cereal at 3 months?

Trina - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 66 moms have responded )

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safe? not safe? good idea? bad idea? any suggestions?

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CJ - posted on 11/17/2009

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some new research shows that babies that get ceral, especially rice ceral before 4 months have a higher risk of developing diabetes later in life.
I work for WIC and we also tell mom's that if the baby is old enough for ceral they should eat it with a spoon, not in the bottle.
BTW - you really don't want baby sleeping through the night anyway - they are supposed to wake up and feed, experts think this may be a contributing factor to SIDS deaths (the babies sleep too deeply, not waking up hungry like they are supposed to), and may be why breastfed babies are less likely to die a sids death - they do wake up to feed because they digest the breastmilk faster than formula

Beth - posted on 11/16/2009

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Personally I say wait until 6 mos, my Pediatrician recommends the same. Adding cereal really doesn't help them sleep better (myth) and adding solids too soon can affect their milk intake, especially if you're nursing. They need the milk more than the solids at this point. Hope this helps:)

Angie - posted on 11/16/2009

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Many mothers have tried this and not had any problems. However, I'm going to have to side with medical doctors and say, it's not what's best for your baby. The calories in rice cereal are mostly empty calories. Your child might stop crying because his/her stomach is full but his/her body is not getting the nurtrition it needs. Remember, babies brains need a lot fat to develop properly. I breastfed all of my children, and sometimes it was a challenge. My oldest was born sick so once he started eating that's all he did. I am not exaggerating when I say he was eating for at least 30 minutes out of every hour that he was awake. I was told he would be mentally and physically slow because of his illness but he is a straight A student who plays basketball and soccer in high school. I truly believe it's because I worked so hard to give him nothing but the best in the first year of him life.

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Laura - posted on 11/22/2009

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There are actually a few things to look for if they are ready or not; they can sit up with support, they don't have a tongue thrust, they have at least one tooth, and on another note babies have no nutritional need for anything other than breastmilk or formula until after 6 months, so there is no hurry.

Mellisa - posted on 11/22/2009

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I decided to give all three of my boys cereal at 2 mo. because they were waking up every 2 hr. at night. Then they started sleeping at least 5-6 hrs. straight. It was the best thing I ever done and it never hurt them. It may take you a few bottles to get the mixture right, but your baby will sleep alot better. I know you said you and your baby did'nt like the formula, but you might want to think about mixing brestmilk with small amounts of formula if your not producing enough milk. I had the same problem. Who wants to go to sleep hungry? Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

Jo - posted on 11/22/2009

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I started feeding my baby cereal at 2 weeks (only a tsp. at this time) just before bedtime and he would sleep at least 5 hours at night. doctor told me not to because it would make him over weight but they actually started telling me he was underweight for his age. All my nieces and nephews have had cereal within the first couple of months also and no one has ever had any problems.

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Hi Trina, I have read in several books that it's not such a good idea to feed babies too early basically because their digestive systems can't process the food anyway! Best to kep them on breast or formula until at least 6 months then their bodies can effectivley distribute the nutrients from food and you won't be wasting you time. Good luck

Dianne - posted on 11/20/2009

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Totally up to you and how your baby is progressing! If you feel that he/she would benefit from solids then go for it! Only a small amount tho to start with, and you will know how they feel about it! Take care and enjoy your baby! Brings back lots of good memories! Had 4 boys, now Nana to 11 (another due in January 2010) and loving it........ Di

Jessica - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Tania:

NO! If your baby is hungry, feed him more breastmilk! Cereal does not meet the nutritional needs of a 3 month old infant. If the baby is still hungry, breastfeed more often. The more you nurse, the more milk you will produce. As long as your baby is gaining, he is eating enough. I don't know why you are thinking you aren't producing enough. Supplementing with formula will decrease your milk supply. Breastfeed. Often! No cereal until at least 6 months - then consult with you physician, not a public board! We never gave my son cereal, it is nutritionally empty and useless. We started directly with veggies at 10 months. My son was off the charts for his size and he never 'needed' supplemented because he was hungry. I breastfed whenever he was hungry.



