"is it ok to give my 3 mth old cereal at this age"?

Patricia - posted on 12/27/2009 ( 58 moms have responded )

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My 3mth old does'nt stay full after a 8oz. bottle so i started giving him single grain cereal what do u all think about my choice in doing that.

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Tonilee - posted on 01/10/2010

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I think thats fine I have three children that r older now but i found a little bit of cereal doesnt hurt and all mine were breast fed good luck .

Tracy - posted on 01/08/2010

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Go with what your baby "tells" you. Have you tried adding a little fo the rice cereal to the milk? That may be a good way to start.

Brenda - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughters are grown now, but with my oldest I gave her cereal in her milk when she was 10 days old. It depends on the baby. My daughter was taking 8 ounces of formula at 2 days old. If I did not give her the cereal we would have never gotten any sleep. She is now 25 years old and very healthy. It depends on the baby because my second child would only take 3 to 4 ounces of formula til she was 6 to 7 months old. Your child will let you know when they are full. Just follow your instincts.

Heather - posted on 01/06/2010

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I only have one, and as a late life mom, I did quite a bit of research, nervous at every step, lol. I chose not to give my son cereal before 6 months because many studies have shown children who start earlier than that are more prone to food allergies. Their tummies are not equipt to digest the cereal and that's why so many mom's claim it helps them sleep better, its like how we get tired after Thanksgiving dinner, our stomachs are over stuffed. Good luck with mommydom!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/06/2010

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try mashing 1/2 a rusk in milk so it's runny, it will fill your son up and give him goodness at the same time.

Amy - posted on 01/06/2010

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As a mother and now a grandmother, I would say only if it's NOT in the bottle. If you can spoon feed the cereal to your baby then he/she is ready for it. Otherwise, you will soon have an overweight baby that may possibly develop bottle rot if this becomes a continuing habit.

Helena - posted on 01/03/2010

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You have to think Wat you wood do if you ar still hungry some mom's will have cringing baby's and don't now Wat to do if the give them some light cereal

Alma - posted on 01/03/2010

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IF YOUR CHILD IS HUNGRY THEN GIVE HIM CEREAL.START WITH RICE ,THEN OATMEAL THEN MIXED. I GAVE BOTH MY CHILDREN CEREAL AT 3 MONTHS AND THEY SLRPT BETTER AT NIGHT AS WELL.

Gail - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hi Patricia, I have 3 grown kids now and they were all having small amounts of Rice Cereal mixed with their fomulas, by the age of 3 months old. and it did make a big difference . they were better satisfied .

Kandi - posted on 01/03/2010

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i gave my oldest son cereal the day he came home from the hospital because he was drinking 8oz every 2 hours, he turned out just fine

Julie - posted on 01/02/2010

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I would ask for your doctors advice, but with my first we started him at 3 months with rice cereal. For my second the doctor said they now think it's best to wait until they are 6 months. I found that because we waited so long with the second one that he was a much pickier eater and still is. I personally feel that by introducing different tastes at a younger age your child will be a better eater. That's just my own experience. Good luck!

Anissa - posted on 01/02/2010

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DEFINITLEY...MY 22YR OLD WAS ON CEREAL @ 3WKS. & MY 17YR OLD @ 2&1/2 WEEKS...IT DOESN'T HURT THEM!!!DOCTORS HAVE A GOD COMPLEX...BUT WE ARE MOMS!!!

Petra - posted on 01/02/2010

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I would talk to your pediatrician and get a professional opinion. My daughter ate cereal at about 4 months, but the baby has to be able to swallow it and not choke on the cereal. They're swallow reflex as far as anything besides bottle food needs to develop. Some kids are able to eat cereal earlier than others. My doctor told me not to add cereal to the bottle because of the choking hazard but also you don't want to add too many calories and then cause the baby to become too overweight.

Corrine - posted on 01/02/2010

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The baby will let you know, if formula isn't holding them over, start cereal, i learned the hard way.

