did anybody else start cereal yet?

User - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I started Brynn on rice cereal this week...she is 4 months on oct 24 2008 she was 9pds 12.3 at birth and has a very large app.since birth and eats 8oz bottles every 3-4 hrs...so 32 oz a day..seems liek a lot to me buts he eats it all and dosent spit it up..my Dr told me it was fine to start cereal ..



so anybody else started yet?...how are you doing with it...i give her a couple sips of a bottle and then the rice ceral to get her used to it....is that ok to do?

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Cortney - posted on 03/02/2009

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Danielle,



I haven't start any solids yet (Meredith was also born Oct 22) but at her 4 month check up the doc said start with green veggies first then yellow.  Only trying one new veggie per week. She said that I could start the veggies about 2 weeks after starting the rice cereal.



Are you supposed to mix in the veggies or have them separately?

Danielle - posted on 03/02/2009

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My daughter Anabelle was 4 months old on the 22nd of February!!  I started her on Rice cereal on the 19th of February.  She loves it!!  She isn't a big fan of it when it's runny, but when I started to thicken it up a little bit, she took to it well!! 



I am not sure when I am supposed to switch and add some other food to it!?  Wait until she's older?!  I did hear that you should start with vegetables before fruit so they get used to the not so sweet stuff first. . . then start encorporating sweeter veggies and fruits!



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Angela - posted on 03/01/2009

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Yes, i started my son Brandon, who was born october 24th . I started to feed Brandon rice cereal at 3 months old.. I give him a small portion in the morning with a 6 oz bottle and  a jar of bananas he eat the whole thing....  And i also give him cereal at night with a 6 oz bottle. My doctor told me it would help him sleep during the night but it is not happening....



Is anyone else having that problem?

Kayla - posted on 02/28/2009

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my son eats 3 tbs. rice cereal at dinner, and about one tbs. at breakfast with a container of fruit!! He loves it!!

Shannon - posted on 02/27/2009

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I started mine on cereal and all baby foods, and he did great. My son was 3 weeks early, born Oct. 7th weighing 7 lbs 6 oz and now weighs 16 lbs!!! He still breast feeds & drinks formula, on top of the baby food and cereal.

Michelle - posted on 02/27/2009

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we started at 2 months as lily has reflux.. she's always taken it off the spoon and first i just make it really soupy... she eats about 30 mintues after nursing twice a day

Stacey - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hi there :) I wanted to do cereal too. My pediatrician said to stick to breast milk/formula for first 6 months. Then work in cereal slowly while mixing it with formula/or breastmilk not water because it has no nutritional value.

Emma - posted on 02/24/2009

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i started my baby on solis the day she turned 4months old i started her on baby breakfast then started giveinh her a variaty of different baby foods she has been on solids for 3 weeks now and has between 1 and 2 solid meals a day and she is loveing it she will have her banana baby breakfast at arround 9 or 10 in a morning then she will have a baby dinner at about 1 or 2 in the afternoon as well as her usuall milk feeds

Tara - posted on 02/24/2009

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My little guy is a week away from being 5 months old. I just started him on rice cereal sat, so for 4 mornings now. As per the box I do 1 tbsp of cereal then I mix in 3 tbsp of formula, nice and runny. I have decided to slowly introduce it to him and he isn't doing to bad, just trying to get used to it. I also give him a 4-5oz bottle as well. He hasn't yet finished the amount of cereal I have prepared as of yet and that is ok, just taking his time! After I will introduce oatmeal and then barley cereal.

Betsy - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Megan:



Quoting Becky:




what exactly is rice cereal, can you buy at store? when i think of cereal i am thinking of cheerios and frosted flakes, and i know that can't be right! can you make it yourself too?










rice cereal is in the baby food section and it tells you how to prepare it on the box... the have rice cereal and then oatmeal and mixed cereal and then flavored rice cereal.  they say start babies on rice cereal before oatmeal





Just make sure when you mix the rice with formula the first time that you make it pretty thin.  Much thinner than you or I would eat it.  Pretty much make it just thick enough to coat a baby spoon. 



Also, I feed my son rice cereal 2x a day with a little bit of stage 1 fruit mixed in.  He loves it!  He only eats about 2 oz. of cereal and then another 3-4 oz. of straight formula after that.

