Thinking of starting my little boy (9 weeks) on baby rice soon how much should i give and how often? whats the best way to give it?

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Michelle - posted on 05/07/2009

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solids should wait till 6 months without a reason... and the only reason i know of to start early is reflux.. needing sleep isn't a reason

Anita - posted on 05/06/2009

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i didnt start giving my two any food untill 6 months old.and i wouldnt recomend giving food before 4 months as their bodys are not really developed enough for it.but when you decide to start you will only need a few spoons max at first and i would say always feed from a spoon and drink from bottle

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they who recommend 6 months as people alwasy want to do it earlier so they accept if they say 6months people will do it at 4, this is one of the reasons they changed it from 4 months as people were they doing it at 2-3 months. their little tummys are not designed for solids so young

Traci - posted on 05/08/2009

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Quoting Sara:

I believe you are not suppose to give anything like that till they are at least 4 months old. When they are ready for solids.

If anything DO NOT give it in a bottle. You need to be sure to do it by spoon it should not be a drink they need to learn food isn't sucked then swallowed.

I didn't do the rice at all....at 4 months I did Baby Lead Weaning were you give spears of bananas and avocado and such when they can pick up food themselves and they learn to eat real food from the start.



Wow, I've never heard of that before.  Did your doc tell you to do that?  Just curious.  How does the baby get enough iron with that diet? 

Traci - posted on 05/08/2009

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Nine weeks is too early to start with the rice cereal. Their stomachs are not mature enough to handle it correctly. Four to 6 months is the time to start that. It also puts them at higher risk of developing allergies and stuff. Check with your doc, but I'm sure they will tell you to wait. It is hard with all those middle of the night feedings, but that's what babies are supposed to do. :) Good luck, wish you the best!

User - posted on 05/07/2009

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my daughter did the same things as far as wanting to eat all the time and her dr put her on enfamil a.r. (added rice) its not cereal its just thicker and takes a little longer to digest so they are not hungry again so often it worked wonders for us she started sleeping thru the night and it also cut back about 3oz of what she was eating (saving us money!)

Skylur - posted on 05/07/2009

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I didn't start my daughter on cereal until she was 4 months. She had pretty bad reflux so the doctor told me I could start her on cereal early but I choose not to for a couple of reasons; the first is that giving them cereal too early can put them at higher risk for allergies and the second is it can put them at risk for obesity.

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2009

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When I first started giving my little one solids (around 4 months) I started with a teaspoon quantity and each day gave a little bit more. At first, we fed solids after a milk feed and then as he grew older swapped them around. Also, has he been investigated for reflux, because for the first three and a half months my little one fed every hour or so because of the burning in his esophagus.

Sara - posted on 05/07/2009

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Quoting Letitia:

how do you mums get things done feedin your babys every hour and 1/2 my baby takes about an hour to finish his bottle id never get anythin else done!!!


 



 



My baby ate every 2 hours and took about half and hour Breast Fed.   Then would fall asleep and would not let me put her down... At 9 weeks you should not expect to get anything done.  If he's bottle fed then when possible have someone else feed him and watch him while you go take a shower and do the dishes. 



 



If it's taking an hour for him to eat are you feeding him too often?  I don't really know when it comes to bottles but that seems a bit long.. I know I've got no clue with your baby but if you are feeding him too often it may be a comfort feed instead and be the reason why it takes so long to finish the bottle.

Sara - posted on 05/07/2009

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I believe you are not suppose to give anything like that till they are at least 4 months old. When they are ready for solids.

If anything DO NOT give it in a bottle. You need to be sure to do it by spoon it should not be a drink they need to learn food isn't sucked then swallowed.

I didn't do the rice at all....at 4 months I did Baby Lead Weaning were you give spears of bananas and avocado and such when they can pick up food themselves and they learn to eat real food from the start.

Delia - posted on 05/07/2009

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according to nutritionist and doctors you should not give any form of food to babys that young stick to strictly breast feeding or bottle feeding. wait until he is at least 5 months. then you can introduce it little by little in the morning and in the afternoon. and they only start off like with a tablespoon of the rice cereal at most and make sure its rice first.