Jeri - posted on 01/02/2010

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When I had my children (a long time ago), they had just started the holding of solids until at least 6 months. The day I brought my oldest home from the hospital, my pediatrician said "Babies don't need anything other than breast milk/formula for 6 months BUT not all babies know that. He suggested holding off as long as I could but I would know when that time came". At 2 weeks he was drinking 4oz every 4 hours during the day (he slept from 9:00-7:00 by then) At 6 weeks he was drinking 6-8 ounces & still seemed hungry. His pediatrician suggested adding the rice cereal because he was going through nearly a quart of formula a day. He warned not to add anything else for as long as possible due to possibility of allergies. We started carrots at 6 months & slowly added others.
My second son showed no reason to add cereal until 4 months. When I had my daughter, the night nurse at the hospital told me to buy her cereal on the way home. She began rice cereal at 3 weeks.
All were good sleepers so that was not why we started solids (they were all sleeping 10-12 hours a night by 1 month). They each weighed a little over 7 lbs at birth but only weighed around 18-20 lbs at 1 year.
You might ask your son's doctor but mommy's instinst is usually pretty good.

Fiona - posted on 01/02/2010

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hi, times change i guess but my first child was allowed cereal at six weeks, shes now thirty and very healthy, your instincts about your baby are definitely what you should go on fiona mother of seven healthy kids

Helena - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hi I'm responding about your baby if the baby is still hungry after the have their milk then the need more food their is noting wrong withe given them some food

Aileen - posted on 01/01/2010

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My daughter was like that at the same age. My mom was staying with us at the time and she suggested putting a teaspoon of rice cereal in her bottle and making the teat a little bigger. So that is what we did and she has never looked back. She is 25 now and very healthy.

Joanne - posted on 01/01/2010

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I agree with the other Moms, it is up to the child. I started introducing Baby Cereal in breast milk for both of my children and they loved it. Seems like they were waiting for something more. Now, I'm not talking about making it into a solid. Just a small half or full teaspoon for them to get used to the texture is usually enough. If your baby enjoys it go with it.

Tina - posted on 01/01/2010

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well im old school i started mine around the same age rice is the gentlest on their stomachs & alot of modern moms water it down & put it in a bottle but i myself don't reccomend it is easier & less messy but fom a developmental point they benifit more from learning to eat from a spoon it maybe messy but it's fun & you do get some great pics & laughs & if they make funny faces & don't seem to like it or know what it is they are just getting use to the different textures i've raised2 of my own 3 friends many neices & nephews & have a 6 & 3 yr old grandsons & feed them all that way hope it helps.

Dawn - posted on 01/01/2010

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I think that you shouldn't, too many studies etc have shown that babies *cannot* digest solids until 6 months/showing the correct signs for solids and it makes *no* difference to sleeping etc. If you baby is hungry give them more formula or breast milk.

It's your choice but *please* make an informed choice with current up to date information.

dxx

Sandi - posted on 01/01/2010

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I had to start giving my son rice cereal at 3 months, he was hungry all the time. His dr. said a little at night before his last bottle would help and it did. I also recommend using one of the rubber tipped baby spoons. My son is now 24, healthy and no allergies.

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I had to give my daughter cereal at 3 months because of reflux. It didn't hurt her at all. Start off slow. Back in the day when they said that your child only needs formula or breast milk until the age of one was because feeding your baby is all you did. We didn't work or juggle schedules like we do now. The baby didn't change, we did. You know your baby. Keep an eye on his bowel movements and sleep habits. If he is sleeping too much back off. Night time is a good time to add cereal.

Karlene - posted on 12/31/2009

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Good single grain is ok the doctor says just a little - I did the same with my kids 16, 6 and 3 years old

Linda - posted on 12/31/2009

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My kids all were bottomless pits at that age...I gave them rice cereal watered down. I chose a nipple that I didn't care if it had a large hole in it and used a hot needle to make it larger...It worked really well. I often gave them the cereal at night and they would sleep through the night cause they were full. They are all very healthy grown kids now. It worked well for me, since, before that time they cried all the time because they were hungry. I know the Dr.s had a cow about the practice, but guess what they don't live with your baby! So don't tell your baby's Dr. I didn't and they were always praising me on how well my kids were progressing...I'd just smile and say thank you!

