Rice Cereal at 3 months?

Sarah - posted on 09/25/2010 ( 57 moms have responded )

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My son was born on the 4th of July and is eating 3oz every other hour. I can't get anything done in my day since as soon as I finish feeding and burping him, there is only about 45 mins before he's crying to be fed again. I have tried sooo many times to make him wait between feedings but he just won't take more than 3oz, 4oz tops. I'm thinking about giving him a little rice cereal to see if that holds him over longer. Does anyone have any advice on whether or not I should try it out?

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Lavanya - posted on 05/04/2013

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can any one please help me how to prepare rice cereal for my 3months baby as iam not getting enough milk for her...

Treava - posted on 11/29/2010

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there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving your baby a little rice cereal. My daughter was born July 24 and she has been taking ceral for about a month. i started out putting a little bit in her bedtime bottle just so she would get some sleep at night. Now she takes cereal from a spoon twice a day with a couple ounces of formula. If your baby is ready and can handle it there is nothing wrong with it. i did the same thing with my son who is now 2 years old. it won't hurt them it just gives them a little jumpstart on eating and it helps you with your stress! The baby will be fine. Good Luck!

Crystal - posted on 11/24/2010

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My daughter was the same way so I started giving her cereal at 3 months. It does work and will keep them full

Melissa - posted on 11/23/2010

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i put my daughter on rice cereal when she was abou a month old, the dr told me to add about 2 tea spoons to her bottle for projectile vomiting.. that has really helped that, as to weather or not use that so hes not hungry so much IDK, my daughter eats about 18- 26 oz of form a day with the cereal but she eats between 4-6 a feeding.. plus she eats baby food, and 2 oz of apple juice twice a day... i always feel like shes not eatin enough formula. but idk. alot of my friendsw gave there kids the cereal at night ot make them sleep through the night and apparently that has worked for them so maybe it will hold him over :) good luck!

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Kirsten - posted on 11/15/2010

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my son was born july 15 and i started him on rice cereal at 3 months it helps alot!!!

Brandy - posted on 11/15/2010

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I started giving my son cereal at just a few months old. he wasn't satisfed with just formula. Once I started giving him cereal, he got fuller, and didn't need to eat as soon. And at night he slept so much better! I say go for it...if it doesn't work try talking to your baby's doctor

Janine - posted on 11/12/2010

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why dont u try ur lil man on hungry baby milk? i wouldnt give him rice at 3ms because soon enough he will want more than that! plus hes not old enough to activley loose weight thats why they recomend 6ms + on feeding them foods, ask ur HV xxx

Nikkole - posted on 11/03/2010

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My first son i started him on rice ceral at 5weeks and he was fine no tummy trouble nothing! And my daughter who is 4months almost i started her on it at 6weeks but she has reflux and needs it because without it it she will spit up everything! And i put hers in a bottle and i did my sons to and they never choked or anything!

Kasie - posted on 10/25/2010

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I really think it depends on the baby cause i nurse my baby and put him in a clean diaper and put him to bed, let him cry himself to sleep and he used to sleep for only half an hour but lately hes been going right to sleep and sleeping for 5 hours then hel wake up and il feed him and put him back in his crib and hel sleep for another 5 hours.

Sarah - posted on 10/24/2010

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Hi my baby was born on the 26 july and he is on formual sma and karcare thickener.he has a bottle every 2.5 hrs and i have just started feeding him rice cereal and it has help a bit i give it to him about a hour before bed and he sleeps 3hrs straight now.Hope this helps???

Cindie - posted on 10/18/2010

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my daughter was born on july 16 and our doc put her on rice cereal at bedtime to help fill her up but by spoon not in the bottle. and she has been eating 2oz of cereal and a 3oz bottle and sleeping from 10pm until 630 or 7 am.

