when to start baby on cereal

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 months old and she seems never to be satisfied she takes cat naps during the day an wakes up 2-3 times a night to feed is it OK to start her on cereal and is oatmeal ok to start with rather than rice? She can hold her head up and also sitting up with assistance she can pull herself up from a sitting back position. I have a 6 year old that was the total opposite I started her at 4 months which I know is the age they tell you to start.

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Dove - posted on 12/17/2014

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Sorry... just read your latest response.

I don't know ounces cuz all of mine were breastfed from the tap. That first child... nursed about every 3 hours during the day. The 'baby'... sometimes 3 times in the SAME hour. Both... perfectly normal.

Dove - posted on 12/17/2014

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OK... Yes, I started my first at 3.5 months back when the recommendation WAS 4-6 months. She's a healthy, thriving 13 year old now. But I don't take that experience and tell anyone else that it is OK to start their kid early... cuz now I know better and I know we are LUCKY that she has no issues from it.

My baby... didn't take a bite til 6 months old and physically he was about a month ahead of his big sister in meeting milestones... but that doesn't mean anything for the development of their digestive system. Know better, do better.

Jodi - posted on 12/17/2014

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At 3 month, this is normal behaviour. She is most likely going through a growth spurt and will soon settle into a more regular pattern. Infants become more regular feeders like this naturally because when a mother is breastfeeding, she needs these regular cluster feeds to up the amount of milk she produces in order to be able to feed the baby as it grows.

So infants do naturally develop these patterns of behaviour. She will eventually settle. Just increase the amount of formula she has as she demands it. This is the most nutritional solution. Yes, it may means some sleepless nights for a while, but it won't be forever.

Jodi - posted on 12/17/2014

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OMG, just because your child has reached 4 month old milestones does not mean she is ready for solids!! Readiness is about the infant's digestive system, not whether they can roll over or not.

These ladies are correct, and I'm going to put my neck on the line and actually TELL you that you are wrong. Not my opinion. Fact. Around SIX MONTHS is the recommendation of both the AAP and the WHO. Are you going to tell them they are wrong?

These recommendations are in place for the health of your child. If you choose to go against those recommendations then you are actually potentially risking the health of your child. Sure, she might be just fine.......there are also many smokers who live long healthy lives and never get cancer too. But smoking cigarettes is still not recommended because it increases your risk factors, just as introducing solids too early INCREASES A VARIETY OF RISK FACTORS for your child's health,

But hey, if you've done your research, you know what those risks are and are obviously quite prepared to live with them if your child does, in fact, have issues.

If you want to go against WHO and AAP recommendations, which are based on scientific research, who am I to argue with you?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/17/2014

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Crystal, why are you asking for opinions if you're going to argue with the opinions given?

FYI, recommendation is to NOT start a child on simple solids before 4-6 months (and 4 months is NOT recommended, it is a suggestion only). Your child, at 3 months, is being normal, by napping during the day and waking 2-3 times a night to feed. Most kiddos will not sleep through for at least 6-9 months, so don't be impatient.

The difference between your answers and the other posts, is that they are giving you the correct recommendations. If you are receiving other recommendations, that's all fine and good, but a bit of research (try Google...it's an amazing search engine)

What you are asking is if it's ok to attempt to stuff your kid full so that she will sleep longer. That's not OK, because it's not the proper schedule for your kid. As you well know, already having a 6 YO, sleep is a precious commodity that you don't get a hell of a lot of during the first year.

But, hey, you're the one who's totally right here, as evidenced by your responses, so go ahead and do whatever the hell you want to with your kid. Hopefully there won't be any complications because of your actions, but I'm certain you'll deal with that in as adult a manner as you have the solicited opinions that you're arguing with.

Cheers!

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Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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Thank you I'm taking everyone's opinion in perspective. I'm not gonna do something that could potentially harm my baby. I just wanted to know if there was something I could do to satisfy her hunger other than feeding her every hour. Her not sleeping good during the day an her being so exhausted she tends to fight her sleep come night time but if I'm doing everything right and her eating pattern is ok it makes me feel better... I know she will eventually get into a better schedule

Jodi - posted on 12/17/2014

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The reason it changes is because more research is done that demonstrates why it should change, so we have more information. Recent research has shown that feeding infants solids too early significantly increases the risk factors for obesity and also the risk factors for various digestive disorders in later life. Also, there is the issue of nutritional value and its link to brain development. Ask your pediatrician why he says 4 months when the AAP (American Academy of Pediatricians) and WHO (World Health Organisation) say around 6 months.

