when did you start cereal

Nichole - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My son is a little over a month eating five ounces every two to three hours. I wonder should he start cereal sooner than the average baby?

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Mel - posted on 10/26/2009

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4-8 weeks is ok if you want to start it in the bottle but if you are going to spoon feed me personally I would wait until about 2 months. Also just to add cereal causes constipation, tastes bland and has little nutritional value so I would start with fruits and vegies pureed of course. My daughetr was started on this at 3 months by her dietician and speechys

Nichole - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son is now eating 6 ounces every 3 hours. I plan to talk to the doctor about cereal at his 2 month check up next week.

Firebird - posted on 10/19/2009

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I gave my daughter cereal when she got her first tooth. About 7 months old. If babies were meant to eat solid food at one month old nature would have equipped them with teeth at that age.

Meagan - posted on 10/19/2009

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when they're that little its perfectly normal for them to eat that often and its not because he's not filling up its because that first couple months they grow so much so its almost like a constant growth spurt. i started my son at about 3 months, and now i have a 8 week old and the dr actually told me today that the official time they want you to wait is 4 months, mostly just because they cant really digest it very well yet. I would never suggest giving it to them in a bottle, its just going to confuse them.

Brandy - posted on 10/19/2009

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No that sounds about right for a one month old. My daughter ate every 2 and a half hours until she was 3 months old and after that every 4 hours at night and every 3 during the day. It is recommended to wait until they are 6 months but we started at 5 and a half. Babies' digestive systems aren't ready until they are a bit older and they can get infections from starting food too early because their intestines aren't finished developing yet. If you want, you can try putting 6 ounces in his bottle and if he eats it without spitting up too much then maybe he will have 6 ounces and wait a bit until his next feeding.

Dawn - posted on 10/19/2009

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He will tell you when he's ready to start the cereal. My son was 2 1/2 and his doctor had a cow. The baby was looking up at me and mimicking the movements of eating. I gave him rice cereal for a month and moved through the others. He started on vegetables when he was 4 months old. He was on pure table foods by 8 months old.

It is purely individual child and what their bodies need to sustain them.

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2009

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I gave cereal to my baby girl at 4 weeks old and she started sleeping all night and it was great. just a few baby spoons full in a bottle.

Sherry - posted on 10/19/2009

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I would just like to say unless your child has some sort of health concern there really should be no reason for it to affect your child. It is trial and error and just start it in the morning and see what happen. I started in about 6 weeks on both my kids and like i said before my daughter is 12 no problems at all and my son is 7 1/2 mo and he is good. Dont let people tell you any different.

Hope - posted on 10/19/2009

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i started when my dr told me too at 4 mths.. you shouldnt start too early because they are to small to digest properly so it could cause problems with there stomachs i would call your dr they are there for a reason.. they can give you alternatives to help feel him up..

Jackie - posted on 10/19/2009

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My daughter started at 4 months with the recommendation from her pediatrician. All kids are different and I would ask your doc.

Casey - posted on 10/19/2009

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My baby has been on it since 3 weeks due to severe reflux..The doctor ordered it.

Traci - posted on 10/19/2009

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Nichole, I started when he was 3 weeks old. Rice cereal, cut the nipple a little bit. Make it just thick enough with formula to fit easily thru the cut nipple. don't tell your doctor..he will frown...they say it hurts their stomachs.....blah blah...my son is 15 now, and quite healthy...he slept very well when I started him on cereral...RICE ONLY.. it is the weakest

Kayla - posted on 10/19/2009

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I started my daughter on it at two months cuz she ate a lot!.

I would ask your doctor first

Sherry - posted on 10/19/2009

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Yes if he is hungry about a table spoon of cereal in his bottle and that should help my son was a hungry man too I started about that same age. Just at first do it in the morning to see how he reacts to it. Some kids have food allergies. But dont worry too much I did the same with my daughter and she is 12 now did not hurt her and she is not overweight.

Jennifer - posted on 10/19/2009

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well wat i have done with my kids is to intro the cereal into the bottle and see wat happens. if it goes well the put some in a bowl and use a sppoon.worked for my 3. anything else im around. hehe ~Jen

Myra - posted on 10/19/2009

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My daughter started at 5 weeks old. She was like a bottomless pit and I was giving her milk constantly, so I started it early. She stayed on that until she was about 4 months old though. Then, we moved to purees. She's almost 17 months old now, and eats pretty much anything...especially broccoli (it's her favorite)!

Alyssa - posted on 10/19/2009

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I would start giving him some rice with his bottles so he stays full longer. I started rice in my sons bottles at about 2 months. It helped him(and me) sleep just that little bit longer that we needed. He also didnt need to be fed as often because his stomach actually had something to digest other then formula. Then at about 4 or 5 months I started rice from a spoon.

I found that putting the rice into a container that has a lid and saving a clean scoop from his formula worked great as a measuring device. Putting it in the container helps it last longer then in the cardboard box that it comes in and it makes scooping it for the bottle a lot easier too.

I hope this helped you out a bit.

Misty - posted on 10/19/2009

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You may want to talk to your pediatrician and get their input. my first baby i waited until she was 4 months old, she was chubby and healthy and it's normal for them to want to eat every few hours. After reading all the info and talking to my doc we agreed that 4 months was a good age to avoid allergies later. Many parents believe that feeding cereal earlier will help them sleep thru the night but for me it just wasn't worth the risk. my family thought i was nuts of course, but i just stuck to my guns and the day my baby turned 4 months old was mt grandmother's birthday so i let her give the first bites as a present! My second baby, however was a preemie, 3 months early so the doc added ceral in early to help with weight gain and avoid gailure to thrive, It did not, by the way help jim sleep thru the night without getting hungry, he was nearly a year old before that happened! You know your baby better than anyone so do net let anypne pressure you. Get the facts, talk to your doc. you'll make the right decision!

ARIANE - posted on 10/19/2009

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you should definitely check with his PEDI but Im more than sure that they'll agree ..1month is too early! five oz every 2-3 hours is good eatting lol.....my son is 6 months 19lbs... and I started him on cereal mixed with formula at 4 months.....never out of the bottle ...only from a spoon. at this time he's eatting the cereal mixed with formula and applesauce or bananas....I switch between the two of them.....

Tara - posted on 10/19/2009

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eh. my daughter got a lil bit of rice in her bottle at 3 months. and then she stopped eating, she hated it, and i still cant get her to eat it. after that we waited until 4 months to start spoon feeding her and we went straight to solids. i think at a month maybe thats a little to early, i would wait til 2 months, maybe closer to 3 even because rice is a food that constipates and the tummy just cant digest it.

Jane - posted on 10/19/2009

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Well from what I have been told etc, the "right time to start solids ( inc cereal ) " is not until they are 6 months old. In saying that, I started my lil boy when he was 4 months, as he appeared to be a little hungrier than usual. I did check with his health nurse though and she said that 4 months was fine and thats its best not to feed them anything other than milk prior to 4 months!!

Brandi - posted on 10/19/2009

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i started cereal in the milk at 2 to 3 months and cereal by itself at 4 months

Nicole - posted on 10/19/2009

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I started giving my daughters a table spoon of cereal in thier bottle before bed at 6 weeks, it helped them sleep just a little longer because it thickens thier food to sit longer... straight cereal on a spoon I started at 3-5 months depending on them...

Destiny - posted on 10/19/2009

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we started at around 3 months but she was very against it so we offered and she didn't end up eating much until she hit 6-7 months

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