is it ok to start giving my son oatmal with his formula? hes only 3 months

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Katie - posted on 12/01/2009

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Doctors and health nurses dont recommend that till 6 months, but I started my son at 4 months of age (on rice and than to oatmeal because he was soo plugged up). Just make sure you make it very runny because the babe doesnt know how to work the tongue and swallow properly, but it only took my son a couple days to figure out what to do with the tongue. Just dont put it in a bottle, make sure you feed it from a spoon. They also say that if babe can hold up the head and sit with support and looks like they might be interested in food than you can go ahead with it. Just start with only a teaspoon at first and work your way up weekly. Make sure you offer the bottle first too :) Good luck

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Leeann - posted on 12/01/2009

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I agree with rice cereal
Oatmeal is more likely to cause stomach issues and allergies later in life.

Katherine - posted on 12/01/2009

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Absolutely, I gave my baby girl oatmeal in her bottle at 2 and a half months, formula wasn't keeping her satisfied anymore.

Marlene - posted on 12/01/2009

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No, absolutely not, their little bodies cannot digest it. This is where allergies stem from. Wheat products and full cream milk should be avoided till 9 months and 1 year respectively. Small amounts of rice cereal, if really needed, but try to wait till 4 months.

Myra - posted on 12/01/2009

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Generally rice cereal is recommended as the first kind of cereal because there is less allergy to it than anything else. It also isn't recommended to give anything other than milk or formula until 6 months...BUT, many babies are ready for more than just liquid before then. I started my daughter on rice cereal at 5 weeks because she was taking so much formula.

I'd go with rice cereal spoon-fed with the formula - not in the bottle - if you or your baby's father have allergy to oats or other grains since allergies can be genetic (not always genetic, but many times). Either one you choose, rice or oatmeal, it should be very thin and spoon-fed, though. It will be very messy for a good while because of the thrust tongue reflex. The reflex is the reason many moms give that first cereal in the bottle, but putting it in the bottle can cause choking, which is why it should be spoon-fed.

Sarah - posted on 12/01/2009

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Why would you want to? Milk, either breast or formula provides all the nutrients they need till about 6 months. Cereal provides no nutritional benefit.

Christella - posted on 12/01/2009

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usually you don't give a baby oatmeal until 6 months pediatricians usually say that but maybe you should ask your pediatrician your son might be ready.

Amanda - posted on 12/01/2009

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Hi Kayla,



Giving your son rice cereal would be better than oatmeal. I started giving my son who is now 11months rice cereal in the bottle with formula at a week and half old. Hes belly wasn't getting satsifed, unless I added the rice. The doctors were fine with it. They will tell you to just be careful when lying your son down with the bottle alone at night with the rice in the bottle. I hope this helps!

Samantha - posted on 12/01/2009

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I know with my daughter I did not give it to her until she was 6 months old because the doctor told me to wait. My neice began around 3 months and she was constipated. I think that you should just hold off and continue to give the Formula or breast milk.

Christine - posted on 12/01/2009

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My doctor always told me not to give them cereal or oatmeal to the age of 4-6 months....my son could not handle the cereal or oatmeal, his digestive system was not mature.

Danielle - posted on 12/01/2009

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You can give him cereal in his bottle so there;s a little consistency to it and you can also put it on a spoon and make it watery. My son had cereal in his bottle at 3 weeks old I just put a bigger nipple on the bottle so it would come out easily he then started sleeping through the night. I say go for it just maybe try the rice cereal instead of the oatmeal for now.

Cathy - posted on 12/01/2009

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I gave it to my son at 3 months. He was starving it seemed. Add it diluted in the formula. My son survived fine. He is 23 yrs old now!

Lauren - posted on 12/01/2009

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i started my daughter on rice cereal in her bottle at 2 1/2 months with her dr's approval. you should talk to your ped before you do anything.

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Start by adding a teaspoon full to a bottle full of milk and see if he tolerates it. Some babies digestion can handle solids and semi-solids more quickly than others. By the time my eldest was 4 months old, he was taking some cereal, bananas and butternut squash too. My twins took a bit longer to become adapted.

Anna - posted on 12/01/2009

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it is recommend not because of allergies purposes, but it is totally up to u why won't u start with rice base cereal

Brianne - posted on 12/01/2009

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If you start him on rice cereal get Beech Nut. Gerber has a soy product in it and makes them gassy! I didn't know that until a friend told me. Good luck!

HOLLY - posted on 12/01/2009

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oatmeal is too thick... i would really suggest rice.. and i think the pedi would too!... we started giving rice at about 3-4 months... just at night... to help them sleep... and fill up their little tummies!

Jamie - posted on 12/01/2009

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As a new mom myself I was very questioniable about everything myself... But to answer your question my daughter did awesome on oatmeal and rice at that age i did both.She slept alot longer and I used less breast milk...so i had to pump.

Leticia - posted on 12/01/2009

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Sorry it was rice that I gave her... I just wrote oatmeal thinking i said rice.

Ashley - posted on 12/01/2009

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not oatmeal but rice cereal is ok but start of with a very small amount! it should help to keep your baby full longer and at night time it really helps!!

Leticia - posted on 12/01/2009

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I started giving my daughter oatmeal with her formula when she was 3 months... the doctors told me to because formula was not enough. After feeding she was still fussy because she was hungry. So I dont see why not.

Era - posted on 12/01/2009

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u cn gv him rice based cereal for a start,gradually.oatmeal is too heavy and im afraid that it is very difficult for him to digest and he mite end up constipated.let him drink plenty of water.i gave my boys when they are 3mths old and dey tend to sleep longer as mixing their milk w cereal really flls up their tummy..

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