When can I start giving my daughter cereal?? She is 4 months!

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Yinni - posted on 02/25/2010

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i know many moms who put cereal in their babys bottles. i dont see anything wrong with it since many pediatricians say it helps with reflux. i myself havent done it but my son has never had the need for rice in his bottle. to each their own, if it works for you thats all that matters. :)

DeAnna - posted on 02/23/2010

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i've been giving my son cereal in his bottle since he was 2 weeks old..hes did fine n not over weight...my dr told me with my daughter who is 2 now that i could start cereal at 2 months n stage 1 baby food at 4 months.

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Brittany - posted on 03/15/2010

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I gave my baby girl cereal at 4 onmths but thats just because I felt she wasnt getting enough food in her and she started waking up in the middle of the night hungry. I cant say whether you should or not but ask your doctor. I noticed Kearra was watching me eat things and showing a huge interest in food that was my other clue.

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2010

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wow... i just read a lot of drama that didn't need to be included on here... i totally agree that it sounded like Haven was trying to say what she did or is doing is the better way, which i do totally disagree with, but that is just MY opinion and i don't look down on her for thinking her way is better, i just think that it needs to be kept to oneself, this forum is for advice, not name calling, etc. Each baby is different, just like each of us is different, and as long as they are healthy and happy that is all that matters! :) God bless you guys! :)

Ashley - posted on 03/05/2010

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yep they say 4 months is the right time to start solids like rice cereal etc my daughter is 4 months and shes just started

LeeAnne - posted on 03/05/2010

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mine is doing the same thing she loves regular food she wont eat the jar food

Ashlee - posted on 03/05/2010

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i started my sons cereal when he was 2 weeks old in a bottle for a few days then went to a spoon , but he also started baby food at 2 months then some table food around 4 months and he is 7months on the 11th!

LeeAnne - posted on 03/05/2010

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my daughters doctor is the one that put her on rice cereal when she was 2weeks old my baby is 4 months now. my baby also eats regular food

Susan - posted on 03/05/2010

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my son is only 15 days old and at his 2 week dr appt his dr said i could start cereal at 4 months but like everything else check w ur daughters dr. they may want to do something different.

LeeAnne - posted on 03/05/2010

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mine been getting cereal since she was 2weeks old she is eating other things now she is 4months old now

Jessie - posted on 03/04/2010

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Haven, I think that is the best post you have posted on here. I'm glad you are telling your story b/c I feel it is very important for everyone to share, but what you said earlier wasn't just your opinion, you made statements how those of us that choose to do it a different way from you are wrong and basically lazy. Btw please correct me if I'm wrong on this but that is how it sounded. If you feel that way about cereal that is fine just next time please try to post it to where it doesn't sound judgemental, share what works for you but don't put others down. Thank you for sharing!

Haven - posted on 03/04/2010

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Everyone has their own right to their own opinions. Isn't circle of moms discussions about voicing your opinion, and giving different points of view for the person asking the question? I am not one of those moms who thinks I'm better for breastfeeding. I'm just thankful that I was even able to give my daughter breast milk since she wasn't able to breastfeed. When we were in the hospital for 3 weeks when she was born I had to give her donated breast milk when I didn't produce enough, and I even had to give her formula when she was older cause my supply went down for a few days for some reason. Just like those moms that give their babies cereal early, I did what I had to for my baby's well being. I've also never heard of over feeding your baby breast milk. Are you not supposed to feed on demand. If your baby needs more milk & you give it to them isn't that the same as giving them cereal early because they want more to eat? As for doing what your Dr says, not all Dr.s agree on the same issues. I think you should go with what the majority of Pediatricians believe is best for baby's health. That's why they have children's hospitals, teams of specialists, lactation consultants, baby nurse health line, etc. There are dozens of baby books out there telling you what they think is best for your baby and they all think their way is the best & only way to do things. Rather than listening to one person, it's better to take in a little of everything and learn from it. My daughter has been in and out of Children's Hospital regularly for her 3 years of life, had major feeding issues and not once had any of the Pediatricians she sees suggest that she go on cereal early. That's just our story. Jennifer asked for help as to when to start feeding her 4 month old cereal, and I gave her my opinion, baste on what I've been thou with my daughter. That's all.

