Hey gals, when did you start your kids on infant cereal?

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Rachel - posted on 08/28/2009

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i stared giving my little girl cereal bottles at 6 weeks, i know it sounds young but she loved it and she slept through the night! i just bought a bottle at the store with a good sized nipple and cut an x in the nipple so she could suck it through easier. but i started spoon feeding her as soon as she could sit up. :)

Amii - posted on 08/28/2009

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I started at six months, both my babies showed a lot of interest in food earlier but i have been told about and read about a link between the increase in food allergies when children start eating solids too young. I have also heard of a link between starting solids early and childhood obesity as well. On the other hand I have known of babies with reflux and lactose issues that have been helped by stating solids earlier so I guess its about what works for each individual family. Both my childeren slept for longer at night after they started, they also became a little constipated, i think i made the cereal too thick so i started adding a little prune juice to it and that helped alot.

Jenny - posted on 08/30/2009

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i started my daughter @ 2 weeks and each week i would add a little bit more cereal to her bottle. she sleeps form 9:30pm until 10 am almost everyday! She is 8 weeks now and i am going to attempt to give her baby food..lol she will still be on the bottle of course! LOL My doc said that i was starting her way too young but my mom started me when I was young and my brothers and sisters and we all turned out just fine. no food allergies or anything.

Robbyn - posted on 08/29/2009

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (you know, that organization that your pediatrician SHOULD be basing his recommendations on) says *no* solids before 6 months.
If your child is still hungry after X ounces of breast milk/formula, he needs more breast milk/formula, not cereal.
By substituting cereal for milk, you're denying your baby vital nutrition and replacing it with overly processed, hard to digest "food" product.

Amra - posted on 08/28/2009

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Both of my boys started eating rice cereal about 1 week before they hit 4 months. Both were stricly nursed and I just waited for signs. The would watch intently when anyone around was eating, sitting up well and nursing more ofter. My youngest had reflux but the doctor never once told me to add rice to his bottle. I was always told that was a BIG no no. After cereal for a week I introduce a new vegetable every 3 days or so. After a month we moved on to oatmeal and a fruit in the morning along with the rice and veggie at dinner. Also, if your baby has doubled his birthweight it is time no matter the age. For the moms out there that have babies with reflux, there is a special formula made for babies who spit up frequently: Enfamil A.R. Lipil with added rice starch. It isn't anymore expensive then regular formula and Target even makes one in there Up&UP brand.

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Tiffany - posted on 09/03/2009

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i have started both my boys on the cereal when they were 5 months old of course after i asked my dr,and when it seemed like the formula just wasnt enough anymore! but that was just me..good luck

Nicole - posted on 09/03/2009

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I started when my son was 4 months old. DEFINITELY not any earlier than that. No cereal in the bottle. Feed with a spoon from a bowl. I would only start with rice cereal, my doctor told me that whole grains are much harder for babies to digest. He said that 4-6 months is the best time to start.

Stephanie - posted on 09/03/2009

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The dr. suggested we put 2TBS of rice cereal in his bottles- all of them- at 1 month. By 4 months he was eating cereal from the spoon... he's been eating like crazy ever since

Corinne - posted on 09/03/2009

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i started at 2 months, and she loved it. then at around 2 1/2 months i started her on applesauce. so she would have cereal and applesauce in the morning and at night

Kylie - posted on 09/03/2009

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i started each child diferentlt but all were around the 4mths age when their bottles weren't enough..

Lyndsey - posted on 09/03/2009

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I started feeding my daughter cereal in her bottle about 4mths old. DR's tell some people not to do it in their bottle, but when you really get down to why they don't want you to, it's just so your baby can learn how to eat things like baby food. My daughter started on baby food stage one at 4-5 months, & she is almost 7 months & we just transitioned her to stage 2 (which is just larger size than 1's & a little thicker). So every DR will tell you something different, but a little cereal in their bottle will not hurt them & it also keeps them full about 30min-1 hour longer.

Evelyn - posted on 09/03/2009

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At about 5 1/2 months, but only once in a while. Wouldn't want him to develop any allergies, it's not worth the risk, as I have many food allergies.

