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Any moms start their babies on rice cereal yet?

Rebecca - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 65 moms have responded )

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I have a 14 week old daughter and I recently started giving her rice cereal in the evening before bedtime because she always seems hungry.She seems to love it and It has been helping her sleep through the night , 7 hours ina row two nights ago and 8 1/2 hours last night. The pediatrician tells me that I shouldn't be giving her cereal before 4 months. Just wondering if I am the only one or if other mommies have started too.

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Amanda - posted on 08/20/2009

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I can't help but think some of these Mums are giving their babies solids too early to help themselves... not their kids.... Babies are meant to wake up for a feed during the first few months at least!! It's normal and yes it's hard work but hey that's what you signed on for! I also agree there are some medical reasons for giving babies cereal early but unless you are told by your doctor to do it then I think it may be a little selfish to do...

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Sieneh Carnetta - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hey Rebecca,



I know that all of these comments can seem confusing, but I advise that you go with your intuition. my baby is almost 4 months now and she has been on rice cereal for a month now (and yes, I do put it in the bottle and shake it very well before I give it to her). I have noticed that she sleeps longer at night and is perfectly content to just lie or sit down and play by herself while I do other chores around the house. She is no longer fussy and she doesn't always cry to be held. The doctors gave her a clean bill of health it shows!!! I hope this will be of help to you.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/17/2009

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I started giving my daughter rice cereal at 10 weeks old before she went to bed and it helped alot. She started sleeping all night a couple weeks after I started doin that.

Jenn - posted on 09/17/2009

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Oh my! I cannot believe what I am reading. Giving your baby cereal as early as 3wks WHAT! Babies are still developing their digestive system. Alergies, have any of you heard of those? My little girl is on formula, although I did start out nursing her I had complications, but I am in no way giving her tastes of my food or anything else.

She has slept through the night (maybe waking 1 time?) since she was 4 wks old without any need of cereal. Maybe, try to give your baby more ounces of formula or breast milk when you feed him. We went on vaction when she was 6 wks and I had no choice but to fill her bottles to the 8 oz mark and drive 900 miles. I figured she will stop eating when she is full, and it worked. Every pregnancy is different, every delivery is different and so are our babies. You have to do what you feel is best for your baby but consult with your ped before you feed your baby anything. Illah has her 4 month check up next week and although "I feel" she is ready, I want to wait and make the healthiest decision for her. (ps...I heard 6 months was a good time to introduce different foods??? and also the magic number for sleeping through the night is 11 lbs...and that was pretty on target for Illah although she was early and small!!!) Remember your baby is different and precious and you want them to be healthy!! Good luck!

Harmoni - posted on 09/16/2009

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Quoting Elsa:

I would always ask the doctor first, like i'm going to do at his 4 months checkup.. to possibly give him just a little bit of runny rice cereal to start off. I would never think of just giving him something like that without knowing. :s no offense.



Yeah, Tobias' dr told us to start with rice cereal and add a new food every week. I didnt even ask him, he told me, lol.

Elsa - posted on 09/16/2009

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I would always ask the doctor first, like i'm going to do at his 4 months checkup.. to possibly give him just a little bit of runny rice cereal to start off. I would never think of just giving him something like that without knowing. :s no offense.

Brenda - posted on 09/16/2009

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I started my son on rice cereal at 3.5 months and sweet potatoes and carrots at 4 months with no problems. He was so hungry that the formula wasn't cutting it anymore and he loves the solid food!

Harmoni - posted on 09/16/2009

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Quoting Ginelle:

You are not suppose to start your child on solids until six months of age. Alot of people will start their child on solids at four months though. There has been lots of research on this and it has been found that six months is the appropriate age. They are plenty of reasons why one for example is it can lead to over eating. Witch then will cause problems in the future, like obesity which then leads to type2 diabetes. We all want to give are childern the best possible start in life so I think it is best if we stick to the six month rule.



From what I have read every baby is different and you shouldnt look at a calendar, but rather watch your baby for clues that they are ready. My son was nursing 12-14 times per day before we started the cereal in the mornings and he is now down to 8-10 nursings per day. I definitely dont think you should be giving food to a baby under 4 months, (even though with my older son his pediatrician had him start solids at 2 months) but some babies are ready earlier than 6 months and some arent even ready at 6 months. Every child develops differently when it comes to deveolpmental milestones, so would should it be any different with when they are ready for food?

