When do I start feeding my baby rice cereal?

Amanda - posted on 01/25/2009 ( 93 moms have responded )

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When do I start feeding my baby rice cereal? He is 11 weeks old...and seems hungry all of the time! He drinks between 4-6 ounces every 2 to 3 hours and sleeps about 6-7 hours at night? But, he could eat every hour if I let him! But, I try to feed him every 2-3!

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Candi - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son was the same way and he is almost 5 months now but, the doc told me to feed him whenever he is hungry even if its every hour. Now he is leveling out and not hungry as much since I started feeding him the cereal and baby food. I think he will be ok...my baby is just fine!

Tracy - posted on 01/28/2009

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My son is now 19 and healthy and always has been I started him at 11 weeks on rice and very runny farleys rusks because he was hungry he bacame happier and contented and has never had a weight problem . he is now 6 foot 1 and skinny. You do what feels right for you and your baby you are the mum and YOU know best. xx good luck

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi everyone...I am just letting you know that I have decided to wait until he is at least 4 months old to feed him cereal. I have been getting so much peer pressure from my husbands mom to feed it to him...but I am standing my ground and not doing it! I was feeding him 4 ounces every 2 hours before, and now I am feeding him 5-6 ounces every 3-4 hours and I also changed the nipple on his bottle to a faster flowing nipple...AND YEA it is helping, not only to get him on a better schedule but also he is fuller for longer! Thank you for all of your responses!!! By the way he is 11 weeks old and 15.5 pounds..so, he is a very hungry guy and growing like a weed!

Laura - posted on 01/28/2009

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can you increase the amount of milk per feed - I am in a similar position with my 4 month old and I have gradually increased the amount of milk. She has gone from having 6 fl oz to 8fl oz and is much more satisfied. I was worried about weaning too early incase of problems!

Brenda - posted on 01/27/2009

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If your child is eating that much, I'd check with your doctor.  Mine was about three months I think when I started feeding him cereal and probably two when I started tipping a bit into his bottle, not enough to have to widen the nipple (that can lead to choking at an early age).  Mine was a very very big boy, and grew very fast.  It all depends on the development of the child.  The old recommendation of not starting early because of allergies has been recently disproven by newer research (See medical journal "Pedicatrics", sited by an article in American Baby magazine).  The recommendation is to hold of on high allergy prone foods, such as egg, soy and the like, because it is hard on a young baby if they have an allergy to one of those foods.  Rice cereal however is not something that is going to be a high allergy prone food (I don't know much but I don't ever hear of rice allergies).  The thinking now is more that if a baby has an allergic reaction it is because the allergy was there already, not because it was caused by feeding them early.



If he needs more substance, he may need the cereal.  Too much formula/milk can contain a lot more calories than he needs, which is why most doctors will recommend using the rice cereal when they eat a large amount to make them feel full.  Remember, though, you are the best person to make that decision!

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Natalie - posted on 02/18/2009

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i found my little boy needed baby rice when he was 15 weeks old, they say not to give any before 6 months now but if you really need to then to do it not before 16 weeks. everyone says different though. i think u should go by your child. every baby is different. a couple of spoons isnt going to harm him if u feel it necessary. just make it up really runny to start with. i knew my son needed it because he kept waking up in the night wanting food all the time!! i dont know whther yours is the same. as soon as he had baby rice he started sleeping through again! hope this is helpful to you.

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You certainly don't want to start before 4 months unless the ped tells you it's ok, but I'd wait as long as you can. I started at 5 1/2 months. Maybe try added an ounce to each feeding? Sleeping 6-7 hours is pretty good, I wouldn't worry that he's going hungry....

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Hi Amanda! I started feeding my son rice cereal when he was 4 months old. He, like your little bruiser, was hungry ALL the time. One of the beautiful things about your baby is that he is sleeping 6-7 hours a night! What a blessing! Congratulations! Sounds to me like he's doing great. Check with your pediatrician and then do what you think is the right thing for him. I'm sure you'll make the right decision.