Davine - posted on 03/04/2010

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Sounds to me like you are one of those who think you are so much better to breastfeed. Actually there are many many children who do not get enough nourishment from regular bottle feedings i have always heard from the same specialists who tell you not to feed your kids cereal too early, that you should NOT overfeed your baby formula or breast milk! Its no good for a child to have all that liquid in their stomach. Some kids have superhigh metabolisms, and formula gives them the vitamins they need, but it will not keep them full nor gain the weight they need to be healthy. And for that matter, my pediatrician said whatever I did with my daughter was the best thing i could have done, because she slept very well and had a perfect routine by the age of 2 mnths. So please do not condemn people for doing what is right for their children, because you think you are better for breast feeding! THANKS!

Davine - posted on 03/04/2010

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Yes, do not always focus on what your dr thinks is right for your child. Take your cues from your child. My daughter, who was 7lbs 3oz came out eating 4 oz of formula, one of the nurses said no cut her off at 1 oz that is all she is allowed, and another said just let her eat. Im glad i listened to that one, because it turns out she was still even hungrier! Point being I did start giving my daughter rice in her bottle and cutting the tip a little bit by the time she was 3 wks old, what good is formula if your baby is throwing the whole bottle up? If you think your baby is getting too much liquid and of course you haven't had any problems with allergies, by all means give some cereal, I will swear by it to anyone!

Mariksa - posted on 03/03/2010

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My sons doctor told me it was okay to feed him cereal or single veggie/fruits at 4 months. And I did.Until now he has done fine. He is 9 months now and eats ALOT! At 6 months my doctor told me I could feed him anything I ate (as long as it didn't have too many spices) and he has as well. He has done great too.

Jessie - posted on 03/03/2010

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ohhh and I don't give her cereal during the day, just a tsp or two in her bottle at night.

Jessie - posted on 03/03/2010

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Ummmmm not all moms put cereal in the bottle for that. My child won't eat more than 5 oz at 1 time b/c she can't hold it in her tummy. She was getting irritated b/c she had started sleeping through and then was getting upset b/c she started needing more and wouldn't eat as much as she should have because she was cranky and tired. Now she was only waking up once so it wasn't like she was waking up two or three times. Also it had NOTHING to do with my sleep because I am a student as well so I do hw during most of the night sooo even when she sleeps I'm up. Also, what if the child doesn't WANT more feedings??? My particular child when she is done she is done, she won't just take another bottle b/c I'm giving it to her and I have no problem giving her bottles during the day. Sooo maybe you shouldn't be alluding or saying that we are being lazy b/c most of us aren't and are just doing what we feel is best for our baby. What you choose to do is your choice just don't criticize others for choosing other options. That is my two cents!

Haven - posted on 03/02/2010

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Hiya again gals,
It's funny that everyone that has started cereal early has complained that their baby seemed like they weren't getting enough to eat. Their ONLY food source is breast milk/formula. Because I couldn't breastfeed, and she got my milk in a modified bottle she drank at least 8 oz every 3 hours, sometimes more, more often. The moms I know that have breastfed did so even more frequently cause they actually only get a small amount a feeding. Add that to their immature digestive systems, they need to be fed very often. They don't NEED cereal to be satisfied, just to be fed more often. A friend in particular her son refused cereal and pretty much all solids for the 1st year. She did add vitamins because of this. She just breastfed more. He is now almost 3 and still will take breast over food any day and he is a healthy big boy(not obese). It still sounds to me like alot of you rather do other things during the day than spend every few hours feeding your baby milk, and getting a full nights sleep-thanks to the cereal filling up their digestive tracts! lol
Thanks for my 2 cents!

