starting cereal for my almost 4month old.

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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any tips or things that worked or didnt for starting cereal and solids for a baby??

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Kate - posted on 06/23/2009

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If your baby still has a tongue thrust reflex -- it is TOO SOON to start solids. Not quite 4 months is VERY young, most recommend babies are exclusively breast/formula fed until 6 months. Most babies DO NOT need food so young!!

When you do start, it's better to start with bananas or other ripe, soft fruit (avocados also good). Babies do not have the enzymes to digest grains until 18 - 24 months so it will be hard on baby's tummy to have cereal so young. Wait until baby is truly ready (watching you eat, trying to grab food, etc.) and then start with fruits and veggies, or even meats (ground up chicken is good).

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Mel - posted on 07/03/2009

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mine startd at 3 months by her dietitian and they gave her pureed fruits and vegies and rusks with spreads such as peanut butter, butter and cream cheese. i stayed away from rice cereal becausde she screamed and it causes constipation as well. start off with pureed apple, pear, mashed banana, sweet potato, and pumpkin then around 5-6 months you can give the ones that are a little harder to digest like brocolli, berries, carot etc and start on toast and crackers

Casey - posted on 06/30/2009

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if you do want to use rice ceareal try farfex (pear & banana) its a bit sweeter,with cooled boiled water so they dont get constipated then offer a bottle after.

Amy - posted on 06/28/2009

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I had started my children very early on cereal. We had a few nipples that we had slit some and put a tsp or so of cereal in a bottle of formula, that seemed to work. Then when they were about 5 months or so we had just started right off of the spoon and they did great.

Melissa - posted on 06/25/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

i've read what melissa said about not using cereal... i would check with ur pedia first b/c i believe cereal is very important in an infants diet especially for mom's who are breastfeeding... i think it's the iron in it and other important nutrients they get from it... you wouldn't substitute juice for formula... so check with ur doctor first!!!!!!



A baby natually stores Iron until 6 months so that is why they say to use cereal at six months of course there are other options but  I try to make sure my kids have a variety of foods in there diets. What you feed them now does matter later. I do think 4 months is early

Frances - posted on 06/25/2009

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I think your starting too early, actually far too young. Your baby isn't developed enough to be eating anything other than milk at that age.

Emma - posted on 06/25/2009

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I wouldn't start solids until at least 5 1/2 months. I did this as I had to go back to work, but I wouldn't have done it earlier. The best thing for breakfast which my girl still loves is Ready Brek. She also likes Wheatabix. Both are made with full fat cows milk heated and half a teaspoonful of honey. I started with 3 dessertspoons of Ready Brek and now she has 5 heaped spoonfuls and she's 13 months - she eats it all!

Linda - posted on 06/24/2009

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I started my girls on cereal at one month. But my youngest, i put some in her bottle to make her formula alittle thick so she could go a couple hours in the middle of the night. My girls did this with their kids too. And evryone turned out healthy!

Connie - posted on 06/24/2009

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when started weaning my baby i try the baby rice but she didnt like it so i gave her farleys rusks mix with her milk, to start with. then when she went on all her meals i then gave her weetabix mix with her milk and mix with fruit pot she loves it.

Jenni - posted on 06/24/2009

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i've read what melissa said about not using cereal... i would check with ur pedia first b/c i believe cereal is very important in an infants diet especially for mom's who are breastfeeding... i think it's the iron in it and other important nutrients they get from it... you wouldn't substitute juice for formula... so check with ur doctor first!!!!!!

Jenni - posted on 06/24/2009

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my doctor was pushing cereal on me since my son was 3 months old... he said it would help his reflux... i dunno i heard it's not good to give them before 4months so i didn't force the issue... but i did start at 4 months... i tried rice (hated it) i tried oats (hated it) i tried wheat (hated it) and then i tried barley and he loved it... i found until i tried barely all the other ones backed him up and gave him terrible gas pains... i then started checking the amount of fibre between brands and found some brands were higher in fibre than others so i went for the high fibre ones and he was able to digest them better and wasn't constipated on them

Mel - posted on 06/24/2009

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to Jessica, i will be in hospital with my daughter for few wks will not be back so dont think im rude if i dont repsond to anything but if you would like to chat anymore send me a pm x

Heather - posted on 06/24/2009

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I wouldn't give them cereal till they are at least 6 months old, it's better for them and easier for their stomachs.