Tiffany - posted on 02/15/2009

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My doctor told me it was okay to start cereal and if she was okay with it then I could move on to vegetables and she absolutely loves to eat now. Since she is breast-fed only, i've been mixing her cereal with breast milk. I give her a little milk while I pump some from the other breast then I mix it in with her food. So far she sucks it right down. She started opening her mouth for the food. She makes noise when i'm not giving it to her fast enough and even licks her lips lol.

Carolyn - posted on 02/14/2009

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Current recommendations are to not give your child anything but breastmilk (or formula) until at least 6 months of age.

See http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids... for more information!

According to La Leche League, a baby is ready for solids when:
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* he is about six months old
* he can sit up without any support
* he continues to be hungry despite more frequent nursing which is unrelated to illness or teething
* he has lost the tongue-thrusting reflex and does not push solids out of his mouth
* he can pick up things with his finger and thumb (pincer grasp)

Babies who are ready for solids can usually feed themselves. Mothers often report that they knew their babies were ready when they picked up food from a plate, chewed it, swallowed it, and wanted more."

http://www.llli.org/FAQ/solids.html

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The way you are doing it sounds good!  You can also make the cereal super runny until they get used to it, and you are sure it doesn't bother them.  A good way to start is a Tbsp. of cereal and like 2-4 ozs formula or breast milk.  We'll be starting this kiddo (#2) on oatmeal instead of rice cereal since rice can cause constipation.  It definitely bothered her big sister, so we aren't going to chance it!    Gerber makes single grain cereals with DHA in them now, and I would also recommend using those to help those little brains grow! :) 

Kayla - posted on 02/14/2009

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Hi, I just started my son on rice cereal last monday, and he is finally getting use to it..

My daughter (now 22 months) i started her about the same time too.. and my doctor said too.. So im sure your daughter will be ok

Amanda - posted on 02/14/2009

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I just started mine at four months.  He had been satified with just formula and sleeping all night.  He started waking up in the night hungry and is going through a lot of formula during the day so it was time.  I think he is about to go through a major growth spurt with the amount he has been eating.

Lesley - posted on 02/13/2009

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I haven't started yet.  I'm exclusively breast feeding and my son is growing like crazy and sleeping pretty well so I'm not in a big rush.

Megan - posted on 02/13/2009

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Quoting Becky:



what exactly is rice cereal, can you buy at store? when i think of cereal i am thinking of cheerios and frosted flakes, and i know that can't be right! can you make it yourself too?






rice cereal is in the baby food section and it tells you how to prepare it on the box... the have rice cereal and then oatmeal and mixed cereal and then flavored rice cereal.  they say start babies on rice cereal before oatmeal

Becky - posted on 02/13/2009

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what exactly is rice cereal, can you buy at store? when i think of cereal i am thinking of cheerios and frosted flakes, and i know that can't be right! can you make it yourself too?

Becky - posted on 02/13/2009

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what exactly is rice cereal, can you buy at store? when i think of cereal i am thinking of cheerios and frosted flakes, and i know that can't be right! can you make it yourself too?

Terri - posted on 02/13/2009

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4 months on this past 5th and taking about 40 oz a day - have started cereal and already taking 2 table spoons. i also do a bite of cereal or two then some milk.

Sherry - posted on 02/13/2009

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my daughter will be 4 months on sunday i started her at 3 moths and she was fine, she now has a baby breakfast about 8am a dinner and pudding at 12pm and bottles in between she id doing great and sleeps all night x

User - posted on 02/12/2009

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I started my little one on Rice cereal at 8 weeks she loved it at first but then we started introducing flavour to her and she loved the taste. If the enjoy it and it feels right do it



 

Theresa - posted on 02/12/2009

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Yes I started my daughter, who was born October 14, at 3 1/2 mon. She eats a realatively small portion of rice cereal and about 4-5oz with that, but she only gets the cereal at night right now. My doctor said to start that way for a couple of weeks, then twice a day for a couple of weeks then to three times a day after that. other wise she drinks 5oz ever 3 hrs. She was 8lbs 7oz when she was born.

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