You cant just fill your kid up with milk, thats where they can run into health problems. they will get fat off the milk and wont want anything else. there is no right or wrong age to start a child on cereals, no matter what the doc says. its all up to the baby, and thats where you need to take your cues from. My 2nd was born at 10 pounds, started off eating 4 oz right away and within 3-4 days he was up to 8 oz every 4 hours. By a little over 1 month in age I had to start rice cereal because he would have been drinking 10 oz at least every feeding, and thats not healthy. Cereal is nutritional, otherwise they wouldnt bother selling it and telling moms to feed it to their babies. Thats like saing oatmeal isnt good for you. When it comes to this kind of thing, dont go by what others think, because as you can see, there are a lot of mixed reviews. You are the childs mother, you do what you feel is best for your baby. Oh an one more thing, dont EVER mix cereal in the bottle, thats one of the unsafest things you can do to a baby, bottles are meant for milk, not think liquid. Babies have choked and died because its just too much for them. if you're gonna supplement with cereal, mix it in a bowl!



Bet of luck with your feeding endeavours! :)

Amanda - posted on 11/19/2009

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I read all these who say it is definitely unsafe, I say it has to do with the baby. No it will not make your baby over weight. I started my little one on rice cereal at three months, now it was just a tsp per 4oz of milk. If you breast feed, pump some and use that. My little one is as petite as can be, not under weight but petite which is strange in itself since both sides of our family are big. If your little one keeps it down then good for her/him I see nothing wrong with it, in fact my pediatrician actually said the same thing.
Try see what happens. A baby knows if he/she can have food or not, trust your baby.

Stephanie - posted on 11/19/2009

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I have been given both my childern (francis 2years, Gianna 5 months) cereal since they were about 2 or 3 WEEKS old. It helps them sleep throu the night and as long as its only 1 bottle at bed my doctor said it was fine. They are both completely healthy and active children. I did it because my mom did it for all of her childern. I am an active duty military member I work sometimes up to 50 or 65 hours a week and I needed them to sleep. And as long as this way was healthy I did it and both my childern did and still do sleep through the night since about 3 weeks old.

Lynda - posted on 11/19/2009

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my son could not tolerate upping his milk so i was feeding him small amounts of baby rice at 5 weeks old he is almost 3 now and a strapping lad

Debbie - posted on 11/19/2009

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My Grandson, Samuel, (2 months November 15) has acid reflux. Never heard of it in a small baby. His dr. said to mix 1 teaspoon of rice cerial to one oz. of fomula. He spits up less, sleeps better, and has less tummy aches. We thought that was too young for cerial, but his dr. said it would help settle his tummy. So for, so good. Hope this helps.
Debbie, grandmother from Georgia

Kim - posted on 11/19/2009

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My daughter wasn't putting on much weight so they suggested starting solids at 3mths. I just gave her the rice cereal and she just pretty much pushed it out of her mouth until she got the hang of it at 6 months. I don't think there is any harm just don't be surprised if they don't get the hang of it until a bit later.

Kim - posted on 11/19/2009

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my son was struggling to gain weight. the local baby health sister watched as I breast feed. my breasts were not releasing the fat only just fluid. Once I tilted the breasts at a different angle he began gaining weight and slept soundly.........................Also I recently read studies which state that children who start on solids too early have a higher incidence of allergies including skin (eczema ) and food (intolerance's) and these have links with asthma.

Tisa - posted on 11/18/2009

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hello there trina, well the advice i could pass on to you is 1 of my grandson's was born 2 months early PREMEE at 3lbs. and my daughter was breast feeding him but he seemed to cry alot until she started putting cereal in his bottle-1 oz.cereal and 7ozs. fo formula plus just a drop of karo syrup to keep his ball movement regular and in this fashion he was never constipated. within a months time he was really heathly and chubby. presently he is 4 yrs.old in the headstart and even when we take him to regular doctor visits,even the doctors can't believe he is a preemee.just always make sure that he gets burped after every feeding time.after my daughter started putting cereal in his bottle then he slept through the night.good luck-god bless you and your family.please keep us posted.Thanks T.

