when should i start feeding my 4 month old cereal/baby food?

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Madonna - posted on 12/30/2012

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i am an african lady, i have a 4months 2weeks old baby. i think four months is ideal to start feeding your child with cereal/ baby food. As africans, we introduce heavy food early to our children, and if u must know, it really makes them strong and look healthy. i feed my baby with rice and maize cereal, mash some yam and irish potatoes though little quantity with plenty of water, she also takes pap made from millet, maize, geinea corn and soya beans,she takes alot of oranges and grated carrots and then her baby formular and also breast milk.
At this stage we also put little soup with pepper in their mouth for them to know the taste of pepper. u can imagine...
one thing u must know, is that every child has his own style and behaviour. if your child doesnt want to accept cereal yet, dont worry and dont push it. i assure u he will definatelyt accept someday. just give him some more time. try giving him fruits like avocado and bananas. i wish u luck

Charity Abraham - posted on 04/21/2016

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Please Madonna, how do I grind this dry millet, Guinea corn, yellow corn and soya bean for my baby. Pls help me out.

Melanie - posted on 02/23/2009

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I have 4 children and breastfed all. I started each of them on cereal at different times as they all required differently. My oldest was about 5 months when I started with cereal once a day at night after his last feeding to help him sleep through the night. My second was 3.5 months when I started him on cereal again once at night. I had no choice but to start him early as he was feeding every 30 mins for 30 mins each side! He was NEVER off my chest! LOL Once I introduced the cereal the length between feedings was much better and he was a much more content baby. The other two were around 4-5 months when I started them.



The main thing is to remember that every babys requirements are different and only you can tell if they need something extra. Also the cereal should NOT replace formula or breastmilk but be in addition to.



Good luck and never second guess yourself.....remember...its OK to make mistakes....your baby wont remember and will always love you!!

Rachel - posted on 02/23/2009

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i started giving both my children baby rice at 2months old, then they were both on solids by 3months old? my daughter who is now 5yrs, gor her first tooth at 4months old. i hope this is helpful to you.

Trisha - posted on 02/16/2009

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No.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not starting until 6 months old at the earliest.  There is no reason to start early and every reason to delay.  Children are less likely to develop food allergies if you delay the start of solids.  Your little one is going to grow up soon enough, enjoy having a baby for as long as possible.

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Charity Abraham - posted on 04/21/2016

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Please Madonna, how do I grind this dry millet, Guinea corn, yellow corn and soya bean for my baby. Pls help me out.

User - posted on 11/09/2012

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i start to give my both of my Daughter's sold's at 4 month and by the time they were 6 months old they were on breakfast with baby milk. dinner with a pudding baby juice and tea with a pudding baby juice. and a milk bottle before bed. my heath vister said a mother know best when it come's down to there kids.





but very baby is diffident.



and if you cant start your baby on sold's till there 6 month's old. why do competences sell baby food saying from 4 month's up. think they need to stop selling it saying 4 month.



you do what you think is best for your child. xxx

Nicola - posted on 02/24/2009

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You will no when your babys ready if bottles arent filling your baby then you might want to start introducing food i found that baby rice and porriage were popular with my kids and desserts. but you can only try if you think your babys ready they only take a few little spoonfuls to begin with but my gran use to feed my son alittle bit of weetabix and pour his baby milk onto them and he loved it but luck with what ever decision you decide!

Kerry - posted on 02/24/2009

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I started feeding my son cereal, when the bottle was not enough. That way he did not need a bottle every 3-4 hrs.

Alison - posted on 02/24/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

when should i start feeding my 4 month old cereal/baby food?
My pediatritician  says start at 6 months if they are already getting enough nuttrition around 4 months.  If they are satisfied and the amount/ number of feedings seems to be enough.  Start at 6 months.