Paula - posted on 01/28/2009

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every year it changes, my sister had one child that was weened at 8 weeks the next 3 months the next 4 months and her last should of been 6 months everything changes would be easier if they stuck to one age group they also said if your child over 12 lb then they can be weened u do what u feel right but speak to doc first x

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How big is your son? My son was 4.8kgs at birth so by 3 months he was on solids. I have heard people say not before 6 months, some say not before 4 months. Basically if you think he needs more then what he is getting then give him some solids. If he isnt sick then his body is ready for it.

Natalie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Ashleigh:



You can give a baby a shot of whiskey and they'll sleep through the night too, that doesn't mean that it's ok to do this... that's all I have to say about THAT (fyi I'm a pediatriac nurse)





Thank you for this comment!! 



 



The fact that you shouldn't give cereal to babies before 4 months is NOT crap and is NOT an old wives tale.  It's proven scientific fact.  Newborns don't sleep through the night, so don't force them by making them eat cereal that they cannot digest properly yet.    Milk or formula is ALL a baby needs!

Jenny - posted on 01/27/2009

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I fed all 3 of my children differently so it was according to each. my first who is 21 ate cereal at 3 weeks because he couldnt keep his milk down...that was best for him.my daughter who is 16 got cereal later because she was fine with just the milk and i followed the doctors opinion..my youngest(12) ate cereal at about 6 or 8 months because he didn't want to eat any sooner. I say like these other moms try a little in the babies bottle or by spoon, see how he feels and acts and you will know...and always make sure you do talk to your doctor to be safe

Ashleigh - posted on 01/27/2009

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You can give a baby a shot of whiskey and they'll sleep through the night too, that doesn't mean that it's ok to do this... that's all I have to say about THAT (fyi I'm a pediatriac nurse)

Tara - posted on 01/27/2009

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I gave my first child a little rice cereal when she was about 3 weeks old and she slept right through the night for the very firtst time.Fed her from that day on.Alot of what you here are old wives tales its alright to feed them.

Tara - posted on 01/27/2009

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I gave my first child a little rice cereal when she was about 3 weeks old and she slept right through the night for the very firtst time.Fed her from that day on.Alot of what you here are old wives tales its alright to feed them.

Jodi - posted on 01/27/2009

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feed your child when eva it seems like he is not getting enough by not drinking milk. do not listen to the people that say dont feed them til 6 months, its crap. if your child is hungry try him with rice cereal, and see how he goes.

Amy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I would start feeding your baby cereal. My doctor told me 4 months but agreed that I could start at 3 months. My son is now 7 yrs old but I started feeding him cereal at 2 1/2 months he was hungry all the time I just could not feed him enough. I breast fed and bottle fed. I had a friend who is a nurse said feed that boy some cereal he is starving. That is what made the decision for me. He is a perfectly healthy boy.

Kelly Ann - posted on 01/27/2009

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my son started on rice cereal around 12 weeks, but we have been mixing it in with his formula since he was about 8 weeks. he gets 8 oz. of formula at a time though. he started eating solids at 4 mos.

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You should ask your doctor but we put my son on rice cereal mixed in his bottle since he was about 3 months old cause he would spit up so bad and it helped and it also helped keep him full a little longer def. helped him sleep longer at night.We still give him cereal in his bottle and he is 10 months old now and he is not fat actually he could gain a few more pounds and still be a good size.Try a few tsp.s in his bottle i only put 3 or 4 in his bottle and he is drinking 7 ounces so add a little at the time see how it goes.good luck

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You should ask your doctor but we put my son on rice cereal mixed in his bottle since he was about 3 months old cause he would spit up so bad and it helped and it also helped keep him full a little longer def. helped him sleep longer at night.We still give him cereal in his bottle and he is 10 months old now and he is not fat actually he could gain a few more pounds and still be a good size.Try a few tsp.s in his bottle i only put 3 or 4 in his bottle and he is drinking 7 ounces so add a little at the time see how it goes.good luck

Amy - posted on 01/27/2009

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ASK YOUR DOCTOR!!! That is what they get paid for. Just call in and ask to speak with them or have them get back to you. They can explain when, why and how. Your mind will be at ease knowing it came from a professional.