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Hi Trina, My clinic sister said that a baby should NOT be given cereal until they get teeth... Teeth are proof of a digestive enzyme that must be present in the mouth to begin the digestion of cereal. If baby doesn't have any toofies, baby can't digest it... so I would maybe advise to put a hold on the cereal. Also, when babies are born, there "filters" in their gut are very permeable (allows things thru into the body) as the baby needs to absorb as much breastmilk or formula as possible. If you introduce solids too early, and the gut is still very permeable, baby may get allergies, indigestion, cramps and constipation. I know how exciting it is to want to give solids, but hang in there until about 6 months! Hope this helps.. X

Frankie - posted on 11/18/2009

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In my home (I run an in-home daycare) I have had parents request their children to receive cereal at three months. My kids were all four months. I have had doctors tell me three months is fine. If a parent request something that I feel is a little unorthidox I call my pediatrician. As far as she says, it is perfectly ok.

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When I brought my son home from hospital ourndr told me to feed him plain rice cereal from box 2x a day and when we brought home our daughter the dr said to give it to her 3x a day. My daughter started her oldest son on cereal at 2 weeks old and her youngest at 4 weeks old. Both were breast fed and are doing fine. I started them on baby foos (carrots and squash) at 6 weeks old. No meat or fruit juice until after all vegetables. They both prefer meat and vegetables instead of sweets.They are now 4 and 14 months old.

Krystal - posted on 11/18/2009

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With my 1st son I didnt start cereal until 7 months. I added to the bottle and cut the nipple. I think 3 months is tooo early. I would wait. You dont want to make your child over weight. When they do start cereal they should start sleeping more though! My second son is 2 months now and waking up 3-4 times a night. Cant wait for the cereal stage but dont rush it. Just an opinion.

Lisa - posted on 11/18/2009

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I started supplementing with Goat's milk at 3months because I couldn't pump enough for a milk supply when I am away. I didn't want to use formula. After researching it, I went with the goat's milk. I used powdered goats milk and water. You can get online and find formula recipes using the goats milk if you would prefer something sweeter for your baby. I then started him on cereal at 4 months. I would just start with a very watery consistency at first. good luck!

Jayne - posted on 11/18/2009

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i started putting a lil bit of cereal (rice) in a bottle of breast milk when my son was 5 days old...so early???? Well, he was hungry and now he is a very fit 24 yr old, so rest assure it won't do harm to your child. My other 3 kids didn't start cereal til 2-4 months but i fed them if they were hungry, it helps you both.

Cynthia - posted on 11/18/2009

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With my son I started puttin baby ceral in his bottle about three months because he was eating like crazy.. I believe its safe & good idea.

Peggy - posted on 11/18/2009

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My son was a big eater...8 oz every couple of hours. The doctor decided that we should put him on very thin cereal mixed with formula. It helped him sleep better and was a much happier baby.

Tara - posted on 11/18/2009

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I started mine at 6 weeks, a teaspoon with 4 oz,,,,,,,,,,she was always hungry

CJ - posted on 11/17/2009

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Quoting Ivy:

At that age, I still breast fed my baby. Though at 4 months, I started her on solids. My daughter is consider under weight for her age. She is in the 9 percentile though she is healthy, active and eats quite well, she just doesn't gain weight like other babies.



 



keep in mind the percentiles were developed using formula fed babies, so our breast fed babies do tend to run near the bottom of those graphs.  I work for WIC and we wouldn't consider a baby at the 9th percentile underweight.  Now at the 5th percentile we would consider them at risk for underweight, but not underweight until they drop to zero or below. 



Ruth - posted on 11/17/2009

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Every child is different and every mum wants do what is best for their baby and i found giving ceral first in bottle filled them up bit more and none of mine choked as i would be feeding it to them! feedig them with a spoon at 3 mths i found hard as they can't really use it so botttle was easy for them.

Ruth - posted on 11/17/2009

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I have 6 kids ranging fm 5 mths to 14yrs and i gave them all cereal starting fm 3 mths. make hole bigger in one of bubs bottles and add it to formula in the morning to begin with..make it a runny consistency and if bubs takes to it than after a week or so try in the bowl.

Tania - posted on 11/17/2009

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Quoting Ruth:

I didn't have to give it to my daughter. But friends of mine w/ baby boys that were growing like weeds said the formula/breast milk wasn't enough to keep them full. So they added a couple of tablespoons of cereal to their bottles and that seemed to do the trick. But you might have to get nipples w/ bigger holes or cut bigger holes in the nipples you already have to allow the cereal to pass through them.


