At what month did you feed your child baby cereal?

Nayisid - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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Just wondering what time is the best time to start feeding Aiden bay cereal and what grain barely or rice?

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Tiffany - posted on 11/10/2009

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I started my son at 2 weeks old. The doctor did not recommend it, but my mom and grandma did. They said they drank cows milk and lived to tell about it. I put my son on cows milk (diluted with water) at 6 months because I was a young single mom and could not afford formula (I could barely afford the diapers) and I was to proud to ask for assistance. I put the Rice Cereal in one of those infa-feeders (this was back in 1991). He slept from 7pm - 7am from that day forward! He is 18 1/2 and has never had any health problems. He never missed a day of school until 8th grade and that was to go on a trip, not for being sick.

Tiffany - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Tara:

Babies shouldn't be fed baby food until they are atleast 6 months of age, you don't have to start with baby cereal, you can start with mashed up adult food, start with veggies, don't introduce fruit right away, babies have a tendency to stick with fruit once they've tasted it, they shouldn't have eggs, or honey for the first year. There are signals that babies are ready, many that are posted previously on this site.



I'm sorry hun i have to disagree. You shouldn't wait 6mths to give the baby, baby food. Liquids for 6mths straight is a little over the top the poor baby is probably starving. Baby food should be started around 4 months. I guess everyone does things a little different from others but waiting until 6 months is a little far out if you ask me.

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Babies shouldn't be fed baby food until they are atleast 6 months of age, you don't have to start with baby cereal, you can start with mashed up adult food, start with veggies, don't introduce fruit right away, babies have a tendency to stick with fruit once they've tasted it, they shouldn't have eggs, or honey for the first year. There are signals that babies are ready, many that are posted previously on this site.

Jackie - posted on 11/10/2009

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It really depends on the babay and if they are ready. Most are ready by 4 months rarely ever before. I started all 3 of mine on rice cereal mixed with applsauce. They should learn quickly to open mouth for food and lean into the spoon.

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I'm quite a bit older than most of you (Grandma now) - I had four children. Back in 'my days' each of my children were different. Doctor's used to say (demand feeding) that when your baby is no longer satisfied with breast milk/formula to start with rice cereal. For instance, if you are breast feeding - if they need to eat more than every two hours - they are not getting enough from breast milk. And if you use formula, once they are needing more than 1 can liquid formula - they are ready for solids. My oldest son was 2 months when I started rice cereal but my youngest daughter was almost 7 months - the other two were somewhere in between.

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April - posted on 11/13/2009

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My son wouldn't breastfeed and at 3 months the bottle just wasn't satisfying him, so our pediatrician said to go ahead and start giving him the cereal/rice. Your best bet would be to talk to your pediatrician, he/she will be able to tell you better than anyone else based on the child's health, growth, age, etc. (*^^*)

Amanda - posted on 11/12/2009

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I waited until my son was about 5 months.. And I NEVER put the cereal in his bottle. His doctor said that this was a very bad thing to do because it can cause problems with their teeth before they even get any! =)

Tiffany - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Amber:



Quoting Tiffany:




Quoting Tara:

Babies shouldn't be fed baby food until they are atleast 6 months of age, you don't have to start with baby cereal, you can start with mashed up adult food, start with veggies, don't introduce fruit right away, babies have a tendency to stick with fruit once they've tasted it, they shouldn't have eggs, or honey for the first year. There are signals that babies are ready, many that are posted previously on this site.








I'm sorry hun i have to disagree. You shouldn't wait 6mths to give the baby, baby food. Liquids for 6mths straight is a little over the top the poor baby is probably starving. Baby food should be started around 4 months. I guess everyone does things a little different from others but waiting until 6 months is a little far out if you ask me.









Sorry hun you are absolutely incorrect about this. the APA says to start a 6 months.  My son didnt eat solids till he was 8 months old and he was certainly not starving. Boob milk was all he needed. He was and still is in the 100th percentile for height and weight so he is a big kid.





Well everybody is different and go about things in different ways. A baby on liquid for 6 months let alone 8 months is insane to me in my personal opinion. Believe the doctors and the APA if that's what you like to do but my baby is 6 months and has been on baby food since 4 months. Shes healthy, happy, and most definatly not hungry numerous times out of the day because i actually feed her what she needs. Your situation may be different im not saying your wrong for what your doing everybody knows whats best for their children, and if that's what you decided then great!

Lonna - posted on 11/10/2009

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As per their Dr.s, i started at nine months, prior to that, breast milk only with both my kids

Amber - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Tiffany:



Quoting Tara:

Babies shouldn't be fed baby food until they are atleast 6 months of age, you don't have to start with baby cereal, you can start with mashed up adult food, start with veggies, don't introduce fruit right away, babies have a tendency to stick with fruit once they've tasted it, they shouldn't have eggs, or honey for the first year. There are signals that babies are ready, many that are posted previously on this site.






