Is 3 months too early for cereal??

JANE - posted on 10/17/2012 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My daughter turned 3 months on Oct 10th. She was sleeping almost 7 hours at night until just recently. Now, she is back to waking up every 4 hours. She sucks down her milk so quickly! She is on formula and drinking anywhere from 5-6oz/feeding (she has about 6 bottles/day). She is all of a sudden real fussy at night too. She is normally very content. Not sure if she is just going through a growth spurt, or if it is time to start cereal. I am wondering if she needs a little substance in her belly at night. Any suggestions?

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Deb - posted on 10/23/2012

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Cereal should never be given in a babys bottle and it not reccomended before 4 months.. I would suggest tryng 8 oz to see if she just needs a little bit more... reason it's not reccomended is 1.. baby's tummy can't digest it the way it needs to yet... 2... introducing it to early can lead to an overweight child when they get older... Talk to you dr before you actually do it tho some say it is ok even tho that is not what the board of pedicatrics reccomends...

Innocentglitter - posted on 12/03/2012

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She is to young for cereal. Try just giving her more formula an extra two onces may be what she needs. Also babies change there sleeping habits a lot

Threenorns - posted on 10/23/2012

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YES it is too early!



your baby is not sucking back the formula bec she's starving - she's sucking back the formula to prevent herself from drowning! the bottle doesn't stop - it keeps drip, drip, dripping. she can't decide if she wants a little or a lot - it's what she gets.



if she's going through a growth spurt, she needs *nutrition* - vitamins, minerals, protein - not pasteboard filler.



don't be in such a rush to force your baby to grow up. eating, sleeping, potty training, walking - babies do NOT need "training" or "help" - when was the last time you saw a normal, healthy kid being helped by mom to stand at the high school podium receiving his diploma in a "diaper-cut" tuxedo and carrying a bottle?

Samantha - posted on 10/21/2012

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sometimes belly aches wake up baby at night i gave my son gripe water. also at 3 months old babies should still be fed on demand so it wouldn't hurt to give her a small bottle in the middle of the night.

Atasha - posted on 10/18/2012

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Three months is NOT too young for cereal! It all depends on the child. A little cereal in the bottle won't kill them, bloat them or cause any long term problems! All that matters is what the mother feels comfortable doing. My son is 11 months and has been "eating" cereal since he was 4 months old. He is healthy, happy and doing great! I suggest you do what YOU feel is right for your little one. If they are cranky try the cereal in the bottle. If it doesn't help, at least you tried to do something. Don't ever let what anyone says stop you from making choices about your child and their well being. After all you are their mother and should know your child well enough to know in your heart what is right.

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Kris - posted on 12/08/2012

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Both my kids were on baby cereal when they were 2 weeks old. I had to put some in their bottles cause they were waking up so often and be screaming bloody murder cause they were so hungry. As long as it's not too thick, and she's not eating it by itself, it should be fine. Just make sure you get only 1 kinda at a time, in case she's allergic to one of them. If she's fussy when you put her down, try burping her some more. sometimes a little gas stays in their belly, and they get discomfort, and sometimes pain.



Oh and make sure you have a couple special nipples with bigger holes so she can drink it. If you use a regular nipple with a regular hole, she'll never be able to get it out of the bottle and she'll start getting frustrated.

Kimberly - posted on 12/03/2012

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just my opinion but i think 3 months is quiet a bit early for cereal expecially like cornflakes and other stuff that isnt purified, again my opinion but with my son he was a hungry baby, so i started weaning between 4-6 months with porrige, only, or purrified bannana!! ....what was the birthweight of ur baby, as my 2 were 10 and 11 lbs !!! so they both wee hungry babys and i had to go with what there bodys was telling me and did start weaning at 4-6 months every baby is different, lumpy foods as far as im aware are not recommended for there 1st tastes of food just purrified foods hope this helps u xxxx :)

Becca - posted on 12/02/2012

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of course it is, their probably still very fragile, just stick to bottle/boob and he'll be fine. at about 7 months the baby might start finger food.

Julie - posted on 12/01/2012

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Your daughter must be going through a growth spurt at this time if she is consuming so much that is not normal to you . Second I started given my daughter Nestum in her milk after 2 months ..half of a scoop of cereal by 4 months a whole scoop. The other type of cereals the same process although my kid did not take to those . Oh and don't give it to her every feeding because milk and cereal is heavy and would bring on constipation .. when that happens make sure your giving her a little bit of water to drink .. or a milk of half and half of apple juice and water.

Kelly - posted on 11/29/2012

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My baby boy did the same thing around 3 months, but he was waking up every 2 hours to eat and was only waking up once before that. he seemed to be hungry all the time and always watched me and my husband eat and looked very interested in it so I started him on farley cookies, crumble it up and mix with formula/breaks milk and now he seems much fuller ans satisfied and sleeps much much better. If he watches you eat and looks intersted i think thats a good time to start him on the rice cereal. You baby will tell you when they are ready.