NeQuitta - posted on 10/17/2010

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I've posted earlier and since then, I've found out that multi-grain cereal constipated my baby so bad. Since then, his nurse told me to take him off cereal completely and give him juice every so often (most specifically prune juice). Every baby is different. I'll test cereal again a little later. The nurse said that I can definately feed him cereal and other baby food when he hits 4 months which will be in November, right in time for Thanksgiving.

Sarah - posted on 10/15/2010

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wow thats not good 3 months old should be taking more than that my son takes 6 oz with 1tblspoon or a little more of cereal. my pediatrician told me to give him cereal at a month old so i would try it! wish you the best of luck! btw start with only likw a teaspoon and keep going up

Nikki - posted on 10/12/2010

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Sharana, we do not see navy doctors. All we see are off base pediatricians. Me and my fiance are not married so i can not get her onto the base for doctors, so we see strictly civilian doctors for that reason. And pediatrician we see is one of the top peds in jacksonville. So no... that is not the problem.

Sharana - posted on 10/12/2010

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Nikki... the Navy... lol. I was in the Army, and the Army doctor's cure for EVERYTHING was "take ibuprophen and drink water"! You definintely get what you pay for :) Can you maybe try seeing a pediatrician off post? Not saying they are wrong, but they are usually a little more calloused than civillians. Just a suggestion... ;)

Barbara - posted on 10/12/2010

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I had all of my kids on rice cereal around 6 weeks due to reflux. my first two were never big eaters however The baby is. I have already fed him cereal by spoon also at 10 weeks. He started with rice cereal and after 3 or 4 weeks he had no issues so now he gets oatmeal to. When i fed it to him by spoon i do 1 scoop of cereal, one scoop of formula, and 2-3 oz water mixed in a bowl and fed to him every morning. when i add in his bottle i do 1 scoop cereal per scoop formula and don't even have to cut nipples cause its thin enough to suck through stage 1 holes. My son hasn't choked yet and all three are fine and no overweight issues all are perfect in size. My Peds even okayed it in bottle she said its what they did in the olden days before all this other stuff was out so it wont hurt. think about it would you be happy on a liquid diet for 6 months?? It may help but in my case he still eats always...lol eats less more often just one of those babies. good luck hope it helps. you should always go with your gut to an extent mother knows best...lol

Kasie - posted on 10/09/2010

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well like i said "can" be wrong. Im only a first time mom myself and thats what ive heard from nurses but who knows if it works than it works cause i know of other people that did it starting 3 months with the cereal in the bottle and they said it worked for them too. trial and error i guess right.

Nikki - posted on 10/09/2010

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well then i guess all 3 of our doctors have been wrong. Due to my husband being in the navy, we have delt with 3 different doctors and they all said that it was ok, as long as you didn't put a whole lot in the bottle and you dissolve it very well. Tabby has never had a problem with it and i don't see a problem. Maybe Sarah shouldn't do it, but it works for me and doesn't cause any problems.

Kasie - posted on 10/09/2010

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like someone wrote one here, doctors can be wrong and ive heard by many others that they can choke on the cereal and their bodies cant digest it right yet thats why wic always says to wait til 6 months.

Kasie - posted on 10/09/2010

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My boy was doing that and he just started being able to wait longer because they eventually get stronger and can take more at a time but mine still eats more than every 2 hours. I wondered about the cereal but was told by nurses that you shouldnt introduce cereal til 6 months because their digestive system cant quite deal with it very well yet and they could choke on it. Thats why babies can go with only milk for that long. I found that with my baby if i give him the pacifier when he seems hungry that helps cause he likes to chew on something. He had a hard time keeping it in his mouth for a long time so id use blankets to keep it in when i wasnt holding him and now hes finally starting to get better at keeping it in himself and when i put it in his mouth hel suck on it and then fall asleep after a tiny bit. I started giving him the pacifier at 2 days old. I would just do that, if you have a bouncer put him on that and if it vibrates have it do that and use your foot to bounce it while he sucks on the pacifier. It works really well with my son.

