when can you start giving your baby rice cereal?
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Aimee - posted on 02/01/2009
Hi!! A lot of moms usually say 4 months. But it's all a development issue, not age...At least I think it is anyways. :) I started cereal mixed in with his formula for night-time bottles when he started getting stronger. He is holding his head up, and can sometimes hold his bottle with a little support from mommy...and he's only 9 weeks old. About a half a table spoon and warm formula seem to really do the trick--and he sleeps all night!! yay! But I plan to add it to each of his daily bottles when he starts to get a little stronger. (holding his head up more, sitting up with less support, etc. ) I've always heard as long as they can digest it, it's no problem to start them on it.
Kylie - posted on 02/03/2009
i started her when she was about 8 weeks old, which is young but she started sleeping through the night which was heaven! rusks i started on her when she was about ten weeks but at first i done it every other day in the morning so she could get use to it!! it fills her up as she has that and then a 6oz of milk after, she loves it, how many bottles a day does your little one have?? xx
Kylie - posted on 02/03/2009
basically get a baby bowl or i use one of the lids crumble a bit of rusks into it and put some of her formular with it ( I would crumble it so there is no Lumps or use warm Milk) she only eats about 2 or 3 mouthfuls but thats all they need at this age, you may find she may only want one or 2 to start of with as they have to get use to it!! Yeah i use tommy tippie Best bottles to have, Yeah i found that Isabella just wasnt getting her bottle as it all got stuck so fed it to her, and they look so sweet messy lol!! all fun and games! it does say how to use rusks on the back of the pack, Hope i been some help xx
Yeah i wasnt keen on putting it in the bottle, i'd rather feed it to her. But tjat sounds good with the rusks. Im using Tommy tippe the stumpy looking ones. She's only up to 4 or at most 5 oz at the mo at 10 weeks but i just think if she can take it it'll be better for her. Im giving her a spoonful of rice mixed with milk from her formula as her last feed before bed, she was sleeping through from 11pm til 6 or 7am, but just had my mother in law over from Texas and she's got her all out of sync. So we're having to try double hard with the routine now. So whatta you do with the rusks? How much i mean? I remember them being really big? x
Kylie - posted on 02/03/2009
i started giving it to her when i wanted her to sleep through the night and guess what it worked, i also give her rusks for break she loves it!!! soon i will try her on other things as longs she digest it, it will be fine!!! xx
Well after reading everyone's comments on here i decided to start my 10 week old baby girl on a little at night, but i never heard that putting it in the formula bottle is a good idea. Whatever, i guess its a choice thing, we just do things differently in England i guess, ha! She wasn't/isn't having any more than 4 oz at a time so it wasn't a hunger thing, just would like her weaned if she can take it. She was sucking on her fist before a feed though and so it just feels right.
I just started off with it as her last little feed, as well as her formula (i took the milk mixed with the rice out of her last bottle) and although she's a little weirded out by what's going on, but she's gradually getting used to it. It doesn't help her sleep through the night, in fact she sleeps less in the night now but she does wake up a happy little bunny and is such a pleasure to wake to.
I would still advise using a spoon or your finger to feed baby, as if you're weaning then surely its better to get them used to the implement rather than just thickening the formula, personal choice but it makes sense, that way they know what's happening later when other foods are introduced. x
Kelly - posted on 02/02/2009
If you have any food allergies in your family history you should wait until 6 months. I did for that reason. If their digestive tract isn't ready to absorb the food, the proteins "leak" out, creating an allergy. My daughter slept through the night (12 hours) at 5 months being breast fed. It's about quantity and quality of the milk (or formula). As they get bigger, it's simple to understand they are more hungry then they used to be, so just feed them more formula or breast milk. Make sure you're hydrated so your milk is full and thick at night. Daytime milk is less thick.
They do say formula fed babies can tolerate cereal earlier then 6 months, so I would just check with your family doctor before doing anything but I would be careful to give a baby cereal too early. I was given cereal at 8 weeks as a baby and to this day, I have some deadly food allergies that I hope and pray my own children won't get. It's a real gamble.
Cindy - posted on 02/02/2009
It's not supposed to be given before 6 months of age because their digestive systems are not developed enough to handle it and they could aspirate it into their lungs, causing an aspiration pneumonia..also it's very dangerous to add cereal into a baby's bottle..and there is no research to show that it helps babies sleep longer...
Sara - posted on 02/02/2009
Cereal is one of the first 'solid' foods babies usually start on. Most pediatricians say 4 months old. Ive been giving it to my 3 month old for a couple weeks now and hes fine with it. I put about a tbsp in 5 ounces of formula before bed.
I am having the same dilemma. Ha! My little girl's 10 weeks old now, and its not that she's fussing and not being satisfied by the formula, but i would like to start her on some baby rice/cereal. She can hold her head up, albeit still a tiny bit wobbly, and is quite developed. Should i try her, and what do i look for to tell me she does or doesn't like it? I'm a first time mummy and am not sure about these things. x
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