Rachel - posted on 11/27/2012

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PS... make sure to watch her poop after you start the cereal! Sometimes it causes babies to become very constipated because their poop can get so hard from not being use to the more solid foods. Thats why newborns really should NOT have any!

Rachel - posted on 11/27/2012

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My son has been in the 90% and up groups for height and weight since birth so naturally he ate more than normal(also slept through night starting at 7wks). At about 3.5 months he started spitting and throwing up alot. The doctor said it was because he was too filled with liquid and there was nothing to absorb it, so he told me to start introducing baby food and cereal to help absorb the liquids and keep him satisfied through out the night. SO yes I think your going through what I did, it sounds like your daughter needs something more solid in her diet at this point BUT you should make sure it is ok with her doctor just incase its something else. Goodluck!

Melissa - posted on 11/26/2012

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also as a guide line when u offer baby a teaspoon of food if they poke out their tongue a bit instead of opening their mouths they r usually not ready

Melissa - posted on 11/26/2012

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there are usually formulas for extra hungry babies i think they r just a little heavier and take longer to digest

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Nope! doctors suggest 4-6 months for solids, because it takes about that long before a baby can properly digest foods, but i i started my son at 3 months. i would nurse, empty each boob (i had ALOT of milk) and he was still hungry so i mixed pablem and breast milk and fed it to him. There is nothing worng with that.

Cindy - posted on 11/23/2012

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Well I just had a baby and she always wants to eat and she is only a month old I started giving her cereal and it helps her alot. It cant hurt to try

Vanessa - posted on 11/17/2012

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Each child is different. As long as you and your doctor have an understanding of the plan for your child, that is all that matters. it maybe too early for your child, or, like with my child, who was born at 42 weeks and 2 days, it kept her from starving. what ever you decide, make sure you talk with your pediatrician.

Jessika - posted on 11/11/2012

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Honestly, ive given my 3 month old a little bit of cereal in with his formula. and ive also given him little bites of supported sitter baby food. he loves it, and complety healthy with no tummy troubles. and giving her cereal at time, does help them sleep longer. also, the nighttime lotion

Lottie - posted on 11/04/2012

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a teaspoon of cereal wont hurt. i also give mine half apple juice half water.try the cereal could help her in the end.

Morgan - posted on 11/04/2012

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No cereal until 6 months!! Babys are unable to digest cereals..nutrients etc...she ismore then likely going thro a growth spurt. Maybe up the oz per feeding?

Tonya - posted on 10/23/2012

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I gave all three of my kids cereal at 6 weeks. I was working full time and going to school full time, I needed my sleep! My kids dr. said as long as they aren't getting sick from it, and it isn't in their bottle it is fine. Also, if you do start with cereal, then make sure it doesn't have fruits in it.

User - posted on 10/23/2012

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when my son was 4 months old he went through a crazy growth spurt, and my milk wasnt enough for him. So for about a week i gave him a wee bit of pablum at lunch time. it worked like a charm, and once his growth spurt was done, he was right back to just milk until 6 months :)

Tanya - posted on 10/22/2012

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It's way too early. (Too early introduction of solids, that includes cereal in a bottle, can lead to a multitude of problems later on. Some that might only be noticed as adults.)



She's probably going through a growth spurt. I'd stick with only her milk till at least 5.5 months. Her milk is more than enough substance. They really only need milk.

Melissa - posted on 10/21/2012

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most of the time doctors will say between 4-6 months to start cereal than solids, even boxes will say that too. However talk with your doctor get his view and see what you think will benefit your child!

Lynn - posted on 10/21/2012

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Ok im a mother of 5 my oldest started cereal in her bottle at 2 months old cause she was eatin 8oz and still wantin more my second baby girl started cereal at 3 months in her bottle my third lil girl didnt start till she was 5 months and my forth started at 3 months they were all formula fed now my baby is almost 4 months breastfed and no cereal yet because her dr thinks its better for my supply but there dr is the one who told me to put the cereal in there bottle have u tried 8 oz bottles at a feedin that would be my first idea if after that then add cereal and talk to the dr cause it could be somethin else or teethin cause my girls all started between 2 and a half months and 5 months but as for the comment of a baby sleepin 6 hrs not bein good the drs will tell u if ur baby feeds 6 times a day has wet diapers ur ok to let the baby sleep anywhere from 4 to 8 hours at a time mine have all slept 7 hours a night sence almost 2 months old all but my baby she sleeps 4 to 6 hours a night depends how long she feds for so dont ever run it if u dont know u can scare a yound mom over stuff like that

Alisha - posted on 10/19/2012

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I agree with Atasha....you have to do what you feel iss right. As long as you go by general guidlines our job as mothers is to fill in the gaps the best way you can. EVERYONE has an opinion and most people usually think they're right, which doesn't make your decision making process any easier. I have a 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. They both had reflux so I put cereal in they're bottle's at night. I only put a teaspoon or two. It doesn't have to be much. They only thing you can do is try it if you want to. You'll get a pretty good idea the first time if it helps her out or not. Sometimes it's worth it because they cann sleep better and they need good rest to help them grow after all. Anyway hope this helps at least a little.

