My baby is 4 months old.when should i give my baby cereal?

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Ginny - posted on 03/23/2011

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That's totally up to what you want to do. As for me, I didnt start my daughter until a week and half before she was 6 months. If your baby seems fine with the max amount of formula or breastmilk feedings, then I wouldn't rush it. My daughter started showing interest in wanting to eat when she was 5 months and by almost 6 months she was trying to grab everything off my plate and into her mouth. Hope this helps some.

Celeste - posted on 03/23/2011

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For solids, I'd wait at least 6 months per the AAP and WHO's guidelines. You don't have to do cereal as it can cause constipation in some babies. There are better first foods like avacado for example.

Amy - posted on 03/23/2011

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I would speak to your doctor before starting on solids. At 5 months we started giving our daughter solids but it was only one ounce a day and we didn't even do it every day. For the first year of their lives they get all their nutrients from breastmilk and solids are for fun. When my daughter was 6 months we increased her solid intake to twice a day but only one ounce each feeding and only after she was done bf'ing.
When you do start solids you don't necessarily have to start with cereal since that may cause constipation in your little one because it's not easily digested. I started with bananas, whatever you decide just wait a few days before offering something else.

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Monica - posted on 03/23/2011

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I am waiting until my son is at least 6 months per current recommendations from the AAP. My pediatrician seconded this recommendation and I trust his judgement. He has been excellent since the birth of my first child 10 years ago. Breastmilk is all the nutrition your little one needs for at least the first 6 months:)

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