When do I start baby cereal, apple sauce ect?

User - posted on 12/23/2008 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Hi there I have a 2 month old baby boy and I was wondering when to start something other than formula. I was unable to breast feed so he has been bottle fed ever since day 2. He eats every three to four hours and he eats about 6-8 oz every time? He is not a fussy baby at all, he is really wonderful. I have heard so many mixed opinions on when to start baby cereal, apple sauce ect. I was wondering what worked for you. Any advise would be wonderful. Thanks

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Tammy - posted on 12/23/2008

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I started putting cereal in all of my kids formula at 3 weeks, they we so hungry and they handled it just fine. All babies are different, there are no two alike. You are the only one that can tell if your baby is ready for anything. Start out with a little to test him and see if he handles it ok. If so add some more. There is no way that I would have waited until they were 4 or 6 months old. All 3 of my kids did just fine with it. It is a trial and error thing.

Jen - posted on 12/24/2008

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There is alot of different opinions on this subject, but your pediatrician should be able to help you. I did a lot of research and found that most articles/studies recommend waiting until 6 mths. Babies have very immature digestive systems and although your baby may seem fine starting on rice cereal early, there is actually a very good study that show a STRONG link between childhood diabetes and babies that were started on cereals early. I can't exactly recall all what the study stated, but there was something about how much cabohydrates are in cereals and that being what they are linking to childhood diabetes. Anyhow, just something to think about. Another issue, as other posters have stated are the physical signs to watch out for like your baby being able to sit upright and have good control of his head/neck. I hope this helps....good luck!!!!

Amanda - posted on 12/24/2008

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If you`re already on formula, it`s okay to start on cereals at 4 months... it`s not necessary at all, but it`s fine to start. If you were breast-feeding you should wait until 6 months at the earliest, because you undo some of the benefits of breastmilk by adding other foods to the diet.

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i'd talk to your pediatrician. waiting until 6 months to start solid food is advised because before then babies are more susceptible to developing allergies and having issues with constipation. starting solids early has also been linked to obesity later in life. we waited until 7.5 months to start.

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Afroja - posted on 08/30/2013

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My child is over 2 months nd I've already started,today is day 2 so she drink also formula enfamil AR so trying to see how this works out she drinks only 4oz not more

Alona - posted on 09/21/2012

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My first one, we started rice cereal when she was 6 months. The second one now she's only 4 months and she's eating cereal, and apple sauce(home made, very little sugar of course). She loves it. Fills her up better than breastmilk. So she will stay on it for a while. Let him tell you when he's ready. Although my dr said not before 4 months. Between 4-6 months is when they start eating solids. She's also teething now too. She's got two teeth at once coming in on the bottom. She's doing good.

Crystal - posted on 12/24/2008

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I have a 3 year old and a 17 month old. I suggest waiting until about 5 months before introducing solid foods too early can cause digestive problems.

Michelle - posted on 12/24/2008

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My pediatrician had me start my daughter at 4 months old on the cereal. A week later I started her on baby food. One food at a time for about 4-5 days worked best for us. She is 5 1/2 months now and has tried just about everything and has done great. She is a great eater! Good luck.

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oops, also, our pedi recommends when baby has doubled his/her birthweight and can sit unassisted, and shows interest in solids of course.

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I would recommend waiting until at least 6 months. Any earlier can trigger food allergies and increase stomach problems. Every child is different and most are fine to start earlier, but 4 months, 6 months, it's only 2 months, why not wait.

Ellen - posted on 12/23/2008

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Not before 6 months. Ask your doctor because the digestive systems of babies are not developed and when he starts your baby on foods it will be cereals....usually for 3 days and then if no reaction you can try and do a new one. After cereal comes fruits. Best thing,,listen to your doctor and not parents,,,,friends,,,etc,,etc,,,,,and you will have a h appy and healthy baby.

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With my first child I started with the basic rice cereal (pretty sure it lists on the back of it how to start the transition.....1st day so much liquid to cereal.....and you gradually add less liquid) when she was 4 months old. She did very well with it, I gave her about a week or two and then I started with banana's. Other moms I know started there babies on cereal sooner to get them to sleep through the night. I wouldn't feed my baby cereal earlier than there stomach can handle just to fill up there tummy. Just try it out and see what he can handle.....he will let you know.