Atasha - posted on 10/19/2012

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We all have our childrens best interests at heart and we aren't trying to be rude either. This forum is for mom's to interact and ask questions. It doesn't help when we have people trying (or not trying intentionally) to make us feel like we are less than adequate as parents. I do understand your concern but it really is up to ourselves to care for our children as we see fit.

JANE - posted on 10/19/2012

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Thank-you everyone (except Dove, I agree you are very rude. Just on here looking for suggestions, and not judgement. No Mom deserves that on here). I really appreciate the feedback! I talked to her pediatrician and she agrees she's ready for cereal! She's a hungry girl, and just needs a little more substance at night. Thanks again. This was my first post, and most all of you made me feel very welcome to the group!

Melissa - posted on 10/19/2012

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Dove, you are being rude. There is a better way to communicate what you feel is right then by belittling others. It might be harmful, but it might be harmful not to too. I know plenty of babies that their doctor told them to mix rice cereal and formula in their bottles because of various issues. I started both my kids on cereal out of a bowl at 3 1/2 months because they were underweight and needed the extra calories, they were being breastfeed every 2 hours during the day but they have high metabolism and needed the extra food. It is true that a one month old should be eating every 2-3 hours during the DAY, but it is ok for them to go 6-8 hours at night without a bottle if they are sleeping, of course if they wake up sooner because they are hungry they should be fed, but it's not doing any harm to let them sleep through the night if they are. Every parent I know with a baby right now as been told to let them sleep through the night if they will. With my first I was making enough milk so to produce more I was feeding him every 2 hours around the clock and he didn't sleep through the night until well after a year, my second slept 8 hours the first night out of the womb, no one at the hospital was concerned that she went that long without eating, she was sleeping and it was a good sign she was able to sleep so well. During the day I would nurse her every 2-3 hours and at night she would sleep generally about 8 hours before waking to eat. At about 3 months she started not sleeping as well and was waking up more often to eat, but it only lasted a couple weeks and then she was back on her old schedule, I think it was because she was just going through a growth spurt. The best thing to do in any situation is to consult your babies doctor. The biggest harm in introducing cereal to young is potential allergies, I have absolutely no history of allergies on either side of our families so I knew my kids would be just fine and rice is very low on the allergy scale.

Atasha - posted on 10/18/2012

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Wow Dove you are very rude and inconsiderate. This post was for Jane and it is HER decision. You have no right to say we are being bad mothers just because you feel you are right. It 'might' be harmful you are right but there is NO harm in trying to help your child. Please don't go around making others feel bad because you feel justified.

Leslie - posted on 10/18/2012

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my child got it after one month being born and i did it through the bottle and made the nibble bigger. it work. she made to six hours.

LaShanda - posted on 10/18/2012

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Some people will say that a 3mnth old is too young for cereal but it dependa on the baby..when my son was born the doc fed him n and screamed so bad the doc had to give him another bottle and then he was content. He had to b on cereal fresh out the hospital and today he is a healthy 7yr old and had no health problems at all

Jennifer - posted on 10/18/2012

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Our doctor had us start my two children on cereal at 3 months. He said to start using a baby spoon so they get used to it and mix it with formula (breast milk for nursing moms i'm sure). Neither one got much cereal in them at first but I think it did help them learn how to use a spoon and fill their bellies a little more once they got the hang of it. My daughter is now almost 4 and my son is almost 1.

Bethany - posted on 10/18/2012

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Both my kids had cereal in their milk at 3 months. My first daughter was never satisfied with milk and was always fussy even when her bottle was empty. When she started having a little cereal in her milk it made all the difference. And my second daugher had reflux and her pediatrician told me to add a little cereal to her milk that it would help keep it down. My kids are 4 and almost 3 now and doing great. And they were both on very finely chopped table foods by 8 months. Hope you can find the right solution for your little one so you can both have some peace.

Stacey - posted on 10/18/2012

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This happened to me with my daughter. It is more than likely to be a growth spurt I started mine on solids when she was almost 5 months. But I made up some pear apples carrots sweet potato avacodo and just blended them. But I gave her it at lunch time first and now at dinner time 2 with a cup of boiled water. But I found that giving her a bath just before bedtime helped me aswel hope this helps a bit. X

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