Time's flying by :)
Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2008
I've started my son on cereal too, about 2 weeks ago. He has been breastfed up until now with some formula supplementation only in the last month or so. I had a hard time figuring out a schedule, but here is what we have come up with:
9:30/10:00-1-2 tbsp. cereal to 2-3 tbsp. breast milk or formula, then breastfeed after
6:00-same cereal portion as before, breastfeed after
I know every baby is different, but this schedule has really worked for us. I am thickening up his cereal slowly, but I started it out pretty thin so that he could get used to eating from a spoon and swallowing it. I plan to start veggies first in the next couple of weeks and then do fruits after. Some say that babies show a preference to fruits and may reject veggies if fruits are given first, but there's no real proof of that and it is up to you. Remember that up until one year, babies are supposed to get most of their nutrition from breast milk or formula. They will eat more solids as they get older, but solids don't need to replace milk/formula yet. And, when you start introducing veggies and fruits, add them into our schedule in the early afternoon so that if your baby has an allergic reaction, you will notice it during the day.
Hope this helps! :)
Liz - posted on 11/07/2008
We just started on the first stage baby foods. Went through green beans and just started carrots. One of the best mixtures I have found for cereal though is one table spoon of cereal to one table spoon formula. So I feed my twins cereal in the morning and then their food at night. However, if you're going to switch to different cereals ( I recommend starting with rice cereal) wait at least three to five days before switching to make sure that your baby is not allergic to the cereal or food.
Amanda - posted on 11/07/2008
We just started cereal (right after our evening feeding) to start off the bedtime routine. After the 4th night she finally swallowed a substantial amount of cereal. I'm hoping she sleeps a straight 10 hrs after I "dream feed" her before I go to bed tonight. She'll make a mess but it should be fun. If it seems to upset her I'd back off but she could be ready if she seems interested in watching you eat.
Sarah - posted on 11/07/2008
oh and i have to disagree with micole i exclusively breastfeed and i think they start to need more then just hte milk! i do not cut out any feedings and she is doing so good. i only give her one bowl a day when she turns 20 weeks i will do more she is 19 weeks right now!!! she weighs 11 lbs
Colleen - posted on 11/07/2008
My son is 4 months an i started rice cereal. i think every babies different and if you think she's ready she probably is. Just watch and make sure she passing stool that's the most common problem, they have a little more trouble with that with solids. other than that start small, tsp in the morning that way you can watch her all day and see how she is. if she is having trouble passing stool try an oz. of sterilized water. in the end just go with your gut you can tell when they're ready. ~colleen.
Paige - posted on 11/07/2008
Our pediatrician told us, that we could start her on some rice cereal if she doesn't seem satisfied after feedings, or if she seemed like she wanted to try it. Don't really have the problem of her not being satisfied, but we can't eat without her in complete trance of watching what we are doing, and trying to grab at everything. We started trying Rice Cereal with my daughter a little over a week ago. We give it to her while we are cooking our dinner, between feedings. We haven't replaced any feedings just yet. She loves it, although, the first bite, she always gives the funny new taste look. But, she knows as soon as we put her in the highchair where we are going with it. Some nights, she is a little less interested than others, (and prefers to spit raspberries with the food in her mouth) but others, she is completely into it.
Ami - posted on 11/03/2008
I have some advice... buy a magic bullet food processor... seriously, you can make your own organic rice, oatmeal, fruits, veggies, etc. for your baby & it literally takes less than 10 minutes to prepare... I make enough for the week and freeze it in ice trays -- perfect portions! xoxoxo
Erin - posted on 11/02/2008
We started cereal last month and have now moved into cereal with applesauce mixed in and pears mixed in along with the breast milk. Last week we started carrots and sweet potatoes. What an adventure!!! I recommend that you use a Bumbie chair on the couch or floor to feed her. This gives her more room to move around than a high chair, but provides enough support for her head and upper body. Have fun with it and take lots of pictures!!!