They are still hungry and need more milk!! Putting cereal in a bottle is a choking hazard. If your children are still hungry, breastfeed more often. Or give another bottle/more oz per feeding of formula, if you so choose to formula feed.

Ruth - posted on 11/17/2009

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I didn't have to give it to my daughter. But friends of mine w/ baby boys that were growing like weeds said the formula/breast milk wasn't enough to keep them full. So they added a couple of tablespoons of cereal to their bottles and that seemed to do the trick. But you might have to get nipples w/ bigger holes or cut bigger holes in the nipples you already have to allow the cereal to pass through them.

Ivy - posted on 11/17/2009

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At that age, I still breast fed my baby. Though at 4 months, I started her on solids. My daughter is consider under weight for her age. She is in the 9 percentile though she is healthy, active and eats quite well, she just doesn't gain weight like other babies. She gains between 2 to 6 oz every week. If she is was less active, then she may gain more. Are you eaiting a healthy varied diet? Are you still taking your vitamin supplements? You could try mixing 1/3 or 1/4 of formula with a bottle of breast milk, though I never did that. If you feel you need to feed your baby more, then that is a choice you will have to make as you know your baby the best. If you allow your baby to indict when he is hungry and when he is full then you are doing what is right.

Kelly - posted on 11/16/2009

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My daughter was on cerel 3 weeks after she was born, she is peferectly healthy, I had no problems. Every baby is different, so just check with your doctor, mine was okay with it.

Tabby - posted on 11/16/2009

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At 3 months, they say it's not good to give baby's cereal so early, but at 4 months it's okay.. start off on rice cereal. Too early can give your baby problems because there body is still developing and it may be a little harsh.. the rice is a good starter, and try mixing with Gerber banana food. My son loves it. I'd wait till 4 months, just to be safe. I say this because my cousin had her baby, and fed her baby cereal months too early and he got acid reflux and hurts baby. The cereal says 4 months+, so your good to go.

Taylor - posted on 11/16/2009

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doctors and pediatricians have said numerous times nothing BUT breast milk or formula till 6 months, and then it should only be spoon fed to them. i am so sick and tired of seeing people mixing it into bottles etc to young babies because it is actually detrimental to their health.. research it and you will see, SIX MONTHS. good luck.

McKennen - posted on 11/16/2009

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My daughter is almost four months and i thought maybe her formula wasnt enough so i started feeding her baby cereal here and there before bed, I called her pediatrician and told him about it, and he said that it does aboslutely nothing for the baby at that young of an age. Thats why they dont recommend it until usually 5 months or so. But it doesnt hurt the baby either, it just doesnt give any nutritional value whats so ever. And it could lead to obesity in later years. Its pretty much setting a motabolism for the infant when he/she should only be getting it from formula. But thats my advice from what pediatricians have told me and friends and family. I hope it helped!

Tania - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Deborah:

On the idea of Breast feeding more often..

I know it's different for everyone but for myself I'm not prepared to spend all my waking time feeding the young one. There's a life to keep up with as well. And a house to keep. I can't imagine being without the few extra hours to myself after a mulchy feed where the little guy is quiet and contented.

But as said before, it really varies wildly.


It is our responsiblity as parents to feed and nurture our children. That comes before house work and 'free' time. Infants are quite demanding, and the need to feed so often will subside. When we decided to become parents, that is what we accepted. Our children's needs come before our needs. Obviously, not everyone feels the same about that.

Tania - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Deborah:

On the idea of Breast feeding more often..

I know it's different for everyone but for myself I'm not prepared to spend all my waking time feeding the young one. There's a life to keep up with as well. And a house to keep. I can't imagine being without the few extra hours to myself after a mulchy feed where the little guy is quiet and contented.

But as said before, it really varies wildly.


It is our responsiblity as parents to feed and nurture our children. That comes before house work and 'free' time. Infants are quite demanding, and the need to feed so often will subside. When we decided to become parents, that is what we accepted. Our children's needs come before our needs. Obviously, not everyone feels the same about that.

