Ask a Question!Hi there I have a 2 month old baby boy and I was wondering when to start something other than formula. I was unable to breast feed so he has been bottle fed ever since day 2. He eats every three to four hours and he eats about 6-8 oz every time? He is not a fussy baby at all, he is really wonderful. I have heard so many mixed opinions on when to start baby cereal, apple sauce ect. I was wondering what worked for you. Any advise would be wonderful. Thanks

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Danielle - posted on 01/01/2009

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I started rice cereal at two months with my son. He was drinking a quart and a half of formula a day. We started cereal in the bottle to see how he reacted and shortly after started feeding him with a spoon.

Stephanie - posted on 01/01/2009

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usually they tell you to wait until 4 months to start any solids, i'd check with your pediatrician

Carolina - posted on 01/01/2009

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People say that when you give a baby fruits so early they turn out over weight...my daughter didn't really like milk and by 3 months I started giving her cereal and a little bit of fruits...she loves it...she is now 9 months and is not overweight...so...go with what you feel is right!

Sarndra - posted on 01/01/2009

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Hi there you sound like you have alot of mixed information here, very confusing I am going to give you some more lol. Plunket recommends that you do not start solids till 4-6 months because your baby has enough of the nutrients and iron that is needed through formula and breast milk. If your baby is still hungry I used hungry baby formula most supermarkets should have this depending on where you live I guess. At 4 months old you can start baby on simple pureed foods like plain apple or plain pear and rusks normally around 6 months of age because of a choking hazard, baby cereal can also be started at 4 months old the boxes should state at what age to start. This is what is expected in NZ with the plunket over here, so things sound like they are different everywhere else, so really the decision is yours maybe you could see your GP or whoever catches up with you for visits with you and your baby since baby has been born (midwife, plunket).

Danielle - posted on 12/31/2008

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I was just at the Drs yesterday and she said 4 months old if there are no food allergies in the family or 6 months if there are food allergies. I would say talk to your Dr.

Allison - posted on 12/31/2008

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Just start adding the cerals and foods when you think he is not being satified with formula alone.

Lydia - posted on 12/29/2008

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I started giving my 2 kids some farax and other mushed up baby food but your little boy will let u know if he is still hungary, thats what my child health nurse told me but it is up to u what u do

Anita - posted on 12/29/2008

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i started both my kids at2 months on baby rice, my youngest didnt like the taste sohe just had baby custrd and now hes eating everything and hates baby food and hes 6 months.... I just say do wat u feel is right you will no if somethings not right

Ashley - posted on 12/29/2008

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i just started mine on cereal today pediatrician said it was fine bc he had his first set of shots and striving for more it was fine . hes two months old , so ask ur pediatrician .

Frances - posted on 12/29/2008

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I would wait to introduce the cereal and apple sauce...eventhough those food are completely graded up finely it could create digestive problems if they can't handle it. It could also constipate the baby and could introduce new problems that may not be so plesant.

Ashleigh - posted on 12/29/2008

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my son was a big eater when he was a newborn, but I just continued breastfeeding (yes, sometimes I even nursed him every hour!). I didn't want to introduce him to solids too early because of allergies. He is now 8 months old, and eats 3-4 meals a day plus nursings in between! You have to be careful with the rice ceral and other foods to not introduce them too early to the infant.

Lauren - posted on 12/29/2008

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i agree listen to the child,,, i started my 3 month ols son on cereaol then went to veggies, then fruit when he was 2 months. he was a big boy when he was born so he needed a lil more than wat i was giving him. he eats off a spoon and sleeps through the nite at 2.5 months old. he did fine., we usually do half a small jar mixed with a tablespoon of cereal at nite with a bottle! good luck just member to listen to your instincts!

Meghan - posted on 12/29/2008

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I loved what my pediatrician told me: Signs that they are ready to graduate from formula or breast milk to food are a baby's ability to sit up on their own, and teeth. Make's sense, doesn't it? Both happen (mostly!) around 6 months. It seems like a natural "stage two."