Nikki - posted on 10/09/2010

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My doctor actually told me it was ok to put a little bit in the bottle for her to thicken it up some. I don't believe that she would tell me that if my child could be harmed by it

Krista - posted on 10/08/2010

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And another thing... rice cereal is meant to be first because it's easiest to digest. Rice, Oat, Barley, Wheat... that's the order you're supposed to follow.

Krista - posted on 10/08/2010

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Again, I'd like to say that rice cereal in a bottle is dangerous because your child can aspirate on it.

Nikki - posted on 10/08/2010

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my baby girl was born july 7th and she was doing the same. Instead of making it like the cereal, we would just mix it in her bottle with the formula and feed it to her like that. just mix enough to make it thick, but not so thick it won't come out of the nipple. we usually do about 1 or 1 1/2 tsp per ounce of formula we give her. we also give her about a small jar of baby food once a day, but have her mostly on the formula. good luck :D

Sharana - posted on 10/08/2010

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Breastmilk is supposed to do that :) It may look like diharreah, but it's normal breastmilk poo! Brown and watery with little mustard seedy looking things. Sometimes little stringy things. Breastmilk is easier for them to digest, so they usually poop right after they eat. Sometimes they don't poo except for maybe 2 times a day, since they use all the nutrients from breastmilk and don't have anything left to discard. The only problem you might have from this runny poo is maybe a diaper rash because it's always in there. For that, there are special wipes you can use for breastfed babies called lansinoh wipes. You can find them in Target by the breastfeeding supplies. And Target now makes their own brand called "Up and Up: for breastfed babies" they are a little cheaper and I like them better. It cleared my son's rash right up in 2 days and it was bad.

Connie - posted on 10/08/2010

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It is a bit too soon for cereal.. They don't recommend that until 5 months. If you need more then supplement with formula, that will satisfy the hunger for longer periods of time.

NeQuitta - posted on 10/07/2010

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I just left my son's two month checkup and vaccinations today and I was to take him off cereal because he was too young and he shouldn't start it until he is four months or more. My son got really constipated the last couple days when I switched him from rice to multi-grain. He was straining alot today and I gave him about 2oz of water w/Caro syrup, right before his appointment. I told the nurse and that was her advice. But otherwise, he was good with cereal. I'm kinda stuck of the fence because plain breast milk and formula went through him like water. Milk with cereal stuck with him longer. What's anyone's take on it?

Sharana - posted on 10/07/2010

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My suggestion would just be to increase the amount of milk, whether it be formula or breastmilk. But as a mom you need to go with your gut, and definitely follow a doctor's instructions. Unless of course your gut tells you not to! Doctors have been wrong too! We increased my son's bottles to 5 oz and he is perfectly content now - no eating his hand or crying after a feeding. He is right at 13.5 lbs and is very healthy. Preemies may need extra nutrition, but that would be up to the doc. You should never add anything to the bottles that a doctor hasn't reccommended, since the baby's tummy may not be ready to digest rice cereal or even oatmeal. If you introduce the solids too soon it can create more problems than it solves.

Krista - posted on 10/07/2010

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I'd just like to say that rice cereal put in a bottle can be dangerous as a child can aspirate on it.

Laualee - posted on 10/07/2010

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that right he probably at that age where they just need a bit more my baby is2month and probably around 14/15 pounds ae and he has breast amd formula

Laualee - posted on 10/07/2010

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may be he might he baby cereal my baby i make sur that he wash change feed burped and he could go down at 10 or 9 in the morning and doesnt wake up til 12 or 1pm in the if he been carry alot then what I do is let him have cry because they depend on them to carry them all day and you cant do that to be at there beackon call all the time

Amy - posted on 10/07/2010

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My daughter was born on July 5th. She has had rice cereal in her bottle since she was about 10 weeks old. With 4 ounces of water she gets 2 scoops of milk, and 1 scoop of cereal. I did have to go up to a larger nipple size, this is because the formula is thicker. I also have a 6 almost 7 year old, and I did the same thing with her. It seems to help.