I'm sorry hun i have to disagree. You shouldn't wait 6mths to give the baby, baby food. Liquids for 6mths straight is a little over the top the poor baby is probably starving. Baby food should be started around 4 months. I guess everyone does things a little different from others but waiting until 6 months is a little far out if you ask me.





Sorry hun you are absolutely incorrect about this. the APA says to start a 6 months.  My son didnt eat solids till he was 8 months old and he was certainly not starving. Boob milk was all he needed. He was and still is in the 100th percentile for height and weight so he is a big kid.

Amber - posted on 11/10/2009

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Never, personally I think there are better ways to get nutrients than from baby cereal. We chose mashed avocados as our babies first food. We tried at 4 months and he was not interested tried again at 6 months and he was still not interested. He finally started eating solids at 8 months.

Ginger - posted on 11/10/2009

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Honestly, EVERY baby is diff. Your Doc usually will say anywhere between 5-6 months but if your baby is only 3 months and isnt getting full i would say put a little(a tiny bit) in with his formula.It wont hurt them.. and it wont cause them to be "over weight". I gave my daughter some when she was 3 months old..like every 2 bottles i would. Just try it to see if it helps... if not then i would talk to the doctor. They want u to go by a 'guideline' of when u should do everything but every child is diff and that is just where you have to let the mother instinct kick in and make that decision on your own :)

Shannon - posted on 11/10/2009

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I started my older 3 at 4 months but number 4 we started at 3 months cuz she just needed more (we even had to supplement with formula in the beginning). I always start with rice because rice is one of the easiest things on anyone's tummy.

Jodi - posted on 11/10/2009

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I was feeding mine cereal at a month old in a baby feeder...so it was runny....and i did it at night and they slept all night long.

Laura - posted on 11/10/2009

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I started at 6 weeks by mixing a small amount in her bottle. Have had no problems, and I swear it helped ween her off the bottle!

Jacklyn - posted on 11/10/2009

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i started feeding my lil man cereal 2days before he turned 3mons and im gettin ready to add a tbs of baby food to ever cereal feeding which is once be4 bed and in the mornin 2nd feedin of the day...

Holly - posted on 11/10/2009

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my first daughter was eating cereal at six weeks but she was 11 pounds and my mother in-law decided to feed her. with my second child she was but on cereal bottles like milk shakes at two weeks by the doctors. it is different with every kid ask your doctor if milk is no longer filling your baby up

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2009

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My 7 mo has never had cereal. A couple of weeks ago I puree some brown rice. I started him with sweet potato and squash. I don't see the need to rush cereals and other solids. I still only feed him solids once a day. He breastfeeds the rest of the time

Maggie - posted on 11/10/2009

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start at about 4 months with rice cereal then move on to other types of cereals. at about 6 months you can add veggies and fruits. Use the same foods you eat instead of jarred to get him used to textures and real flavors. You can steam most anything until it's soft and then mash it up with a fork. Sweet potato and banana is really easy to start with and most kids LOVE both of those.
There was also a new study that showed that introducing foods one at a time with a few days between is not necessary and you can feed two or three different things at each meal. This also helps if the baby doesn't like one - alternate bites and he'll eat it all up!

Dianna - posted on 11/10/2009

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I started at 1month old by putting it in my bottle before bed I wanted a full nights sleep cause I was so exhausted . The doc said not to, but I have 13 nieces and nephews my sisters all did it and so I did too.

Tiffany - posted on 11/10/2009

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I started my daughter on oatmeal cereal at 2 in a half months through her bottle right before bed at night, that way she would sleep a little longer. By 3 months i had her eating in through the spoon, and by 4 months i started her on the 1st jar foods and mixed the cereal in that as well. The doctor will tell you so many things, but listen to ur motherly instinct, that's what's best.

April - posted on 11/10/2009

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I started all of mine on cereal thinned out with formula in a bottle at bedtime between 2 and 3 months. By 4 months they were eating it off a spoon for breakfast...again warm thinned with formula. All of my children were healthy babies.

Tiffany - posted on 11/10/2009

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I start my oldest on cereal at 4 months. My youngest I started at 3 months, but she didn't like the cereal, so we went straight into the baby food.

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2009

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Never =) This is just my opinion, and keep in mind, I'm a very crunchy, all natural mother! Cereal has zero nutritional value, just empty, unnessisary callories. Yes they have added a few vitamines, but nothing that cant be found in breastmilk or fourmula!



I take the baby lead feeding approach. It is my belife that once a baby has developed the skill to reach and pick up a peice of food (soft food like cubed baked sweet potates) and put it in their own mouth and chew and swallow without choaking, THEN, and only then are their body's ready to digest and propery absorb the extra nutrients.



Every baby is different, so this time line will be different for each baby. My daughter was reaching for food and chewing at 4.5 months. My son is now 4.5 months, and could careless about anything but boobs, hehehe! He doesn't even look at what everyone else is eating. My daughter would stare you down, and yell if she wsn't given a bit of whatever you were eating.

User - posted on 11/10/2009

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You can start with single grain rice or barley. I started my first son at 6 months and my second at 4 months. My second son was always starring and reaching for our food so I knew he was ready, he gobbled up that first bowl so fast! Just ask your ped before you start, all babies are different.

