Rice Cereal

Chrystal - posted on 10/29/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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So my daughter's 4 month checkup is in a couple of weeks, and the Dr. said I can start her on rice cereal after the appointment. So me being a first time mom, any opinions on how exciting that is or how they went about starting off w/ rice cereal? I'm excited but nervous at the same time.

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Nikkole - posted on 11/05/2010

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How DOES EVERYONE KNOW FOR SURE that babies are not ready for solids before 6months just because SOME doctors or health organizations say so I DONT believe EVERYTHING i read or hear i do what I THINK IS BEST for my baby and i know Sarh Snarski is also! Parents DO NOT HAVE a giant book that gives us guidelines to go by or directions on how to RAISE a PERFECT child and Perfect ways! I dont think my way is perfect but its what i think is right for MY babies! IM NOT A BAD mom because i dont breastfeed(because i couldn't) and give my baby solid foods! I do my research BEFORE I do anything that includes listening to my DR or family or friends! NO MOTHER IS perfect and neither is all there decisions but for those of us who has tried all other options LAY OFF!

Rachel - posted on 11/04/2010

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There are a lot of bad doctors out there giving bad advice. Just because it works doesn't mean that it's the best solution. Some of the worst parenting advice I ever got was from pediatricians. Most people listen to their doctors every word, but I've found that they're wrong as often as they're right. Sometimes it's better to listen to your gut. My gut, and research, tells me that rice cereal is junk. If you're going to start solids, at least give them something with some nutritional value. Most people starting rice cereal early are uninformed or trying to get their kid to sleep through the night. That doesn't mean that all do it for that reason, but it sure seems like that's the majority. If Nikkole and Sarh have legitimate reasons, that's fine. I'm sure they must have exhausted all other ideas.

Nadia - posted on 11/15/2010

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I tried my daughter on rice cereal at four months, and she was fine for the first spoonful and then she'd get annoyed. The only reason I actually decided to hold off was because she didn't act like she wanted more than just her bottles, and she'd also gotten into the phase of blowing raspberries when I was trying to feed her. Lol.

She's six months in a week, so i'm going to try her again.

Nikkole - posted on 11/05/2010

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Emma Newnham why put comments ON here saying "i cant believe what im reading" This site is for EVERYONE to state there advice and experiences you dont have to bash other moms for doing what THEY feel is right! Just because it didn't work for YOUR baby dosent mean it dosent work for a lot of other peoples kids and I FOR ONE know a lot of babies who have reflux and all there drs recommend it also FOR god sakes they told my mom to do it when i was 4weeks because i couldn't keep even an ounce down and after she did that i didnt puke anymore and its NOT like were putting a whole bunch in there i put 1 tablespoon for each ounce! And if you cant believe or dont like what your reading STOP reading!

Cassandra - posted on 11/05/2010

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My son was so hungry at three months he would rip the food right out your hands and cry when he saw people eating. I started him on rice cereal at almost four months, he was breastfed and it was hard for me to pump so I just mixed it with water and spoon fed him. He loved it!! He was more content too. I started him on regular baby food at 4 1/2 months and he's been a piggy ever since.

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Madeline - posted on 11/15/2010

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My son is exclusively breast fed so I tried to hold him off on the cereal to 6 months, but he's a hungry boy and I felt that he was no longer fully satisfied just on my milk. I started at 5 months with rice cereal, but it constipated him. His bowel movements were infrequent and his stool was hardened so I switched to oatmeal cereal and it has been great thus far. I give to him for breakfast and dinner. Next week (he'll be 6 months) I will introduce veggies for lunch. As directed by my doctor, I should start with the "yellow/orange" kind (sweet potatoes, carrots, squash) and wait 3-5 days before introducing a new one. Do this for a month then introduce fruits. I hope this is helpful. Good luck! It is a lot of fun watching their little faces as they try new foods :)

Olivia - posted on 11/05/2010

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Rice cereal is great if your little one is still waking up at night. i gave rice cereal to my baby and she did just fine with it. I started off by mixing just 1 Tbls into her bottle. I noticed someone else said it is a choking hazzard but i dont know how b/c it dissolves in the liquid. you just cant make it really thick, it has to be thin enough to go through the nipple. But it has a lot of nutrition in it. its just like the cereal we eat, enriched with a lot of vitamins and minerals. i dont see how it would be a problem, i gave it to my little girl at night before bedtime and it helped her get on a schedule at night to sleep all the way through. by the way i know quite a few woman who gave it to thier kids before 4 months... one lady started her son on it at just a couple weeks old. so you dont have to worry about it being too early. of course if you are content with keeping your son on the food he is eating already then there is no reason you need to give it to him.

