Caylee 3months old is hungry constantly, shes eating 6 oz., I gave her banannas today.....opinions??

Tara - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 145 moms have responded )

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I give her 6 oz bottles about every 3 hours, she has yet to sleep through a whole night, I gave her some bananas today, is it still too soon, she seemed to do fine with them.

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Myra - posted on 01/07/2010

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Although it is not recommended to give babies under 6 months anything other than breastmilk or formula, sometimes it is a necessity to feed them something else, too. The usual first food is rice cereal because it usually has the lowest chance of allergic reaction and is easily digested. If she handled bananas fine (didn't spit them up, didn't get constipated or have runny poo, didn't get uncomfortable with gas, and had no other allergic reaction like a rash or something) I say try them again a time or two in the next few days. If she continues to do fine with them, integrate them into her diet. A baby that is full and satisfied is happier...and a happier baby is not only easier to deal with, but is also able to spend more time and energy doing more important things than crying for hopes of a full tummy.

If she had any kind of negative reaction to the bananas, I'd not give them again until she's 6 months old, though. If she needs something, try rice cereal. Almost all brands have directions for a first feeding on the package.

You will find that recommendations and guidelines are great tools to look at and to know, but in the real world with a real child, they don't always work. Some moms are sticklers for things to be done by the recommended guidelines, and others don't have a clue what is recommended...most though are somewhere in between, depending on the issue and how it effects the child. You are doing what needs to be done for her to be satisfied, and that makes you a great mom! Afterall, babies won't take more than they need, so she obviously needed more than just the milk.

Bonny - posted on 01/10/2010

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My kids was eating, seriously, 12-14 bottles of formula day at 4 months... So we started him with a little (like a tbsp) of rice cereal in with his formula. I had to poke extra holes in the nipples so he could eat easily, and that worked great. We also started feeding him mashed potatoes and gravy around 6-7 months (the real stuff, not the gross flakes) and he was eating baby food for at least 2 meals a day by the time he was 9 months. I know a LOT of moms are going to get an anxiety attack, but my OBGYN has 5 kids and his wife was the one who helped me on this. Also I got the same advice from both grandmas as well as 4 or so friends of mine, so I figured there had to be some merit to it. He did great, and it still doing great (95% on average). So talk to your pediatrician about what they did for their kids, and if they don't have kids, get another doctor. As for the sleeping, I put a cheap face clock under a pillow and laid him across it. The clock simulates your heartbeat. I also took the pillowcase off of my pillow and placed it under him like a sheet so he would feel that I was near. He was sleeping through the night at 2 weeks.

Beth - posted on 01/09/2010

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Are you mixing her formula? If you are are you mixing it with too much water?

Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2010

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Giving solids before 6 months is a good way to give her food allergies! Only breastmilk or formula until then! Allergies are a huge pain that will last a lot longer than a few months with little sleep.

Stephanie - posted on 01/08/2010

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a baby shouldnt have anything other than breastmilk or formula until they are 6 months old

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Tara,

the best person to ask about this is your babies Dr. I have 3 girls who are 13, 11 and 9 and when they were babies I was told not to feed them till 4 months and was given a schedule to go by and also not to give babies water .They get all the water they need in thier food however they are fed bottle or breast. Of course things change all the time and what may have worked for 1 baby may not be so for the next.The Dr is the one who could give you the best advice(no ofense to everyone helping. I can tell you one thing for certain thier is no proof that feeding your baby to early can cause crohns . I have had crohns for 27 years and am very involved with the crohn and colities foundation and their is no proof that feeding your child to early will cuase this .Crohns is a type of autoimunne diese that no one knows why it happens I can tell you my mom did'nt feed me baby food to early and I have it that is a total myth. Please check with your Dr regarding this. Good luck

Amythyst - posted on 02/01/2010

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is she on formula? if so make sure she has water, it could be thirst rather than hunger...

Tiffany - posted on 01/21/2010

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My four month old would nurse every 2 hours!!! now that was a lot. But a 3 months old every 3 hours is expected. Talk with your pedi about it. He/she can give you great advice or look at AAP. She should be eating 4-7 feedings a day and 6-8 oz at each feeding.

