My baby is 3 months old that is good for him start eating cereal? or is better to wait until he gets 4 moths old?

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Jolene - posted on 11/20/2008

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I have 2 kids now ages 7 and 5. I both put them on cereal when they were very young. My second was on cereal, I believe at 2 months old. She was born at 9 lbs. and I could not keep up with her. I was nursing and giving her formula and she was still up every 1/2 hour to an hour. I talked to my doctor about this and she agreed. After I started giving her cereal, she slept better and was more content. If you see that your child is constantly demanding more and is very unsatisfied a short time after a feeding, I would start the cereal, you will notice a big difference.

User - posted on 11/20/2008

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My daughter is 4 months old and she just had her doctors visit this week and I asked her the same thing. She said to wait until 6 months before giving the cereal as it is better for their digestive system and to increase the oz of milk. I just started to give her 5 oz and 6 oz before bed and when she wakes up as she sleeps through the night 8 to 9 hours

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Jocelyn - posted on 06/01/2013

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my son is 12 weeks and drinks 5 oz evry 3-4 hours and gets cereal 2 tbsp in am and pm feeding with a spoon not a problem likes it thick not like milk and eats and drinks same amount of milk and still hungry he is 16 pounds so not huge not so small but hungry all the time

Mahaela - posted on 11/21/2008

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getton if the baby eats it they are hungry my little boy started at 3 months and he loved his food and he slept better and was a very healthy little baby if they dont want to eat it they wont x

Jinger - posted on 11/20/2008

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It is all in what you want to do. I started my son on cereal when he was three months... All he would do was cry and cry... Now he is just about 5 months and the happiest baby ever... All beceause he just needed more. You know your baby best and you will know.

Heather - posted on 11/20/2008

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My daughter was a big eater as well but what we did to help with her appitite was just add a little ceral to her bottle to thicken it up a bit. That way the baby's tummy isn't working to hard to digest the food and you won't have to deal with a baby that has an upset stomach. the thicker bottles will really help the baby feel fuller.

User - posted on 11/20/2008

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Our health nurse said to wait closer to 6 months if there's a history of allergies.

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Researchers have found that not feeding your child before 6 months helps lower the risk of developing food allergies.

Start cereal: 4-6 months (but later the better)

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i gave my son a few little spoonfuls of the rice cereal when he was 2 months, he was fine, and if i gave it to him at night he seemed to sleep sounder.

Maria - posted on 11/19/2008

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Hi Mayerling..I think every baby is so different..Mine is 4 months and is just starting...sometimes you notice he has good digestion..and he is looking to try things..maybe he is looking forward to a new experience..years ago..Moms used to give their babies some kind of puree or cereal when they were 3 months... but it all depends how you see his development....you can try few little bites of cereal.. you will see how it work on his tummy.... you can ask your doctor too- some moms give their 3 months babies even things different than cereal..but without any spice or sweets..I was just not that adventurer but your baby may be or may not...

Amanda - posted on 11/19/2008

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If you DO start cereal a bit early (I personally wouldn't introduce it before 4 months) then there are a couple things you can do to ensure he still gets a good supply of breastmilk. You can make the cereal with breastmilk instead of water and another recomendation is to breastfeed your baby first and then give him a bit of cereal after so that he fills up on the good stuff and just tops up with the cereal.

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2008

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I gave my son cereal at 2 1/2 mo. because 5 oz of breast milk every 2-3 hours did not keep him full. He had doubled his birth weight by then and I have no history of wheat allergies or celiac disease in my family. He did great. There are feeder bottles at walmart that make giving solid food to little babies so easy!

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I started my daughter on cereal at 3 months. My pediatrician said usually around 4 months, but she was definitely not getting enough milk so I started her a little early. Even so, she is a very healthy baby and has done very well accepting cereal, fruits, veggies, and now she's moved on to more solid foods (at 7 months). But I would definitely use your judgement. If your son is ready, you'll know.

Rochelle - posted on 11/19/2008

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I would say WAIT WAIT WAIT! My son started cereal at 6 months and I wish now I had waited. The longer you wait the better their immune system develops, thus the better the baby will adjust to solids.

I think some good signs for starting foods are:
Are they still spitting up? If they aren't then chances are their bodies are ready to be introduces SLOWLY to other foods.

Are they sitting up...well?

Are they reaching and putting things into their mouth?

Really pay attention to your baby. Start slow. I recommend (I'm only a mom expert) that you start with veggies and fruits. No citrus though. Things like bananas and avocados. Foods that are naturally mushy. I know many say to start with cereal, but having a son that has food allergies (this is why I am so "firm" on my thoughts, much research) I would not introduce grains until a year.

If you have any specific questions, please ask!

Good luck with it all, it is an exciting new step!

Mayerling - posted on 11/19/2008

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Thanks evebody for your help. I think am going to wait until the doctor say that I can give him cereal.