Alyssa - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son is going to be 3 months old and I have been putting cereal in his bottles for about 3 weeks now and hes doing great with it. He was eatting to often and not satisfied and its working well.

Jamie - posted on 03/02/2010

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I started my daughter on rice cereal about a week after she turned 3 months. I thought that it was too early but she was giving me all the cues that she was hungry. She can hold her head up and when I put the spoon in her mouth she didn't suck on it, she opened her mouth. The first feeding was right before her bath at night. I mixed a TBSP with 4 TBSP of breastmilk (you can use formula too). I made sure it was really runny. She did awesome with it. The next night I thickened it up a little more and she gobbled it right up. Now she will be 4 months old tomorrow and she eats about 1/4-1/3 cup of cereal everynight and loves it. If you feel comfortable asking your DR then definitely do so but you know your baby better than anyone else. Also don't put it in their bottle, no offense but I think that's lazy..LOL!

Nina - posted on 03/02/2010

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Yes if the bottle feedings are not filling her, my kids where 3 months old when I started them on cereal. O and never put it her bottle if she can't eat it form the spoon then don't give to her. By putting it her bottle she could choke on it. But remember it will take some time for her to eat from the spoon

Brittany - posted on 03/02/2010

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i started givin my 1st daugter ceral when she was 6 weeks old because it seemed like she was wantin a bottle every few hours so i started puttin just a lil bit in her bottle at nite then added more as time went on i got alot more sleep after that, then i did the same with my second daughter. the drs say not till 6 month old but my "personal opinion" is whenever YOU think she is ready--

Christi - posted on 03/01/2010

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oh and i DID put it in his bottle AS PERSCRIBED BY HIS PEDIATRICIAN. some children will choke if it is fed through a bottle if they have digestive issues, but my son did not and we did that up until his first birthday. don't listen to anything anyone says but your doctor.

Christi - posted on 03/01/2010

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you need to ask your pediatrician. my pedi put my son on cereal in his bottles at four months, but it is something he needs to clear.

Mashell - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son was 4 months old when i started giving him cereal, but every baby is different. If the bottle or breastmilk, whichever you use, doesn't seem to be enough to fill her then you might want to think about trying a little bit of cereal, but i would recomend talking to her doctor.

D - posted on 03/01/2010

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NEVER put cereal in your child's bottle. The APA recommends feeding rice cereal at 4 month and out of bowl. Also, if you are getting ready to start juice , do not serve it in a bottle. It can damage their teeth before they even come in. Use a sippy cup and be sure to dilute it.

Jacklyn - posted on 03/01/2010

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Ok well Im one of those mothers that started my daughter on cereal in a bottle early on (she was 3 weeks old) and there is nothing wrong with her she wasnt and still isnt obese or big for her age. She is 8 months old and only weighs 17lbs. At 4 months I started feeding her baby foods and 5 months stage 2s and now she eats both stage 2s and finger foods and has no health issues so there is nothing wrong with cereal in a bottle. Use the cues your child gives you. You and your baby will know whats best for them.

Katrina - posted on 03/01/2010

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My children's Dr. suggests that we start to introduce cereal around 4 months. I have never put it in their bottles.I've heard good and bad about doing that & would suggest asking a dr. first.

Nikkole - posted on 03/01/2010

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you can start now. I started my lil girl at 3mts but her doc told me i could and started baby food at 4mts. I would check with her doc first, im surpise that her doc didnt tell you when you could start cereal

Monique - posted on 03/01/2010

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Yes I think it is ok to start your baby on cereal but at the same time check with you babies peditrician first ..........but I did start mt daughter at 4 months but every baby is different ..googd luck !

Cindy - posted on 03/01/2010

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You can start doing it right now if you want! :) We started giving it to my little boy at 4 months and he turned out perfectly fine. Plus, you'll never know unless you try it.

