baby food and rice for a 3 1/2 month old???

Tearssa - posted on 12/03/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 3 months and 2 weeks old, and my bf's mom and dad are telling me that i need to start feeding her baby food and putting rice in her bottle. i talked to my mom and she said rice was okay but not to do baby food yet cuz she's too young. i tried giving her mashed potatoes on thanksgiving but she got the craps for a week, it was like water. should i wait on the baby food or what?? and how much rice should i give her or is it to soon for that too???

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User - posted on 12/03/2012

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Putting rice in her bottle can make her choke, babys have lost their lives over that, not to scare you but its true. Babies digestive system is not ready to have food until age 4 months. Think about when the baby was in your tummy, she didnt use her digestive system eating food, she couldnt, she drank amniotic fluid and got all the nurishment from the umb. cord. She needs the first 4 months to prepare and get ready for food. Even at four months she should only have cereal, plain cereal as in rice, oatmeal, barley,no added fruits with it. Alot of people give their babies the kind with the fruit because they say it tastes better, but what that is doing to your baby is showing them that some foods are more desirable than others, no baby will like all cereal right off the bat, it takes time and to get her aquainted with a variety will help her later on, she wont be soo picky. At 6 months is when you should start implementing the baby food veggies and fruits. Theres no need to rush anything, she has plenty of time to learn new things, just take them one step at a time.

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Brittney - posted on 12/05/2012

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I only introduced cereal to keep my daughter filled for a longer period of time (at 2 months she was drinking over 90 ounces of formula). I gave her 1/8 cup per meal (one for breakfast and one for dinner) and she was still drinking 80 ounces. At 3 months I started giving her pureed veggies (one type a week) along with cereal in the mornings, at 4 months I gave her pureed fruits (one type a week). I would never put cereal in the bottle, because it is a choking hazard and its something new that baby needs to learn (eating with a spoon).

September - posted on 12/05/2012

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Your baby is too young for any solids including rice cereal. We waited until our son was 6 months before introducing rice cereal with a spoon. Never put it in a bottle. Personally if I were you I'd wait until she is 6 months and offer a small amount of rice cereal using a spoon. Keep in mind the only thing your baby needs is breast milk or formula at this point. Also keep in mind times have changed since your in laws were raising children. What one did back then is a little different than what is recommended now. If I were you I'd tell them to butt out! You could always talk to your pediatrician and then bring the information back to your in laws. I can bet your pediatrician will tell you to wait to introduce solids.

User - posted on 12/04/2012

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You and your sig other are the parents and sometimes parents see that yall being new parents that you need help and at times overstep the boundaries not realizing but meaning to help. But You two are the ones making the decision, not the inlaws or your parents. You should do your research and consult your doctor if you arnt sure on certain things. As a new parent myself I do not know everything and sometimes I might mistakes too, but you live and learn and as long as you are doing what you think is best then that is just being a good parent.

My mom and my hubbys mom try to push things on me too, my mom being too strict and his mom saying he can do almost anything he wants. So I know how you feel. My hubby does take up for his mom when I disagree wiht her (its not that he doesnt agree with me, its just that he loves him mom, its kind of a thing he needs to protect her in a sense). I struggled wiht this recently and finally overcome it. Remember they raised him, just as your parents you, and mostly what they say hes more prone to go with it. What needs to happen though you two need to have a discussion on this, both of you do research together and see what path fits both of your opinions. And when you find that, both of you need to stand up behind your choices. When those "pushy" family members see that they realize that you two are making the decision and will step back a bit. When they see that you are unsure about somehting they will be more likely to push their opinions on you. Just remember you two make the choices in your family and sometimes it is okay to look over something they say that you dont agree with, sometimes its just an added stress that as being a new parent you do not need.

Sarah - posted on 12/03/2012

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I would say you need to take advise from your doc. instead of the parents. You also have to realize that you are your child's parent. Some people family and non family can be VERY pushy, but you have to learn how to deal with that and do what is best for your child. You can hear what they are saying, but then do your research and ask your doc. before taking the advise. Some times you just have to ignore the pushiness and go on with what you feel is best for your child. Some times that might also mean not sharing as much information with the one's that are pushy. It may also mean limiting your time with those that are pushy.

Tearssa - posted on 12/03/2012

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if i were to tell his mom and dad that she aint ready for baby food than they say she needs it, or i gave my kids food when they were that old, or that they helped so many ppl raise their kids that they know what their talking about and since she my first kid that i dont know what to do yet cuz i havent learned yet, when i helped my sister raise her kids. i would baby sit every weekend and lived with her since her youngest was 4. but i still dont know what i'm talking about!!!!! they're the type of ppl that think they know everything, i know i still have stuff to learn but they PUSH their ways on u. and if i would tell my bf that i dont want to give her food than he says "well mom and dad said its ok" and if i would tell him idc about what they have to say he tells them like a 5 yr old and they get pissed at me!!!

User - posted on 12/03/2012

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Enjoy the moments you have with her now, she needs you 100% to take care of her, to feed her. Pretty soon, time will be flyin by and shell be using a spoon on her own feeding herself, and food everywhere lol. Cherish all the dependence, they get independent so quickly seems like youll still have that need for her to need you more than she will.

Becca - posted on 12/03/2012

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no you should wait until she is 6 months at least before introducing food just stick to breastfeeding/formula it's better for the baby's health

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