Rice Cereal

Kristina - posted on 08/11/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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My baby was born on May 15 he is about to be three months. He was born at 9 1/2 lbs. Big baby! Wanted to know if any of you have already started your baby on rice cereal and when. And how are they doing?

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Until 6 months old, babies' stomachs don't have the enzymes to digest anything other than breastmilk. Also, if you have a history of allergies in your family, you may want to wait until he is past 6 months old. Cheers!

Katy - posted on 08/18/2010

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my daughter was also born on may 15 ! she was 8lbs 1oz. im not starting her on any solids until 6 months because i am exclusively breastfeeding, & thats what the AAP reccomends [only breastmilk until 6 months] plus my older daughter has ALOT of allergies, and alot of the allergies are weird, random things, and thats also reccomended if you have a family history of allergies.

Kristina - posted on 08/18/2010

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I started my daughter on rice earlier than normal. She has been on rice cereal in the bottle every feeding since she was about 6 weeks old. I did have my pedi's approval though. If you're unsure of whether or not your baby is ready for rice cereal, talk to your pedi about it.

Jonique - posted on 08/14/2010

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Hi Kristina! My son was born May 13th, and he was almost 8lbs. 7lbs 14oz. But he has been a big eater since he came home. He hd to be on Nutramigen by Enfamil bc he has protein intolerence, and I am on WIC and they only give me 10 cans a month, but he takes 15 cans a month. So I have to come out of pocket $100 bucks! I told the doctor because he was screaming mad every 2 hrs for 7 oz bottles at only 2mo. She did advise me to put cereal in his bottles because I just can't afford to feed him that much milk! But he is a supported sitter and has been for a couple of weeks now. She advised to start him on organic brown rice cereal. Earth's Best and Beach Nut have them. I stay away from Gerber cereals because they have soy byproducts in them, and those can irritate a baby's tummy. But the brown rice has enough fiber to keep them from getting constipated. So I hope this helps!! Good luck!!!

Sarah - posted on 08/13/2010

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My baby was 10.06 lbs and born on May 19th, we asked the doctor and she said either oatmeal or rice cereal we could start him out on now because hes getting so big. he loves it and has been a lot less cranky, also told us once he hits 3 months we can start him on other baby foods as well. They say if they are supported sitters they are usually big enough to start the oatmeal or rice cereal.

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I always started with sweet potatoes or carrots for first foods. They are still gentle on the belly but not as sweet as peaches.

Tracy - posted on 09/24/2010

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@ Rilla - I think I agree about waiting a little longer. This was day 4 and again.... she was in a great mood, so I know it was not related to that.... but she had no interest. Guess I may be jumpin' the gun. Doc suggested at her 4 month well baby check up that she was probably ready... and to start with the rice cereal... then do peaches (to help loosen her stools due to the rice binding them) and then veggies... then "Whatever...", so I think since it has been almost a week since the rice and no obvious allergies... I will give her a shot @ the peaches... and if she still has no interest, I will wait a week or so and try again.... Man..... Thanks people. Any other advice is greatly appreciatted.

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to Tracy, why don't you wait a little longer? Babies' stomach start to have enzymes to digest around 3 months old, and they can only digest fruit and veggies at the begining. around 9 months old, they are ready for carbs. Maybe you could start with a little bit of carrot puree, or pumpkin, without salt and sugar, while keeping breastmilk the main course. Let us know! Cheers!

Tracy - posted on 09/23/2010

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My daughter is 4 months 11 days old... we just started Rice cereal 3 days ago. She previously has only been breast fed. Day 1... she did great. I mixed 1 tbsp rice with 2 tbsp of breast milk and spoon fed her. She may have spit out more than got in her belly but I felt good about it. Day 2 and 3 she has nooooo interst what-so-ever.... any advice? Thanks.

Melissa - posted on 09/12/2010

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Have you all weaned already? I read half the posts and they all mention a bottle

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I started my son (born May 3rd) on cereal earlier this month. He is doing really well with it. I just mix it with a little formula or breastmilk.

Shaunte - posted on 08/23/2010

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My little girl was born may 15th as well. The md told us to wait until she is 4 months because if you start earlier than that they are pron to allergies. Also, when you do start ceral, dont put it in the bottle, feed it to her/him! Putting in the bottle causes ear infections!! Hope this is helpful. Just increase the milk. I am giving my girl 5-6 oz every 4-5 hours. She sleeps through the night JUST fine!

