My baby absolutely refuses to eat cereal!!!

Randa - posted on 01/31/2011 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I can't force her to eat it.. But she's almost 5 months old now and should be starting to eat other things besides formula.. What do i do???

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Franshell - posted on 02/02/2011

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my daughter is 4 months and i already started her on solid... it isnt that the "correct" or "appropriate" age to start them on solids is 6 months.. the reason some doctors suggest you start them at 6 months is because their Tongue thrust isnt as strong.. it isnt because your baby doesnt LIKE the cereal or that they arent interested, its something that they cant control and when something other then their bottle or binkys touch their tongue they involuntarily push it out with their tongues.. If you choose to start your baby now, keep on with it, do just a little every day so she can get used to it and begin to loose the thrust.. :)

Marijke - posted on 02/03/2011

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Jessica - because they need you to buy it to make fat stacks of money.

In my opinion, I prefer feeding my child everything and anything the way nature intended it to be. She hated cereal and still does (18 months) she'd rather have apples and bananas and plums, peaches, grapes - you name it so how on earth is cereal better than that.

I did baby led weaning. I started at 5.5 months with soft fruits and veggies. Went to the pead at 3 months and he told me to start with cereal because our little girl was "developmentally ready" so I walked out of his office and said goodbye and haven't been to a pead since.

I read someone's reply saying that their grandmother did this and their mother did that - here's my take on that, those days formula wasn't great quality and unaffordable for some. They had loads of children so couldn't demand feed breastmilk because they were popping offspring like rabbits. And these days to mass produce all those cereals and bottled purees they add things to preserve it which might/can cause serious long term problems, most oats are genetically modified for supply/demand reasons.

I prefer peoples opinion who made an informed decision - who spent hours reading up about it and can list me the pros and cons of both. When people tell me they do something because everyone else is doing it - uhm no, so sorry - did you say something?

Carmen - posted on 02/01/2011

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Nicole, we're not saying don't give your baby food, we're saying don't give them solid food until 6 months. Formula and breastmilk ARE food, and are all the nutrition they need until even much older than 6 months (it's really just for practice from 6 months- 1 year+). Sleep habits change at 3 and 6 months, so you can mistakenly believe that your baby needs solids, but they don't. I think I trust a very large amount of highly educated highly intelligent doctors, nutritionist and the like instead of someone saying that they feel bad for not giving your baby "food". It's your kid, so do what YOU want, but don't lead others into permanently hurting their babies digestive systems- which solid food is PROVEN to do if you introduce it too early.

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breast milk or formula only until 6 months of age is the normal so you dont have to give her anything and even when you do start baby food is more for learning to eat rather than nutrition for a while.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/01/2011

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It's unfair to the child to not force them to eat food they don't want to eat? rofl. My kid never complained about a lack of rice cereal.

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Ilene - posted on 02/10/2011

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Are you puttinng it in her bottle or feeding creal from a bowl? All 3 of mine were getting cereal in their bottle by 3 months. It could also be the kind, manufactorer or a number of things. My son had to drink goats milk when he was an infant-toddler. Have you tried putting small pieces of fruit in it or mixing it with fruit juice. You have to be careful with that one though because too much juice (sugar) can rot their teeth out. Always try to keep a posative attitude and laugh.She knows when mommy's not happy. Good luck.

Charity - posted on 02/03/2011

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My son is 9 months old now and he loves baby cereal so im really no help in that department he never really liked jarred baby food I couldnt get him to eat it for anything, his doctor said it was perfectly fine , but I can tell you that he absolutely REFUSED to eat from those colored baby spoons I have to feed him everything from a regular old spoon, I had never heard of that before him but i would definately make sure its not the color of the spoon or bowl you are using :)

Adrienne - posted on 02/03/2011

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earliest some doctors suggest feeding cereal is 4 months of age... but most doctors will suggest you wait until they are 6 months old to start. Both my older boys started eating cereal at 4 months old but had all signs ready for it and they ate it no problem. My youngest is 10 months old and doesn't want to eat food. At 6 months old it would take an hour just to get him to take one bite. Now he is eating lunch and supper he'll snack on puffs and trying fruit but he refuses to eat anything in the morning except for a bottle of formula and I never had this problem with my older boys. Each child is different. So if she won't eat don't make her she is good for another month. My oldest if I forced him to eat anything he would make himself puke every time. Good Luck!

