say not to do that while others do it as soon as they bring their newborn home. Its really a personal choice. I would say go ahead and give it a try. I have tried giving my son cereal with a spoon and hes not ready for that yet he gets upset and wants his bottle. So I would just try it and see how he takes it. If hes not ready you can always wait a few more weeks and try again. Hope this helped :)

Heather - posted on 08/31/2009

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I started cereal at about 3 and a half months with my son. I dont think its too early just make sure he is ready. My son also eats every hour, but I breastfeed him. Is he interested in watching you eat? Also, make sure his reflex for pushing things out of his mouth is gone. He needs to be able to use his tongue to push it around in his mouth and then swallow it. My son could also sit supported when I started him on cereal. I dont think 4 ounces of formula every hour is too much...formula has a lot of waste product and they need more of it than breastmilk to get the nutrients and calories they need. Thats why they poop so much when they eat formula.

My son's pediatrician suggested that I try to make my son go a little bit longer between each meal so he will eat more at each meal. Ya know just like 10 min at a time longer to get him used to it. Thats something you could try to to get him going longer in between. However, im not really doing that because this is how my son is choosing to eat...small amounts every hour...why should I make him wait when Im perfectly fine the way things are? My son is developing perfectly just the way things are already going.

But...back to the cereal...there is no harm in trying it. Make it runny...just a little thicker than formula. If there are food allergies in your family that may be a reason to wait longer. Apparently the earlier you start certain foods, the bigger chance they will develope allergies. Hope this helps!!

Alisha - posted on 08/31/2009

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Hey Kelly I think 3 months is the perfect age to start intoducing rice cereal. Especially if the formula isn't keeping him satisfied.

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