Desi - posted on 01/26/2009

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Definitely wait a little while! 4 months at the earliest is what our pediatrician has said.

Tameka - posted on 01/26/2009

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I was told that you should not begin giving your child cereal until he or she is 6 months old. The reason is because thier little tummies are not yet mature to digest and absorb the grains of the cereal. You should also start out with rice cereal and then try some of the other single grains before trying to introduce multigrain cereals.  They will be hungry but you must stay with the program! You can do it!

Tameka - posted on 01/26/2009

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I was told that you should not begin giving your child cereal until he or she is 6 months old. The reason is because thier little tummies are not yet mature to digest and absorb the grains of the cereal. You should also start out with rice cereal and then try some of the other single grains before trying to introduce multigrain cereals.  They will be hungry but you must stay with the program! You can do it!

Lucy - posted on 01/26/2009

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despite what some doctors and health visitors say it is perfectly safe to start him on baby food, starting off with baby rice or rusk mixed with either water or milk is best, my both mine children started on a tiny bit (about a teaspoon) at around 11 weeks, some babies just need more, if he's hungry then try it, if he doesnt take to it leave it another few days maybe. i always say the best advice is to be open minded and if you feel its time to introduce more filling food then go for it,you know him best. he will let you know if he's not ready.

Ashleigh - posted on 01/26/2009

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6 months is the American Acadmey of Pediatrics recommendation, some docs will give you the green light at 4 mos but this isn't standard. You HAVE to check with your pediatrician,  they may have other recommendations for you such as trying formula if ur b-feeding, or thickening up your formula and what not. And they'll check his weight and make sure it's all good.... ask the pediatrician :)

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2009

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I just want to say about the comment that "breast is best"...I am also a mom that tried soooo hard to breastfeed my child and she refused and I almost lost her because she wasn't thriving. So to those who make us formula feeding moms feel bad...put yourself in our shoes and be a little more understanding. Also, what about the moms who adopt children?!? I was adopted and fed formula and believe that in order to be a nurturing mother,dosen't mean that  you are only that way if you breastfeed your baby.



I'm sorry i know this is related to the post, but I just thought I would like to share that with the mom's that believe that babies should only have breast milk. Enough said...let's move on and give some advice to this mommy :)

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2009

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I just want to say about the comment that "breast is best"...I am also a mom that tried soooo hard to breastfeed my child and she refused and I almost lost her because she wasn't thriving. So to those who make us formula feeding moms feel bad...put yourself in our shoes and be a little more understanding. Also, what about the moms who adopt children?!? I was adopted and fed formula and believe that in order to be a nurturing mother,dosen't mean that  you are only that way if you breastfeed your baby.



I'm sorry i know this is related to the post, but I just thought I would like to share that with the mom's that believe that babies should only have breast milk. Enough said...let's move on and give some advice to this mommy :)

Liz - posted on 01/26/2009

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I started my son on cereal around three months. You just have a good eater and cereal wont really help a whole lot i just know it helped our son to not spit up as much. I would talk to you doctor to see if they think it would be a good choice.

Liz - posted on 01/26/2009

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I started my son on cereal around three months. You just have a good eater and cereal wont really help a whole lot i just know it helped our son to not spit up as much. I would talk to you doctor to see if they think it would be a good choice.

Vicki - posted on 01/26/2009

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My boy was hungry constantly as well, so we started adding rice cereal to his bottle at night at 10 weeks old, and he started sleeping all night (10 hrs). He was soon taking all his bottles with cereal, four-8 oz bottle a day with cereal added, one scoop of cereal per one scoop of formula. The doctor said it was fine, as long as he was digesting and pooping well. We use Dr. Brown #4 nipples, the holes are perfect for the cereal. He's doing great and now getting started on jar food at 7 months.

