Baby Cereal

Meghan - posted on 10/21/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My son was born on May 10 and we have been feeding him rice cereal for a few weeks now. I want to start him on beginner solid foods but should I try him on oat cereal first?? Do you have to try multiple cereals before you start solids. My mother in law thinks I should wait longer, but I think he is ready. And if I do start solids should I feed him cereal in the morining and them solids for supper? Any help regarding this will be extremely helpful. Thanks!

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Alyse - posted on 11/15/2010

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My son was born on May 7. We just had his 6 month check up, he weighs 17lbs. My doctor advised me that I could feed my son anything and everything. Just introducing one item a day. He said that if the are going to have a reaction that it would be within the first day. He said that 30 years ago was when they started putting guidelines on how to feed babies and there was a huge increase in allergies. The only thing he said is that if I give my son honey that it be pasteurized. We have been feeding my son solids since he was five months and it is going very well. I just gave time rice cereal today for the first time and it went great. He has had all sorts of food with no problems. This is only the advise of my doctor it is to be taken with a grain of salt and is only a suggestion on my part. Go with your gut feeling as a mom, if you think he is ready it is probably because he is. Good luck and have fun.

Heather - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son has been on solids since four months. (born May 27) He eats breakfast lunch and dinner. I use a formula scoop and put one scoop of cereal with half an ounce of milk then mix half a pack of either fruits or veggies. Do try each new food for at least 3 days to make sure there is no reaction.

Danielle - posted on 11/02/2010

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My son was born on May 3rd & has been eating solids since 4 months. My doc said cereal for one week, then vegetables and onto fruits. My so now eats the mixed things like pears & oats, risotto w/ cheese & mac 'n' cheese w/ veges. (available at Target)

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If you wanted to try oat cereal instead he may like it better but its not necessary. My youngest has been on stage 1 foods for almost 2 months, he was born May 12th, we started stage 2 veggies about 2 weeks ago. Just make sure you give him the same food for 3-4 days before you start a different one and do veggies first not fruit. I usually put his food in a bowl and thicken it up with cereal because he likes more substance when he eats and its twice a day, he doesn't like food in the morning. Do what you feel is right, all babies are different.

Sally - posted on 11/02/2010

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You know your baby best!!! If you think baby is ready go for it. My baby girl was also born on May 10th :-) and she has a breakfast, lunch and dinner now and only one bottle milk before bed and she is thriving!!! Cow & Gate do some great stage 1 dinners and you can also try buying some sweet potato and butternut squash and roasting them, then blend with some butter to make a delicious homemade meal that my little one certainly loves. Mashed bananas are also a favourite :-).

Hope this helps

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I've never heard needing to switch between baby cereals before starting solids. You should be able to go right on to stage 1 foods from the rice cereal. The only cereal I've ever been told not to feed my daughter is the wheat cereal because many babies have allergic reactions to them. I was also told by my pedi to start with green veggies so that my daughter doesn't develop a taste for only sweet foods and fruits. Seems to make sense.

Ginger - posted on 11/01/2010

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If you haven't started solids yet and are breastfeeding, it may be helpful to look into "open gut".
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...
There are many compelling reasons to delay solids and continue breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6-7months. Many doctors don't keep up with the most current research and still recommend beginning solids at 4months, which could lead to a whole host of problems including allergies.
Best wishes, mammas!

Nicole - posted on 10/30/2010

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my son was born on may 4th and i was told to feed him only rice cereal for now he also eats the gerber foods like , sweet potatoes, carrots, he also eats the apple sauce and he drinks the apple juice i feed him cereal in the morning with his formula and at night before he goes to sleep his doctor also told me to mix an little bit of cereal in his sweet potatoes and other gerber foods i feed him.

Ki'Mia - posted on 10/29/2010

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My daughter was born on the 15 and she eats rice ceral and applesauce in the morning sometime doin the afternoon Ill give her ceral in her bottle and around 7 730pm she eats a vegetable and a fruit...Havent tried oat yet,but I would try some food...Is he sitting up?

Sally - posted on 10/29/2010

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My little girl was born May 27th. I have been feeding her cereal and purees since she was 4 months old. Her doc said it was fine. Supposed to try one for 3-5 days before introducing another new one for allergies sake. She is in second foods and chows down more than any place recommends.

Vicky - posted on 10/28/2010

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My son was born on may 12th, and I have been feeding him pureed fruit and veges since he was 4 months and he has been fine. I have now started him on the stage 2 solids, Though only a little bit. He only has the rice cereal occasionally and when he does, I add about 1/4 of one of his fruit jars to it to flavour it. But it does all depend on your boy, as he may be ready, or he may not, you can only try him!

Melissa - posted on 10/26/2010

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My daughter was born May 31st and I have been feeding her cereal for about a month in a half. She is now working on a fruit in the morning, veggie at lunch and the 1st foods by beech nut meat at dinner and all with a little cereal. She has cereal before bed with a bottle.

Daniela - posted on 10/26/2010

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No you don't My daughter Alyssa was born on may 15 and she is eating glass food for the last past 3 weeks already just start out feeding fruit first .

Nicole - posted on 10/25/2010

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My son was born May 5th. Around 6 months you can start baby foods. it all depends if the baby is ready and if you feel that he is ready. I started my son on it 2 weeks ago. He LOVES it.