Jessie - posted on 03/01/2010

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Ok just read your next post and while I totally agree that 3 weeks is a bit early, I know pediatricians that have told mothers that. My brother was one that loved to eat and he got put on cereal early b/c he was on a 2 hour feeding schedule for months, plus he was a preemie but 2 months. He was NEVER a big baby, and still isn't overweight to this day. I agree that sometimes parents let their kids overindulge in junk but that doesn't mean that everyone does. I also do know some big babies that did have cereal early b/c their mom's couldn't keep up with their appetite, meaning every hour on the hour for more than 2 or 3 months. That is hard to keep up with and sometimes it's about keeping your sanity, also these kids have had NO trouble with obesity. I think childhood obesity is a problem just do believe it happens when the child starts eating regular food after baby food and usually starts eating after his parents. If a parent has bad eating habits it usually gets passed to the kids.

Jessie - posted on 03/01/2010

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Haven, I was and am in noooo way trying to rush my baby girl into eating solids. I was going to wait until 4 months but it wasn't working for us, don't feel I need to go into details b/c she is my baby and I know her best. However, I don't put alot of cereal in her bottle, which btw the cereal I use says around 4 months and has bottle instructions, just a little bit to help her get the rest she wants and ONLY in her last bottle. I read her cues tried it and she is MUCH happier now. It dissolves in her bottle and she hasn't had any issues. She has never had it come out her nose though, I guess every baby is different in the way the react to stuff and what they need. She couldn't hold in all the milk she needed and this seemed to be a much better option for us. It's not for everyone but we were not in any way doing it for us. She is 2 weeks away from being 4 months and we started a bit after she turned 3 months so we aren't far off from the norm.

Mary - posted on 03/01/2010

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can start giving her some cereal now either mix in her bottle at nite time, or give it to her by spoon mix with some formula in a bowl. i have been giving by daughter some rice cereal since she has been 3 months. i start it in her bottle. when putting it her bottle before she goes to sleep will help her sleep longer.

Ericka - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter will be 4 months on Thursday and her pediatrician is starting her on cereal then.

Tina - posted on 03/01/2010

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it usually starts at 6months that most babies are ready for foods like that. But i started my twins at 4.5mths, starting them out a little bit at a time with there bottles, and it seemed fine and they loved it, and slept long through out the nite..

Stephanie - posted on 03/01/2010

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at three months I started giving my son 2 tbs at dinner time because formula just didn't seem to be holding him over.he was eating 6 to 8 ounces every 2 hours if I could hold him off that long so doing cereal was a lifesaver for us.

Melissa - posted on 03/01/2010

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whenever you feel she is ready for it my baby was 3 months old when i first gave her cereal but my son was 5 months...

Haven - posted on 03/01/2010

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I just went and read some of the comments on the moms who started giving cereal at very early ages, one was 3 weeks old!, using excuses such as he/she is a big baby so they "need' more food to be satisfied, and they wont sleep through the night. What are you going to do when they are older and whining for junk food or food whenever they want. Give it to them "just because the are big kids" and need for food than smaller ones! That is the most craziest excuse. Now that is a set up for childhood obesity. But hey, you guys gotta get your sleep right!

*Try doing something to entertain your baby, maybe they seem hungery cause they are bored?