Dannielle - posted on 11/19/2008

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Ask you Md first. My daughter was started on rice cereal and oatmeal at 2 months and fruit and veggies at 3 months, as per my MD. She does just fine and can eat off the spoon without any difficulty. The food is not to take the place of the bottle just yet, it just starts to helps them to get a little fuller. it also helps for them with different textures. if you do decide to try your child only introduce one new food per week to see if he can tolerate it. There may be a change in his bowel habbits, but if you feel that you child has become fussier or more gassy that food just may not sit well with your baby. Bannas and peas did not sit well with my daughter so I had to stop it after a few days. in the end you have to do what you are most comfortable with.

Donna - posted on 11/19/2008

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Okay my kids are old, however, with my first born I did everything by the book. No cereal until 6 months! I nursed her forever, didn't introduce baby food until after the cereal thing was working out....she's allergic to everything and struggles with her weight!! My twins got cereal by 2 months! I just didn't have enough milk to keep them satisfied and even used formula now and then....no allergies, healthy and fit both of them!! So who knows!

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2008

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I started all 3 of my kids aged 4.5yrs, 3.5 yrs, and 18 months , on rice cereal at 4 months old, they were all big babies & at the 75%-100% range in height & weight. It is best to ALWAYS get the advice of your doctor or public health nurse..many problems CAN arise from starting solids too early as well as feeding some things too quickly.From, gassyness,irritability, refusal to eat, to bleeding bowels, developed allergies (if it runs in the family). All this being said, if your child is healthy & no asthma &allergies run in the family, & you are feeding him (breast or bottle) non-stop, then starting at 4 months should be fine...but remember to ALWAYS talk to your health professional. Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 11/19/2008

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I would wait until you dr. gives you the ok. They usually want you to wait until they are 6 months, but some are at a good weight and sit up a little earlier than that and the doctor will give the thumbs up. Just be careful b/c cereals can make babies gassy. If you little one has had issues with constipation... don't start with rice cereal. We had that problem and we decided to start with baby oatmeal... just made sure that it was plain.

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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We waited on all foods until the dr said to start them. I know i am in the minority on that, but we thought what the dr said was best.

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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Yes, it's too young. There are several "signs of readiness" that a baby should demonstrate before solids are introduced, one of which is attaining the age of six months. Before this time, infants have what is called an "open gut" - the gut is not yet fully developed and introducing food too early can contribute to issues down the line (such as food allergies). Here's a website with more information and guidance: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...



Doctors may say you can start on solid food earlier, but doctors are not always up on the latest research. Just because a doctor says it's okay, doesn't mean you'll be able to do it without issue!

Christie - posted on 11/19/2008

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No its not to young because my daughter started at 3 months and my son is eating custards and he is only 5 months. My opinion is that the dr's will say wait but at the end of the day its up to you when u start

Wendy - posted on 11/19/2008

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it is best to ask your doctor my baby is 31/2 months and she cannot start until she is 4 months.

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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I started my son on rice cereal at 5 months old, on the advice of my doctor. He was growing very fast and on the 95 percentile for both weight and height. The doctor said that he would not be getting enough nutrients from breast milk alone any more, and that my body would not be able to keep up with the demand from him. I think whether you are breast feeding or on formula or both, you should get the opinion of your doctor. Starting solids too early can be very hard on your baby's digestive system. He could become very gassy, or constipated and even stop eating. Also, he needs to be able to sit upright by himself and be able to move the food around his mouth and swallow. I don't think he is old enough for cereal yet. Your son will probably start to show interest in you eating dinner when he is ready. Get some soft childrens spoons ( spoons only ), and let him play with it. It will get him familiar with the spoon and it won't be so foreign when you do start cereal!

Nadia - posted on 11/19/2008

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Recent recommendations by doctor's is to wait until 6 months to start solids. I have 3 daughters ages 14, 11 and 21 months. When the first 2 were babies recommendations was 4 months. I noticed a difference those 2 months makes with my third. More understanding and acceptance of solids.

Jocelyn - posted on 11/19/2008

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Are you nursing? Mothers Milk is the very best and has all the nutrients they need. Watch for clues...like is he still hungry after milk? I would suggest waiting...when you start with cereal it can cause digestive problems...babies have a hard time assimilating new foods...I started my babies on avocado before anything else...it is a perfect food and it doesn't have the sugar that fruit does...it is much better for them and easier to digest.

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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I have to kids and as far as i know it is better too wait till babys are 4 months old because the babys stomach and bowl cant cope with solid food yet.hope that helps but i'm not an expert.if you want to be sure ask your health visitor

Terri - posted on 11/19/2008

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Most pediatricians say that the longer you can put off adding new foods, the better. Apparently it helps in keeping kids allergy free. One of mine was a serious eater though. I just couldn't keep up with the bottles. So we added cereal. He did just fine.

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