Stephanie - posted on 08/23/2010

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Ya my doc says to wait 6 months (4 the earliest) but you follow signs....can they hold their head up, show in interest in other food, are they satisfied after their bottle/ milk....
I'm dying to feed my daughter rice cereal as well.... but I'm waiting for now..

Kerry - posted on 08/23/2010

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my daugther was born on 22nd may and is now 3 months old ive just started her on rice cereal but i only do it for her in the morning when she wakes up and she has about few spoonsfulls she doing great on it i think u shud do what u think is best for you and your little one all best xx

Lisa - posted on 08/22/2010

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I have given him cereal now n then not too much because he's still lil to be feeding but he's doing great..no allergic reactions..no tummy aches, or diarrhea. we shave some banana into it sometimes and have mashed up a carrot and he has responded really good with it all.

Leah - posted on 08/22/2010

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my youngest was born on 25th may, i havnt started him on the rice cereal yet but i have given him a coupld of milk arrowroot biscuits all softened and he LOVES it. he does really well with it and i think as the month goes on i will give him more of it then when he hits the 4 month mark i will most likely give him the rice cereal then. gl with it all.

Arica - posted on 08/22/2010

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My boy is born one day earlier than yours. He is still on formula 5 ounces 6 times a day, and he is 14lbs 15 oz now, at 79th percentile! Every baby is different. Only start solid when your baby can hold his head stable, and always seem hungry. You will know that he's ready when he starts to want to grab your food when you eat, or seems to be interested in your food. Otherwise, you don't need to start solid so young. It's better to start later. Before the age of 9 months, milk is still their most important food.

Carrie - posted on 08/21/2010

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My litte girl was also born in May...she was born on the 25th...8lbs 9.6oz. Ive already started her on the rice cereal...She was just over a month old. And she's doing great with it. I started her out with just a few bites ad worked up from there. She gets it at night and she sleeps 5-6hrs. I use Juicy Juice, and she loves it. Ive tried it with breast milk and the formula...she didnt like it to much.

Kester - posted on 08/20/2010

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There is lots of information suggesting that babes shouldn't be encouraged to sit before they have learnt to crawl. My baby and I go to gymbaROO and this is certainly the philosophy there. I think its more relevant to wait til she watches me eating and looks interested in food rather than whether she can sit up by herself. (born May 6, 6lb 15 and fully breastfed).

Shantau - posted on 08/20/2010

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If you wait until they're 6 monthsv to introduce solids, you're giving their digestive system additional time to develop.

Brittany - posted on 08/19/2010

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My son was born May 28th at 9lbs 4oz and I started him at about two months old on one scoop (i use a formula scooper) of rice cereal at night he eats that along with a 6oz bottle every night. then during the day he has 6oz bottles he does five 6oz bottles everyday and one rice cereal at night. he weighs about 15 pounds now. he is doing wonderful with it.

ADRIENNE - posted on 08/18/2010

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Well you have to do what you have to. I would much prefer just to nurse my daughter like b4 surgery but doc's orders are whats best for her to keep her healthy and thriving. He says to pump and thicken with rice cereal so that's what I'm going to do. So far so good. She rarely spits up and hasn't vomited since. Already she looks like shes gained weight. She'd dropped to the 20th percentile from the 50th when she was born weighing under 10 lbs at 11 weeks.

Jessica - posted on 08/17/2010

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My baby was born on May 24th. At his two month checkup my doctor told me it was ok to start a little rice cereal in his bed time bottle. but not to do it outside the bottle till he is 4 months old. He said as long as they seem to be digesting good there is no problem introducing the cereal in his formula once per day. he had to be 10 pounds before he would allow me to do this because he said that is when their bellies are big enough to hold more food and sleep longer. Every doctor is different though and according to my doctor it really depends on weight, age, digestive issues, and if they are supported sitters. I don't see why at 3 months you couldnt start introducing it in their bedtime bottle.

Daphne - posted on 08/17/2010

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Every doctor will say the earliest is 4 months, recommended to start at 6 months. We started my son with mixing a little bit of rice cereal in his bottle (mind you still liquid enough and not even thick) for his bedtime bottle and he'll sleep about 6 hours. He still has the tounge thrust as he is drinking a bottle when I experimented how he would act with a spoon. It was cute but I did not give him enough rice cereal to choke on. I hope to try again in about a month when he is about 4 1/2 months old. My baby was born on the 7th of May at 7lbs but now is at 14lbs (more towards 15lbs) so he is a big boy and loves his food.