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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Im just saying my pediatrician said I can start at 4 months... The information they give parents is always changing I remember 6 years ago with my first they told me to make sure I give her water an now they tell me not to give her water ...Idk just seeing what other moms have to say

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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Thank you I'm just trying to find away to satisfy her belly she wants to eat every hour and I know that's alot but I give it to her sometimes she will only drink 4 oz an other times she will drink 6oz and still gets hungry an hour later. Does anyone else feed their child that much... Is that normal.

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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Not everyone follows by the book I'm sure there are moms out there that followed their own instinct!!

Sarah - posted on 12/17/2014

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That then should have been your post. Instead you asked if you "SHOULD" give you 3 month old cereal. And the response was no you should not. If that is not what you are open to and want as an answer then your post should have reflected that.

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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FYI acid reflux has nothing to do with the milestones she reached at 3 months..... She is doing what they say a 4 month old should be doing... But everyone is different so maybe people have tried giving their baby cereal early and those experiences are what I am looking for

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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Yes she is more advanced than my first child she rolls over she been holding her head up since she was born she pushes up with her hands when on her tummy and she sits up with very little assistance all that my first did not do so I think that's considered being more advanced. I never said my daughter doesn't let me get sleep I was stating her sleeping pattern

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/17/2014

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The only thing that they all have in common is that none are really recommending 4 months, just stating that it CAN BE as early as 4 months. Not a one of them recommends before 4 months, UNLESS a physician prescribes it as a solution to reflux. Does your kid have reflux? Not according to you, your kid is 'advanced' and waking you up too frequently at night to feed (in your opinion)

You want to start your kid on cereal, you go right ahead, just as we've said. It's not the best recommended age, but we're not your prison warden.

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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I was simply stating that my 6 year old was the total opposite she slept through the night since the second week I brought her home ....she was always satisfied after her bottle and slept 1 1/2-2 hour naps. My 3 month old will finish a 5-6 Oz bottle fall asleep for 10-20min and a half hour later she is hungry again... She wants to eat like every hour. I just want her to be satisfied an not hungry so much, the sleeping pattern isn't what bothers me she sleeps fine at night it's during the day, by the time night time comes she so exhausted she falls asleep around 9-10pm then she's up at 1am then 4 or 5am then she's up at 7 when my daughter wakes up for school.

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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I'm always researching and now I'm trying to hear experiences from different moms rather than professionals. Some websites/ different doctors say 4 months an some say 6 months. Some start their baby off right away to help acid reflux . I've read alot of different things!

Dove - posted on 12/17/2014

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There is no argument... except if you want to call someone simple minded simply for trying to give you information. Then there could be a huge argument.

'I' do not know everything nor will I ever pretend to. When you counter every opinion w/ how you did it w/ your other child it seems obvious that what other people have to say will not matter unless it is what you want to hear.

Are you actually open to research? If so... check out what the WHO has to say about solids under 6 months.

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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I thought this website is get opinions from mothers around the world.. And that is simply what I'm doing! I didn't say the 2 opinions I got were wrong or that I was right... You state what you know with your experience and I with mine... Where is there an argument.... that's a simple minded person who thinks they know everything . I'm trying to hear different opinions /experiences from different moms thank you.

Dove - posted on 12/17/2014

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Why are you asking then because it is obvious you are going to argue w/ anyone that doesn't tell you what you want to hear....?

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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I started my 6 year old at 4 months and she never had a problem no food allergies nothing and she is still a good eater she loves all vegetables ,fruits ,meat . They say everyone is different and us as parents know sometimes better than doctors when our child is ready! Thanks for the opinions!

Sarah - posted on 12/17/2014

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What your 3 month old is doing is what most 3 month olds do. Cereal has NO nutritional value, so starting her early only hurts her development not strengthens it. Cereal and baby food is for the baby to learn how to eat by spoon and different textures. Formula or breastmilk is where ALL their nutrition comes from for the first year. Some doctors still recommend starting cereal at 4 months, but more and more doctors now are saying to wait and start at 6 months because of the lack of nutritional value. There are even some doctors that recommend not even doing cereal and just starting with baby food at 6 months.

Dove - posted on 12/17/2014

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Your doctor and WIC department are behind in their current infant development education then... It is recommended to not start ANYTHING other than breast milk or formula under 6 months because of the potential for life long damage to their digestive system.

Technically that was the recommendation to educated professionals over 6 years ago as well. The 4 month recommendation was over a decade ago.

Advanced or not their digestive systems simply aren't ready.

Actually... our WIC didn't advise solids under 6 months even over a decade ago.

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2014

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My doctor and WIC say to start at 4 months which I did with my 6 year old and she did great but my 3 month old is alot more advanced than she was as a baby. Just trying to get different opinions!

Dove - posted on 12/17/2014

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NO! No solids under 6 months and then baby cereal is never needed. Cat napping and eating 2-3 times/night is completely normal.

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