Stifler's - posted on 11/05/2010

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Actually I live in Australia. When my baby was a 4 week old... he was a baby. He didn't sit up, or eat off spoons or whatever. I had a reflux baby and no one EVER suggested feeding him cereal. And guess what I started him on solids at 5 months (he wasn't ready then either and it went straight through him and he didn't want to eat it) and it didn't do ANYTHING for the reflux. Sorry if your child is THAT advanced but pfffft to your lecture. Thanks for the laughs.

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2010

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i started my son on rice cereal as soon as the pediatrician said i could. I think it tastes better to them if you mix it with formula instead of water when you make it. Make it at a thinner consistancy to begin with because baby isn't used to swallowing, once baby can handle it slowly increase to thicker and thicker. At the point i started cereal i also started introducing fruits and veggies but only one at a time for a couple of days and then a new one so if baby has a reactipon you know what it was to. Also they have cereal like mixed fruit apple and bannana my son loved that good luck

Sarh - posted on 11/05/2010

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Rachel, how is simply stating your from the UK and I'm from US we do things differently rude? I was simply informing her that we do things differently, I was unaware that it was rude to do so.

You are misinformed! I would never give my child rice cereal in a bottle! Nothing but formula, breastmilk, or plain cows milk goes in a bottle, I would never consider putting cereal in a bottle! So keep things straight! Plus, I know TONS of pediatricians and other "experts" who have said to do so, but I still would not. It is normal for our family, and I do know there are other mothers out there who have done the same thing. I never recommended it, I simply stated what I had done. And I don't believe Crystal disagreed with me, another mother and yourself (who's post this is not, so I was not telling you 2 this) are disagreeing w/me and I am not putting anyone down! Never said I'm the "voice for American moms", I don't need to be because I know everyone does things differently, your the one going on about it can only be this one way and blah blah blah blah blah!!!!!!!!!! I do not believe everything that I read unlike you must, like another mother said all of us here were more then likely given solids before 6 months of age, but I'm fine are you all fine?! Freaking just about EVERYTHING causes cancer, are you going to be one of the freaks who avoids EVERYTHING To avoid cancer?!

Don't worry, I will be the bigger person and stop this nonsense on Crystal's post! Crystal I apologize for how out of control this has gotten and for Emma swearing like a little an immature teenager! I am done posting on this conversation as I feel I have stated everything I need to state, I do not need to explain myself, defend myself, or anything of the sort to 2 other moms who disagree w/what I do for MY children.

Rachel - posted on 11/05/2010

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Sarh, I do my research and base my decisions on that. I am going to take the opinion of an "expert" over some random, possibly misinformed mom if it makes more sense. You telling the other poster "we do things differently over here, you must be from the UK", is not only rude, but incorrect. You may think it's acceptable, but most moms do not give their babies rice cereal in a bottle, and would never even consider it. You're making it sound like giving your kids rice cereal at four weeks is not only healthy, but the norm. For you, it might be the only option, but it's not the norm, and you should not be recommending it to other moms and then putting them down for disagreeing with you. That's why I gave her a different perspective and backed it up with a an experts professional opinion. Speak for yourself, but don't act like you're the voice of American moms, because you're not.

Sarh - posted on 11/05/2010

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Rachel, so if the health organization of whatever told you to with hold all solids for 2 yrs, you would deprive your child of this and make your child this far behind?! Why do people like you listen to everything you hear? I do as I feel is correct for my children! Why is this such a big concern of yours?! Plus, I never said things were "so different here". I said and I quote, "we do things differently". Why exaggerate what I said? They have different medications in which we do not have here, I believe they even boil their water for babies bottles and give babies warm bottles (not everyone here does that, but from what I understand the vast majority do it over there), They don't have baby water and we do. I'm sure the list could go on. If we had a reflux medication for babies here that would make them stop crying right away and give them instant relief like Emma has stated happened w/her son, I would probably have tried it before using the rice cereal and baby food.
If the health organization said you can safely start solids at 2 months old and that they have done all this research and have proven it ok, would you still make your baby wait till at least 6 months old? I don't feed into everything I read like I said I do what I feel is right for my child and go ahead and keep posting things like the signs baby is ready for food. I have read it all before!! But thanks for wasting your time. :)

Stephanie - posted on 11/05/2010

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Im sorry but all this babies cant cope with foods until 6 months is rubbish. Every single one of us mothers were fed before 6 months, and has it harmed us? are we all obese, very allergic to everything? I dont think so.