My daughter also nursed every three hours for quite some time! Although you may be tired of it, this stage also passes quickly. My advice would be to listen to natural signals, if your babe is hungry, feed him! "stuffing" with fiber-foods tricks his body into feeling full, yet he may not be getting all the calories that he needs for this stage

Leeann - posted on 12/28/2008

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at the 2 month stage my daughter didn't like to eat any of the food so i tried her again at the age of 4 months. she never did like any of the cereals so i just started her with cereal mixed in with some of the fruit mixed in with it. i didn't start mixing it till i did the 1 week trail with the foods for alergy signs. i just gave her a little bit at breakfast, lunch and supper time.

Erica - posted on 12/26/2008

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I've heard that most people start solids between 4 and 6 months. I started my daughter on solids at 5.5 months. I would have waited, but she kept trying to take my food from me. I considered it a sign that she was ready. (She could also kind of sit at the time. I use the Bumbo chair with the tray; so, she can reliably sit upright while she eats.)

Gemma - posted on 12/26/2008

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hey i started my lil girl on on ruscks, yogort and cereal when she was 2 months. i wudnt lstern to the health visitors. my lil girl has been eating crisps fron 4 months. just c how you get on. good luck

Marissa - posted on 12/26/2008

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I had 10 lb babies that seemed to never get full from formula or breast milk. I started cereal early. Doctors won't recommend it, but I put a little baby cereal in the bottle to help add consistency. Fortunately for me, it helped my boys to sleep through the night. I dont recommend putting too much in though because they will not be able to get anything through the nipple

Lee - posted on 12/26/2008

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Post a reply! my babies where 4 weeks old when i startd feeding them half a teaspoon of rice cereal just gave them gripe water first then a quater in da morning and a quater b4 bed just meake it thin so they cud suck it off the spoon then every week or so move up the amount u will find ur not havin so many bottle feedings especially at nte.. hope dat helped

Stephanie - posted on 12/26/2008

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I STARTED MY SON (3 MONTHS ON THE 30TH) ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO ON CEREAL. IT IS GOING REAL WELL. I SUBSTITUTE ONE BOTTLE A DAY WITH FORMULA AND IN THAT BOTTLE IT WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME BECAUSE OTHERWISE MY SON WAS JUST SPITTING UP THE FORMULA AND NO SPECIAL STUFF WORK. ITS A FOUR OUNCE BOTTLE WITH JUST A BIT OF RICE CEREAL IN IT. OTHERWISE HE IS BREASTFED AND THEN AT NIGHT I GIVE HIM JUST BOUT A TBL SPOON OF CEREAL WITH ENOUGH OF THE GOOD STUFF(BREAST MILK) JUST ENOUGH SO ITS SOLID ENOUGH NOT TO TOTALLY RUN OFF THE SPOON AND HE TAKES A SPOON REALLY WELL. HE DOESNT SPIT IT BACK OUT UNTIL HE HAS HAD ENOUGH. WHICH THERE MAY BE A HALF OF SPOONFUL AT THE MOST LEFT USUALLY HE EATS IT ALL AND THEN NURSES AND SLEEPS THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR ME. I THINK IT IS A PERSONAL OPINION AND YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD BEST. I HAVE A DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND IT WAS STRESSED NOT TO MIX CEREAL IN THE BOTTLE BUT, WHEN I HAD MY OWN SON I FOUND SOMETIMES IT HAD TO BE DONE IN CERTAIN CERCUMSTANCES! ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE ?S THEY ARE YOUR BEST BET AND DONT MIND HELPING (THATS WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR!!!) IF YOUR SON IS BEHIND WEIGHT WISE THEY MIGHT SUGGEST IT. MINE HAD A ROUGH START AND THIS WAS WHAT WAS BEST TO HELP HIM GET BACK ON TRACK(BEG OF NOV HE HAD A VIRAL INFECTION LOSSED A LOT OF WEIGHT COULDNT KEEP ANYTHING DOWN EITHER WAY AND WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A WEEK! :() GOOD LUCK!!