Anneke - posted on 05/07/2009

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I think you should talk to your Doctor before feeding him cereal. As others have mentioned, I've also read and heard that feeding cereal too early can cause health problems in the future. As for you worrying about not getting things done, you are a new mom with a 9 week old baby. Believe me when I say that no one should expect to walk into your place and it be perfect!! The important thing for you right now is to bond with that baby!!! If someone doesn't like that you didn't have time to throw on the laundry or wash up the dishes, maybe you can ask them for help. If you need to do something and you don't have time, Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles love to keep kids busy for you! I know my in laws and Mom just had a field day when I needed help!

Junglekitty - posted on 05/07/2009

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Never feed your baby anything until u consult ur pediatrician first. you're not suppose to even try rice cereal or water until they ar eat least 4 months old. you should try multiple things at once either, one thing at a time that way if something doesnt agree with ur little one u will know what it is and be able to eliminate it out of the diet right away.

Naomi - posted on 05/07/2009

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I started my son on the heinz baby food pureed for 4-6mths at about 4 mths old. I tried him on the rice cereal and he gagged. Now he loves it. Instead of using water or milk i use juice for babies.I tried to feed him about when a feed was due so he'd have more food then the bottle morning and night but he'd only have half a jar of food. He loves the flavoured custards ohh and chips. well sucking on them and the filling (he's now 6mths. I went to parenting classess and advised us when we start feeding them ( from 6mths) first feed them the bottle them the food. Then graduly try the food then top them off with the bottle.. My son will gradly demolish a full bottle (250ml) and now a full jar of food. My fiancee thinks he needs to go on the biggest loser for babies.. hahaha he's still in 00 and just getting into 0's but still a bit big.

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2009

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i started my son on baby rice from 3 months and he was fine, started giving him it on a spoon in a morning with his bottle of milk that way we used some of his bottle to mix the baby rice. All kids are different do what you think is best for your son.

Renee - posted on 05/07/2009

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Is there a reason you want to start so soon? It isnt recommended until at least 4 months because their kidneys ect can not process the food. If you find he's hungry give him more milk but not food in my opinion. cheers

Ez - posted on 05/07/2009

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It is not recommended you start solids on a baby so young - at least it's not here in Australia unless indicated by a medical professional.Some people start rice cereal at 4 months, but most experts will even tell you that's too young. Their little digestive systems can't tolerate it, and my baby health nurse told me just the other day there are now studies showing it can actually impact their health later in life. You may just need to feed him more often for a few more weeks. I too have a big hungry baby, who now at 3 months goes anywhere from 1.5 - 3 hours between feeds. It is draining at times, but it's a small price to pay :)

Mel - posted on 05/07/2009

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i didnt get things done when mine was little lol! now shes 13 months feeding every 3 hours (not by demand though) and her feeds take about 45 mins each so basically i keep her awake between 12 and 4pm then put her down 4-6pm for a sleep get the washing, dishes, cleaning up and dinner done then wake her for a feed which my partner will do if he gets home in time

Letitia - posted on 05/06/2009

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how do you mums get things done feedin your babys every hour and 1/2 my baby takes about an hour to finish his bottle id never get anythin else done!!!

Amie - posted on 05/06/2009

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Unless your baby's doctor recommends it just feed and burp him more often. I have big children which caused them to be big eaters. Mine (even my 5 week old) all ate/eat a lot and very fast when they do. If I didn't stop and burp them during the feeds they would spit it all up and I'd have to start all over again. They sure didn't like it but it stopped them from spitting it all up at the end of the feed.