Ginelle - posted on 09/16/2009

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You are not suppose to start your child on solids until six months of age. Alot of people will start their child on solids at four months though. There has been lots of research on this and it has been found that six months is the appropriate age. They are plenty of reasons why one for example is it can lead to over eating. Witch then will cause problems in the future, like obesity which then leads to type2 diabetes. We all want to give are childern the best possible start in life so I think it is best if we stick to the six month rule.

Harmoni - posted on 09/15/2009

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I started my son on cereal at 17.5 weeks (4 months and one week). I was going to wait until 6 months, but he was nursing 12- 14 times per day and getting about betwen 5 and 10 ozs per feeding. He has been doing great with the cereal in the mornings. He seems to love eating. His pediatrican had told us to start cereal at 4 months.

Noviani - posted on 09/15/2009

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i gave my elder daughter cereal when he reached 4 months... but if ur child's under 4 months... i think u've to listen to ur peditatrician coz it's really not good for ur babies tummy. i have a good solution... coz i'm indonesian and we used to give our babies rice water. it comes from our cooking rice.... take the boil water of our rice cooking before it getting dry... take the thickness of the water and add on his formula milk... it's good and save for them and will keep them full for a longer time than before.

Laquandrea - posted on 09/15/2009

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well i've tried it b4 my son was 4mnths and he didn't take to it well but my sis had feed my nephew cereal since he was 1mnth old and it hasn't taken an bad effect on him yet so if she's doing good hey continue remember every child is different and mother always no's best.

Masni - posted on 09/15/2009

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My son refuses to drink milk from the bottle. He is even refusing my breastmilk through the bottle. He just wants it directly. And so I started giving him cereal at 3 mths plus..once during the day while waiting for me to come bacl home from work n continue breastfeeding. Now at 4 mths, I am giving him 3 to 4 times a day. He loves it...

LeSara - posted on 09/14/2009

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Yes, I started my baby girl on rice cereal. She was almost 15 weeks old. I only put it in her bottle, though. I want to start using a spoon, but I am waiting for her next dr. appt. to get the ok to use it with a spoon and to also get Stage 1 Gerber foods. My daughter really likes it! She has 5 bottles today of 7 oz. each. Only the first and last bottle contains 1 tsp. of rice cereal. She goes 4 hours between bottles. I'm glad I am not the only one that started a little early. My other mother (mother-in-law) suggested to start her at this time. :)

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009

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hey.. i have a 4 month old and ive been giving him lunch and dinner for over a month, just the jar food from the supermarket... Doctors say dont feed them before 6 months but you no what each baby for their own.. everyone is different and my son like your bub just wasnt satisfied with what he was getting... Not to many years ago all babies started solids at 6 weeks and we are all fine... and my opinion is, If bub seems alright n not getting upset tummies and at the same time your getting the sleep that all us mums know you need, then whats the harm in it...

Theresa - posted on 09/14/2009

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With my oldest we waited until 6 months, when we started, it did not help with sleeping. I am hoping maybe to start a little earlier this time because I am running out of pumped milk for those times when I have to be away from him, but we haven't had his four month visit yet.

Jessica - posted on 09/14/2009

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I started my son on rice cereal at 3 months, and started him on stage 1 baby foods at 14 weeks and not only does he do great, but less bottles and better sleep, plus alot less gas!!

Ronda - posted on 09/11/2009

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I took my Ryan, born 5-7-09, to the pediatrician last week. She asked if I gave him rice cereal yet and I said yes, (since he was 6 weeks old) and she said good. She wants him to start on oatmeal now and some vegetables and to be on "table food" in about two months. I did the same thing with my oldest son and had no problems.

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2009

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I waited till 4 months but the last week or so before Evelyn was drinking 10 oz before bed. Now she is not so sure about the cereal but loves the spoon :) She is thou not drinking as much at night. I think you will be fine :)

Dazaray - posted on 09/11/2009

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i started giving my daughter rice cereal around 3 months cause she was previously sleeping through the night then all of a sudden started waking up every 3 hours now she sleeps through the night again after a couple weeks i started mixing it with a jar of stage 1 veg. she really seemed to like it. i feel we know our children much better then the peds do.

Nicole - posted on 09/11/2009

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My daughter is bottle fed both breast milk and formula and I noticed that at about a month or so she was working very hard to suck the formula thru the nipple and would fall asleep while eating so I moved her up a size, then things went great. Then about a month later she was going thru the same problem again! So I bought the next level of nipple but that seemed to be too much for her to handle, so I had to put just a little cereal in her bottle to "stop" up the nipple a little and make it easier for her to eat. It worked and I slowly decreased the amount I was adding until she was comfortable. Now she doesn't get any cereal and we are waiting a little longer b/4 starting on other foods.