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Hi there, i dont think that feeding youre baby solids at 2 months of age is a bad thing my eldest daughter is now 4 years old but when she was 1 month old she was diagnosed with real bad reflux her peadiatrician put her on tablets to which i was told to crush and mix with baby cereal to give her her medication she has been a happy child ever since and shes quite advanced my other daughter who is now 2 was also feed baby cereal at 1 1/2 months it did no harm to her either but i do suggest that you do what you think is right for your baby try it if it doesnt work no harm done xxx

Jennifer - posted on 12/24/2008

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I've done a lot of researching and medical professionals do not want you starting your child on solid food until at LEAST 4 months of age...and really more like 6 months old! The main reason for waiting is the fact that feeding them too early can cause allergy problems. I would discuss this question with your doctor to be on the safe side. :-)

Jennifer - posted on 12/24/2008

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i started my oldest son (whos now almost 6) on baby cereal at two weeks old, he was always extremely hungry and would drink an 8 oz. bottle every 1-1 1/2 hours and he would drink it so fast he'd throw it all back up. I sat him in his bouncy seat and put the runny cereal in a baby spoon and he opened his mouth like a pro and didn't have a single problem from the get go. My second son I waited a little longer he was 2 months old when I started him on cereal and again never had a problem with the spoon feeding, every baby is different so just talk to your baby's doctor and see what you and the doc agree on is best for you and your baby. i started with rice cereal and then moved on to the oatmeal and then after going through all the grains i went on to the cereals with the bananas and apples in it. my kids were eating solid foods and comfortable with all the baby food jars by 6 months of age. like i said all babies are different. i waited to feed them the 3rd stages of baby food till they started getting teeth.

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i think that it is a personal choice. you'll know when your baby needs something more then just milk. i had both my children on solids early because they were just hungry babies. but the health nurses will tell when the are sitting or from six months. a hungry baby is a hungry baby.

Billie - posted on 12/24/2008

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I have a one year old and at 3 months, the doc told me it was okay to put a little cereal int the bottle. He was small and she said that it would not hurt, just make sure its not too thick. I started with a small amount and just slowly added more. I would not recommend buying the "cereal" nipples, I found that using a meat thermometor and making regular nipples just a little bigger worked the best (and saved money) Hope this all helps!! I wouldnt do any other food until 6 months, you can try cereal from a bowl at 4 months..and it is MESSY, but very fun! My son loved cereal from a spoon an 4 months and he done FINE! Just do what you are comfortable with, no one willknow your baby like you do and what works for BOTH of you!!! If mommy is not happy, baby knows it!!

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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It's true that babies don't need solids until 6 months. I found with my kids that adding solids early just made for extra mess, cost, and hassle. It also can upset their stomach easily when they're young. General guidelines are adding some cereal to their bottle before bed at 2-3 months, then slowly introducing easily digested solids 4-6 month (bananas, apple sauce, carrot or puree). Don't worry about substituting a bottle each day with solids until the 6 month mark. You can feed more sooner, but you are forwarned of messy diapers, messy baby, and upset tummies.

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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There's a lot of info here. You child's doctor should be able to help you assess when your baby is ready for solids. You should really ask them. You could probably just call them - my kids' pediatrician calls back within 24 hours for non-emergency things.

Katie - posted on 12/23/2008

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Most say that by 3 months cereal, by 5 months food. Lots of doctors now are saying it is ok to start sooner if they are hungry or if they handle it. Some suggest that if a baby can sit up (assisted) they can begin cereal and small foods (like applesauce). My personal experience, I started my kids early. By 2-3 months, my kids (both big babies) were hungry. I fed them cereal until 4-5 months, then gave them food. My daughter (5 months tomorrow) is eating 2nd level foods (chicken and noodles etc.) and is doing great.

Christina - posted on 12/23/2008

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You should never give cereal to a child in a bottle. I have talked to numerous doctor's about this and they ALL say it is bad. You are just teaching the child that they will get full from bottle's which will make your problem even worse. It is completely normal for a 2 or 3 month old child to not sleep all through the night. My pediatrician told me to not introduce cereal any earlier than four months, wait until six if possible. You should really be looking out for the benefit of your child and their needs, if you have to wake up an extra time in the middle of the night, get over it. It could be a lot worse. My daughter is almost 7 months old, does eat some solids, and still wakes up to nurse 3-5 times a night. Every baby is different. Do what is best for your baby, not you.

