How much cereal to feed a 5 month old?

Reyna - posted on 02/17/2011 ( 54 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know how much rice cereal to feed a 5 month old? How much rice cereal are you feeding your 5 month old? Thanks!

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Lucie - posted on 02/24/2011

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How much cereal to feed a 5 month old??? I am only breast-feeding...

Dawn - posted on 12/18/2011

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Is this the 1st time he is having cereal?? I am a nanny for infants..Between 5-6 months we start Rice cereal (very thin) about 1-2 Tbs with = amounts of formula or water..As they get the hang of eating your can begin to thinken and increase the amount by a Tbs at a time..No rush..I always tell my 1st time Moms to give the baby the formula 1st and then about 15-20 min later let them have a little cereal..Doctors will tell you the Formula/breast milk is the MOST important nutrition for you infant. It is a Myth that cereal helps baby sleep thru the night..BOTH my children were breast fed and slept thru the night at 6 weeks with NO cereal..They began cereal at about 6-7 months..ONLY cereal for 3-4weeks..The I added a little bit of Veggies 1st then Fruit..Always adding it to the cereal base..It make feeding #1 foods way easier and less messy..But until they were age 1 (12 months) I always recommend the bottle 1st..Otherwise the infant will fill up there belly with food and not get the benefits they need from the formula/breast milk..Once they are off formula and on reg whole milk then the food is the major part of their nutrition.. You don't want children over age 1 to fill up on milk..can cause major weight loss due to malnutrition..They fill up on Milk and not eat the other foods needed to grow normally..I am a grandmother or 3 and have been doing daycare for infants for over 15 yrs..I hope this is helpful to you..

On a side note : I keep the children on baby food until at least 18 months..even 2 yrs if they will eat it..Baby food is well balanced and has next to NO additives and preservatives. Less sodium and sugar..Unless you cook totally with fresh foods..Baby food is the best for a child 2 and under..

Mishu Kumari - posted on 06/30/2013

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can i give cerelac or soft eatable to my 4mnths 10days old baby

Roxanne - posted on 10/18/2011

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for the mom that said they were gonna skip rice cereal all together..... rice is the recommended first food because it is less likely to have an allergic reaction that any other food. Also, it is not necessary to give your baby fruits and vegetables, it is more of just practicing to eat, and trying new flavors, but if your gonna give them anything it should definitely be cereal because it is fortified with iron, and they need that nutrient. This is what the Dr said.

Jhinarani - posted on 02/24/2014

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can i give cerelac to my 4 months 8days baby and also say to which cerelac would be start?

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Crystal - posted on 04/23/2014

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dark karo syrup will help with pooping, 1/2 to 1 tsp in bottle and shake good

Shaista - posted on 04/30/2013

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Hi Reyna, I am feeding about 2 heaped spoons of cerelac 2 a day

Irene - posted on 02/04/2013

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yea, 4 baby spoons, a little milk, or water add with it. stir, and it should be a little runny, no chucks.

Lisa - posted on 02/04/2013

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Thank you so much!! I have found a lot of negative feedback regarding this particular issue, and as I am a new mummy and now single I don't really know what I am doing... there have been a lot of comments about rice cereal being next to useless or constipating is this true? and if it is constipating what should I give bubby? I thought it way too soon to give bubby prune juice...? Please help - I really don't need anyone else slagging off on rice cereal just positive and encouraging comments welcome, (I am going through enough right now), I am sorry if some of you on this particular forum did not have a positive experience with rice cereal, I gave a very small amount to my baby this morning and she loved it in fact I believe had I given her more she would have eaten it, I'm just worried I'll make her constipated and it is very hard finding out exactly how much of this I should be giving my 5 month old baby each day from now on, thank you.

Cheri - posted on 12/19/2011

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1tbsp for each month of age. I started my babies VERY EARLY on solids and contrary to new-age parenting, it did NOT cause obesity, food allergies to those foods or any other issues. By the time they were 5 months old, they got 5 tbsp of cereal mixed with their baby food.



I will say my kids DID sleep thru the night and they had no gastrointestional issues from any food that they ate. In fact, if it were not for the baby cereal in one of my kids, his reflux would not have been controlled (he was a preemie and had reflux awefully) without medications which is NOT better than a little bit of rice.

Annie - posted on 12/18/2011

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I give my daughter 2 Tbs. of oatmeal with 1 Tbs. of fruit in the am and the same in the pm but I use rice cereal and veggies . I add formula to it until it's the right thickness which my daughter likes it pretty thick but my newphew eats his runny. My doctor said until she reaches 6 mos formula is most important that why I don't give her more!