Lana - posted on 12/23/2008

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I've had five children and breastfed my fourth. As far as i'm concerned when your child starts drinking heavily every two to three hours and doesn't seem satisfied, start him/her on a bottle milk mixed with a tsp or two of pablum, just enough to be able to still suck it through the nipple. My children started this as early as 2 to 2 1/2 months. When they eagerly suck back the pablum mix and want more and more it's time to start on thicker pablum/milk. Just my opinion, but if you feel he/she is ready, then he/she is.

Britena - posted on 12/23/2008

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If I remember correctly, the WIC office started giving me cereal on my benefits around 4 months it may have been 5 months. As far as apple sauce I am unsure, i just started giving her applesauce when she was eating cereal good probably the same time i started her cereal actually. Hope this helped, good luck.

Crystal - posted on 12/23/2008

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my doctor said the feeding scheduales have changed and she said start feeding the cereal adn foods at 6 months of age..when they can sit fully upright.

though i started my son on cereal around 4/5 months and started the jar food around 5/6 months.

Deanna - posted on 12/23/2008

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If he is not fussy, then keep doing what you're doing. His stomach will be ready for something more substantial between 5-6 months, don't rush it. Believe it or not, milk is fine for now...

Kim - posted on 12/23/2008

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I was told by the pediatrician to start rice cereal mixed with formula/breastmilk at five months. At six months start the orange foods, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. If all goes well, try peas, green beans, applesauce, peaches, pears.

Jennifer - posted on 12/23/2008

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In general most doctors and books recommend that they begin to get cereal at 4 months is they are holding their head well and can sit in their high chair. If they can not do those two things, then you have to delay it. You would not want to introduce other food until closer to 6 months.

Charlene - posted on 12/23/2008

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I started my son on rice cereal at 4 months, my doctor said it was ok, he also told me that some doctors feel 6 months is the best time to start, the best way to know if he is ready is that he isn't satisfied or full on the bottle. I don't believe teething is the way to know because every baby starts teething at different rates, some babies are born with a tooth and some don't get any til 8 months. From what you have been saying sounds the same with what my son went threw, and 4 months to start should be just fine to start rice cereal, start slow and with alittle, wait about a week or more if you choose, to start something new into his diet. When you have to wait a week between new things it takes a really long time to get threw different foods! (need a week to look for signs of allergies) But still feed him the milk!

Toni - posted on 12/23/2008

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i started my son on solids at 4 months. i would talk to your dr.



Marry christmas everone.

Karen - posted on 12/23/2008

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When they are ready ! When they stop sleeping through the night ( but did previously ) or want breast or bottle more than ever before ( like every two hours). It usually occurs at 4 to 6 months...let your baby tell you!

Luma - posted on 12/23/2008

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Hi there ... As for solid food you should start from 4 to 6 months ... there are different oponions ... but they say it is better to let him just on milk as much as you can ... but as my experience I begin the solid food when I feel that he does not sleep much from hunger this sure after the forth month

Nicole - posted on 12/23/2008

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There is so much controversy over when to start feeding. From a doctors perspective, the best is to wait until teething starts. That is the sign that baby's gut is ready to start digesting bigger products. If baby is happy how he is...i wouldn't change a thing! Merry Xmas!

Michelle - posted on 12/23/2008

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the doctors say not to start anything until they are 6 moths ut I started my girls at around 4 months

Tina - posted on 12/23/2008

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The doctor recommended not to start solids until 6 months so we waited until then. Most doctors say to wait until between 4 and 6 months. They get everything they need from breastmilk or formula so there is no need for anything else. Even at 6 months they don't need the other food. You are more introducing them to solids so they can start to explore different textures and tastes. There are a lot of reasons to wait (allergies, immature digestive tracts, etc.) so ask you doctor and see what they recommend!

Trish - posted on 12/23/2008

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I would wait till he is at least 4-6 (closer to 6 if possible) months old before feeding anything other than formula. He will be just fine on formula. At about 4-6 months I would possibly add cereal in the evening time to help him sleep more through the night (full tummy). As long as he is happy I wouldn't change anything. Good luck.

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2008

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At 4 months their stomachs can handle cereal and are able to digest it and swallow it fairly easily. :)

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