About the sleeping... even starting on solids wont do anything. And it makes them full without getting nutrients. They don't have the capabilities of absorbing nutrients while they sleep until closer to a year. Rather try a different routine. Keep lights on during the day while she naps, don't let her sleep past 4-5 o'clock (if laying down at 8). do a cluster feeding an hour before you put her down. (feeding an hour apart) and wake her up between 8-10 am. After a while she will learn to sleep longer. But it will take TIME.

Tricia - posted on 01/12/2010

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at 3 months old just formula or breast mil. Children can develop allergies early in lfe...Consult your pediatrician before feeding her anything else.

Megan - posted on 01/12/2010

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My son was eating 6 oz at 3 months and he is now 5 months and he just started eating 8 oz because he didn't seem satisfied with 6 oz. I have also started him on solids and have tried the cereal in the bottle but he will eat it all and still want more. He is a hungry boy! I wouldn't stress over it. I would try the cereal in the bottle!

Kyla - posted on 01/11/2010

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I would try rice cereal first before the solids, its going to be easier for her to digest. Start off once a day, i'd do morning that way if she does get a belly ache she won't be up all night screaming. If after a week, once a day doesn't seem to be enough and she still seems hungry, then do it once in the morning and once about an hour before bedtime. Maybe it will help her sleep. Not an expert here but if I were in ur situation that is what I would do. Also talk to ur pediatrician I'm sure they can give you some advice.

Stephanie - posted on 01/11/2010

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Try baby oatmeal, just a spoonful or two. If she does fine with it, she should be fine. Some children are ready sooner than others. Same thing as some children hit developmental markers sooner than others. The "standards" that are in place are set at the latest developmental time to "catch" the most children. You're the mom, if it she seems like just formula is not enough for her, and she does fine with a little something extra, why not? What do you think people used to feed their children many years ago? Ask any grandma...

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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MY sons doctor when he was that age did the same thing and said a ounce to two of rice cereal to a six ounce bottle every four hours or if she will eat off a spoon feed her it then a bottle..it will make the bottle thicker and make her fuller.i wouldn't do bananna yet but ask her doctor my doctor let me feed him half of the little jar with cereal in it .hope this helps..

Maree - posted on 01/11/2010

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I know how you feel. Try some rice cereal in Caylee's last bottle for a week then introduce feeding with a spoon, at dinner time, if still hungery keep putting a bit in for last bottle.then add rice cereal at breakfast not first bottle but the next on as they don't wait for you to make anything up. Charley sleep 10 to11hr each night stir once to have a nappy change. lol

Nicole - posted on 01/11/2010

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At 3 months, we thickened the bottle with a little rice cereal. Not alot it still has to come out of the nipple of the bottle like formula would. It will take practice to get it right. As far as the banana thing, it may be to early but every baby is different. Some take to solid foods earlier. My son started eating solid foods around 5 months and he has always been good about it. I never had problems with him waking up in the middle of the night. A full belly is always better than a not full belly.

Anna - posted on 01/11/2010

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Consult your ped. first. But switch to rice cereal first. Just start with a litle bit using a spoon. Not to thick, more watery like soup until she is used to it and then adjust the consistency. My 20 year old had the same problem but at a much younger age. He was 2 weeks old when my ped. put him on rice cereal. Was on fruit by 4 mths, but started w/applesauce less harse on tummy. He did just fine. I have followed suit with my other 5 children including my 5 mth old. Just not as early because they didn't need it sooner. They are all happy and healthy.

Veronica - posted on 01/10/2010

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go with the rice cereal in the bottle. i done that with my kids when they was little. also if your babys room is warm or to cold try to either cool it down or warm it up. that may change her sleeping habit. when my son was a baby it had to be real cold for him to sleep at night. once it was warm in his room and he was up once i cooled his room down (which i had to freeze) he was back to sleeping all night. also in between formula feeding give her straight water to drink that may help her keep full. i will tell you now if you dont get her use to water now she may not drink it later. i know they say they get enough water from formula which i think is hog wash. water will not hurt her just as long as you dont give her too much. also she might be getting belly ache so you might have to change her formula.

