it it ok to start a 3 mouth old on creal or not

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Sherri - posted on 02/04/2012

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No no no no PLEASE don't EVER put cereal in a bottle it is a severe choking hazard. If you are going to go against advice and give cereal early please DON'T go against this advice only give cereal by spoon.



If you don't believe me just do a search and you will see every site will tell you to only feed cereal by spoon and never put it in a bottle.

Jodi - posted on 02/05/2012

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"Let your pediatrics doc come over & feed every two hours - they may change their mind."



Actually, no you doctor will tell you your baby is perfectly normal. At 3 months, they are generally experiencing a growth spurt, so feeling hungry more frequently is a biological response. It is called cluster feeding, and they are programmed to feed more frequently so as to build up milk supply. Even a bottle fed baby will start to find their standard supply is not enough and demand to be fed more frequently. It is NORMAL. You shouldn't respond by feeding them cereal, which is essentially a PROCESSED FOOD that their stomachs can't process particularly well at this age. You should respond by increasing the frequency or size of their formula feeds, whichever works for your baby.

Sherri - posted on 02/08/2012

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You can not put every baby into this catagory Kate. A lot of babies need to have solids before then and it isn't about a want but a need. Sometimes they intake way to many calories because they are starving and the food helps balance where things should be.



All I know is even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the introduction to solids between 4-6mo's. Not 1yr as Kate Fewx stated.

Stifler's - posted on 02/05/2012

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No. Read the cereal box for "signs of readiness". They have nothing to do with how often your baby feeds. My bottle fed infant fed every 2 hours and every 4 through the night for AGES. It's part of having a baby.

Sherri - posted on 02/04/2012

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The recommendation is between 4-6 mo's so you need to wait one more month. Then you are fine to start them on cereal.

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Even w/ my experience w/ my girls I'm not an 'advocate' for starting solids early, but I do agree that you can't paint every child w/ the same brush.... It's been almost 10 years since my girls started solids (yes, at 3.5 months... WITH a spoon w/ no problems)... and they have never had a single digestive or allergy issue w/ any food that they've eaten.



My son also has no digestive or allergy issues, but he didn't take his first bite til 6 months and wasn't eating solids on a daily basis til around a year and still had some breast milk only days til around a year and a half....

Kate CP - posted on 02/08/2012

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Sherri, babies don't HAVE to start solids before one for any other reason than getting used to them. They get all their calories and nutrients from breast milk or formula until about 12 months of age. Early introduction of grains and cereals (before 6 months) has been shown to increase the chances of allergies later in life. It has also been shown to increase the chances of obesity and diabetes.



Bottom line, Alicia:

Wait until at least 5 months. See if your baby is giving you signs that she is ready for solids: sitting up supported or on her own, reaching for your food, mimics chewing while you eat, etc. If you give solids by spoon and she thrusts it back out of her mouth, she's not ready. I would also not recommend cereal as a first food. Try bananas or scrambled eggs. They more mimic the nutrition and components of breast milk or formula than cereal and will make it easier to transition.

Bonnie - posted on 02/08/2012

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No. The recommendation is 6 months at least. Plus babies at 3 months can't digest solids or not properly at least and they can't eat with a spoon.

Johnny - posted on 02/07/2012

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The general recommendation where I live is to start them around 6 months depending on their signs of readiness. 3 months is way too early and I have never before seen it recommended to wait until 1 year. Many moms now practice "baby-led weaning" which gives the baby small amounts of food for them to consume by hand rather than spoon feeding. The child chooses what to eat rather than being given it by the mother on a spoon. Spoon feeding can lead to a child being "force fed" if it is started at too young an age.

Sherri - posted on 02/07/2012

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@Kate are you saying that children shouldn't have solids before 1yr of age?? Ummmm that is crazy the recommendations are between 4-6mo's to start solids not even close to 1yr. Also starting solids at 4-6mo's will not cause them to have problems later in life nor have allergies. They are quite capable of digesting solids by 4-6mo's.

Kate - posted on 02/06/2012

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No certainly not. A baby does not have the gastric juices necessary to digest solid foods until they are one years old. I hope you are breastfeeding. The breastmilk is your own blood with the red blood corpuscles removed. The baby is able to make his/her own red corpuscles without draining the mom of the valuable B vitamins and minerals etc. that are necessary to do this process. You must follow the correct steps in order that nature intended to have the healthiest baby possible. If you are concerned about your own ability to provide proper nutrients through your milk, start educating yourself on taking care of your own nutrition needs. Take care of yourself first so that you can be there to take care of your little one. Whatever solid foods you feed your baby, they will have trouble digesting and/or have allergies to later in life. Disease starts in the gut. Protect your child's immune system. It may seem easier now to feed them with a spoon or a bottle, but you will suffer the consequences and more difficulties later on.

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Even though I DID start my girls at 3.5 month (almost 10 years ago)... I'm in agreement w/ the others that it is not a good idea. There may be no problems, but it's generally not worth the risk.

Amy - posted on 02/05/2012

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My youngest is 15 so maybe things have changed dramatically in that time. If its considered a chocking hazard, then please disregard my advice. Ultimately the decision is yours. You know your baby better than any other person. may the peace of Christ Jesus &God our father be with you & your family.

Kaitlyn - posted on 02/05/2012

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NO, please don't. Just wait until the recommended time frame (4-6mo.) at the very least!!! Like PP's have said it's a choking hazard. waste of calories, and most likely will NOT help your baby sleep longer. A lot of babies do not really even need solid food until they reach 1 year. The introduction of solids is merely that, an "introduction", to help them get use to food and transition out of an all liquid diet. Which is why you never replace a nursing/bottle feeding session with food; instead you feed as normal and then offer solids after meals. People that believe the sleep theory are very mislead. The 3 month mark often brings about a longer sleep interval naturally and not because of food introduction. Every baby and their sleep patterns are different, just like every individual's sleep patterns are different and we ALL wake several times during the night. The difference between babies and toddler's/youth/adults is that we know how to put ourselves BACK to sleep that we do not even recognize that we actually wake during the night. Most infants though, have not learned how to do this, which is why they wake frequently and therefore need some help. I would suggest a form of sleep training or the like. There are several books on the topic, you just have to find one that fits you and your family/lifestyle. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/04/2012

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I started both my kids on very thin cereal at 3 months & it didn't hurt them one bit. In fact, they started sleeping through the night. They simply weren't getting enough to eat. Let your pediatrics doc come over & feed every two hours - they may change their mind. Make sure you only due a very thin mix and give it through an enlarged nippled bottle. You can do this by taking a straight pin and cutting an X in the exsisting hole of the nipple. Start with an evening feeding and see how baby does. I started mine with rice cereal but oatmeal should be okay. Its what my mother & grandmother & so forth & so on did. We all came out just fine.

Krista - posted on 02/04/2012

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No. There is absolutely no need for a 3-month old to have cereal, unless there is a medical problem and your doctor has specifically stated that she needs solids. If she's otherwise growing and healthy, it's best to wait until she's 6 months old.

Medic - posted on 02/04/2012

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Cereal for babies is a waste of calories. Much less for a three month old. The recomendations are 6 months for food now.

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