Kelly - posted on 02/03/2011

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My son started eating baby cereal at 4 months old. He lived through it. I gave him a new food once every week. Again hes fine. Now hes 11 months old and eats any thing i stick in front of him including tacos, yes shell and all...That said he started having teeth at 4 moths old too. so i would say what ever you feel confortable with is fine.

Yvonne - posted on 02/03/2011

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Have you tried a different type? Maybe she doesn't like the taste. And there's no "should be" when it comes to babies. Everything you read or hear are guidelines, not rules. Every child is different and some does not apply to the average standard. Maybe she's full? Have you tried to cut down on the formula at every meal? Or maybe she's weary of the spoon. I've no idea where you live, or if you can find it there, but you could you try the gruel? It's like cereal but you mix it as formula and she can drink it from the bottle? Everything's worth a shot, right? ;D

Good luck!

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How long have you been trying it? Give her a couple weeks to get used to the texture, the taste. Make sure it's relatively thin in consistancy as well. It could be too thick for her to handle at this age. Also, consider that she may not be ready for solids. Is she showing interest in what you eat? Does she grab for your plate if you hold her in your lap? My 7 month old, at 4 months of age was pulling my plate off the table, and just tonight was trying to steal my husbands caramel corn out of his hands. If she isn't acting like she's ready, don't force the issue. And if she truly doesn't like cereal, start her on something different. Try a single fruit or vegetable. Just don't give her anything mixed until she's had all parts of the mixture alone for several days to make sure she isn't allergic to any of it. Good luck!

Brianna - posted on 02/02/2011

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"Rice cereal is a less than perfect choice for the first complementary food given to infants. Rice cereal is low in protein and high in carbohydrates. It is often mixed with varying amounts of breast milk or formula. Although most brands of formula now have added iron, zinc, and vitamins, iron is poorly absorbed—only about 7.8% of intake is incorporated into red blood cells." Dr. Frank Greer

http://www.pediatricnews.com/article/S00...

Just to prove a point. Fruits, Vegetables, and Meats could be better choices. Rice/Barley/Oatmeal infant cereals are a choice, not a necessity. =]

Erin - posted on 02/02/2011

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Again, im pretty sure everybody else has said to follow your babies cues. If S/He isnt interested, dont force it.
its as simple as that. All babies grow and form and develop at different rates, so its really hard to tell a specific age. 6 months is just the safe average for most babies. many come earlier, some come later. Thus watching for your baby to take the lead.

Jessica - posted on 02/02/2011

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Lol Their digestive system is developed, if it wasn't they wouldn't be able to digest formula or breast milk. It's their gag reflex that needs to develop, and I don't know where everyone keeps hearing that the cereals aren't necessary because if you read the box it even says that it has "vitablocks" like iron to support healthy cognitive development, zinc a major building block of baby's HEALTHY immune system (helps them build immune system so they don't get sick), and 6 B vitamins to help convert food to energy AND is beneficial to feed to your baby until they are 2 years old , if it weren't necessary then why would these highly educated, highly intelligent pediatricians tell us to feed it to our babies lol...I've fed it to my daughter since she was 2 months old and she's never been sick or had any problems at all ;)

Brianna - posted on 02/02/2011

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Babies get most of their nutrients from formula or breast milk within the first year. It's all just practice until then, anyways.

Regardless of when you choose to start feeding, your child needs to be physically and emotionally ready. If she won't eat anything, wait awhile and try again. Cereals aren't necessary. They don't supply much nutrients anyways. Try veggies and fruits, they at least have the taste thing going for them, which will lead to your child liking more of a variety of foods later. =]

Deana M. - posted on 02/02/2011

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I started my baby on cereal at 4 months but i know many people who have waited til their babies were 6 months old until starting solids. Maybe she is just not ready yet.