Haven - posted on 03/01/2010

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Why is everyone in such a rush to get their babies eating "solids" so early? If your baby doesn't seem to be getting enough to eat maybe you should pump after you feed so you have a little extra breast milk to give in a bottle, or if your using formula try adding another type that has different nutrients/vitamins or even switching brands completely. The only reason you need to start giving your baby cereal at 6 months is because their iron stores deplete and they need the added iron that's in the cereal & not in your breast milk. And there is Toddler formula cause it has more nutrients that a younger baby cant handle, and cows milk doesn't have. As for the moms who say that their Dr.'s said that it is Ok to start them on cereal at 4 months I would have switched Dr.'s.
My daughter was born with Cleft Lip and Palate so she had a VERY hard time getting enough breast milk (and later on with her feeding). She lost alot of weight and gained weight very slowly. Not Once did any of the Dr.'s she saw at Children's Hospital told me to put her on cereal early, in fact you could wait a couple of months more. When I did start at 6 1/2 months it was horrible, all of it would come out her nose. She's 3 now and still has food coming out her nose. for the mom's who complain about keeping up with their babies feeding schedule, I pumped exclusively for over a year(only stopped cause I had to go on meds that went in the breast milk). For that whole year I pumped EVERY 3 HOURS DAY & NIGHT!!! And bottle feed her my milk, then cereal at 6 months, then regular solids, plus all the other stuff that goes along with a growing baby. Being a single mom it was a lot to deal with but I wish I could go back and do it all again. It goes by soooo fast, to all the moms out there, why rush things?
Thanks for reading my little rant! lol

Jamie - posted on 03/01/2010

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My ped told me to if my daughter was still hungry after a large amount of fornula to try cereal in bottle at 1 month old. He said start with rice, barley, oats, and save wheat for last. She has done fine since. She sleeps well and hasn't gained a large amount of weight.

Karisha - posted on 03/01/2010

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Hi I started giving my baby cereal in his bottle with Kero syrup when he was a month old cause the milk was not filling him up and he rest better. When he got at least 4 months that when I started feeding him cereal with the spoon it helps with bonding and to teach the baby how to eat with a spoon.

Christina - posted on 03/01/2010

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she could start having cereal now I gave my daughter cereal when she was this age I gave it to her in her bottle add just a little bit to the formula or breast milk and get her used to it then I would give it to her a little more often like in the morning and in the evening.

Lea - posted on 03/01/2010

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i started both my kids at 4-5 months on cereal. you just have to make it really runny at first and slowly make it thicker. if your little one doesnt seem interested just wait a few weeks and try again.

Emily - posted on 03/01/2010

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i started both of my girls on cereal when they were around 3 wks old. I had big babies and they were always hungry. I know the "recommended" age is 4 months but I couldnt justify letting my kids go hungry just because the dr said they couldnt eat cereal. Listen to your baby and if she still acts hungry after a bottle then try cereal.

I never did put the cereal in the bottle. I just put a little bit of cereal in a bowl and used a little apple juice for flavor and help with constipation and used water to make it soupy so she learned to eat from a spoon. as she became a more experienced eater with the spoon I made it less soupy. Good luck and do what u think is right!

Victoria - posted on 03/01/2010

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I begun giving my son cereal and such at 4 months. He was a large baby boy and I couldn't keep up just nursing! I didn't give him much cereal, though to be perfectly honest, I would blend up fruits/veggies & add tofu/ avocados to make it more hearty! I actually never fed my son any store bought foods. My son never knew the difference and I think that exposing him to more organic foods has helped him become a wonderful eater!

Stevie - posted on 02/28/2010

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How can a child eat oatmeal cereal through a bottle? Is it ground into powder? I'm 31 weeks with my first baby and hear a lot of talk about cereal in bottles but I don't know what "baby cereal" is.

Jessie - posted on 02/28/2010

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i started feeding my girls the pureed apples and pears at 4 months old but as amanda said cereal is normally 6 months but with that said i feed my youngest rice cereal at 5 months and she was fine. good luck

Rita - posted on 02/28/2010

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this is so true we know whats best 4 our kids n if they like it in a bottle and they are happy that means we are doing our most important job right. my babys doct told me it was okay to mix it in her bottle just check that its well mixed.

Ellen - posted on 02/27/2010

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I agree with the other mommies on here. Take your cue from your baby girl. put a little bit in her bottle, it will help keep her more satisfied between bottle feeding.

Ashley - posted on 02/27/2010

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my doctor said when mine reached 10lbs that i could give her 2 teaspoons a day then increase the amount as she got older. but she is 4 months now and eating baby food.

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