Tracey - posted on 12/17/2011

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Never. You're not supposed to give grains to babies under a year old because they now know they don't have the right enzymes to digest them, and this may be the reason allergies and digestive tract diseases are exploding. Instead, the recommendation goes back to what was given before the invention of Cream of Wheat and other cereals, to giving mashed meat (use your blender) and egg yolks (not whites). Babies have the right enzymes for those. The American Pediatric Association now recommends this, but the cereal manufacturers are advertising more than ever to drown it out. In fact, WHO recommends waiting to age 2 to introduce grains to be safe.

Danelle - posted on 10/25/2011

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I give my 5 mon old 2 tsp of rice cereal mixed with her fruit/veggies. I also put 1 tsp of it in her bottles.

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2011

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My son eats lots of cereal. I really don't limit him at all. The doctor put him on baby food at 4 months because he ate so much. He loves cereal and since it's mixed with formula I wouldn't limit it. It's the same as them getting formula.

Roxanne - posted on 10/20/2011

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Mine doesnt like Rice either. So I started him on Oatmeal. So far the baby foods I have tried break his skin out into a rash.

Angelique - posted on 10/20/2011

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My 5 month old dislikes the rice cereal, so I did not force her, instead i gave her pears and butternut, and she loves those

Ayu - posted on 10/17/2011

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My baby girl is 5 mo old and i week. Her doctor advice to mix 1TB rice cereal with 4TB milk. Once a day.

Cassidy - posted on 10/17/2011

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One person said that their baby got constipated from it. My son occasionally gets constipated, but the doctor said that if he does just give him 1oz prune juice mixed with 1oz water or mix a little cereal with the prune juice.
p.s. she said that for the amount of cereal just to keep feeding him until he started turning his head away and etc.
p.s.s. I use Playtex VentAire bottles with the cereal nipple. Some say not to feed your baby cereal from a bottle, but I don't think they tried these because neither of my babies choked on it.

Cassidy - posted on 10/17/2011

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I feed my 4 month almost 5 month old 8oz milk mixed with 8T of cereal. The reason you're not supposed to use honey is because it isn't pasteurized. My doctor told me to start feeding him cereal at 4 months because my milk was drying up and that way he wouldn't get as much formula. She also said to start giving him baby food. She didn't say how often she said it is basically up to me, but that between now an 9 months he needed solids 3 times a day. Also, if you decide to start giving solids only give one every 3 days that way they have enough time to have an allergic reaction to it and you'll be able to identify what caused it.

Darci - posted on 10/17/2011

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On the back of the box it will tell you about a table spoon or two I think. Although the rice cereal is something you introduce just to get your baby use to eating something other then milk and use to learning how to use a spoon so they will be ready for baby food. So you can just give him/her a table spoon or two and that is fine. But if he/she wants more then give him/her more. Both my kids got too constipated on the rice cereal and so i didnt give it to them ever and just started giving them oatmeal at 6 months.

Bron - posted on 10/16/2011

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Babies need to be at least 6 m old before starting solids, and there is so little nutrition in rice cereal, you may as well give them wall paper paste! Plus when you start them too early, you risk ending up with the fussy toddler who turns into the fussy child. 4 kids - first started at 5.5m, fussy as hell! Next 3 started (their choice) at 9m, 11.5m and 10m will try anything and enjoy a wide variety of foods.

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My son (13mo) has never had any rice cereal at all.



It's not necessary and can be constipating, and there are other more nutritious and more digestible grains such as oatmeal.

Julie - posted on 10/06/2011

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Our pediatrician didn't have us start any solids including cereal until 6 months old at which time she had us start with 1 tablespoon once a day. Then the 2nd week twice a day and from the 3rd week on 3 times a day. Then each month we would increase by 1 tablespoon. He is now 12 months and I give him 5 tablespoons mixed with heavy whipping cream 3 times a day. So I would just start with 1 tablespoon and once your baby acts as if they want more when they've eaten the last bite, then increase 1 tablespoon at a time.

Rujul - posted on 10/04/2011

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Dont give honey to baby below 12 months of age! Ask baby's ped for advice.

User - posted on 03/04/2011

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I introduced Rice cereal at 4 months but my son does not like it anymore so i changed to whole wheat and honey and he seems to like the honey

Jessica - posted on 03/03/2011

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I started my little guy at 4 months. I use about 2 Table Spoons of cereal plus water. I add a bit of cinnamon to his cereal and he loves it!

Jen - posted on 02/28/2011

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dr brown sells nipples with the Y cut for "thicker feedings", i use that because my son needs rice cereal in his bottles because of reflux.

Lysa - posted on 02/27/2011

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I did not start Amelia on baby rice, went straight for the powder cereals with a bit of flavour. This made weaning really easy.

Michelle - posted on 02/26/2011

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I forgot to mention we do mix his cereal with formula and we spoon feed him.

