how do you know when your baby is ready to be on rice cereal?

Chelsey - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i recently got my little ones shots and the nurse told me to start giving her pablum. she is four months and 17 pounds. i dont know if i should or not but im interested in what might happen if i do. should i or shouldnt i?

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Rebecca - posted on 10/23/2009

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We started my son at 4-5 months as well. He wasn't the same weight as your daughter he was a bit less and the dr didn't advise it but he was showing all the signs she told us to watch for. If your daughter is making chewing movements in response to you eating then bya ll means try it. Make sure it is really runny at first, like formula/bm with a dash of rice cereal. We also couldn't change him to oatmeal cereal as he would get an upset stomach and we tried when he was about 9 months old jsut ebfore bed but he would scream so we stuck to rice, so if you change when she is older just watch for this. He turned out to be allergic to glutin(??spelt wrong lol) as he coudlnt' eat cheerios either when he got old enough for them. If you make it too thick she wont be able to digest it properly but she is at a good age to star to try it. We would give it to him in the morning, just about 2tbs and at night the same amount and if he wa slooking for more we would give it to him.

Good luck:)

Shannon - posted on 10/23/2009

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We started our son at 4months...it's helps them get fuller faster and helps them sleep longer at night and naps....he just loves the cereal.....though now he can't get enough of anythin...our daughter hated the cereal.....but it will help with the cuttin back on formula and the sleep

Chelsey - posted on 10/23/2009

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ok thanks. she seems to be fine but tthe nurse said i should anyways. i dont know if there is something she isnt telling me or what. maybe there is a reason she wants me to start.

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my son started eating cereal at about 3 months... because he wasn't satisfied with just the formula. if it seems that she wants more and more formula at meal times, try giving her cereal once or twice a day to see if she cuts back. thats what i did.

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