Beth - posted on 09/03/2009

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My daughter is a little piggy and wasn't get full on formula alone i felt like i was feeding her more than anything else so her dr told me i could start her on cereal at 2 months!! I would recommend u speak with ur dr and see what they think!!

Jessica - posted on 09/03/2009

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we started our daughter at 4 months, but she would not eat cereal. We tried both rice and oatmeal. I discussed this with her doctor and we went to vegetables about 5 months and she loves the vegetables.

Anne-Marie - posted on 09/03/2009

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my son was drinkin more then he should have been from the day he was born. I tried him on it at about 3 months and didnt like so i gave him pureed fruit n vegies and he was fine after that

Anne-Marie - posted on 09/03/2009

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my son was drinkin more then he should have been from the day he was born. I tried him on it at about 3 months and didnt like so i gave him pureed fruit n vegies and he was fine after that

Anne-Marie - posted on 09/03/2009

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my son was drinkin more then he should have been from the day he was born. I tried him on it at about 3 months and didnt like so i gave him pureed fruit n vegies and he was fine after that

Amber - posted on 09/03/2009

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I put it in his bottle at bedtime, and was told by his doctor to do this as well. And he was starting to hold his head up very early, which i was told was from him being a bigger, stronger baby at birth.

Kelly - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:

2 weeks!!!!!


wow! 2 weeks! you must be so proud! I know non of my babies could sit unassisted at two weeks or even hold their head up for that matter.  you must have a little genious on your hands to be able to follow the spoon with his eyes and open his mouth up wide in anticipation of the spoon.



I know mine didnt  until the recomended age of 4-6 months.

Amber - posted on 09/03/2009

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I started my son at 2 weeks in his bottle at bedtime with his formula. It helped him seep thru the nite better. But I also started him kind of early cause he was 10 1/2 lbs at birth and needed somthin extra lol:) But I think in the first mont is ok :)

Krystal - posted on 09/03/2009

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My pedia said to go a head and start putting ceral in my daughter's bottle at six weeks because she wanted to eat so much and would not sleep through the night.

Heather - posted on 09/03/2009

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I started around 4mnth. I have twin boys and they seem really hungry. You will know when. When the baby needs more food and dos not seem satisfied.

Shanieka - posted on 09/03/2009

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Alex started at 3 months. Since I didnt breastfeed anymore it was a great way of getting him to go to sleep and he slept better!!

Nicole - posted on 09/03/2009

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I started putting a little bit in a bottle with formula at about 5 or 6 months. I used a gerbers rice cereal. You always want to start with a single grain. I noticed that he just seemed to be hungary and not sleeping as well through the night. I started putting the cereal in his bottle right before bed so he could be full and hopefully make it a little longer without wanting more cereal. After he got used to it, I started doing it in the morning bottle as well. Don't put too much cereal in the bottle. You don't want it to be too thick. I started off with just a little bit and worked my way up.

Tina - posted on 09/03/2009

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my son was drinking 40oz a day at 4 months. I decided to start rice cereal at bed time he slept through the night.

Katie - posted on 09/03/2009

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i am soley breastfeeding my daughter and i went back to work about three ago and had to try to get her to take a bottle. she's is just over 5 months. i tried introducing the cereal about a month ago which was right when i was trying to give her a bottle and she din't want anything to do it either of them. so i stopped the cereal and got her taking a bottle once a day (i only work 4 hours every other day) and i tried introdusing the cereal again about 2 weeks ago and she loves it. you'll know when you baby is ready if you give her a couple spoon fulls and she spits it all right out, put it away and try again next week

Lindsey - posted on 09/03/2009

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I started with my 2nd child at 4 months. I gave her her first try she wasnt too sure about it. I tried giving it to her every other day till she go used to it. Now she is just a week shy of 5 months and she eats it once day sometimes twice.

Sara - posted on 09/03/2009

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I started my son on rice cereal when he was 3 months old he would drink 8 oz of milk and a time every 3-4 hours. so I started him with 1table spoon of cereal and 2oz of milk at bed time it helped a lot. and he started sleeping thrugh the night. hope this helpes!

