How old should you start feeding cereal mix?

Crysany - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I've read people have done it from 1 month to 4 months. Im just wondering as a first time mom, when to start my 2 month old on the cereal mix?

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Bre - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi Crysany,

My son is now 6 months old but we started giving him rice cereal at 2 months because he was drinking up to 7 ounces each feeding and my pediatrician said it was fine.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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omg!, some people talk shit ! do what u think is best for your baby ! every baby is different :))

Kat - posted on 12/17/2009

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professionals say 5-6 months but my son was on it at three. I think it depends on the baby. If they're not getting satisfied with just formula, add a little cereal.

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Vivian - posted on 02/25/2014

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i breast fed my baby exclusively till she was 4 months old, then i introduces formula. Whe she was 5 1/2 i introduced rice cereal and she liked it i like it too. she is 6 months now i will gradually introduce fruit, veg and oatmeal. Hope she will take them well.

ERIN - posted on 12/17/2009

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1 month is kinda too early. if ur 2 month old seems always hungry and isnt sleeping more through the night, then i would suggest to try the cereal now in his formula at night before he goes to bed. everyones baby is different and so are their appetites.

Tracee - posted on 12/17/2009

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Actually the recommended age is between 4 1/2 to 5 months and you should never put cereal in the bottle. Start out with a small amount of rice cereal in a bowl and mix small amount of formula or breastmilk with it and feed with a baby spoon. Always start with rice cereal first as it is the least allergenic of the grains that can be found in infant cereal.

ERIN - posted on 12/17/2009

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U CAN START AS EARLY AS AROUND 4 MONTHS. IT ALL DEPENDS ON UR BABY.IF REGULAR FORMULA ISNT HOLDING THEM THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT TO WHERE THEY STILL CONSTANTLY WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FOR A BOTTLE, THEN THATS WHEN U START TO GIVE IT TO THEM. MAKE SURE U HAVE A BIGGER HOLED NIPPLE IN THE BOTTLE AND START OUT BY ADDING HALF A SCOOP, LIKE THE ONES ARE IN THE FORMULA, AND ADDING IT TO THEIR BOTTLE BEFORE BEDTIME. AND THEN GRADUALLY INCREASE THE AMOUT OF RICE CEREAL AS THEY GET OLDER OR THAT AMOUNT ISNT HOLDING THEM ANYMORE.

Jane - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

omg!, some people talk shit ! do what u think is best for your baby ! every baby is different :))



Please be nice. I would imagine the OP wants all points of view, that's why she posted the question.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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i started my boys at 2 months old just giving them a table spoon of rice cereal , with there evening bottle , they sleep all night ! good luck with it :))

Crysany - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Kat:

professionals say 5-6 months but my son was on it at three. I think it depends on the baby. If they're not getting satisfied with just formula, add a little cereal.



That's what I heard.

Jane - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Kate:

Don't feed rice cereal. It has no nutritional value and tastes nasty. Wait until your baby can sit up on his/her own, shows interest in your food, and can grab things between finger and palm. Start with fruits and veggies (apples, bananas, sweet potatoes). I tried to feed my daughter rice cereal once and she gave me this look of "Why would you do that to me?" So I tasted it and then promptly threw it away. It's horrid stuff. I don't know why it's even made. Blech.



This also what my Dr said & not to start purees until about 6 months. Cereal also makes babies constipated.

Jolee - posted on 12/17/2009

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no earlier than 4 months! Wait till 6months if you can. They get everything they need from the breast or formula before that. They should be able to sit up on their own and show signs of wanting what is on your plate. And if you feed them solids too soon your baby may sleep longer but fail to thrive.

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Jenn:

My daughter's pediatrician told me 4 months old is when to start.. and u do veggies first... because if they taste the sweet fruit first they wont want the veggies.





That's a myth. Children crave sweet foods first because breast milk is sweet. It doesn't matter if you start veggies first. They'll always like the fruits best.





good for that myth

Melissa - posted on 12/17/2009

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well i wouldnt start them on it till they dont seem to be getting enough from just formula..like say they are taking 4oz and then 2 hours later they are hungry for more thats when you start mixing with cereal...all depends on the baby..

Kate CP - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Jenn:

My daughter's pediatrician told me 4 months old is when to start.. and u do veggies first... because if they taste the sweet fruit first they wont want the veggies.


That's a myth. Children crave sweet foods first because breast milk is sweet. It doesn't matter if you start veggies first. They'll always like the fruits best.

Tyiesha - posted on 12/17/2009

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i have 2 boys and I started giving them cereal at 1 month. they were very hungry and it kept them asleep through the night. I hope I was helpful.

Natasha - posted on 12/17/2009

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oh and she did really great with it, I just usaully mixed it up with some apple juice or pear juice!!! That was her first food!

Kate CP - posted on 12/17/2009

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Don't feed rice cereal. It has no nutritional value and tastes nasty. Wait until your baby can sit up on his/her own, shows interest in your food, and can grab things between finger and palm. Start with fruits and veggies (apples, bananas, sweet potatoes). I tried to feed my daughter rice cereal once and she gave me this look of "Why would you do that to me?" So I tasted it and then promptly threw it away. It's horrid stuff. I don't know why it's even made. Blech.

Leezanne Esther - posted on 12/17/2009

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my pediatrician suggested with my second child around 6 months old, and told me fruiit first,i think i'll take the same advise with my little one too.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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As an RN and a huge advocate of breastfeeding if you are able I would recommend NO earlier than 6months. Earlier than that has been linked to increased food allergies. I have waited until 9-12months with my 6 kids. Hope that helps.

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