 

Chloe - posted on 02/23/2009

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i started feeding my son early the quicker the better it feeled his tummy and helped him sleep better try ur baby with little yoghurts or a thick carrot stick to hold a chew

Belinda - posted on 02/23/2009

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both my little girls were different, my first and smallest first had baby cereal at 13 weeks and screamed after it was finished everytime, my second girl and bigger baby was very hungry (fed once of a night) and then 10-12 times a day breastfed, just wasnt interested in food until 18 weeks and only has a huge interest and appetite at 7 months i always believe they will let u know i am not for or against waiting until the magical 6th month i just wanted my babies happy. my little girl has not devoloped any allergies from been fed early and apart from the terrible 2s still has a very good appetite and big interest in food and at 106cm and 15kg she needs the appetite people think i still dont feed her enough do what they tell u and everyone will be happy

Kim - posted on 02/23/2009

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i think all babies are different, and i think you should go with what your baby needs. my little girl who is now 3 was started on baby rice at 4 months and my baby who is now 4 and a half months was startd on baby rice at 4 months, both very hungry babys.



I do not agree with putting anything other than milk in a bottle, it is a silly thing to do and dangerous, baby could choke.  

Brittany - posted on 02/22/2009

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My son started eating baby food at 4.5 months. The formula and cereal just did not satisfy his little belly. He wanted to eat every hour or so and my sons doctor said that it was ok to start on baby food that early. He is 2 1/2 now and still has no food allergies. You should ask your babys doctor first though.

Tana - posted on 02/22/2009

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I have 10 mo old twin boys whom I breast fed til they were 4 months old, and they slept completely thru the night from the time that they were about 6 weeks old til about 4 months. They started waking up multiple times during the night again, and were hungry. They couldn't get enough food. I started to put single grain rice in their bottles to help keep their bellies fuller. It didn't take them long to start showing an interest in real food, whenever anyone ate infront of them, so that's when I started spoon feeding them.  Every baby is different. I agree with just looking for signs. If your baby is hungry all the time, then I would feed them something with a little more substance than just formula or breast milk. Once you get into the fruits and veggies, I would suggest staying away from meats until a year. Meat proved to be a little hard on my boys' systems, so I stopped giving it to them. I figure I'll try again after they're a year, and I can start giving them milk instead of formula. Good luck!

Brenda - posted on 02/22/2009

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My son just turned 4 months on the 13th and we just had an appointment with our pediatrician who said if he is eating 32 ounces a day of formula/breast milk consistantly then to start him on a little bit of cereal. It'd be good to talk to your pediatrician though too. We keep making the same amount of formula but i dump about an ounce in a bowl and just a little bit of cereal you can judge how thick you want it. But we make his very soupy seeing how he's used to liquid anyways. And i agree with some of the advice that was giving. If he/she doesnt like it then wait a try again. My son loves the food but hates how he doesnt know how to use the spoon, he just wants to suck on it! So if you choose to start, make it soupy and put the spoon a little farther on the tongue rather then at the tip. Also.. if your baby gets constipated you can add a small bit of clear fruits in there to help his or her tummy! Just dont get to used to the fruits, they are sweet and you'll want the baby to like veggies later. As the baby gets used to eating you can start to alternating the fruits and veggies! Good luck!

Kat - posted on 02/22/2009

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I started my daughter on watery rice cereal at 4 months. I breastfed 1st & made sure this was the main meal. The cereal was an afters, & if she didn't eat it it didn't matter. But she has loved it & eaten every time I have offered it to her.

Sharin - posted on 02/22/2009

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I started feeding solids early 3 1/2 mnths, baby food here in oz says from 4-6 months but child centers suggest from 6 months None of my kids had allergies. My kids didnt like baby cereal, they preferred baby custard. Thhey let me know how much to give, how often to feed and when they had had enough. They will spit it out. My last child, didnt wont to start on solids as early as my other 2, so i left it a week or so and tried her again.

Brande - posted on 02/21/2009

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i started giving my 3 kids cereal in the bottle (I know the dr says no) but it was because they were no longer getting full on formula alone or breat milk alone and still couldn't figure out the cereal with a spoon. i just cut an little bigger hole in the nipple. i have had tons of friends to the same and it is nice to see the relief on the baby's face when they get full for the first time in a while.

