Starting infant cereal?

Emily - posted on 07/18/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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How do you know when an infant is ready to start eating cereal? My mother-in-law keeps insisting my three month old is ready but I'm not sure

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Vonda - posted on 07/18/2009

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When I had my twins my mother in law try to tell me the same thing she thought that I should put it in their bottles.I did not agree and waited until they where 6 months and just spoon fed them.I just told her that I appreciated her input but I was going to this my way.Now they are 9 and they are happy and healthy.

Crystal - posted on 07/18/2009

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I started my first son at 3 weeks and my second at 1 month, the easiest way to tell is if at night after feeding him his bottle before bed he still act like he is hungry or if he still wakes up at night to eat...cereal just fills them up and lets them sleep more and better.

Sabrina - posted on 07/18/2009

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my youngest is 4month old and eating baby cereal cause he would just pork down his bottles more then normal children at his age so the doc said i can start him early on cereal. 2 start early they most be eating more bottles then normal and if you think your child is ready. i'm not going to start him on other things until he's 5 or 6 months just to be safe

Debi - posted on 07/18/2009

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my son has been on cereal since he was 2 months and he is going on 5 months when the baby is constantly wanting a bottle like every hour or so and its not holding them through the night or even during the day u might want to try opening a nipple up and puttin a little rice cereal in their bottle with the formula. once that doesnt hold them anymore go to cereal in a bowl and feed it to them off of a spoon it will fill them more rice cereal is easier for the baby to digest

Heather - posted on 07/18/2009

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Did you ask her why she's insisting that it's time? Does the baby seem ready? By that I mean they watch you eat and open their mouth like they want you to feed them? I started most of mine around 3 1/2 - 4 months. They also need to be old enough to have lost the tongue thrust reflex. You will know if your baby has that b/c if you put a bit of cereal in their mouth they just push it right out. I can suggest that if you want to introduce cereal mix it with some formula or breast milk, make it pretty runny and use your finger first instead of a spoon. That way they can get acclimated to it by sucking instead of trying to deal with two strange new things at once! Good luck.

Mel - posted on 07/18/2009

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mine started at 3 and a half months but not on cereal, you can start them on pureed vegies and fruits as it tastes much better and doesnt cause constipation. when they are ready they start looking at food, watching you eat, hungry after bottles or wanting bottles more frequently.

mine was started due to being FTT though not because she wanted to start eating, but she was still happy when i started feeding her. they should have good head control and be able to sit unassisted but not a necessity as mine did not sit til 11 months and her head was shaky til at least 6 months. good luck with whatever you decide

Amber - posted on 07/18/2009

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My Ped told me to wait off as long as I can, At least 6months. Im breastfeeding though so I don't know if this is different if you are doing formula My mother on law keeps hinting at the fact that my daughter should be starting cereal soon but I just ignore it and do what I feel is best. My daughter is almost 5 months and doesn't seem to be in any hurry for anything but breast milk right now.

Melody - posted on 07/18/2009

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with my two babies,I started giving them cereals when they reached the age of 4 mos..ask your doctor..Ü♥

Laura - posted on 07/18/2009

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If they are grabbing for what you are eating or if their bottle just isnt cutting it. I had to start my son on solids at 3 months because he was eating 4 oz of bottle every 2-3 hrs. If they are taking in more than an oz of formula per hour on avg (for example 2 oz every 2 hrs or 3oz every 3 hrs etc...) then he/she is probably ready to start a little cereal. The most important thing is to do what YOU feel is right. My son is also very big for his age. He was in 9 month clothing at just 3 months and our doctor agreed that he was going to need cereal early to support his quickly growing body. I know how in laws can be so if it makes you feel better, consult with their doctor, this will give you a good solid reason. Good luck!

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Baby needs to be able to hold his or her head up completely on their own! That is first. I would also say that upper body movement needs to be steady. - Talk to your pediatrician. Usually after 3 months, but more babies are around 4 months when they start. - GOOD LUCK! (You know best, not MIL; times have changed...)

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