Ashley - posted on 08/17/2010

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My baby was born May 3rd and my doctor also said not till 4 or possibly even 6 months. Babies younger then 6 to 8 months don't have the right stuff in their tummy to break down the carbs in rice cereal. Its actually very rough on their system. I'm BF mine till 6 to 8 months starting with rice cereal once a day then adding a little fruit but I'm going to focus on proteins and fats from meat because that is what is easy for a baby to digest.



Here are a few links to back up my post. You will have to copy and paste since I can't link them for some reason.



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



http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/eb...



The links don't really point out that baby doesn't have the enzymes to break down foods. I can't seem to find where I read that but I have heard it from quiet a few places. I have a book that says it as well and I wouldn't even want to risk making her sick by taking away her miracle food (breast milk) to replace it with rice?

ADRIENNE - posted on 08/17/2010

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my daughter is 12 weeks. She has Laryngomalacia and had surgery to correct it last week. I have to pump and thicken her milk so she doesn't have reflux and reverse the surgery's repairs or aspirate or get pneumonia. Before the surgery at 2.5 months she was just under 10 lbs and eating 2-3 oz at each feeding. Since surgery her appetite has doubled and she downs 5-6oz at each feeding and eats about every 3-5 hrs. I have had to suppliment til my supply catches up to her new demand. But for right now its 2-3 oz BM and 2-3 oz formula and 1 tsp per oz rice cereal to thicken it. It has to be honey consistence. She's been on this regimen for a week. So far so good. The diapers are crazy. We've had a few explosive diapers! Wow! lol Other then that she's happy, smiling, picking up weight and seems to be thriving which is our goal

Charity - posted on 08/16/2010

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My munchkin was born on the 23rd of May, weighing 9lbs 2oz-@ her 2 mth appt she was 14lbs. I'm breastfeeding and will prob wait another 2 mths before I give her cereal. She might be ready now though...she is a supported sitter and has begun "eyeing" my food when I eat around her...lol

Simone - posted on 08/16/2010

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My baby was born 29th May, 2010..she is loosing her appetite and loosing weight...she does not take the formula and I am getting nervous. She seems healthy and all of that..I wud love if she wud take rice cereal but I don't know what to do at this time.

Alicia - posted on 08/16/2010

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wic tells u not to do the rice cereal in the bottles. but my friend is doing it with her baby.

Carolyn - posted on 08/14/2010

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My son is 3 months and 16 pounds and I am still exclusively breastfeeding. It used to be advised to wait until 4 months to start cereal, but most doctors now advise waiting until 6 months...I guess it depends on the individual baby though...

JoAnna - posted on 08/13/2010

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I talked to my LOs doctor about putting him on cereal., She told me that it is not good for such a little one. They recommend not putting an infant on cereal until at LEAST 4 months. Their digestive track is not developed enough to handle it. It can cause severe stomach pains, constipation, and possible choking due to the thickness of the cereal. Just some things to think about...

Kristina - posted on 08/13/2010

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Thank you for all your answers great help =) I will try and see how he does!

Odette - posted on 08/12/2010

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Wesley was born on the 31st may and he was 9lb 2oz and he is having a teaspoon of baby rice in his bottle in his morning bottle and in his bottle at night

Rebecca - posted on 08/12/2010

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My peds dr. told me not to start my daughter on cereal til 4 months. I would check with them.

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My youngest is 3 months today. He just started on rice the other day and is doing fine. My doc has always told me to put a small amount in there bedtime bottle started at 3 months so there digestive system can get used to a change without making them constipated. At 4 month I'll start to spoon feed and this is how I've started all my kids. I know all kinds of people will say not to put it in there bottle but I do and it works for me and it's what my doctor suggested. Yours may feel different. My little man really likes the thicker consistency.

Annaliese - posted on 08/12/2010

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My baby was born on 12th,so she is exactly one month today and we were at the doctor today so asked her about when i should introduce solids to my baby.She said it's too early,the earliest should be about 4months of age but she recommends i wait till when she's about 6months but let's wait and see

Jessica - posted on 08/11/2010

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How big is he now and how is he sleeping? I started my first daughter at about 3 months and she ended up being a really chubby baby, but seemed hungry all the time before that. My second, born May 24 at 8lbs 11 ounces is only eating 5 ounces 5-6 times a day and is already 13.8lbs, but I don't think I am going to start her until she is 4 months or starts to wake up at night again.

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