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Felicia - posted on 07/24/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Is 3 months too young to start my baby on rice cereal?

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Jeanne Marie - posted on 07/25/2010

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It's something up for debate, but there are a lot of good reasons to wait . . .

1) The introduction of food too soon makes children more likely to develop food allergies that will last a lifetime
2) Their digestive systems are generally not developed enough to digest solid foods properly and so your little one is likely to have lots of problems with gas, and other stomach upsets
3) The smell of the diapers alone might be enough to make you wish you were still breastfeeding

Anyways, current recommendations are to wait until they are 5-6 months, though more conservative pediatricians suggest waiting until 11-12 months. One of my friends waited until 18 months with her son. He is now 18 years old, healthy, no food allergies, and no other problems. Given my son already has a sensitivity to cow's milk and an allergy to soy, we have halted all formula supplements and are holding off on cereal until he reaches 12 months.

At the end of the day though, don't do anything until you talk to your pediatrician. Good luck!

Leslie - posted on 07/24/2010

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Yes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life.

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Personally, I would not/did not do solids that young. I waited until I saw all the signs of readiness because I wanted to make sure my baby's tummy was ready to digest them.

From: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

"Signs that indicate baby is developmentally ready for solids include:

Baby can sit up well without support.
Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
Baby is ready and willing to chew.
Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth."

Reasons to delay solids:
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

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