Letitia - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Gemma:

Have you tried giving him hungrier baby milk. It might work. Just keep and eye that he doesn't suffer with constipation. Good Luck


hes been on that for last 2 weeks has made no diff

Mel - posted on 05/06/2009

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i didnt use rice cereal for very long because it causes constipation and mine screamed because she hated the taste but from what i can remember i just put a few small spoons of cereal and kept adding tiny bits of water til it was at a good consistancy so for a bub 9 weeks id make it fairly runny if you are going to spoon feed. if he wont spoon feed you can try putting a bit in his bottle. good luck :)

User - posted on 05/06/2009

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i think that 9 weks is really early for food. their bodies are not ment to have anything but milk for the first four to six months and they can survive on milk for a whole year if necisary. if you start giving cereal or food this young you may be setting you little one up for food alergies later on. like alergy to gluten which is one of the worst alergies to have now a days. not to mention what it is doing to his intestine that are not really fully formed yet. i would wait and have a few conversations with your dr. good luck huggs

Amanda - posted on 05/06/2009

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i dont know where u are from, but i am from canada and here it is recommended to start giving babies solid foods no earlier than 6 months as their digestive systems are not ready to process anything heavier than formula or breast milk... i know some people are in a hurry to get to this milestone but for the health of your baby its best to wait - at least talk to your doctor about it before starting...

Brooke - posted on 05/06/2009

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I would wait until as close to 4 months as possible. He may be hungry alot because he's going through a growth spurt. Have you tried feeding him more often than every 2-3 hours ? Although, this doesn't work with all babies.....I would still try to wait until he's as close to 4 months as possible. My son ( who's now 2 ) ate all the time. Every 1.5-2 hours he would nurse and occasionally have a bottle also but was always fussy still. At close to 4 months I gave him some rice cereal and applesauce and that's all he needed to get him to not be as fussy. Although, he continued to nurse around every 2-3 hours. Some babies are just BIG eaters. When you do start I would only give him a little. Just check with your babies doctor first.

Sabrina - posted on 05/06/2009

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the doctors always say wait until 4 months. but with a couple of my kids i gave it to them early cause they also seemed to be hungry. so i put 1tbsp in with their milk at nite to fill them up and sleep good. but i didnt try the spoon until 4 months.

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2009

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Wait until 4 months or longer, unless your doctor has given the okay. I know doctors let babies eat rice cereal earlier than 4 months when the baby has GERD. Other than that, I would wait. Formula or breast milk is best at this age & it's all they need.

Amber - posted on 05/06/2009

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I am going to start my baby on rice cereal pretty soon when he is 4 months he has always seemed to be a hungry baby as well. The dr. told me just to wait till 4 months she said before that they don't really have the enzymes in their stomach to break down the rice cereal or any other food. I know people do start them before 4 months though it is really a choice for you and what you feel comfortable with. I am planning on just starting with a few teaspoons of it in the evening and spoon feeding it to him and after that I will increase if everything goes well. Good luck

Gemma - posted on 05/06/2009

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Have you tried giving him hungrier baby milk. It might work. Just keep and eye that he doesn't suffer with constipation. Good Luck

Letitia - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Abby:

we did it in the morning to begin with, when he was relaxed and not tired etc, and start with one spoonful, mix with the necessary amount of milk.
it worked for us so fingers crossed for you.
my little man was a horrendous sleeper and it got recommended to us by a h/v it didnt work straigh away but by 13 weeks i'd had my first full night's sleep! x



its not the sleep im worried about he just seems hungry all the time hes on 6oz of milk every 2-3 hours and still cryin for more but if i give it to him obviously hes sick nightmare lol thanks for your help :)

Abby - posted on 05/06/2009

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we did it in the morning to begin with, when he was relaxed and not tired etc, and start with one spoonful, mix with the necessary amount of milk.

it worked for us so fingers crossed for you.

my little man was a horrendous sleeper and it got recommended to us by a h/v it didnt work straigh away but by 13 weeks i'd had my first full night's sleep! x

Letitia - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Abby:

we started my little one at 11 weeks and we gave to him on a spoon, that way he learnt from an early age that food comes from a spoon and drinks from a bottle, and have NEVER had an issue with feeding him x



what time of day do you recommend ? how much should i give him?

Abby - posted on 05/06/2009

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we started my little one at 11 weeks and we gave to him on a spoon, that way he learnt from an early age that food comes from a spoon and drinks from a bottle, and have NEVER had an issue with feeding him x

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