Adrienne - posted on 02/02/2011

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Also try making the consistency a little more on the runny side...Madelyn would spit it out and not eat it if it was on the thicker side...I think she didn't like the texture...just a thought :)

Adrienne - posted on 02/02/2011

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My daughters ped.had us start cereal in her bottle when she was about 3 months old due to her reflux. Then had us start solids at 4 months because my daughter was ready for it. She had us start with cereal for 3 days, then veggies for 3 days then fruits for 3 days then meats for three days..that way we could watch for any possible allergies. Madelyn also HATED cereal when it was just mixed with formula so I asked the doctor and she said to mix it with fruit. What I do is mix 3 tsp. Of gerber rice cereal with 1/2 of a 3.5 oz jar of baby fruit and a little less than 2 oz of formula...she likes it a little runny almost. She eats all of it this way every morning! My sister in law also mixed my neices cereal with juice instead of formula....hope this helps!

Stifler's - posted on 02/02/2011

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That's not the point though... babies have to be personally ready to eat food. If they aren't interested nothing will come of you trying to get them to eat and stressing about it.

Sammie - posted on 02/01/2011

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Their digestive systems haven't developed enough to handle food to early. This is different to saying "it morphs into something else". It simply needs to develop. If a child is interested, by all means try solids. If they aren't interested, don't force it. My daughter tried rice cereal once and she hated it. I made all her food and she is a fantastic eater. Best of luck and remember, there is no wrong or right answer, you need to follow your daughters cues :-)

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2011

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I think it is so funny that people get so upset over when and what to feed a baby! My grandmother started feeding all 6 of her kids baby food at 2 months, my mom has 4 kids and started feeding 1 cereal at only 2 weeks because formula wasn't enough and the other 3 started at 2 months, my sister fed her 2 kids baby food at 2 months and I fed my daughter at 2 months and NOTHING is wrong with any of us! lol. Doctors these days don't want people feeding their babies before 6 months because they found that a lot of people were feeding their babies unhealthy things at a young age making them way over weight (things like mashed potatoes in their bottles!) so in order to stop this they had to set an age range and tell EVERYONE not to feed their baby before this age (one of those "highly intelligent nutritionist told me this). Babies are people just like everyone else, their digestive system does not morph into something else as they get older lol and formula is like drinking milk all day everyday which will make you constipated (doctor agreed ;)) Feed your baby what ever you want whenever you want lol

Erin - posted on 02/01/2011

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I think doctors say 6 months because thats around the safe average of when their digestive systems can handle food other than formula or breastmilk.
Before that you have a high chance of irritating their bowels and causing undue stress on their systems. Its best to wait and see when your baby shows an interest. If it happens to be at 2 or 3 months, and you try slowly and theres no problems, then great! your kids ready! But if you wait till 6 or 7 months and your kids still like "Meh, I dont want it" then your kid doesnt want it. Unless your doctor says "Oh by the way your child malnourished you should try cereals for sure" then dont worry!

Sarh - posted on 02/01/2011

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There is no need for her to have cereal! It is low in nutrition and most cereals cause constipation.
Start her with avocados they are great for brain development and is the only fruit that contains monounsaturated fat which is great for baby's development! About 75% of an avocado's calories comes from fat, most of which is monounsaturated fat. Avocados are high in calories which yes, not so good for us adults, but GREAT for babies! They also have about 60% more potassium then bananas!! They have a high fiber content which is great, because some other "starter foods" for babies are constipating foods... such as bananas, apple sauce, cereal etc. High avocado intake has been shown to have a beneficial effect on blood serum cholesterol levels.
Other first foods to start with are "P" fruits and green veggies. Other then avocado I'd start with veggies, some babies wont eat veggies after having fruit first.

Erin - posted on 02/01/2011

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My little girl started eating cereals at 5 months but only because she lead it. If your baby isnt interested, and theres no medical reason to be feeding it to them, then dont force it.