Esteth - posted on 09/10/2009

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i haven't given my son cereal yet he is 4months but he has been eating everything else! jus yesterday he ate a good portion size bowl of mashed potatoes made with his milk n he was still asking for more when it was gone! when your daughter reaches 3 months its good to start her off with 1stage baby food fruits so she can get the taste for different foods and wont be such a picky eater when they get older.

Jamie - posted on 09/10/2009

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i weaned both my babies at 9wk old they say not to feed solids untill 6 months just do it wen u feel is right i breastfed my daughter and she was on me constantly and i was getting very sor and she wont take formular milk so i tryed her with rice rusk and yogurts she loves them and it also gives me a break aswell so i can express

Susan - posted on 09/10/2009

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i have been feeding my son 16wks old now since he was about 8wks old he is a hungry horse. he sleeps better with the food and is a very healthy happy baby everyone has a diff opinion on when and what to feed your baby but if she is happy with the fiid and so are you there shouldnt be any problem

Kim - posted on 09/10/2009

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I started my son on the cereal with a spoon first & he hates the texture & spits it out but loves it in a bottle. My god daughter is the same way & she is 9 months now. She eats all kinds of food with no problem but spits out the cereal. It really depends on your baby.

Kim - posted on 09/10/2009

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I too started my son on rice cereal about 3 days ago cause he kept waking up starving. He loves it but it seems to be making him poop more often which I am not complaining since he was skipping days before. I breastfeed him all day & before he goes to bed I give him a bottle of formula. He was on 4 oz. but since I started the cereal he is drinking 6 oz. with 3 coops formula & about 1 1/2 of cereal. He's becoming a little pig. but it makes him so happy & he sleeps for about 5 hours straight which is very good for him. But now he seems to be spitting up the breast milk, go figure.

Lea - posted on 09/10/2009

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I've been giving my dauther Rice Cerale since April 9 the days she turned 3 months old.. at first for the first 3 week it was only at night and now i give her some at night and in the morrning she was 4 month's yesterday.. i also have 2 other kids and i stared them early her than my baby my son was 12 weeks and my other dauther was about 9 weeks old.. But i do agree whit the people that are saying you should only give it if the Baby takes it whit the spoon.

Chelle - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Joy:

OH! and I TOTALLY agree with Joanne Smith....never never put anything besides formula or breastmilk in a bottle. It is proven to encourage oral decay and, obviously, choking. If your baby can't eat it with a spoon, it shouldn't be eating it.....



i do agree with this, if you try your baby with a spoon and it does not take to it then its not ready for foods. so you shouldnt put it in a bottle. luckly my daughter took to a spoon first time at 14weeks , i would never put it in her bottle xx

Chelle - posted on 09/10/2009

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i started to wean my daughter at 14weeks,i gave her baby cereal to start with then at 17weeks ive been giving her two meals a day..........the cereal for lunch and then things like buternut squash & potato, or sweet potato& carrot for dinner and she is doing well on it. i swapd to bottle feeding a while ago and it made her a little constipated and now im intoducing vegetables she goes poop alot better. my health visitor didnt see a problem with me dong this. she said that you wean your baby on to foods when the milk doesnt fill them up any more, and thats what i did. my daughter has not had a single problem with eating foods infact she loves it and tell me off if i dont feed her lunch on time lol. xxx

Danielle - posted on 09/09/2009

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I just had an appointment and was told that they have increased the age of 4months to start rice cereal up to 6months. Now this was with a program called W.I.C women infant children supported by the state. I have an appointment with Brayden's doc on friday and that is where I will decide with her if it is a good idea. They say they changed it because it decreases their risk of food allergies later and it doesnt provide additional nutrients so it isnt a must.

Beth - posted on 09/09/2009

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I started feeding Hayden rice cereal at 3 months old i put a little bit in his bottle with formula

Suzanne - posted on 09/09/2009

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I gave my daughter cereal since she was 2.5 months old. She was only getting 1 tsp, not in the bottle, she ate it right off the spoon. I made it very runny. This helped her with gas a LOT! In the past 2 weeks we have started her on foods. I have read every book out there and most say to wait until a baby is 4 months old OR until the baby is showing signs of wanting to eat. My daughter started making sucking sounds and was making chewing faces everytime my husband and I sat down for dinner. My daughter was also born at 10 pounds 6 ounces, so, she was starting out a good size to begin with. We started her on Avocado's, then bananas, string beans and just tonight carrots. She is LOVING them. I think she is doing a lot more than when she was just drinking formula, it is like she has more energy! I am so glad that I didn't listen to everyone saying that you HAVE to wait until at least 6 months.. you really have to read your own child!