Joy - posted on 02/21/2009

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My pead okayed me to start givng my son tastes at 4 months and gradually increase the amounts given to get him used to taste and textures so that by 6 months of age which is when they need food nutritionally he would be ok to start straight away. This has worked for me. My son is 5 and half months and he has bfast, lunch and dinner as well as bottles. I started him on baby rice cereal and then gradually added apple puree and then carrot puree. I kept him one 1 thing for a week and then introduced him to others the week after as not to disturb his digestive process. There is great feeding advice in "Save our sleep" by Tizzie Hall. I would def consult your pead before going ahead though.

Lynn - posted on 02/18/2009

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Okay, here's what you do.  I had the hungriest little monkey known to mankind.  Start him/her off with about a tsp of rice pablum in the bottle at bedtime for about a week.  Then, increase the number of feedings to two and three bottles per day as the weeks go by. Then, by the time baby's about 5 months, he/she should be ready for a breakfast. make half the package recommend serving size at half strength. for instance. if it calls for a half cup serving, make 1/4 cup serving.  if it calls for 2Tbs water for 1Tbs pablum, give 4Tbs water for 1Tbs pablum.  Do this every third morning while still doing the bottle feedings, then every second morning, then every morning, then 3 Tbs water every morning, then full strength, then you can start integrating light veggies into dinnertime one at a time here and there.  Before you know it, baby will be eating everything you are and will be off of formula completely.  Mine was off of formula by 10 months, and is healthy is still in the 99th percentile at 2 1/2 years.

Janice - posted on 02/17/2009

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I gave all five of my kids cereal at 4 months and they all did fine. I see someone mentioned putting cereal in their bottle, that is something I have never done as have always been advised against by my public health nurse, but I know a lot of people do. I say go by the baby, if they are watching you eat and reaching for your spoon, it is time for solids!

Teresa - posted on 02/17/2009

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Im the youngest of three with all three of us my mother started us on cereal by the time we were three months old. I have three children my oldest was on cereal at a month old. AS per our ped we did this because he was not filling up on the formula. I did not breast feed because of an auto immune disease called Hashimotos. Our ped said that when he started going thru a  4 oz bottle every hour or an 8 ounce bottle every 2 to start introducing the cereal. We Introduced it at breakfast to watch for allergic reactions. By the time he was 4 months old he was added veggies then lastly fruit at around 6 to 7. My other two were a bit less and didnt start til closer to the 4 month on my youngest and 6 month mark on the middle one but that is due to her having surgery at 11 weeks old. Our Ped was old school and the head of the department at the local hospital where we took my kids. More recent graduates will tell you the text book recommendations but honestly its what you feel comfortable with and what your ped feels comfy with.

Tina - posted on 02/17/2009

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I am sure there are pros & cons to both starting at 4 months or waiting until six but you really should ask your doctor. If you are breastfeeding exclusively as the baby grows so does their need for iron. In which case starting with bananas would not be what they need. Cereal may not have many calories or fat but it does have the iron. Your baby will get everything else it needs from the breast milk. If you are feeding formula with iron then you probably wouldn't need the cereal.

Whatever your choice... waiting until six months is not going to harm your baby. It's whatever you and your doctor decide is best for your baby

Janice - posted on 02/17/2009

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I also agree with waiting until 6 months.  With 5 kids I have found for me waiting until they are ready is best.  By my 5th she didn't start until after 6 months.  I introduced foods earlier but she really wasn't interested. We knew she was ready when she starting grabbing food from us or screaming for it LOL!!  She'll eat anything these days.



All in all you will decide what is best for you and baby and that is what's important.  I mean either way your baby will still thrive.  I think if you just sit back and go with your instinct is best!

Katie - posted on 02/17/2009

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I gave my son baby food wen he was 8weeks old and he loved it! just wasnt satisfied enough on just milk! fills them up more to, found he slept right thro nite wen on solids too :0)

Stacey - posted on 02/17/2009

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i started my baby girl  on food when she stared to get hungry that what my helth nurse told.