Michelle - posted on 02/26/2011

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Brayden get's 3 tablespoons of rice mixed with fruit in the morning, and the same in the evening and we just started him on veggies for lunch, he seems to do well. Every baby is different some may eat more or less. They will let you know when they have had enough.

Sharon - posted on 02/25/2011

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I just started solids yesterday for my just turned 5 month old. I was happy to wait until she was 6 months but has been showing so much interest in food and has doubled her birth weight since birth (something many pieces of literature suggest). She is a breastfed bub and I also started my now 2.5yr old at 5 months.
I just start very slowly for the month and start with 1 tablespoon rice cereal mixed with breastmilk. She seemed to like it and I plan to add some pear to it in the next few days. I only give it to her after her late morning at the moment and will transfer to the evening/late afternoon next week. Like I said I start slowly since I am starting her at 5 months. :)

Simone - posted on 02/25/2011

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Just started my 5 month old (only because she was ready) 1 tbsp rice cereal to 2 tbsp breast milk to make runny consistency. I give it to her of an evening after her normal breastfeed. She still seems a bit weary coz it so different. My son wasn't interested in foods till after 6mths (which is recommended) and ended up eating very well.

Heather - posted on 02/24/2011

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I have been giving Chase 2 table spoons mixed with 2 oz of formula and 1 jar of step 1 fruits or veggies. I just gave him 3 tablespoons last night and he ate it all.

I have noticed if you mix the fruits or veggies in the cereal they might eat it easier for you.

Lanor - posted on 02/24/2011

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She gets about tablespoons of rice cereal mixed with breastmilk in the morning, and we are still trying veggies in the evening. She really does not like her veggies.

Carmelita - posted on 02/24/2011

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Hi well he does not seem to like the cereal anymore but i use to give him 3 teaspoons of cereal.I have just baught him a whole wheat flavour but he does not seem to like anymore.I also tried giving him butternut and he seems to like the cooked meals more than his porridge.

Roberta - posted on 02/23/2011

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None, Nathaniel will start solids at 6 months or so and I haven't decided what he'll start with.

Tabitha - posted on 02/22/2011

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we had a little better luck with the simulac disposable nipples for the rice cereal in the bottle they seemed to work better then the others. they are fairly priced on e-bay we got 100 of them for 40 dollars.

Terran - posted on 02/22/2011

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I would used the rice cereal. But I have trouble getting it though the bottle. I have try ed everything with the bottles. I just spoon feed him. If I could get it to go thought the bottle I would do it that way. If you have any ideas please let me know.

Tabitha - posted on 02/21/2011

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he eats about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup three times a day and some apple sause he is a hungry boy

Laura - posted on 02/20/2011

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i started xander on rice cereal at 4 months. i just mixed a little at first, but they will eat as much as there ready for. let them tell you.

Rachel - posted on 02/19/2011

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None of my kids would eat the rice cereal so we gave them all mixed cereal. Anna started hers the other day and its approx 2 tsp of cereal with an ounce of breast milk. She did so well. She met the spoon with an open mouth. She seemed to know what was going on and she eats it all with a smile..

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2011

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None. We will not be starting solids until 6 months and will be skipping baby cereal altogether.

Merry - posted on 02/18/2011

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Jaicob will be 5 months on the 30th of February. We just started rice cereal. I give him 2 tablespoons with breastmilk. Consistency of oatmeal. He seems to enjoy it with a thicker feel in his mouth.

SONJA - posted on 02/18/2011

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Alisia-Elezibeth gets cereal mixed with fruit in am and cereal mixed with veggie in pm. I mix the cereal with baby juice in am before mixing in fruit. And water in evening with veggies. The consistentcy is that of oatmeal or yogurt.

LauraBeth - posted on 02/17/2011

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BetteAnn gets 1/2 cup of rice or oatmeal and it is the consistancey of oatmeal or yogurt. she eats that in the morning and at night.

S_neff76 - posted on 02/17/2011

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When I started feeding my son rice cereal at 4 months I would make an ounce of formula mixed with about 3-4tsp of rice cereal sometimes he would eat all of it and sometimes he would only eat a little I didn't really force it on him because I don't think he understood that it was filling his belly up and in the beginning he would cry after a few bites for a bottle

Simone - posted on 02/25/2011

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Just started my 5 month old (only because she was ready) 1 tbsp rice cereal to 2 tbsp breast milk to make runny consistency. I give it to her of an evening after her normal breastfeed. She still seems a bit weary coz it so different. My son wasn't interested in foods till after 6mths (which is recommended) and ended up eating very well.

Laura - posted on 02/20/2011

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i started xander on rice cereal at 4 months. i just mixed a little at first, but they will eat as much as there ready for. let them tell you.

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