Sarah - posted on 10/06/2010

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We went to the doctor yesterday and I was told to start baby food. My son is eating 35-40 ozs of formula in every 24 hour period. He only weighs 13.5lbs but is 25" tall. I was told that some babies just metabolize their food quickly and therefore need more than just formula.

Tonya - posted on 10/06/2010

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My son was born on the 2nd of July and is eating 6oz of formula each meal which is at least four times a day mostly 5-6 times a day. He is gaining weight well he only weighs 14.1 pounds. He too is always hungry kind of makes you feel bad when your eating and he just stares because he can't have any. I just started him on 1/2tsp for every 2 oz of formula (Dr. told me to). He seems to not have a problem with it but he is still acting like he is starving.
I too tried to hold him off longer but that was not going to happen. The only time he goes without bottle is at night when sleeping for instance last night he had his bottle at 9:30 and was up at 6am hungry. Boy does he make up for it during the day. Our Dr. said we might have to start him baby food during the day.

Sarah - posted on 10/05/2010

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We just switched to oatmeal and it is amazing! He even likes the taste more and eats as much as I will give him. No change in his BM but his sleeping has definitely improved!

Christina - posted on 10/05/2010

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i am currently using rice cereal in my sons formula because he was doing the exact samething,and i can tell you it works wonders on keeping him full for longer.it would be a good idea because my son was over eating when he would eat like that,his doctor was the one that suggested me try that.so it wont hurt anything.i hope this helps you

Becca - posted on 10/04/2010

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Just a note, ladies... I don't put the cereal in my son's bottle, I feed him with a spoon... And have ever since I started feeding him cereal! He took to the spoon like it was something he had always done! Also... the oatmeal really does seem to help!

NeQuitta - posted on 10/04/2010

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My son is 10 weeks and I started him on rice at mayb 5-6 weeks, because just plain breast milk or formula went thru him like water goes thru us. I had to feed him every hr with breast milk and every other hr with formula. My sister suggested adding rice to his milk. Now he eats 5oz every 3-4 hrs and is just now sleeping thru the night for at least 6hrs. But I'm gonna take the advice of some of these moms and start adding oatmeal instead of rice cause my son's BM are once every few days instead of everyday, poor thing.

LATOYA - posted on 10/04/2010

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hi sarah
my son is two months an 2weeks he's on rice cereal since one month an it works it keeps him fuller longer an don't worry bout the goin off they figure it out for themselves jus don't give it every feedin

Sharana - posted on 10/04/2010

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My son was born on the 9th of July, and he still eats every 2 hrs like clockwork... I bumped it up to 4, sometimes 5 and that worked for us. He also takes a nap sometimes for about 3 to 4 hrs in the middle of the day and it helps me with housework and doesnt affect his sleep at night! The cereal should come later, since his stomach may not yet be equipped to handle and digest that cereal. You may want to switch the brands of formula you feed him, and if your feeding himj breastmilk increase your calorie intake. :) Hope this helps!

Kenisha - posted on 10/04/2010

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My son was born on July 8th and is also on soy (which can cause constipation as well). I started giving him rice cereal every other night at 6 wks. He was having issues with constipation (before I introduced cereal) so I used a tablespoon of dark karo syrup (my dr. recommended) in the formula. I make one big container of formula and add it then instead of putting it in one bottle as that seems like alot of syrup in one bottle. OR I put just a little bit of bananas in the cereal. This seems to help him stay full longer and helps keep him regular.

Sarah - posted on 10/03/2010

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same here. my son is on soy so I went out today to get some oatmeal to replace the rice. thanks for the tip!

Yendalee - posted on 10/03/2010

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Hmm Becca...I'm going to look for Oatmeal. I tried barley but i found she coughed a lot after drinking it and it always sat at the bottom of the bottle.

Becca - posted on 10/03/2010

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My son was born july 16th and has been getting cereal at night (just before bedtime) since he was a month or so old. He was already up to 5 oz every 3 hours and at night the same. The cereal helps him sleep better at night, and doesn't hurt. I started him on rice, but he started getting constipated (not because of cereal... because of Soy formula) and so I switched him to oatmeal... It's less binding!!