Camille - posted on 11/05/2010

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For the mother's who have issues with cereal in baby's formula before a specific benchmark, let me just say this and try and put yourself in our perspective:



Do you feed your baby thickened formula with a little rice so she can hold down her formula and keep those key nutrients from the formula in her, OR do you refuse to not let your baby have rice cereal until whatever the box says and let your kid spit up everything and always be cranky & hungry?



I'm a MOTHER. I don't go by what a box tells me, I go by my instinct and what my son is showing me.



You have to respect that, as mothers we make choices for our children and we always aim for what is best & since I've added the cereal (and Enfamil A.R. didn't work AT ALL, a lot hasn't worked!) my son is happy, satisfied, isn't crying because he's instantly spitting up almost everything he just took in, he still has just as many bottles a day as a baby w/o rice in his formula, and he's NOT constipated from it. As mothers we do what is best and it makes me sick when one thinks she can judge, well that's great your child can hold down everything, mine can't and I'm going to help him =)

Rachel - posted on 11/05/2010

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Emma, I would like to give you a different perspective from the US. I doubt that things are so different here from where you are, as Sarh has suggested. She has her reasons, but I have also done my research, and according to health experts, ALL solids should be delayed until AT LEAST the six month mark, including juice and cereal. Some doctors might "give you the okay" to start earlier, but that doesn't mean that it's ideal. Doctors aren't always right. Some are just plain lazy and don't want to take the time to explain the pro's and con's to moms. These are the signs that your child is ready for solids:



Signs that indicate baby is developmentally ready for solids include:



Baby can sit up well without support.

Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.

Baby is ready and willing to chew.

Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.

Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.



I don't know a single 1 month old that can do everything on that list.



He's some additional info for those who are interested. http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

Sarh - posted on 11/05/2010

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Christi, I am very pleased to hear that you held him every time he had a bottle! If my son was bottle fed I would ALWAYS hold him while he was eating (with or with out reflux). It is just plain laziness when parents and care givers do not hold a babies bottle. It's a break from everything else, and chance for none breast feeding mothers to bond w/their child. People prop the bottle up and then they don't understand why their baby is so gassy. I hope there are more moms like you. Even though I don't believe in mixing the cereal in the bottle, spoon feeding serves the same purpose, but good job mommy!

Christi - posted on 11/05/2010

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Oh, and my son had sugar free apple juice watered down in a bottle starting at about 4 months to help with constipation, also doctor recommended.

Christi - posted on 11/05/2010

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We started my son at about 3 months on rice cereal mixed with his formula. Our doc approved it and we put it in his bottle, also doctor approved. Some docs will tell you not to mix it in their bottles, but it is just a precaution. If the child is left unattended while eating it can choke. Well, I don't know about other moms, but there isn't a second that I didn't hold my child while feeding him to make sure things like that didn't happen. Don't mix foods in a bottle though and wait until the doc clears her for that.

Sarh - posted on 11/05/2010

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Christine, you don't give a baby juice especially under 6 months old. The human body can not break down the sugars which causes diarrhea. But yes she can give fruit although bananas and applesauce along w/other fruits are also constipating foods.
I suggest looking up non constipating foods for baby.

Christine - posted on 11/05/2010

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It will definitely keep your baby fuller longer and let them sleep longer through the night. you want to be careful of rice cereal, it can constipate them very quick. You'll need to give them some juice or fruit too. When they get used to the rice cereal you can try oatmeal and that will keep them more regular.