Kitty - posted on 11/10/2009

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I waited til 6months and ONLY RICE so they can learn to digest it. always rice first..
never rush this process....

Amanda - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daughter is 6 months old now..I started her when she was about a month and half..she was always, always hungry..and was very intrested in my food..the first time I gave it to her, she like just went crazy and it was gone in like a minute..that told me right there she was ready..Every child is different, they say to wait till 6 months but, come on not every child is the same..The docotor told me she was getting too much milk I was over feeding her..yet she was always hungry, giving her a little bit of cereal before bed, she stopped drinking so much, so it was the right decision for my daughter..

Williams - posted on 11/10/2009

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We started my son at 2months. He was not getting full on milk alone, I had to formula feed so it was the best thing. And he never would accept anything less since!

Christine - posted on 11/10/2009

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well most of my kids was eating rice cereal really thin in bottle within the first 2 months my 4th child had acid reflux so he was eating it after only 2 weeks of birth

Samantha - posted on 11/10/2009

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We started at six months with rice, it's the most hypoallergenic and went from there. On the box of Gerber cereal, it tells you that they should be at the developmental stage of sitting up supported to start single grain cereals.
http://www.gerber.com/Products/Single_Gr...
Also see the link to FAQ on that site, it's very informative on nutrition for the middle of the first year of life.
If you start too early, they can develop digestion difficulties and food allergies some of which you may not see until later. It's best to ask your Dr. especially if they are spitting up more frequently and/or they are getting more constipated, etc. Sometimes pediatricians do recommend it early in their bottles but for gastric reflux (severe spitting up so they don't inhale it and can keep something down especially if their losing wt. as it is not for every baby), and the amount is based on weight, age etc. Hope this was of some help to you! Bets of wishes for your little bundle of joy!

Heather - posted on 11/10/2009

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Talk to your pediatrician about it. My son was 4 weeks old when they started him on cereal because he was not getting enough to fill him up from breastmilk or formula. They had me put him on fruit and eggies within a month after the cereal start.

Shelly - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Nayisid:

At what month did you feed your child baby cereal?

Just wondering what time is the best time to start feeding Aiden bay cereal and what grain barely or rice?



Start with Rice it is easiest on the baby's stomach after you are almost finished with the box you can mix it with another grain once the box of rice is complete then you can go with the next grain.  That way my kids never got sick eating the new foods.  And just a hint drink half the milk before you give the cereal then if they are still hungry they can finish the bottle.  Only give them a tablespoon of cereal at first after a couple weeks add a second tablespoon if he is ready and seems to want more.

Lorilyn - posted on 11/10/2009

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My oldest was started at 2 months (long story) and we started Alex at 3.75 months - that's when our ped. said it was ok.

Ashleigh - posted on 11/10/2009

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3 and a 1/2 months took her time to get used to the spoon an solids but not long but do it when your baby is ready and you'll know when that is just go by what suits them

Angel - posted on 11/10/2009

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My answer is gonna be different from most on here and some may think it's wrong..but it's wrong for their children..not mine... but I started all 3 of my children on rice cereal at 2 weeks through the feeder bottle. Doctors do say it's not ideal but I was told by the 3 different drs I had after each kid that it's not bad for them..just not preferred. My 3 kids, now ages 10, 8 and 3 are fine, healthy kids. I even know several people who do the same with theirs. That's not to say its ok for all kids..but with mine it was. And if I ever decide to have another, I will prolly look to doing the same.

Amber - posted on 11/10/2009

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The doc told us that as soon as they start wanting your food, they're right for solids. lol

Nikki - posted on 11/10/2009

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I was trying to hold out until my son was 6 months old but I felt guily eating in front of him... he'd stare at me and then at my plate of food... so he was about 5 and 1/2 months old (he's almost 7 months now). We started rice cereal for about 2 weeks and then each week I introduce one new food to him to be sure there's no allergies. It is recommended to wait til at least 6 months though b/c the earlier you start them on something they could have an allergic reaction to the food... by 6 months their system has changed so much and there's less chance of a reaction from what my doctor told me.

Amber - posted on 11/10/2009

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They say to start introducing at 4 months, and by 6 months, they should be on it pretty often. The best stuff at 6 months would be the baby cereals especailly with the + iron in them. At that age, they'll need a lot of nutrients they're starting to lose from feeding.

Leslie - posted on 11/10/2009

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My baby had cereal at 2 months of age but this was becuase she suffered from reflux and pediatrician said it might help! has been on it since then!

Ann - posted on 11/10/2009

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your babies doctor will tell you when. but it recommended that you wait until they are 6 months old, and you want to start with rice cereal.

Melissa - posted on 11/10/2009

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We started at about 4 months, with introducing them to the different textures. Next thing you know, they'll be eating fruits and veggies. Start with the cereal so their systems can adjust to processing it, and that should give you an indication of how quickly your child can progress. Best of Luck!!!

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