when do you think it is ok to start children on rice cereal?

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Mary - posted on 09/30/2009

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All of mine got it a week after they got home from the hospital cause they weighed so much and milk wasn't enough

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Melissa - posted on 04/07/2014

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I feel it depends on the baby. If there comes a point when your baby is drinking so much milk that they spit up and they cry constantly cause they're still hungry. I say put cereal in the bottle. Just put a little bit at first, then adjust amount depending on how baby handles the first few feedings. Watch their stool as well, cause sometimes they can get constipated. Follow your instincts and you will do what's right for your baby. LOL

Laurie - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son was 3 mths old when we started him on it. Thats also when his doctor told us too.

Kristie - posted on 09/30/2009

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My doctor said to put a tsp of ceral in my baby's bottle at 2 months b/c of acid reflux. He said to start feed her rice ceral with a spoon when she takes in 32 oz a day of formula.

Lamura - posted on 09/30/2009

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I would consult with ur doctor because it depends on ur child 's stomach how soon they can digest it my daughter had stomach problems and had 2 b place on rice in her milk at a very young age be fore the rice was added she would drink and throw it right back up so it helped her keep it down.

Cindy - posted on 09/30/2009

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My kids were about 2 months when I started them on rice cereal. Give it a try, every baby is different. I used my best judgement as a Mom and rolled with it, I hardly ever listened to the Pediatrician. Maybe shame on me but I have two very healthy youngs boys - Good Luck

Shannon - posted on 09/30/2009

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my son was probably 2-3 months when i started him. hes 8 now though. its really when you are comfortable. i work in a day care and some of the babies are 4 months and some are 6 months. its all on you. my son was eating some soild foods by 8 months. and he turned out just fine.

Tara - posted on 09/30/2009

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6 MONTHS!!!! No less than that. Start with rice cereal because that is easiest on their poor lil tummys. My lil man has reflux so his digestive system is a bit underdeveloped so we are still on just rice cereal. Your baby should be having cereal everyday though.

Mel - posted on 09/30/2009

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whenever you like some people use it in the bottle from birth, but personally fi i was using it for reflux or to help baby sleep i wouldnt use it til about 4-8 weeks. my daughter was started on solids at 3 months in which she had pureed fruits and vegies plus rusks, you dont need to start your child on rice cereal as a first food, as it has little nuttritional value, tastes horrible and causes constipation

User - posted on 09/30/2009

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6 month, before that the stomach is not developed enough to handle solids. Constipation and diarhea are signs that the food is not being digested and its even worse if you are giving foods to counteract each other. It may not seem like any damage is being done right away but you risk allergies, and the incidence of crohns and other digestive problems can occur later on.

Cheri - posted on 09/30/2009

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I started my son on cereal at 6 weeks. My doctor actually approved of it. Having to go back to work and have the baby on a schedule that allowed actual sleeping time, lol, the cereal helped him sleep through the night. The doctor then recommended putting in small amounts of apple sauce at 8 weeks. Changing fruits every two weeks in order to see if there is an allergy to a specific fruit. Good luck.

Paige - posted on 09/30/2009

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My oldest started around 3 months..she was ALWAYS hungry so I started giving it to her and just made it a little more wattery than normal and it helped haha it all depends on the child.

Marilee - posted on 09/30/2009

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When I used to go To the new mothers program after my son was born they said that you shouldn't start them on cereal or any baby food until six months of age. I however started mine around three months despite what they had said. He is now 5 years of age and is a very healthy child. You do whatever you think is best for your child...Best of luck in your decision!!

Rikki - posted on 09/30/2009

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i would say about 4 months or so whenever you can trust them swallowing. try it and see if your baby likes it.

Michelle - posted on 09/30/2009

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My daughter started rice cereal at 4 months, which is when her doctor gave me the go ahead to give it to her.

AnnMarie - posted on 09/30/2009

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I started my son at 4 months they say now not to start them tell 6 month my daughter is 3 1/2 months and Im thing about starting her in the next week or so. Im sure what ever you do will be fine

Dawna - posted on 09/30/2009

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my son is 3 months and the doctor put him on rice cereal well over a month ago instead of increasing his formula intake. 1 tsp cereal to 1 oz of formula every other feeding. Now we have started him on baby foods. he's getting pretty good at the spoon.

Alison - posted on 09/30/2009

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From six months onwards as before this age their stomachs are not fully developed & struggle to process solids.

April - posted on 09/30/2009

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Honestly, as soon as you feel that your child is not getting enough out of just formula you should start them on rice cereal. My daughter was born 10 pounds and the formula was just not cutting it. She would wake up screaming every 30 min so I started putting rice cereal and baby apple sauce ( the cereal may make them constipated so the apple sauce evens it out) into her bottle and she started sleeping through the night. She was 2 weeks old at the time. She was such a happy baby after that. :)

Ivy - posted on 09/30/2009

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Hi Nina, I feel it's okay to feed your child rice cereal when milk isn't enough. I would say 5 months, but some babies might start sooner, just depends on the child. It's a personal choice. Noone knows how to better raise your child than yourself.

Lisa - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son is almost 5 months old. we started him on rice when he was 2 months old. just a little becasue it does pack on the weight. plus we only gave it at night

Christa - posted on 09/30/2009

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I started mine early as well. Milk just was not enough for him. Every child is different so as a mother you need to make that call. I think my son was about 1 1/2 months maybe 2 months when I started him on cereal. So use your best judgment.

Kristin - posted on 09/30/2009

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It all depends on the baby. My son was not big so we waiting until 6 months, but if you have a hungry child then your doctor will let you know when to start. Some put cereal in the milk as early as two months to help "fill them up".

Becky - posted on 09/30/2009

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Hello! we started my kids and my grandbaby at 2 months. The formula was just not enough per feedings. We gave them a tablespoon and 4 oz bottle unitl a 6 months then 2 tablespoons with 6 oz. Now were already feeding the baby 6 months the Gerber Graduate and he is in great health and weight wise.

Natasha - posted on 09/30/2009

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My doctor said that i could start mine at 4 months just mix it so its not really thick. My daughter is going to be 7 months on the 13th and she is eating veggies and fruits...It is totally up to you, when ever you are comfortable with and whenevery you think your child is ready. Good Luck

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