Sarh - posted on 11/04/2010

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Emma, you are beyond rude! I said the pediatrician oked it, he did not tell me to do this. He is a very good pediatrician. I had the same pediatrician and so does my little brother. My little brother had problems after he was born, he turned blue numerous times due to the cord being wrapped around his neck and the pediatrician was the one there taking care of him! Every parent and doctor has their own views, beliefs, ways of doing things, etc. I am doing as I feel is correct for my children. If you don't like what I am doing then TOUGH! Stop reading my posts then. Since you can't believe you are reading it here I will type it again for! I started BOTH of my children between 3 & 4 weeks old!!! My children did not have just rice cereal! Yes, I was feeding them fruits and veggies even that young. Guess what it worked for them and they both are fine and healthy. Like I had said, he is on medication for the reflux, but it doesn't work for crap!
W/your constant talk about Gaviscon I am assuming you are in the UK, well guess what I am in the US and we do things differently here! I wouldn't want to put something into my babies stomach that makes a gel and can cause constipation and diarrhea, yes, rice cereal can cause constipation and diarrhea, but like I said they both were also having fruits and veggies to avoid the constipation. Also, why would you give your infant Gaviscon when it is not to be used in children under one year of age unless advised by a doctor... hmmm... doesn't sound much different then rice cereal and other baby foods, which can actually be started at 4-6 months and not recommended for only over 1 yr of age! A side effect of the medication you are giving your child is gastric distension, yes, it is not going to happen to every child/infant on this medication, but rice cereal and baby food is not harmful to every child that consumes it.
Again I will add that I did not give either of my 2 children rice cereal in high hopes of it aiding in sleeping longer as I have done my research and I know that it in fact does not, plus they were already great sleepers before starting the solids.
I have done my research on early solids, my daughter now an older child, is not over weight, has not one single food allergy, and does not have diabetes.
Thanks for the entertainment.

Leah - posted on 11/04/2010

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We started at 4 months too with rice cereal. We did it plain at first but soon mashed some bananas into it and then added apple sauce. The only problem we had was he was terribly constapated for about 4 days when the doctor recommened prum juice to loosen him up and then said we should try a cereal that was less binding like oatmeal or barely. So just keep a close eye on you little one and keep track of her BM's to make sure that doesn't happen to her. Starting solids is fun!! Enjoy it!

Nikkole - posted on 11/04/2010

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Emma Newnham i personally do not care what you think of peoples decisions to give there kids rice cereal i know for ONE i am doing what I THINK is best for my child! My pediatrician IS VERY GOOD he was my 2sisters and my doctor when we were little and he SAVED my sisters life she was close to death when she was born! And thank you Rachel Andersen yes we have tried a LOT of different options and im just to the point i wasnt my little girl to eat without puking or spitting up and for her to be ok and right now she seems to be doing great!

Nikkole - posted on 11/04/2010

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No ill have to ask our pediatrician about that we have a check up with her coming soon so ill be sure to see if thats the problem but yea i tried similar and now im on enfamil but she seems she is doing a lot better now but thanks for the advice ill def ask about it and see if that may be her problem!

Sarh - posted on 11/04/2010

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Nikkole, have you tried a lactose sensitive formula? Is the lactose possibly causing issues for your little one? I know I had to cut all dairy out of my diet, but that only helped w/my little guys gas and fussiness. I know you said you tried all different formulas though. Did you try different brands as well as different types of each brand? My son gets a formula bottle maybe once a month (my fiancee takes me out to get me out of the house and I don't pump as I never know how much my son actually drinks), when he does get these bottles he was on Similac Advanced did fine w/that, but I am going to try switching him to Similac Sensitive, because we do know he has a problem w/dairy and his reflux.

Laura - posted on 11/04/2010

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i am a firat time mom and i had ask my doctor the same question everybody has their on belife on when to give their baby rice but i started at 4 month. i also gave it to her in the bottle she never had any problem swollowing the cereal or had any reaction, actually, i am glad i did she stayed fuller longer and slept a lot better and longer (i finally got a good nite rest) if your baby is hurgry feed him/her some babys need more then just milk. but watch and see how your child reacts. you are a mother now and you will know whats best!!

Aurora H. - posted on 11/04/2010

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I started mine around 3 months. I actually put some in her bottle, but made sure it was way watered down. And eventually started spooning spoonfuls in her mouth. BEWARE: Rice Cereal is very messy. I found out the hard way. But it'll be fine. My daughter took to the Rice Cereal pretty well she's 10 months now and I just switched to Mix Grain Cereal.
Best to luck