Sierra - posted on 12/23/2008

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Cassandra-

My son will be 8 weeks old tomorrow and he eats about every 3 hours about 4-5 oz. I started giving him a little cereal at night to help him sleep better and it did! I would suggest trying it just a little at a time. I don't make the bottles too thick and just a little makes a difference. Most people say to do fruit later because it can hurt their bottoms when the go poo. Good luck!

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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I have been told by lots of people including our pediatrician and our WIC consultant not to put baby cereal in the bottle. Besides what Holly said in the comment above it is said to be a choking hazard, and can hold babies back on their development with feeding because parents and baby get to used to it in the bottle and its easier that way.

Holly - posted on 12/23/2008

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I have a 6 1/2 month old baby boy that has always been a little hungry man!! He was breastfed only for the first 2 months but my milk supply couldn't keep up with his appetite--and I wasn't having enough time to pump milk once I went back to work. He started on formula for about half his feedings each day at about 2 months and still had breastmilk the other half. He would eat 6oz every 3-4 hours for a while, but then at about 2 1/2 months old it got to be every 2 hours he was hungry, so then we decided to start giving him a little cereal in his morning bottle each day (about 1/2 teaspoon in 6 oz of formula at first and then worked up to 1 teaspoon in 6oz formula over the next couple of weeks). First we did try to give him 7oz bottles, but even to this day if he has more than 6oz of formula he spits up. I had been told that it was not the best thing to do--as far as putting cereal in his bottle--because it fills them up more and makes them think they are still hungry when they have a bottle without cereal---this is what the lady at a WIC clinic told me (she compared it to us drinking a milkshake vs a glass of water--we would feel a lot fuller after the milkshake). Whether that is right or not, I don't know. My boy did just fine on it and it kept him happier throughout the day. He was on that until about 5 months old, that's when we started him on baby food also. {We were told to wait until at least 5 months old because that's when they lose the tongue-thrust instinct (spitting the food back out) when being spoon fed. We were also told that their digestive systems are still a little too fragile to handle baby food until 5 months, and that it could cause serious gas pains and constipation for the baby. The WIC lady also told us that the tubes that connect our ears and our throat are at a different angle in babies until they are about 5-6 months old, and they have the tongue-thrust instinct to push solid food back to out because the food would get backed up into these tubes and sit in their ears and cause ear infections.} A lot of info from a lot of different people but even our doctor confirmed all that...he said to start food no earlier than 5 months. Our little guy was eating about 1-1.5 oz of baby food once a day until we went to our 6 month checkup and the doctor said he was a little underweight for his age. He said to start feeding him more baby food and still give him the same amount of formula as he has had for the last few months. So now has a 6oz bottle in the morning when he wakes up, then 2 hours later he has about 1 teaspoon or so of baby cereal mixed with about 1oz of fruit baby food and enough water to make it runny, then in 2-3 hours he'll have another bottle and take a nap, and then 2-3 hours later 2-3oz of baby food, and then a bottle 2-3 hours later just before bed and he sleeps all nite. Our doctor told us the most important thing is to listen to your baby though because every baby is different...he will tell you when he is hungry and when he is full. It is pretty normal though to be feeding any baby every 3-4 hours--and it's actually not recommended to go more than 4 hours before feeding him again--unless of course he is asleep. Plenty of food, plently of naps, and plently of love are what my doctor and everyone else has told us are the most important things. One website i found really helpful, especially since we started the baby food is www.gerber.com. They have some menus on there that giv u an idea of what to feed ur baby no matter what age, and just a lot of info about everything baby related. Sorry, this kind of turned into a lot of info for u but hopefully it helps--I know I couldn't get enough info during these first few months.

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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I think the best thing is to use your own judgment. Also if you look at Gerbers baby cereal box it says to go by your babies developments not by age, gerber has a good website for information too www.gerber.com. I have almost 4 1/2 month old twin girls and I started them on rice cereal at about 3 1/2 months old. At their 4 month well baby check up the dr said it would be ok to start first stage foods. He also suggested to start veggies first and then fruit. It would be a really good idea to check with your babies doctor before starting anything.

Kathy - posted on 12/23/2008

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I started cereal at 3 months, veggies at 4 months, fruits at 5 months and meats at 6 months. I gave applesauce around 6 months I would say.