Tania - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Jerricka:

It's perfectly fine. If you think he can handle it and you water it down enough your baby should be fine. I just started my 2 1/2 month old on cereal and he does just fine. He would rather have his bottle but then he would be eating 6 oz almost every two hours or more.


No, it's not fine, actually. Your baby would prefer the bottle because he is hungry! Cereal is not meeting his nutritional needs. You are depriving him nutrients he needs by not giving him the extra bottle. Cut out the cereal and give your child another bottle! Oh, breastmilk is free, if it is the cost of formula keeping you from meeting his needs.

Deborah - posted on 11/16/2009

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On the idea of Breast feeding more often..

I know it's different for everyone but for myself I'm not prepared to spend all my waking time feeding the young one. There's a life to keep up with as well. And a house to keep. I can't imagine being without the few extra hours to myself after a mulchy feed where the little guy is quiet and contented.

But as said before, it really varies wildly.

Casey - posted on 11/16/2009

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Not a good idea. The EARLIEST the experts recommend to start is 4 months. Baby's digestive systems aren't fully developed at 3 months. The best age to start would be 6 months.

Brittany - posted on 11/16/2009

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My doctor said to wait until my daughter was 4 months old. My Aunt and Uncle started cereal at just 1 month. Not sure why they started so earlier, but it will not cause harm to your baby

Doris - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Trina:

cereal at 3 months?

safe? not safe? good idea? bad idea? any suggestions?



No its not safe, but... I found that one can use the water from soaking oatmeal, that allows the babies system to adjust slowly and the baby becomes full and happy. One soaks oatmeal and the starchy water is given in a bottle.  I used it for both my boys who are 13 and 6 now. No side effects, ie, constipation, nausea, gripping, alergies nor obesity.

Rachel - posted on 11/16/2009

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My bubz was 3 Months, she kept waking up during the night, I waited thinking it was a growth but it wasnt. I gave her two tsp every night of cereal and then slowely went up. She loves her food, and can digest it very well. Just remember every baby is different and in the long run it is up to you. My plunket lady said it was alright. Just remember to give them a bottle before hand. Milk is more important than food

Amanda - posted on 11/16/2009

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When my son was a baby I had to put cereal in his bottle because he was not getting full enough on just formula and he was about 2-3 months old when I started him on cereal. Just add some cereal to the bottle and get cris cut nipples so it will come out easy.

Katie - posted on 11/16/2009

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my son is about to be 5 months old and he has been eating cereal since about three months, he is also eating stage one foods already. the formula was not cutting it. I really think it depends on the individual child and their needs.

Jerricka - posted on 11/16/2009

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It's perfectly fine. If you think he can handle it and you water it down enough your baby should be fine. I just started my 2 1/2 month old on cereal and he does just fine. He would rather have his bottle but then he would be eating 6 oz almost every two hours or more.

Tania - posted on 11/16/2009

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NO! If your baby is hungry, feed him more breastmilk! Cereal does not meet the nutritional needs of a 3 month old infant. If the baby is still hungry, breastfeed more often. The more you nurse, the more milk you will produce. As long as your baby is gaining, he is eating enough. I don't know why you are thinking you aren't producing enough. Supplementing with formula will decrease your milk supply. Breastfeed. Often! No cereal until at least 6 months - then consult with you physician, not a public board! We never gave my son cereal, it is nutritionally empty and useless. We started directly with veggies at 10 months. My son was off the charts for his size and he never 'needed' supplemented because he was hungry. I breastfed whenever he was hungry.

Diana - posted on 11/16/2009

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I started adding a little rice cereal to my son's bottle when he was about 2 or 3 months. His pediatrician okay'd it first and it helped him sleep for an extra hour or two at a time- we all know how precious those hours are!!

Stephanie - posted on 11/16/2009

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I had to start giving my son cereal at 1 month bcuz he wouldn gain like he was supposed to he was 6 lbs at 1 month and his birth weight was 7 lb 11 oz so if it is a weight issue then I would first talk to your doctor then decide if it is the right thing to do.

Jen - posted on 11/16/2009

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baby porridage is safe, my little fella was having breakfast at 3 month's i mixed it with the bottle, or mixing a bit of rice in with the milk the porridage or jars that are blended are completely save once the food is smooth

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