When is a good time to start my baby on rice cereal and how should i give it to him?

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Melissa - posted on 03/01/2009

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HI KELLY, ALL BABIES ARE DIFFERENT SIZES. THEY ALL EAT AND DRINK DIFFERENTLY. MY 1ST BOY WEIGHED 7LB 13OZ! AND HE WAS EATING @ 10 WEEKS!!! MY 2ND GIRL WEIGHED 7LB 11OZ AND SHE IS NOW EATING @ 12 WEEKS!! IF YOUR BABY IS STILL HUNGRY AFTER HIS 9OZ BOTTLE GIVE HIM SOME FOOD TO FILL HIM UP, AND WHATEVER MILK HE DOSENT WANT, HE WILL BRING IT UP!! I JUST PUT IT IN A BOWL AND SPOON FEED CALI. CALI IS NOW ON 3 BOTTLES A DAY AND SHE SLEEPS 12 HOURS!!! EVERY NIGHT :~) THERE IS NO POINT IN STARVING YOUR WEAN. YOU ARE THE MUMMY, DO WHAT YOU THINK IS BEST, AND IGNORE EVERYONE ELSE!!!! THATS WHAT I THINK, HOPE IT HELPS, MELISSA. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Cindy - posted on 02/24/2009

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6 months. Their digestive system is not mature enough to handle it before then. Giving it too early can cause aspiration pneumonia, an increased risk of allergies and choking, just to name a few.

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User - posted on 03/01/2009

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my daughter started to sleep through the night a 4 weeks old drinking 4, 6 onz feeds the gradually going up an ounz every couple of weeks when she was waking up and wanting to drink 13 ounz of milk i then tried her with a few spoon fulls of baby porridge she really enjoyed it and it satisfied her more she still drank a 7 ounz bottle too this was when she was 14 weeks old all baby are different tho , use your mammy instints your gut will tell you when they are ready

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Tammy - posted on 02/25/2009

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our baby is 4 months old and our health nurse said its ok to start her on rice cereal, she is breast fed and was feeding 2 hourly. it depends on the individual

User - posted on 02/24/2009

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my son is 14 wks and iv started giving him baby rice every other morning as morning he is always realy hungrey, but wouldnt give 2 much till he is at least 4months. the baby rice comes in powder and i give 1 tea spoon of rice mixed with 10 tea spoons of his norm milk.

Kathy - posted on 02/24/2009

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I started feeding my daughter rice cereal at 2 months. Started out with a little bit each day and made it very runny. She is 3 months now and loves it and eats almost 1/2cup everynight. She is also sleeping through the night (10hrs). I dont think there is a need to wait till 4 months if they are holding there head up by them self.

Karen - posted on 02/22/2009

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At my daughter's 2 month appt, I asked her Pedi about that.  She said usually around 4 months you can start introducing rice cereal mixed with formula or breastmilk by spoon.  Even thinned out cereal can get stuck in the nipple of bottles and can frustrate your baby.  I'm waiting till Avarielle's 4 month appt. to get approval from her Pedi.

Jaime - posted on 02/20/2009

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I have heard of people starting their babies on rice cereal as early as two months.  I tried my baby on Rice cereal the other day, just made it really runny, fed him with a spoon. I also put a little in his bottle the other day too, I am not giving him much, just a little.  I will probably give him a little every few days until he is 4 months old and then start giving it to him more frequently.

Randi - posted on 02/18/2009

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usually they recommend 6 months is when you start feeding them food unless they can swallow thicker food and they need the extra nutrients.if you try to feed them rice cereal and they just push it out with their tounge then they are not ready for foods yet.. unless it is recommended by the doctor DO NOT force feed them

Siobhan - posted on 02/18/2009

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The rule of thumb these days is to wait until the baby is 6 months before introducing any solids. (unless your doctor has recommended starting earlier due to poor weight gain etc). You begin with rice cereal that is very runny and gradually thicken it over time. You feed it with a spoon, then on to an oat cereal typically next.

Laura - posted on 02/18/2009

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I haven't started my son on cereal yet but I have read many articles that said you should introduce it from 4-6 months. It depends on how often your child eats and if they can turn their head away when they are full. Sorry I am not much help.

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