Sarh - posted on 11/03/2010

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Emma, the anti-reflux medication works for crap! How was I supposed to get "Anti-relux formula" while I was breast feeding? (Granted that comment may have be directed towards Nikkole, but just saying... not an option for everyone who's babies has reflux. My son has been spoon fed rice cereal since he was about 4weeks old, yes that is young, but when you are in the process of switching pediatricians because the current one is cutting you off every time you try to tell her the issues your new born is having. I'm pretty sure if you were in this situation, your newborn baby is spitting up everything he or she is drinking, in obvious pain from it, etc you would PROBABLY give your baby rice cereal to help hold down the breast milk rather then leaving your child in pain or switching to formula until you find a new pediatrician who will listen to you.
My son doesn't need the rice cereal to sleep.... which has been proven not to aid babies in sleeping longer! So I am not misinformed. He has been sleeping 7hrs through the night since about 3-4wks old, right before starting the cereal! He will be 5 months old on the 10th and now sleep anywhere from 9hrs -12/13hrs a night!!!

I don't believe in the babies over eating, they know when they are full!!!

Rachel and Emma, Can I ask what your issue w/babies consuming something other then milk is?

My son still nurses the same length of time, he nurses a bit, get his dinner of cereal and fruit or veggie, then nurses again to go to sleep.
This was okayed by his pediatrician!!!!

My daughter was born big baby, was sleeping through the night before starting rice cereal at about 3 weeks old, I was breastfeeding her as well. She has no digestive issues, is not over weight, and is over all a healthy and big almost 5 yr old. She is 65lbs and 4ft tall obviously not over weight... her height and weight even each other out, she is tall and skinny.

I'm just informing you of what has worked for my 2 children and has not caused problems further problems.

Nikkole - posted on 11/03/2010

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we have tried different formulas and its all the same but since we have been putting the cereal in her formula she hasnt been doing it as much just little here little there and she is gaining weight and just seems happier!

Rachel - posted on 11/03/2010

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Sounds more like throwing up than spitting up. Maybe she's allergic to what you're feeding her?

Stifler's - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son was on that for ages. And gaviscon and then Losec. Feeding him solids didn't do shit.

Nikkole - posted on 11/03/2010

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well she would spit up her whole bottle when she was just born and she didn't eat that much at all and the nurse told me i didn't burp her enough and i did so i took her to our pediatrician and this is what he told me to do and she also has to take zantac

Rachel - posted on 11/03/2010

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I think that if they're too young for a spoon, then they're too young for rice cereal. But if it's the only thing that helps the reflux I don't know what you do. there has to be a better solution. My son spit up a ton... ( I blamed him on eating too much, too fast) I just ended up feeding him more often.

Nikkole - posted on 11/03/2010

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well the point in putting it in my daughters bottle was because she was to young for a spoon and well she didnt do well with one until recently and now im gonna try it with a spoon again! and if i didn't put cereal in her bottles she would just spit everything back up!!!

Stifler's - posted on 11/03/2010

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I think they don't understand that babies need lots of milk feeds a day until like 5 or 6 months. They're supposed to be having like 8/9/10 breastfeeds/7 bottles a day or something when they're that age.

Rachel - posted on 11/03/2010

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Emma, people think it's going to make their kid sleep better. Either that, or they're just uninformed. Every ounce of rice cereal you give them is one less ounce of breast milk or formula that they are getting. And rice cereal is nothing but a filler. You can't even compare it to the nutrient value of breast milk or formula.

Stifler's - posted on 11/03/2010

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I started my kid at like 5 months I think. He's a Logan too haha. You're supposed to watch for the signs of them being ready for it though. It's on the Farex box. I can't get over all these people giving it to their kid at 8 weeks.

Nikkole - posted on 11/03/2010

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yea i feel so bad that i cant do anything for her reflux i hate it but she is doing a lot better since we added her cereal!

Nikkole - posted on 11/03/2010

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I was meaning we have to put it with her formula i just think its easier to put it in her bottles and she does fine with it. Yea shes on zantac but it dosent work that great its ok,

Sarh - posted on 11/03/2010

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Nikkole, why do you HAVE to put the cereal in her bottle? My son has really bad reflux and I have spoon fed him cereal since he was 3 weeks old. Not sure if your daughter is on Zantac or not, but it doesn't do 100% for my son, he gets his dose in the am, after noon, and then cereal & veggie or fruit at night, because the medication doesn't hold him through the night. just wondering! :)

Nikkole - posted on 11/03/2010

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i started my kids on rice cereal at 4 months and would do a fruit and veggie for lunch and dinner i would use half of each container for both times with a bottle after they ate the solids and they loved it well i just started with my daughter she is 4months now!! but we have to put cereal in all her bottles she has really bad reflux and we have never had chocking problems!!

