starting babies on rice cereal

Cheryl - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 3 months old but eating 4-6 oz or more every hour and a half, i've tried moving him up and he just doesn't eat that much all the time and doesn't take an 8 oz bottle, he is also already sitting up with support, and just recently started stealing food off our plates, so we don't eat around him anymore,i know i have heard the new study says you shouldn't give babies food till they're 7-8 months old (which i don't get) but my son seems like he needs more now then just formula, i need advice, my dr said its really up to me (which hello not helpful) and with my older son he was on cereal at about 3 1/2 months but and 21/2 months i need help he really just seems like he's always hungry what was the earliest you started them on cereal?

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Amy - posted on 10/12/2009

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My pediatrician recommended rice cereal mixed with apple sauce as a good first step into solid food territory. Start by mixing a tablespoon of each together in a small bowl and feed with a spoon. Then adjust the amount as needed. As to what age you should start, that's really up to you and your baby. It sounds like he is ready to try so maybe give it a go and if it doesn't work out this time try again in 2-4 weeks.

Cheryl - posted on 10/12/2009

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when i say stealing food i mean he takes it and shoves it in his mouth so i had to dig it out and this is why we dont eat around him anymore, and i thought it was a growth spurt as well but its been going on for almost a month now this is why i'm asking

Kara - posted on 10/12/2009

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I worked at a daycare for several years and we had parents that would put some rice cereal in the bottles. Just enough to add a little more consistancy but not so much to clog the nipple :-) I know, real detailed huh. But sometimes this would fill them up a little more and for a little longer.

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He is probably just going through a big growth spurt! He wouldn't get enough nutrition or energy for all that growing from cereal anyway, as solids before one are just for practice. A two-month-old also isn't really "stealing food" from your plate, they are just reaching for new and exciting "toys" and learning what they can do. :)



Waiting until 6 months to introduce solids helps baby's digestive system fully mature to ward off illnesses or allergens getting through. Babies as young as your son also cannot chew or even move food to the back of their mouths to swallow yet. Enjoy your little one in this stage, it will be over before you know it!

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