Jeanette - posted on 12/31/2009

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I began to add cereal to my childrens diet at 6 weeks, they were hungry and too much milk upset their stomach. I start with rice cereal, they were a lot less fussy in between feedings

Connie - posted on 12/31/2009

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start with only one thing at a time. rice cereal is a good choice due to allergies. don't do the bottle thing. just spoon feed the baby. get a rubber rounded spoon if you can they are great. If the baby wants it feed it upright like food. don't choke him with too much but please don't pump the baby with it thru bottle. thats lazy and can lead to being fat.just drinking the calories down. baby will let know when has had enough

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I started my son on a little rice cereal in his bottle at 8 weeks...he grew up to be a strong healthy boy. He is 5'10" and weighs 160 lbs soaking wet! So all that crap about it making children overweight is just that~ Do just a bit and see how well he responds. DON'T over do it...just a tiny bit. My younger son also started cereal about that time...he is 6'4" and 220...neither are allergic to anything. Talk to a grandma...someone at least 50 years old and most will say that the baby got cereal. All babies are different, so listen to what he is telling you...you can also give him a bottle of water to help keep things moving if he becomes a bit constipated. I use to boil caraway seeds strain them and add a small bit of sugar. This "tea" recipe was given to me by a lady who raised 6 kids of her own and about 25 others! It relieves gas and helps if they are constipated. Remembers Doctors are practitioners...you are a mom...you know your baby best!

I am curious to see how it works out..let us know!

Kathy - posted on 12/31/2009

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No, I heard of people giving cereal the babies a couple of weeks old and had my mother in law push me into doing it for my son. It really hurt him. Causing gas and severl constipation. All medical evidence says that it leads to problems in the long run and can cause severe food allergies and sensitivities later on in life. Alot of these are being misdiagnosed as add/adhd. I discussed it with my ped. The ameican academy of peditrics does not recommend giving solids earlier than 6 mo. But you can go as early as four. And yes my older son does have issues due to being started on foods too early.

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My 2 youngest were on cereal at about that age. If your baby isn't satisfied on just formula, add a little rice cereal to it. You will have to switch to crosscut nipples because the cereal thickens the formula. It won't hurt him and I believe he will be better satisfied. Add just a little (maybe a tablespoon) at first. You can increase the amount if needed. Sometimes, its necessary to go against what the doctors say. I believe this is one instance of that.

Susan - posted on 12/31/2009

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Quoting Brenda:

I never gave anything at all except breast milk to any of my babies until they were at least 6 months old. Most all doctors tell you this too. Their little systems were not made for anything else. The Lord knew what he was doing.


I did the same.  I only breastfed both my children.  My son til he was 6 months old and my daughter til she was 4 mos. old.   I don't believe that their systems are ready for cereal that early either.  Plus I've heard it could cause a weight issues as they get older.



The best thing is to ask your pediatrician.  Everyone is different.

DESIREE - posted on 12/30/2009

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I really think you have to be the call for when your child is ready for cereal. I gave my daughter rice cereal about 3 months. I would put the cereal in her bottle and just make the nipple a little larger. Good luck.

Dianne - posted on 12/30/2009

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hi honey i would hesitate to give him cereals just yet as the gut is still forming and this can be how allergies start. if you are going to give him solids start off with something very like breast milk...in my country we call them kumeras but in yours they are probably called sweetpotato , mix cooked with lots of baby milk to start off with. avocadoes are another good starter. try and keep to natural foods first rather than processed.

Nichelle - posted on 12/30/2009

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Honestly, I understand exactly where you are coming from; however, I have 4 children in which I fed the first three cereal around the same time. With my fourth child she developed allergies and would not open her eyes for two days. Her vitals and everything were okay, but sometimes there could be at risk because their stomachs are not developed enough to withstand cereal or other foods. This was told too me in which I didn't listen until feeding my youngest child cereal. If you are not getting any type of complications than it's up to you especially if your child is receptive to the cereal and have not developed any complications.