Amanda - posted on 09/09/2009

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yes I have been giving my daughter cereal since she was 9 weeks....I was told the same thing not to, I give it to her first thing in the morning...and she goes about 3 hours between each feeding now during the day...She drinks four 8oz bottles a day, and sleeps anywhere from 12-15 hrs at night time....and no I did not start feeding her cereal because I'm lazy or selfish and did not want to care for my baby...she was hungry so I fed her....For the record she only got up once in the night right from the hospital...and @ 5 weeks she was sleeping through the night anyways 6-8 hrs, without the cereal...it was during the day that she just was not satisfied with just her milk...:P~

Amber - posted on 09/09/2009

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I have started my son on rice cereal when he was 2 weeks old and he slept more through the night. I encourage it.

Laura - posted on 09/09/2009

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My baby is almost 4 months and eats every 3 hours, that's normal!! The problem isn't just their digestive systems but their health as well. Solids are meant to be a learning experience, not something to "last them longer". Until your baby is drinking 35-40+ ounces a day for more than a week , you'll be skimping on their nutrition. Your baby needs to be drinking 24-32 ounces with their solids.

Amanda - posted on 08/27/2009

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Quoting Alyson:

I hate it when people write "Never do this and never do that." when it comes to feeding babies. Each baby is an individual and each baby has individual needs. I have been giving my 16 week old daughter 1 tablespoon of rice cereal in her bottle at each meal since 12 weeks. She gets one tablespoon in 7 ounces of formula and it is plenty dilute enough for her to still get it through a level 2 nipple. She was wanting to eat every 2 1/2 hours with formula alone and now with just that one tablespoon, she can go 5 to 6 hours between meals. She sleeps 10 to 11 hours straight a night now and eats 3 to 4 times a day. Some babies are fine with just formula or breast milk up to a year, but most are not. If your baby is not satisfied and constantly hungry, there is nothing wrong with adding a little bit. And I didn't do this because I am too lazy to take care of my child either. I did it because she needed it and she is a MUCH happier baby because of it.


 



My Baby only sleeps through some times and its normally not longer then 8 hours.... and she feeds every 3 hours during the day as well (I just feed her when she's hungry and she's happy). I know she will sleep longer when she's ready and her belly can take more to get her through. I won't be giving her anything she's not ready for to make her sleep more or go longer between feeds. I can see every week she's getting closer to sleeping through and lasting longer between feeds, It's worth it to be patient I think.

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Quoting Amanda:

I can't help but think some of these Mums are giving their babies solids too early to help themselves... not their kids.... Babies are meant to wake up for a feed during the first few months at least!! It's normal and yes it's hard work but hey that's what you signed on for! I also agree there are some medical reasons for giving babies cereal early but unless you are told by your doctor to do it then I think it may be a little selfish to do...


I totally agree with you. It's selfish. Your kids come first! And if not, then maybe it's time to rethink a couple things.....

Kyeisha - posted on 08/27/2009

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I give my son cereal because the milk is not enough he just pees it rite out

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I hate it when people write "Never do this and never do that." when it comes to feeding babies. Each baby is an individual and each baby has individual needs. I have been giving my 16 week old daughter 1 tablespoon of rice cereal in her bottle at each meal since 12 weeks. She gets one tablespoon in 7 ounces of formula and it is plenty dilute enough for her to still get it through a level 2 nipple. She was wanting to eat every 2 1/2 hours with formula alone and now with just that one tablespoon, she can go 5 to 6 hours between meals. She sleeps 10 to 11 hours straight a night now and eats 3 to 4 times a day. Some babies are fine with just formula or breast milk up to a year, but most are not. If your baby is not satisfied and constantly hungry, there is nothing wrong with adding a little bit. And I didn't do this because I am too lazy to take care of my child either. I did it because she needed it and she is a MUCH happier baby because of it.

Rebekah - posted on 08/26/2009

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I just wonder why no one has recommended it for a "small baby." Everyone says "my baby was too big and always hungry..." What about my tiny baby that doctors are concerned isn't gaining enough weight. Absolutely no one has recommended that she begin cereal. If cereal should help fill them up, then why is it NOT recommended when a child needs to gain weight?