Alyssa - posted on 11/01/2008
We started Jack out a month ago on solid foods. We started with the rice Cereal. He didn't care for it at all. Then we started with the fruits. He loves his applesauce. I always start my boys off with the Rice Cereal then the Fruits then the Veggies then the Dinners. They seem to be much happier. Each child is different. They will start eating when they are ready too. They seem to be much happier when you start to feed from a spoon. We make it a happy, family time for feeding. And he loves to eat and talk with us.
Amy - posted on 10/31/2008
i started my daughter on oatmeal when she was 2 months old. the dr told me to put a little in her bottle because she has such bad acid reflux but i just decided to spoon feed her instead. the first few times was a little messy but when your baby gets the hang of it it will be fine. my daughter is now a little over 4 months and is eating all kinds of fruits and we just started giving her vegies at night. every baby is a little different with there feedings and adjust a little differenty also. just make sure you watch there bowl movements because they can get constipated. i give my daughter prunes atleast twice a week to keep her from getting stopped up
Alissa - posted on 10/30/2008
My little one is just four months and she tries to eat my food and has a big fit when we don't give her any, so I am giving her some rice cereal when we eat and she is just soo satisfied after. She just lays there sucking her thumb, looks like my husband after a steak dinner,lol.
Micole - posted on 10/30/2008
Nope! My little girl is four and a half months and I'll keep exclusively breastfeeding her as long as possible. It is so much less stress that way. As soon as you start introducing solids you have to start worrying about their nutritional needs. As long as your exclusively breastfeeding you can be assured they aren't missing out on anything. As far as when I'll start solids, I'll wait till she shows signs of wanting it, i.e. screaming when she sees us eating, grabbing at the food on my plate, etc. and then start with soft things that'll put within her reach and let her feed herself, as this early interest in food is usually just curiosity. If she manages to actually get some in her mouth and swallow no biggey, she's probably ready, but I probably won't actually make sure she's eating anything else until she's at least eight months.
Lara - posted on 10/30/2008
We started on cereal a week ago and I try to feed him that first...when he starts to fuss like he doesn't want anymore I give him a drink of formula and then we try some more cereal until he lets me know he is done and he has one or two more ounces of formula. He hasn't had any trouble with constipation but the number of poopy diapers has gone down since we started eating cereal. I can't believe he is growing so fast...!6 lbs 15 oz as of yesterday
Andie - posted on 10/28/2008
I know! I can't believe she's almost 5 months now! We tried introducing cereal in the evening, hoping it would help her start to sleep through the night again but she didn't really take to it, we tried two nights in a row. She barely took any the first night but she was a little grumpy so we tried again the next night and she took about 1/8 of a tablespoon and although she found the mess kind of fun she didn't really take interest in eating the cereal. She also had trouble laying on her tummy early the next morning, which could've been a coincidence but we decided that she wasn't ready for solids yet since she's happy all day and seems satisfied just to nurse:) We'll probably try again in a couple of weeks! I'm so excited for her to try new things but I also want to fully embrace each stage along the way. Did y'all have any issues with constipation when you started cereal?
We started on rice cereal this week. Our doctor said to do it twice a day for a couple weeks then to add in veggies, one every week. He also said to make the cereal a little thicker after each week and to feed her a bottle after each feeding. I guess to help wash it down.
My daughter's been doing okay. It's almost like she gets tired of eating the cereal and will cry for her bottle after awhile. And fyi: the diapers have been a blowout since she's been been eating cereal!
And yes, I agree that time flies! I look at my daughter and can't believe she's already four months! Let us know how the feedings go.
Chanequa - posted on 10/28/2008
We started cereal this week. So far, we're just giving it to him for his morning meal (around 7am). We're giving him 1 tbsp. cereal with 3 tbsp. formula (the box recommends 4-5 tbsp. formula but that was too thin and our pediatrician had said he preferred thicker).
For the first few days, we started by bottle-feeding him about 2-3 ounces and giving him the bottle again after he seemed tired of eating cereal. Today, we cut back on the formula and didn't give him the bottle again. He ate more cereal.
Just be prepared for feeding times to really slow down, especially if you've been bottle-feeding. Our morning feeding now takes about 40 minutes, especially since Micah now likes to add breakfast table conversation!
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