Jolene - posted on 01/26/2009

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If I were you I would add a bit to his bedtime bottles. I started adding it to my daughters bottles when she was 6 weeks. If you don't feel comfortable with that then just try it off of a spoon (and I obviously don't think your baby is too young now considering I started my girl at 6 weeks). Oh and as well, if you do try adding some to his bottles, you don't have to cut the nipple. They make Variable flow nipples that are designed for thicker liquids.

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I started putting cereal into her bottle around 3 months, because her milk wasn't satisfying to her. Babies are human, they get hungry just like we do, anytime. Doctor's probably wouldn't agree with that, but my baby was hungry. Then I started feeding her @ about 4 and a half months, with the spoon.

Liz - posted on 01/26/2009

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My doctor advised me not to start pablum until my babies were 6 months old.  All of my babies would go through growth spurts when it would feel like I was constantly nursing them.  They would eat more often, it would increase my milk supply and within a week they were back to their regular routines.  Since it's formula that your baby is drinking, I would just increase each bottle by an ounce and see how that works.  I personally found that when I did start to introduce pablum and baby foods, my babies were not nursing as often.  The closer you can wait until 6 months, I think the better off your baby will be.

Lisa - posted on 01/26/2009

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I just started today. My daughter is 5 months exactly. That's what her Ped. told me to do.

Natalie - posted on 01/26/2009

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Quoting Ashley:





actually the formula that they sell now adays are just as healthy. my son is 8 months old and has been bottle fed since the day he came home from the hospital. He is a perfectly healty 8 month old. Some of us mothers dont exactly feel comfortable with breastfeeding and we shouldnt be looked down on because of it. If formula wasnt as healthy as breastmilk then they wouldnt be selling it and giving mothers the option of breastfeeding or formula. It is everyone's own opinion on what they should do and i dont beleive others should really say anything about it. Sorry but that kind of offended me to see that because it makes us mothers that dont breastfeed feel like we are doing something terribly wrong for our babies. We all love our babies unconditionally and we all do what we feel is best for them. As for me i felt that formula was best for my baby.  You felt that breastfeeding was best for your baby.  Some comments should be kept to ourselves..





 



I don't think she meant to offend you.  Breastmilk and formula have the same nutrients.  If you know anything about science or genetics study or how they actually make formula by injecting human milk hormones into the cows, then you'd know they are the same.



 



I think the point she was trying to make is that cereal is not necessary (especially if you think about the TOPIC of this whole thread!!), breastmilk OR FORMULA is all the baby needs until they are at least 4 months.  If they seem hungrier before 4 months, all that needs to be done is give them more milk at feedings, and wait to start cereal until later.



 



Chill out and don't get so offended, especially when offense is not meant.  "Some comments should be kept to ourselves"...  She NEVER mentioned anything about formula being bad or that mothers that give their children formula are horrible or don't love their children.  Don't assume things.

Paula - posted on 01/26/2009

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i wanted to breast feed but my child didnt want it but i agree with ashley some comments should be kept to yourselves we are not bad mothers for usin formula.

Ashley - posted on 01/26/2009

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Quoting Neta:

the best thing would be to breastfeed your baby, as it is the optimal food for a human infant. It provides absolutely the maximum nutrition and much needed protein for a growing human baby. the baby should not eat grain/ cereals until the first tooth is seen, as this indicates the enzyme that digests grains is present. first food should be simple vegetables, such as sweet potatoe, green beans,avocadoes, squashes...simply steamed & mashed, mix well w/some breast milk into a puree.



actually the formula that they sell now adays are just as healthy. my son is 8 months old and has been bottle fed since the day he came home from the hospital. He is a perfectly healty 8 month old. Some of us mothers dont exactly feel comfortable with breastfeeding and we shouldnt be looked down on because of it. If formula wasnt as healthy as breastmilk then they wouldnt be selling it and giving mothers the option of breastfeeding or formula. It is everyone's own opinion on what they should do and i dont beleive others should really say anything about it. Sorry but that kind of offended me to see that because it makes us mothers that dont breastfeed feel like we are doing something terribly wrong for our babies. We all love our babies unconditionally and we all do what we feel is best for them. As for me i felt that formula was best for my baby.  You felt that breastfeeding was best for your baby.  Some comments should be kept to ourselves..