They say to feed your child the same thing for a week to know allergies and dislikes.. but i didnt. I cant imagine eatting the same thing everyday more than once. ick. I have this schedule thing through the doc of how much he is suppose to eat, i somewhat follow.

Here is my Schedule for my son-

Morning- Cereal & 8oz bottle

Lunch- 2 TB Fruit & 8oz Bottle

Dinner- 2 TB Veggi & 8oz Bottle

Before Bed- Cereal & 8oz Bottle



Hope this was helpful

Connie - posted on 10/24/2010

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I think its just what you think is right for your little one. I started my little girl on her first rice cerial at about 3 1/2 months and she loved it. I then started trying mixing a little bit of the pureed fruit in with it and she loves that too. At the moment until she gets to about 6 months im just giving her a mixture of either a fruit puree or pureed veggies at about midday (inbetween a bottle) to get her used to it being a daily thing for her. Its really up to you when and what you want to start him on. My girl was a bigger girl and my doc suggested starting her a bit earlier as she may have needed something a little bit more solid in her tummy! I think you just go with your gut instinct! :)

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I started mine on Rice first and after a few weeks of that, tried Oatmeal. At 6 months, I will start her on veggies. Doc said to NOT give her fruits yet b/c she will not like the veggies!! (makes sense). You will know when your baby is ready by how she does with the rice cereal. If he is eating it and not pushing it out, then try it. This is the fun part! Getting to give them new foods to try (although wait a week between new foods to see if they have allergies). Good luck! Oh, if you go to Gerber.com, they have an amazing menu you can follow! I love it!

Shay - posted on 10/21/2010

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hey im no expert on this but i just went with the flow with my little girl. i had her on farex for first couple of weeks until she ate it propley then i started on pear puree then pumpkin then all other vegi's and fruit then i started mixing them together. i still try give the baby cereal to her but i add pear or apple to it cause she doesnt like it on its own. ive also tried baby jar foods like oats with fruit.. they do say try a new food every 3 days but just do wot u feel. my daughter was born on the 7th may and she has been on solids for a month now and now she has cereal or oats in the morning, fruit or custards at lunch then vegis and fruit at dinner. i hope this helps. there is a good web site on wot foods to start on and recipes on www.wholesomebabyfood.com.

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2010

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My son was born May 31 and we gave him rice cereal in his bottle at 1 month (at the advice of his PED). Then we spoon fed him rice cereal at 2 months, tried oatmeal at 2.5m and he didn't like it. Now he gets rice in every bottle, solids at breakfast then a bottle and solids near our dinner time with a bottle. He has been on solids since about 3 months. He eats stage 1 gerber bananas, applesauce, peas, green beans, squash, sweet potatoes, peaches. He gets half of a container in the morning and the other half later in the day. This works for us and his pediatrician doesn't have a problem with it.

Amy - posted on 10/21/2010

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My little guy was born May 26th, but we wait until the 6 month mark to start solids. With my older guy we started with rice cereal and he did not tolerate it well so we immediately switched to oatmeal and he did much better with that. As the other moms have said, it is more nutritious than rice cereal. We then moved to veggies first, then alternated introductions veggie, fruit, veggie... for veggies we actually started with green first then worked our way to the oranges. We went with the least sweet to the most sweet so that he would not only want sweet. I don't know if that works, but, he loves green vegetables the most. He will eat any fruit of veggie! We did wait on spinach and citrus fruits for a while though.

Alison - posted on 10/21/2010

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It all depends on your baby, he will let you know when he is ready for more. My little guy was born May 13 and we do fruits and veggies at least once a day, sometimes twice if he still acts hungry after nursing. I would recommend oatmeal over rice cereal though, rice has almost no nutritional value. And it doesn't really matter if you do fruits or veggies first, your baby will eat what he likes regardless of when you introduce them, at least that has been the case with all 3 of mine.

Cori - posted on 10/21/2010

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my son was born may 21 and i'm feeding him bananas already. My doctor told me it all depends on when you feel he is ready and all you have to do is stick to the same fruit for atleast a week to make sure he isn't alergic and you can keep trying different fruits. My doctor said that it's best to give them fruits before vegetables cause they are easier on their digestive system.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/21/2010

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I am feeding my 5 month old cereal now. I was told to only go through veggies first (after a week of cereal) because if you start with fruits your baby won't accept veggies as good because they are not sweet. I am planning on cereal in the morning and veggies at night. I think it's just what works for you and your baby!

Carolyn - posted on 10/21/2010

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My daughter's doc said that I could start her on oatmeal (it's more nutritious than rice cereal) at 5 months and that's what we did. She's been on it for 4 days now. Her doc said to do fruits next (pears, bananas, etc) waiting a few days in between introducing a new food to make sure there aren't any allergies. I plan on doing oatmeal for a few more days and then introducing a fruit. At this age (between 5 and 6 months) breastmilk or formula is giving them all the calories they need so introducing solids is just that - introducing them to something new so they can practice. I plan on doing oatmeal in the morning and a fruit in the late afternoon. My doc also said to nurse (my baby is breastfed) or bottle feed before giving them the solids that way the solids just supplement (until the baby is 6 months old) and aren't taking away breastmilk or formula calories/nutrients. Hope this helps.

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