Crystal-Lee - posted on 08/20/2009

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Hi everyone...I started my daughter on solids at 3 1/2 months...I spoke to my health nurse and she said if I was to go by my daughters age in weeks she would of been 17 weeks old at that time...She was spending most the day on the breast and would watch me eat and do a chewing typ movement with her mouth and had perfect neck control and was waking alot during the night to feed and as soon as my 'let-down' of breast milk had finished she would kick her legs around and cry and pull off the breast, then go back on and repeated the pulling off and going back on whilst crying for more milk...She was impatient and didn't want to wait for a second let-down causing my milk supply to believe that she was only having small feeds...So with help from my health nurse I started her on rice cereal in the morning and slowly increased the amount over a few weeks...Now she is 5 1/2 months (24 weeks) old and has like 5 tablespoons of rice cereal with cooled boiled water or vanilla custard from the packet that is made up with full cream milk for 6 months+ and she has pureed vegetables with meat, etc for lunch and also a custard or fruit gel or something like that for lunch and then similar for dinner...She has 4-5 breast feeds a day and sleeps 8-9 hours a night and wakes for a breast feed then off to sleep for another 2-3 hours...Anyone who is introducing food too early for a few extra hours of sleep is not thinking of what is really best for their child...My daughter still sleeps the same amount of time at night as when she was born and look how much she eats...In my opinion, solids does NOT make a baby sleep longer and if your giving it to them too early (before 4 months/16 weeks), you may find that your baby is more unsettled during the day or night from an upset tummy...Also, you should NEVER, EVER put a thickening agent like rice cereal in a baby's bottle...The rice cereal continues to thicken long after it is eaten and could very well block throat and cause your child to choke...Would you ever forgive yourself if your baby choked whilst you werre asleep and you couldn't get to them in time?? Please everyone, just think about safety first...Also, the longer you can wait the better, I am spending an extra 70-80 dollars a week on baby food and she eats alot and it is more time consuming than a breast or bottle feed...If I could of waited I would of, but my Health Nurse said that my daughter appears ready and may need that extra bit of food to help her through the day...If she didn't require solid feeds back then and could of waited till now, then it would of been a hell of alot easier and cheaper just to breast feed...Goodluck everyone xxx

Tonya - posted on 08/19/2009

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yes i did at a month and a half its great she sleeps throuh the night and stays fuller

Joy - posted on 08/14/2009

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OH! and I TOTALLY agree with Joanne Smith....never never put anything besides formula or breastmilk in a bottle. It is proven to encourage oral decay and, obviously, choking. If your baby can't eat it with a spoon, it shouldn't be eating it.....

Joy - posted on 08/14/2009

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I am not giving my son rice cereal, but I do have 2 friends that are...I have heard from my doctor and a few nurses it is not recommended because until 4 months their digestive systems cannot handle it and it goes straight thru em! I was told to give him formula in addition to the breastmilk he gets at bedtime..or if your baby is a formula baby just more than normal. Its apparently not a thing about "being a healthy baby" so much as that it does nothing more them so why spend that extra money? Just what I've been told :) Hope that provides some insight?

Megan - posted on 08/14/2009

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My son is 3 months old, and eats up to 6 ounces of formula every time.. the rice cereal helps him to not eat so much.. and it also helps him to be more full before bedtime.. I heard that if your baby can hold her head up pretty good on her own, that it is fine to give her cereal.. and if she loves it and isn't allergic to it then why not!! :)

Joanne - posted on 08/14/2009

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O lordy, please , please don't put anything other than breastmilk or formula in your baba's bottle !!! I understand that some babies are hungrier than others but this is dangerous and does nothing to aid sleep at this age - my daughter is 11 weeks old, only has milk and sleeps 9 hours almost every night - solid food shouldn't really be introduced until at east 17 weeks, longer if you can but like i said some babies are v hungry but never in a bottle !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emma - posted on 08/13/2009

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I'm actually about to start getting my 11 week old daughter used to the taste of the rice cereal so when she makes the transistion from breastfeeding to solids it won't be a big change I guess, like get her used to the taste and texture of solid food, just little bits here and there I think will be ok.

I don't see the problem with starting them on rice cereal it makes the transition a little bit smoother I think, and if it helps your little one sleep through the night then do whatever works really.

Angela - posted on 08/13/2009

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I started my son on cereal about a week ago. I only give him a little bit at dinner time because he wants to eat what his big sister is eating. He throws a fit and makes mealtime very noisey. When we gave him a teaspoon of cereal at dinner he sits in his highchair quiet and mealtime is much more enjoyable.

Jen - posted on 08/13/2009

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I was advised by friends that it would help my twins sleep through the night. I tried 1/4 tsp in their bottles a few times but it didn't seem to make any difference. I was scared to try any more than that.

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