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

wow thanks so much for the advice...i defenitly think ill try the real foods first rather than cereal. it makes since that grains would be harsh on the stomach since carbohydrates are the most filling. the reason i was starting earlier is that my little girl has had such a bad start w formula and diarea and UTI and yeast infections due to her formula not forming normal BMs. my thoughts were if i give her something w more substance it might help that. her thrust seems to me getting less and i wanted to just start her very slow w a couple bites a day. i have a 4yr old boy and i dont remember having any of these problems w him. i did however (being a nieve first time young mom) start him at about 3-4 months on a bottle w formula.
so my next question would be should i buy the food in jars or make my own?? thanks again for all your great advice....i hope one day i can return the favor.


 



i know you already have an older chilld so you most likely already know but i would make your own because you can add things to it. we did say butter nut pumpkin and sweet potato and carot, with added cream or cheese and pureed them together then froze in ice cube trays and put into snap lock bags. just defrost in the miscrwave as you need. its so much cheaper, but ours went thru a stage of just liking the canned stuff so we got the chicken and corn mashed one and things like that.



brianna loved the apples and cinamin we pureed and even i ate it too

Christa - posted on 06/23/2009

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Same here, wait a little longer to give your baby solids...unless your pediatrician is advising you start earlier than 5-6 months. Rice cereal can cause some constipation, usually is recommended as a good starter food though, then fruits, one at a time, then veggies.

Nichole - posted on 06/23/2009

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Cream of Wheat is really good for the babies and I even did the kind that has fruit flavoring but not the chunks.... Just make sure you use one flavor a week to make sure they are not allergic so if they are you can tell which one it is they are allergic too..... Another good idea.... Mashed potatoes before bed... helps them sleep longer before feeding!!

Kate - posted on 06/23/2009

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If you do bananas (which can help runny poop), just buy fresh bananas and mash them yourself. I found it easier to make all my own baby food because it tasted like "real food" and my baby liked it better...plus I could mix up my own flavors once I knew what she liked. Also I think that sometimes they can put some things in jarred baby food that they don't put on the label (probably not in organic varieties). Also it's cheaper! A whole 1 lb. bag of peas, for example, is about $1 and that will make 32 servings (1 tbsp. each)! Plus you can give baby exactly as much as you want, if you freeze 1 oz. at a time, rather than having to open a whole 4 oz. jar and baby doesn't even like it. AND when you are just testing things, if you mash a little and baby doesn't like it, YOU can eat the rest. Just my opinion but I prefer to make my own!

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2009

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wow thanks so much for the advice...i defenitly think ill try the real foods first rather than cereal. it makes since that grains would be harsh on the stomach since carbohydrates are the most filling. the reason i was starting earlier is that my little girl has had such a bad start w formula and diarea and UTI and yeast infections due to her formula not forming normal BMs. my thoughts were if i give her something w more substance it might help that. her thrust seems to me getting less and i wanted to just start her very slow w a couple bites a day. i have a 4yr old boy and i dont remember having any of these problems w him. i did however (being a nieve first time young mom) start him at about 3-4 months on a bottle w formula.
so my next question would be should i buy the food in jars or make my own?? thanks again for all your great advice....i hope one day i can return the favor.

Kim - posted on 06/23/2009

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don't put it in a bottle!! It seemed like everyone in my family was all for me putting rice in the baby's bottle with a bigger nipple.. just keep trying the cereal on a spoon, once his thrust instinct with his tongue goes away, he'll start to like the different foods

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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i didnt use cereal, mine started at 3 and a half months i tried pureed fruits and vegies. she loved sweet potato, carot and apple, you can also puree pumpkin, pear or mash up banana. rice cereal can cause constipation and when i tried to give it to mine she just screamed because it tastes terrible. let her/him play with a spoon when u give solids

Sabrina - posted on 06/23/2009

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Oatmeal is better than rice cereal. Start out slow, mine didn't like it at first either. Mix it with your breastmilk or formula. Don't feed him when it is time to have the boob or a bottle bc he will be too hungry and not want the food bc he won't have the patience for it. Do the food later in the day or earlier in the morning. If you want, get one fruit and test it first to see if he has allergies, then you can use it to sweeten the cereal up.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

Pamela - posted on 06/23/2009

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Oatmeal is alot better then rice cereal , My bubs hated rice cereal lol i dont blame him i tried it and its very blaaahhh! and its really hard on their tummies

Christina - posted on 06/23/2009

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Rice cereal can cause really bad constipation, if this happens try and which to a cereal that contains more fiber. Cause constipated babies are not fun :)



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Holly - posted on 06/23/2009

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just dont give up! my little one would just spit the cereal out but just getting used to the feeling in their mouths and using a spoon helped alot when he started fruits and veggies. he started really eating after he got used to the new flavors

Sara - posted on 06/23/2009

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sweet things work, my kids loved them, also if using farleys rusks make with the baby milk and then give rest of the bottle to them after, only start off with 2/3 mouthfuls to start with as otherwise they will throw it up.

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