September - posted on 02/01/2011

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Nicole I started my son on solids at 6 months not because I was scared to start sooner but because it's what my highly educated pediatrician recommended. So I would not classify an educated decision as "being scared". I'd rather do what's healthiest for my child, personally! Growing children get the nutrients they need from breast milk and or formula until they are old enough for solids. If my son was still hungry I gave him more milk. He's 2 now and very happy and healthy! :)

Nicole - posted on 02/01/2011

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I see a lot of people are afraid to give babies food for some reason. I find it silly and unfair to the child in my opinion. Growing children need food! I started my oldest on cereal at 2 months because she was so hungry. My youngest is three and a half months and just started eating cereal. She loves it! I only give her one or two table spoons once a day but its a good start and it makes her happy to eat real food :) Sure she spits half of it out but that is because she needs to learn to eat.

Nicole - posted on 02/01/2011

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I have my three month old eating pablum aka baby cereal. I find she does better when i make it thinner. I also add some formula to it instead of just water, since she is usd to that taste. What kind of cereal do you buy? I only get rice cereal for my young babies, its easiest to eat and digest. I also agree with the suggestion to add fruit which is a good option for babies 5 months and older.

Ashley - posted on 02/01/2011

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i would try mixing it with fruit or getting the kind that is fruit flavored. & also r u making it with formula or just water--they eat it better if its made with formula bc it has a more familiar taste. I started my daughter (now 14 months & a FABULOUS eater---most of the time) @ 3 months on cereal & she ate it wonderfully until 4 months when i introduced baby food & she would have nothing to do with it after that. also ive heard u can put a pinch of brown sugar or white sugar in it to give it a little sweetness. & also keep in mind most people say to start out with it runny @ 1st...my daughter would NOT eat it that way had to be much thicker--so try different consistencies with it--& it does take time they really don't actually eat more than a couple spoonfulls until u have been giving it to them for several days. So i would say get creative & try different ways & if she still just won't eat it then move onto stage 1 veggies & fruits.

Carmen - posted on 02/01/2011

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Then don't give it to her. It's recommended to start at 6 months anyway, and even that isn't necessary. Google baby led weaning... it's an awesome way of solid feeding and your child may like it way more than mush- it's also much more natural and less confusing for them!

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2011

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Just try something else. My daughter didn't like the rice cereal, so I tried the oatmeal, she didn't like that much either, then I tried the oatmeal with bananas and she seemed interested but still spit it out, I found that she didn't like how runny it was (too watery) so I mixed it with some applesauce and made it a little thicker (not too much since she was just starting) and she couldn't eat it fast enough, sometimes it's not just the taste but the texture, kind of like if you have ever eaten anything and said "I don't like the way it feels in my mouth or when I chew it".

September - posted on 01/31/2011

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I would hold off on the cereal and continue to offer her formula, that's where all of her nutrients are coming from anyhow. Then try again when she's 6 months. Rice cereal is nasty I don't blame her! :)

Lady Heather - posted on 01/31/2011

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She doesn't need it. Don't worry. At five months old just formula is fine if they aren't interested in solids. Around here they recommend waiting until six months anyways. My daughter was five and a half months when she first had solids. And it doesn't have to be rice cereal. If she seems ready for food, try a fruit or veggie. We never did the rice cereal thing (other than once and she HATED it) and my daughter is a healthy toddler.

Bonnie - posted on 01/31/2011

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Most doctors recommend cereal starting at 6 months. Some babies start a bit earlier if they are ready. Don't push her. Formuls may be all that she needs right now.

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2011

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My son is almost 5 months old and we haven't tried to feed him anything else besides breastmilk. I don't intend to until he is 6 months old and we will be skipping cereal. Baby cereal really tastes nasty anyway. If she doesn't want it, try something else. If she still doesn't want it, stop pushing solids for awhile and try again in a few weeks. Some kids have no interest in solids until they're older.

Ricky - posted on 01/31/2011

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Did her doctor say she needs to eat something other than formula. Because 4 months is the earliest you can start not when you have to start. If she is not showing signs of wanting solids (cereal) than wait a bit.
Another thing is that some babys dont like certain cereals. If you are trying rice cereal and she wont eat it try oat cereal or vice versa.

Crystal - posted on 01/31/2011

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have you tried mixing it with a jar of 1st or 2nd stage fruit thats the only way either of mine would eat it

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