Yendalee - posted on 10/03/2010

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My baby was born July 24th. She eats 3ozs every 2-3 hours. We started her on rice cereal at 6 weeks but only at her night feeding and occasionally at her first bottle in the morning. She sleeps about 4-5 hours a night which gives us finally a few more extra hours of sleep. Sometimes she gets up a little earlier than usual but that's about 1 a week or so. I also give her a bath every night and warm her bottle up extra awesome (lol) and but almost a teaspoon of rice cereal in her milk. She burps and knocks out after that. When she's 4 months then we'll be able to give it to her with every bottle.

Stacey - posted on 10/02/2010

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My son was born on July 2nd and we had to start rice bottles at 6 weeks. He wasn't getting full and was spitting up a lot (Acid Reflux). We do the rice bottles at 4 oz every other bottle. The dr. said we may have to start every bottle because he still spits up on occasion.

The only bad thing is it does make him very constipated. We have had to start half juice/half water in bottles and have had to use suppositories.

I don't regret starting him on rice bottles because he is a happier baby, but I hate that he has so much trouble going to the bathroom:(

Rebecca - posted on 10/01/2010

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i do that with my 3 month old but i use the oatmeal bc the rice usually makes babies constipated

Leanne - posted on 09/30/2010

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My son was also born 4th of July and he's taking 180mls (6 1/2 oz) each feed and that holds him for 4 hours maybe more. Maybe see if he drinks first 3oz and try and hold him upright for 20mins burb him and see if he takes the rest of it. It could also mean he's overtired and wants to sleep and keeps going through this cycle of not knowing what he wants he's tired but also hungry as well. But speak to ped first and see what they recommend cause feeding solids to babies at this age might not go so well. Also could be his formula maybe a change to the formula might do the trick give that a go. I'm from Australia by the way we don't use oz we use mls had to check on bottle how much that was and my little boy is having double of what you're giving your little boy. I think he needs to reset his feeding habits some how so he can take in the 6oz. Good luck hope you have it sorted out :)

Michelle - posted on 09/30/2010

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I went to the Academy of Pediatrics website and got this info:

How can you tell if your baby is ready for solids? Here are a few hints:

* Is your baby's tongue-thrust reflex gone or diminished? This reflex, which prevents infants from choking on foreign objects, also causes them to push food out of their mouths.
* Can your baby support his or her own head? To eat solid food, an infant needs good head and neck control and should be able to sit up.
* Is your baby interested in food? A 6-month-old baby who stares and grabs at your food at dinnertime is clearly ready for some variety in the food department.

If your doctor gives the go-ahead but your baby seems frustrated or uninterested as you're introducing solid foods, try waiting a few days or even weeks before trying again. Since solids are only a supplement at this point, breast milk and formula will still fill your baby's basic nutritional needs.

Also studies have shown that if you start your baby prior to 4 months, he/she is more at risk for diabetes later in life. Go here for that study info:

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

and it is a myth that babies sleep better with rice cereal. Go here for that info.

http://family.go.com/parenting/article-m...

Lacie - posted on 09/29/2010

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my son was born july 29th and i started him on rice cereal when he was 5 weeks old and he loves it. he eats 4oz every 3 hours and he also sleeps through the night now with it

Aniyahismylife - posted on 09/27/2010

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I agree with Krista Harquail...Sarah Kemp you are doing the right thing... All you do is try it out....it doesnt seem to fill my LO up just yet so maybe sometime in october i will try it again

Sarah - posted on 09/27/2010

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I tried it last night putting only 1tsp rice cereal into a 3oz formula bottle. He loved it and didn't cry to be fed again for 5 hours instead of 2. I'm gonna wait a couple days before trying it again just to make sure he still has dirty diapers everyday and it isn't constipating him. I have no intentions on giving reg baby food for another couple months.....just some rice cereal for now. I appreciate the input ladies!!

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