Melissa - posted on 09/03/2009

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I started spoon feeding my son cereal at 4 months, along with a stage 1 fruit or vegie

Robin - posted on 09/03/2009

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My son was born hungry...After three months I started to give him some cereal in with his formula. So many people had things to say about this as they always do but it helped him alot.

Jenny - posted on 09/03/2009

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mine started between 3 and 4 months but it is when your child isn't satisfied with just getting milk. If your child wants to have milk more often or gets fussy inbetween feedings then they should be ready.

Kim - posted on 09/02/2009

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I STARTED GIVING MY SON CEREAL IN HIS BOTTLE AT 2 MONTHS AND THATS WHEN HE STARTED SLEEPN THRU THE NITE! ITS WAS GREAT!

Nettie - posted on 09/02/2009

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I gave some rice cereal to my daughter when she was 6 weeks. She done fine, she only gets it every once in awhile at nite time only. But make sure its the single grain rice kind only when they are that young. They can get constipated from it somestime also being that young, so just watch and be careful.

Nettie - posted on 09/02/2009

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I gave some rice cereal to my daughter when she was 6 weeks. She done fine, she only gets it every once in awhile at nite time only. But make sure its the single grain rice kind only when they are that young. They can get constipated from it somestime also being that young, so just watch and be careful.

Melissa - posted on 09/02/2009

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i started my daughter on infant cereal at around 2 weeks old. it was in a bowl and very soupy and she didnt get very much. I gradually uped it as she got older. she is now 6 months old. i still only give it to her once a day and thats at night before bed

Kandy - posted on 09/02/2009

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I say between 4-5 months! They get rerally hungry around this age. I put a little fruit out of the jar in my babies cereal, and he love it kinda thick!

Rebecca - posted on 09/02/2009

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I started my son on cereal at 4 months. He was almost 10 lbs at birth so he was a big boy. I was breastfeeding and he wanted to eat every hour on the hour. I was exhausted!!! I couldn't keep him full and satisfied.

Robin - posted on 09/02/2009

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My babies doctor gave me the ok when she was 4 months. I also was told by other moms that you could put some cereal in with milk in the bottle.

Marilyn - posted on 09/02/2009

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Well for me my daughter started in her first month. I took her to the doctor cause she was always hungry and sick at the end of the day so, the doctor told me to use cereal. After that she was just fine. Her doc said she was eating more than her stomach could hold.

Kasie - posted on 09/02/2009

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I started both of my kids on cereal when they were 3 months, but start slow, if they dn't take it well... wait a while

Rebbecca & James - posted on 09/02/2009

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my son was just under 2 months

my 2nd child was about 4 months

and i'm thinkin of startin my 3rd soon and she is 6 weeks so prob around 2-3 months she will start

Naomi - posted on 09/02/2009

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My Daughter Charlotte is 5 mths old.. I started her on rice ceral when she was 3.5 mths.. her bottles weren't satisfying. Really it's your decision when to start. my only advice is if you feel your baby is ready, just try a little. Hope it helps

Remy - posted on 09/02/2009

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Probably at about 4 and a half to five months. But she never really liked it. She is at the top of the charts for height and I was worried about her getting enough nutrients. So occasionally, I gave her a bit mixed into her bottle. But then my doctor said not to do that so I stopped. I just upped the amount of formula I gave her.

Remy - posted on 09/02/2009

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Probably at about 4 and a half to five months. But she never really liked it. She is at the top of the charts for height and I was worried about her getting enough nutrients. So occasionally, I gave her a bit mixed into her bottle. But then my doctor said not to do that so I stopped. I just upped the amount of formula I gave her.

Remy - posted on 09/02/2009

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Probably at about 4 and a half to five months. But she never really liked it. She is at the top of the charts for height and I was worried about her getting enough nutrients. So occasionally, I gave her a bit mixed into her bottle. But then my doctor said not to do that so I stopped. I just upped the amount of formula I gave her.

Jamie - posted on 09/02/2009

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Mine was 3months and then I was told by my doctor to start in on baby foods at about 41/2months because he was drinking to much formula. He was in the 98%. I think the normal age is about 4months though.

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