 



As for pablum..i tried my son at 3 months (he seemed like he needed it) but he wouldnt take it.........he wouldnt really take it until he was on his veggies and fruits. Once i was able to mix his pablum with his fruits thats when he really ate it. He didnt seem to like it but all babies are different.  My opinon is you try it when you feel your baby is ready for it. So many people have different views on it...i feel that moms know best!!......

Ashley - posted on 01/26/2009

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Quoting Neta:

the best thing would be to breastfeed your baby, as it is the optimal food for a human infant. It provides absolutely the maximum nutrition and much needed protein for a growing human baby. the baby should not eat grain/ cereals until the first tooth is seen, as this indicates the enzyme that digests grains is present. first food should be simple vegetables, such as sweet potatoe, green beans,avocadoes, squashes...simply steamed & mashed, mix well w/some breast milk into a puree.



actually the formula that they sell now adays are just as healthy. my son is 8 months old and has been bottle fed since the day he came home from the hospital. He is a perfectly healty 8 month old. Some of us mothers dont exactly feel comfortable with breastfeeding and we shouldnt be looked down on because of it. If formula wasnt as healthy as breastmilk then they wouldnt be selling it and giving mothers the option of breastfeeding or formula. It is everyone's own opinion on what they should do and i dont beleive others should really say anything about it. Sorry but that kind of offended me to see that because it makes us mothers that dont breastfeed feel like we are doing something terribly wrong for our babies. We all love our babies unconditionally and we all do what we feel is best for them. As for me i felt that formula was best for my baby.  You felt that breastfeeding was best for your baby.  Some comments should be kept to ourselves..



 



As for pablum..i tried my son at 3 months (he seemed like he needed it) but he wouldnt take it.........he wouldnt really take it until he was on his veggies and fruits. Once i was able to mix his pablum with his fruits thats when he really ate it. He didnt seem to like it but all babies are different.  My opinon is you try it when you feel your baby is ready for it. So many people have different views on it...i feel that moms know best!!......

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2009

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We got the okay from our ped. to start at our 4 month well visit. We were definitely behind other people we know though. I had just heard that you were supposed to wait, so we waited until the doctor gave the okay. There's a lot of varying advice about putting cereal in bottles, starting earlier, etc. I'd check with your doctor first as they're going to be the ones that need to know that the baby is doing. My personal motto is if I wouldn't want to explain it to the doctor, I shouldn't do it.

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2009

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I just started my 5 month old daughter on rice cereal yesterday. I was instructed by her Dr. to start with 1 tsp and work up to 4 tbsp until she is 6 months old...then she can start on other things like strained fruits and veggies. She is also formula fed as well, but I have yet to see a change in her sleeping patterns (she eats at 11 and sleeps until 6 or 7am). Today is day 2 for the cereal...  :)

Lorraine - posted on 01/26/2009

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it all depends every child is differnt all u could do is try him wid very small amonts wid pleny of water inbetween feeds. x

Christina - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have 8 children and each were different. Some I added a little to their bottle at 4 months. She takes 6 ozoI add 1-2 oz of cereal. That way she gets use to a thicker texture. But my 2d to last child at 4 months hate the cereal, she had a huge appetite. Just listen to her ques. You will know by just paying attention to her growth ability. With 8 children you learn there are no text books to children. They rare ach uniqually created by God and have different needs and abilities. Tina

Andrea - posted on 01/26/2009

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Well, my mum started feeding us rice cereal at 8 wks which is what Im going to do with my babygirl when she hits that ago, only 3 weeks to go.  Thats why they have high chairs that tip back for infants. Just start off with a small amount mixed with water from kettle, or formula, but continue to feed formula after eating cereal as well.. I would NOT add it to the bottle. You should never cut the nipple to make the food able to pass through, to me that is just gross and not right. Plsu it isnt teaching your baby proper tongue control, which is a skill that is a must for him to develop . I would start with cereal in morning.. then eventually add cereal at night as well.