Maggie - posted on 02/17/2009

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I totally agree with Trisha. Start at around 6 months. Breastmilk is all they need until they start getting interested in solids. And cereal is not the best food to start with. Try bananas. Nice and sweet like breastmilk or formula and easy to chew. Cereal often upsets a baby's tummy and it's lacking in nutrients. Giving cereal to a very young baby to try to make them sleep through the night is not a good idea.

Carole - posted on 02/17/2009

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i have 2 boys and they both was on solids by the time they was 3mths,i still gave them milk in between there meals

Tina - posted on 02/16/2009

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I have 2 children and breastfed both of them until they were a year old however, our pediatrician told us to start the infant cereal at 4 months because they start to require more iron than nursing can provide. If you are feeding formula with iron you may be able to delay it. She also told us to feed it to them by spoon and not in their bottle so that they are use to eating from the spoon by the time they are ready for baby food at 6 months. I started both of my kids on the cereal at 4 months by simply mixing a small amount with breast milk and gradually making it thicker. Started with rice then oatmeal, barley then mixed grain. Talk to your doctor, they will know what is best for you and your baby. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

Jeanette - posted on 02/16/2009

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I agree with Trish, prolong it as long as possible... its hard to say cause u dont say much about your child just wondering when to start.. they say your child will let u know when they are ready, and trust me they do... My daughter we started at 6 months, but my son we started just after 5months cause he would scream and scream at us when he would see us eating... But we started with just rice cereal and very little and mixed it with breastmilk or formula. Babies do not get much if anything out of it when started on it too early, it goes in and out of them, plus you run a greater chance of your child developing allergies and other things as they get older....I wouldnt recommend it at 4 months, ask your doctor or health nurse though they will tell u....... The mild weather it be breast mild or formula should be #1 cause even when u do start then on babyfood, u are not suppose to start them off on a lot of it, little a time, gradually getting more often and thicker......

Trisha - posted on 02/16/2009

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Not crazy.......well maybe a little but not about this.  I breastfed two large boys and didn't introduce any type of solid until six months.   Have you ever read the calorie information on the sides of the cereal or baby food containers?  There's practically no calories or fat in that stuff.  Baby food is less about actual nutritive value and more about introducing flavors and textures.



Save your money.  Breastfeed as long as possible.



 



 

Libby - posted on 02/16/2009

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I just had my fourth baby...with each one I started cereal around 4 months.  I mix it with formula and we try each kind, but I space it out just to make sure that there are no allergies.  I usually give the cereal for breakfast lunch and dinner...but make sure that they drink their formula.  At this age the food shouldn't replace the formula, it should be in addition to the formula. After we've tried all of the cereal, I'll start introducing all the veggies first, watching for allergies and then move onto the fruit.  I think I waited until they were 6 months before intoducing the veggies and fruts.  Good luck!

User - posted on 02/16/2009

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Trisha is crazy.... Not if your son @ 3 months old would go through 10 cans of milk every 2 1/2 weeks plus breast feeding... go along with everyone that saying to start intro ducing... start off with the veggies and rotate every 4 days to different veggies and than once he has had a feel for the veggies than you introduce the fruit..... cereal like oat meal you should start feeding.... as long as the baby can hold their head up they are fine to eat...

User - posted on 02/16/2009

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You should start now I started with a little pablum in the bottle at bed time and if the baby does well on that you can start feeding from a spoon.Just a very small amount to start and than more when baby seems to be doing good.

Sarah - posted on 02/16/2009

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Look for signs. Does your baby watch you eat?

I started feeding my son cereal at 4.5 months and baby food at 6 months. It really just depends if your baby is ready or not. Try it and if he/she doesn't like it, try again in a week. Keep doing that until they are ready. My son is 9.5 months and eats 1/2 cup twice a day and 3 jars of baby food. He just started eating finger foods. Good Luck!

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