When is it safe to.....?

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Start giving my baby rice cereal? Is 3 months 2 weeks to soon? Also when can I introduce fruit?

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Kasi - posted on 04/23/2009

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:) i had to start when my little one was a month old... he was going on 15, 6 oz bottles a day.. i couldnt keep him full.

Abby - posted on 04/23/2009

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I have heard it can be anytime between 4-6 months for the start of cereal. I was told by WIC that if the child eats cereal mixed with formula or breastmilk by spoon that it is a go. I am going to wait until closer to 6 months. When introducing baby foods, I was also advised to start on blander foods like veggies since fruits are sweeter and will spoil them for the blander foods.

Amanda - posted on 04/23/2009

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Wow... Thank you guys for all the great info. Im not sure what I want to do yet. I really want him to get to taste something new and stay full a little longer. But I am going to talk to my Ped. and see what she thinks. I don't want to cause an unnecessary problem. My boy is perfect right now =)

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2009

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Typically it's reccomended between 4-6 months to start solids. With my son, I introduced one new fruit or veggie about every 5 days. My daughter is 3 months, and for the past 2 days I have fed her a tablespoon of very runny rice cereal simply because she is SO HUNGRY. (she nursed for 3 hours nonstop the first day, the 2nd day she nursed for 1 hr before I gave her the cereal..)
And it isn't recommended to put cereal in bottles, but I know many moms who do it. I prefer to feed my baby.

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I would recommend talking with your pediatrician. There is absolutely no nutritional value to rice cereal and it's all starch so could possibly cause constipation. The main reason to start cereal is to feed baby from a spoon and get their digestive system ready for "solids" Bottle feeding with rice cereal can cause choking and many other hazards. I'm not knocking anyone who does it, but it's something you need to decide is right for YOU. Many people will vary on their opinions about cereal, but from a medical standpoint, it's very useless and unnecessary. Fruits and veggies should be started around 6 months and introduced very slowly. Good luck and just remember that YOU know what's best for your baby!

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2009

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Ohh and I was also told that each new food needs to be introduced separately and for 3 days in a row, preferably earlier in the day so you can see if they will have an allergy or not.

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2009

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I disagree slightly, you should start your baby on rice cereal when you believe they are ready. My 15 week old has just started having some rice cereal in her bottles. I did this because she is already having the max amount of formula and now is often finding it hard to wait 3-4 hours between feeds. The same happened with my first daughter, she was about 17-18 weeks when I started putting rice cereal in her bottles. Then when she got a bit older I started feeding it to her on a spoon. By the time she was 6 months old I started giving her things like potato. The clinic nurse I talked to at the time recommended I give her veggies before I started her on fruit. She is now 3 and still loves her veggies, sometimes it is the only thing she will eat. Good luck :)

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Hi, I agree with Jeanette, the recommended start for solids is 6 months (in Australia), starting with rice cereal and then introducing other things such as stewed pureed apple or pear after a week or so. Introduce only one new food at a time, with a day or so in between so you can watch for allergic reactions. I was given a really helpful booklet by my Child Health Nurse to help with what and when. Hope this helps, good luck.

Jeanette - posted on 04/22/2009

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Hello, the recommended time to start rice cereal is 6 months. They say this because if the baby is started on rice cereal too early, he/she may become more prone to allergies. Also, most babies digestive systems are not developed enough to fully digest the food properly. It is safer to wait until your baby is closer to 6 months before you start introducing solids.

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