Nancy - posted on 12/30/2009

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all my children were on cereal by the time they were 8 weeks old. Now I have a grandson who is now almost 5. My daughter's doctor told her no ceral till 6 months. Well guess what these docotrs don't sit up with our babies when they are crying becasue they don't get enough to eat. What we did was this. WHen it was time for his last bottle before bed time we gave him some cerral, rice, mixed with a little of his formula then when he was finished he drank the last of his milk. We started him out on 2 ounces. We used an infant feeder. The first night he slept almost all night. Gradually my daugher added some fruit mostly bananas or aplesauce. We did this everynight and he slept really good. Another thing you can do is something my daughter though of was get nighttime lavender bath soap or better yet. Get the lotion that is lavender. Rub him down before bed and this really helps too. good luck.

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I'm not a doc but my son was taken off one feeding (I nursed) and put on cereal in the morning at his 2 wk check-up. My milk was too rich and he GAINED 2 pounds in 2 weeks so I think it's perfectly okay to give your child a serving of cereal.

Caroline - posted on 12/30/2009

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I have raised many children two of my own and I gave them rice cereal early on because they just were eating all the time and I was getting no sleep. My oldest now 30 was wanting to breastfeed every hr at about that age except at night then every 2 - 4 my mother and mother in law both suggested I try a bit of cereal, I just made it real soupy and used a small spoon worked like a charm

Ann - posted on 12/30/2009

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That's good! Obviouslymilk is not enough, but only give him/her cereal at night (for now). This will help him/her sleep thru the night because of a full belly. Giving cereal in the bottle for each feeding is gonna make your swell (too much, too soon) I know that the Drs. tell you its too early, but they don't have to give feeding every 2-3 hours. This is my 22 month grandson and he's doing absolutely wonderful. Just watch for signs of anything different once you start the cereal, such as diaper rash, difference in stool, bloated stomach.

Jodie - posted on 12/29/2009

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My mother started myself and my 3 brothers on solids at 6wks, I did the same with my 4 children & also my 3 grandchildren

Kathy - posted on 12/29/2009

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I started all 3 of my kids on cereal at 1 month , not any problems, just stay away from oatmeal stick with rice, and start with very small amounts ,

Nancy - posted on 12/29/2009

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My oldest, now 19, took cereal at about this age. But he ate a lot from a very early age; It took almost a full hour to nurse him and I found out why the first time he took a bottle; 8 ounces in 5 minutes and another 8 right after the first. I would not give him more than 16 ounces at a time, so I started with a bit of rice cereal a couple of times a day. And he ate every 3.5 to 4 hours! My subsequent babies have not had the same needs and took cereal later, some of them much later.

Krista - posted on 12/29/2009

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i use to give my oldest daughter rice cereal when she was 3 months old because I found she was still hungry.She started sleeping better and shortly after that we had a tooth.

Julie - posted on 12/29/2009

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I am with the moms below--when babies are growing so fast--they are hungry! We did the rice in the formula with both of our daughters. I wonder if that is why our girls both were 6 feet tall by the ages of 13 and 16???? Just kidding--they are both healthy, tall, beautiful, intelligent, and kind--their height is purely genetic:) Enjoy your wee one while you can--time flies by way tooooooo fast.

Esther - posted on 12/29/2009

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Does he seem satisfied now? I know the doctors would frown on it, but sometimes you gotta' do what you feel is best. My babies were "feed on demand" babies -- in other words, I didn't follow the doctor's time schedule for feedings. When they were hungry they got fed and I didn't have any problems with them. I never believed in pacifiers either, but when my grandbabies came along and their mother gave them one -- I kinda' changed my tune. I think they help. Babies need that sucking sensation and they get that with the pacifier...

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I never gave anything at all except breast milk to any of my babies until they were at least 6 months old. Most all doctors tell you this too. Their little systems were not made for anything else. The Lord knew what he was doing.

Jennifer - posted on 12/29/2009

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As I stipulated, every baby is different, I had NO problems with either my daughter or my grandson and in fact, they have no health issues whatsoever - my daughter is now in her forties and my grandson in his twenties! As I said earlier, use common sense - every baby is different. Get to know your baby - observe, listen, feel and then trust your instincts. Text books cannot tell you everything and they are not always right.

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