Vanessa - posted on 10/30/2010

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if ur doctor said to start with rice cereal...i would do that. prob start introducing veggies n such when he is around 5 1/2 - 6 months. rice cereal does provide babies with iron (which they lose from about 6 months - so they do need to encorporate a bit into their diet) I personally wouldnt give fruite juice (even if watered down) its full of sugar and provides NO NUTRITIONAL value (especially in the first year) .. but because ur LO is 4 months ... rice cereal mixed with breast/formula milk to a runny consistancy will be good to start off with. like suggested above, then u can make it thicker as they handle it better. I gave my son rice cereal from 4 months and didnt introduce anything else til he was about 6months. REMEMBER .. unless ur doctor suggests otherwise, all the nutritional value for babies come from formula/breast milk...so make sure he gets his normal amount...

Sarh - posted on 10/29/2010

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Juice, whether baby juice or not is bad for babies especially under 6months old. Fruit juices (even w/no added sugars) have sugars in them that our bodies can not digest, no matter our age or body mass. That is why fruit juices can cause diarrhea and can be used to help constipated babies (over 6 months old). Just wanted to put that out there.

My son is almost 5 months old and cereal is very exciting. You do not need to start w/rice cereal. Avocado is a great first food and has so much more to offer your baby then just iron like rice cereal does. Also cereal is a constipating food along w/other "starter foods/first foods". I would start w/green veggies, avocado (it is a fruit lol), pears, apricots, and avoid bananas, applesauce, things that are constipating.
When starting her on foods, which ever you try first do only that (such as solids) for at least 3 days in a row, if she does fine w/it them move onto the next flavor and do that for 3days as well... the pattern continues for each new food.
I started my son on rice cereal at 3 or 4 weeks old because he had reflux and the doctor was dismissing it and cutting me off every time I tried to tell her what was going on. I gave him 1 to 2 tbsp of rice cereal about an hour before bedtime. Now at almost 5 months old I am mixing 1 tbsp of rice cereal and 1 tbsp of mixed grain. I also give him 1 to 2 tbsps of a puree. He made quiet the mess at first, but now he does fantastic (has for a while now).
Does she show interest in your food when you are eating? My son follows my food or utensil along w/his own spoon when he is being fed.
Just take it slow at first and do NOT replace a breastfeeding (or formula) w/solids, baby still needs every feeding of breast milk or formula!

Good luck! :)

Alexis - posted on 10/29/2010

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try mixing it will a little bit of juice (warm it) or heated formula... my son made a mess at first but now he loves it.

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The cereal is awesome. It gives your babies more fiber which keeps them fuller longer!!

Rachel - posted on 10/29/2010

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Starting solids is fun, and exciting. But no need to rush it. 4 months is actually a little early. And I personally would just skip the rice cereal. It's junk. It's just a filler and has basically no nutritional value. Skipping straight to mashed bananas or some other simple strained fruit or veggie would be better.

Carolyn - posted on 10/29/2010

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heh, my son is Logan too !

I started my son at 3 1/2 months, my big boy was 17lbs at 9 weeks and was exclusively breastfed, needless to say , he is a hungry heffer lmao !

we still only do rice cereal and oatmeal, start in the morning, so you have all day to check for reactions
start with just a little bit, super thin and go from there. once she is used to eating off a spoon and grasps the concept of using the tongue to move food into the back of the mouth to swallow, you can start thickening it up ( easier to feed when its thicker) dont introduce anything new , or mixes within like 3-4 days of what ever you last introduced so you are able to tell what it is they are reacting to if they do !

its fun , i loved it, the little faces, the excitment of something other than milk ! the squeals and the mess ! we loved every minute of it !

i am waiting till 5 1/2 to 6 months before introducing any veggies fruit or others.

i just gave him oatmeal cereal for the firsst time today , he loved it !

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I wanted to wait as long as possible before my son started solids. I was aiming for 6 months recommended by the world health organisation but also knew that if they needed it earlier the earliest you could start was 4 months. Logan started at around 5 months old as he was getting increasingly hungry. We gave rice mixed with his formula for three days, then did a different veg thereon for 3 days at a time, then onto the fruits doing the same so we could spot any allergic reactions. Never put cereal in a bottle, it's a choking hazard =]

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