Tracey - posted on 12/23/2008

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Your baby shouldn't *need* anything other than breastmilk/formula until they are 4-6 months old. Putting cereal in their milk makes them think they're full quicker, but then they don't get the extra nutrition from the milk, so you can be doing your baby a mis-service.

When I had both of mine (Isabel, my youngest, is 10 months), the child health nurses were advising us to wait until 6 months before we gave them any solids at all.. (I think that's in line with the World Health Organisation guidelines) but both of my babies (in different ways) indicated that they were ready for real food between 3.5 & 4 months (James would reach for whatever you were eating and get cranky that he was being left out.. very obviously wanting whatever we had! Isabel wasn't as obvious, it took me a few days to cotton on as she'd just get whingy and cry at our meal times - because she didn't want to be left out either!)

Whatever you're thinking of doing, make sure that you check with your health nurse/paediatrician/GP in reference to *your* baby's needs, weight, development etc.

Brandie - posted on 12/23/2008

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putting a little cereal in the bottle is not a problem just dont make it really thick.

once i did that my baby slept better too at night)

i would try at first like 1 tbs to abottle that would help then increase as he gets older Dont worry when the time comes your baby will learn how to eat out of a spoon that is the reason most docs say not too when your boy is ready you will know

i would not do it at every feeding too much cereal too soon could make him constupated

Sarah - posted on 12/23/2008

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i gave my daughter a lil cereal and formula bottle when she was 2 months old and she slept better thru the night. enjoy they grow up sooooo fast. my daughter is now 3. it seemed like yesterday she was born

Sharon - posted on 12/23/2008

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Trust me...you will know when he is ready! Every baby is different. My son is 6 months old and now eats cereal like a pro, but I tried giving it to him at 3 months and he just wasn't ready. He cried and spit it all out (he still had the tongue thrust reflex). Now he can't get enough. I still breastfeed him for most meals, but about twice a day he has cereal mixed with a little gerber apple juice. Anyways...YOU know your child better than anyone so I'm sure you will make the best decision...good luck!

Holly - posted on 12/23/2008

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I had the same question with my daughter. She's almost two months now. I asked her pediatrician and they told me that if I wanted to start her on cereal at 3 months I could. However, it would have to be way watered down. Almost enough that she can still drink it through her bottle. But since, she's having problems gaining weight it'll help her with that. For right now, we just give her as much to eat as she wants. Sometimes its 8 oz every two hours and sometimes its every four. It really depends on how active she's been. If your son is very active then his eating habits are normals.

Leisa - posted on 12/23/2008

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i think it is best to start him when you feel he is ready my daughter now 2 was around 2 and half mths she just wasnt satisfied so i sarted her off with the once a day teaspoon or a bit more of baby ceral and just waited till that wasnt satisfing enough and started her on two meals a day i also have used the ceral in the bottles i did that with my first but everyones got an opinon my best one of all is trust you instincts it got me through three kids

Casey - posted on 12/23/2008

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ASK YOUR DOCTOR!!!!! They will use his weight and growth to let you know if it's okay. What ever you do don't put the cereal in the bottle it's really bad for them. A lot of people recommend it and my doctor said it was one of the worst things to do. Good luck.

Kyrie - posted on 12/23/2008

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hiya Cassandra, my youngest was a very hungry baby and i had the same concerns as u with feeding. After askin lots of differant people, mums, midwifes i decided not 2 start her on solids but increase her bottles 2 9 oz and adding a little bit of rusk 2 the mixture, it thickens the milk up slightly so feels the stomach a bit more. By the time she was 4 months tho, i did start her on solids aswell as milk which seemed 2 work wonders. But really and truely only you know ur baby and only u can no if he is ready, maybe offer him some apple puree, see how he rects and take it from there.

Good luck, hope all works out. xx

Jessica - posted on 12/23/2008

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When I took my little one for her 2 month appointment. The Dr asked if we started her on cereal or yellow vegetables yet. And we had not. He said it was fine either way. If she was satisfied with just formula then you can wait to introduce others or you can go ahead and start her on yellow vegetables and cereal. So that night we went ahead and gave her carrots and she loved it. I guess you have to see if he takes the spoon well yet or not. And only try one thing a week so if he has an allergic reaction to something you know what it is. Good Luck and enjoy!!!!

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