Tracey - posted on 01/26/2009

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I was watching the "Mom Show" and a pedeatrician said this about Olympic athleets: "The only two things we are sure about the athletes is that they ate different things at differents ages and that they all made it to the Olympics". This is so true. I started my daughter on cereal at roughly 10 weeks. This way she slept longer and was in a generally better mood. I started off mixing the Pablum with her formula and gradually mixed it with only water (less fatning). I chose to use oats instead of rice because of my allergies as a baby (and it tastes better) but the choice is yours. She would take some twice a day (before her afternoon nap around noon or 1 pm and at dinner time around 6 pm) and now she is taking some in the morning. If you feel comfortable giving your child cereal, go for it! You'll see how much nicer the diappers will be!

Tracey - posted on 01/26/2009

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I was watching the "Mom Show" and a pedeatrician said this about Olympic athleets: "The only two things we are sure about the athletes is that they ate different things at differents ages and that they all made it to the Olympics". This is so true. I started my daughter on cereal at roughly 10 weeks. This way she slept longer and was in a generally better mood. I started off mixing the Pablum with her formula and gradually mixed it with only water (less fatning). I chose to use oats instead of rice because of my allergies as a baby (and it tastes better) but the choice is yours. She would take some twice a day (before her afternoon nap around noon or 1 pm and at dinner time around 6 pm) and now she is taking some in the morning. If you feel comfortable giving your child cereal, go for it! You'll see how much nicer the diappers will be!

Tracey - posted on 01/26/2009

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I was watching the "Mom Show" and a pedeatrician said this about Olympic athleets: "The only two things we are sure about the athletes is that they ate different things at differents ages and that they all made it to the Olympics". This is so true. I started my daughter on cereal at roughly 10 weeks. This way she slept longer and was in a generally better mood. I started off mixing the Pablum with her formula and gradually mixed it with only water (less fatning). I chose to use oats instead of rice because of my allergies as a baby (and it tastes better) but the choice is yours. She would take some twice a day (before her afternoon nap around noon or 1 pm and at dinner time around 6 pm) and now she is taking some in the morning. If you feel comfortable giving your child cereal, go for it! You'll see how much nicer the diappers will be!

Jasmine - posted on 01/26/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

When do I start feeding my baby rice cereal?

When do I start feeding my baby rice cereal? He is 11 weeks old...and seems hungry all of the time! He drinks between 4-6 ounces every 2 to 3 hours and sleeps about 6-7 hours at night? But, he could eat every hour if I let him! But, I try to feed him every 2-3!


It fine . I did it. Just start with something easy on the tummy for the baby which is BARLEY thats good to start with instead of RICE. I had to start to give my son cereal cuz he just seem never to get full so My Doctor told me to due that just a small spoon at 1st. My son is 2 months a 3weeks and i havent had a problem yet..

Victoria - posted on 01/26/2009

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he's to young for rice cereal, try feeding him an 8 oz bottle,that sould help a little, as long as he's gaining waight  i wouldn't worry.  But if you still have consernse talk to your doctor

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi, I had 4 girls. Two of which are twins. It's been my experience that after 10 weeks I started each of the girls with rice cereal. Mixing with milk of course and making it real thin. Not very much at a time. The more you put into their little tummies, the more often they will want to eat, or will not get that feeling of being full. In the morning for breakfast & dinner, for starters. You may find your little one to sleep a little longer at night, if you wake him up 1/2 hour before you go to bed at night, change diaper, top him off with breastmilk/formula. You may get another hour of sleep from him. At 12 weeks old, your little bundle should sleep right at 8-9 hrs at night. But always check with you doctor first, before changing the diet. The baby is getting everything he needs from the breastmilk/formula. Good Luck.

Sandi - posted on 01/26/2009

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We started spoon feeding our son rice cereal at 4 months. My good friends son is a big eater and I know she's been giving him rice cereal in his bottle since he was 2 months. The rice cereal in his bottle helps keep him full until the next feedings, if not she'd be feeding him every hour. I think it depends on each baby though. Good Luck!

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