LaKesha - posted on 01/10/2010

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Regardless of all the books, and what the Dr. says, it's ultimately up to you to decide what's right for your baby. Think about it, sometimes authors of the "baby books" are self-proclaimed "gurus" who don't even have kids, and most Dr.'s are only telling you something they studied from a college textbook. I have 3 very healthy children, they were all fed solids at an early age (without Dr.knowing) because they ate excessively. My 3 month old takes 9 oz. every 3-4 hours, so I've spoon fed him rice cereal and bananas to satisify him......another thing to think about, what do people think babies had when formula wasn't even invented?

Jodie - posted on 01/10/2010

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shes waaaaaaaaaaay too young for bananas thats for sure they contain potassium and can cause problems as they grow. Even a 1-7 year old should have at the most 2 a day if that! I would only give her ceral or baby rice

Trisha - posted on 01/10/2010

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not sure if youve found anything to satisfy your daughter, but our daughter just turned 4 mos old and the 4 ounces once recommended by her dr wasnt doing it. being a first time mom, i ask her dr about nearly anything lol so i asked her what we could do and she suggested that we add some cereal to her milk. when she told me how much to put, she described it like this... make it with her formula and if its too thick for her to easily suck through a med-flow nipple, theres too much cereal. but, you could always ask her dr.

Brandy - posted on 01/10/2010

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Will she accept more than 6 oz at a time? It sounds like she never gets full. My daughter would generally drink 8 every 4+hours. And she did sleep thru the night. I did not give her solid food until cereal at 4+ months and only ina bowl with a spoon once a day. She did not eat baby food until 6 months. I believe 3 months is too early for solid food digestion. If she seems to be starving all the time, this could be a symptom of a health problem so consult with her pediatrician.

Bridget - posted on 01/10/2010

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its a little too early for bananas try some rice cereal but make it runny. dont put it in a bottle though. it can cause brain damage they told me that at the doctor. try it with a spoon. and if it doesnt work. just give her more formula bump it up to like 8 oz. my little one ate all the time. and thats what they told me to do. and luckily she took the cereal.

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I breastfed my little girl every 2 hours night and day until she was 5 months old, she's now almost 9 months and still hasnt slept through the night, you are not alone. Little and often is all their little tummies can cope with. Hold off on the food as her digestive system isnt mature enough to cope with much more than milk. Have you tried changing formula? one for hungry babies? Speak with your health visitor, they offer fantastic support. Good luck

Leona - posted on 01/10/2010

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Cereal in a baby bottle is a choking hazard!!!!! Most medical professionals and parent educators will recommend not giving a baby solid food until the age of 6 months, this decreases the chance of an allergic reaction. Babies do not need extra food to help them sleep through the night, this is a myth. If your baby seems more hungry than usualy, it is a growth spurt, these occur often and they just need more breastmilk or formula. When your baby is 6 months, you should start with rice cereal......

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2010

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Try putting a little baby cerial in the bottle to it should help her be full some more.

Mandy - posted on 01/10/2010

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My 4th child is also 3 months and I started putting rice cereal in his bottle now he eats it off a spoon at breakie, at luch and dinner he eats sweet potatoes I started with veggies instead. At bed I also feed him his cereal. He is a large boy and has taken well to all. But no matter what they eat they may never sleep through the night!!

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2010

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I would say from what I was told that you shouldn't give her any solids until she is at least six months old. Her digestive system can't handle it yet.

Deirdre - posted on 01/10/2010

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I would start her on a little bit of rice cereal but not the bananas. they tend to be binding and would constipate her. Good luck!

Natasha - posted on 01/10/2010

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i believe that you do what u feel is right every baby is different and ur her mum ur baby is not going to get sick off fruit unless theres a allergy.i was giving my daughter the 4 mth farex at 3 and a half months cause she couldnt get filled up just on formla its your call trust me

Leanne - posted on 01/10/2010

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try the cereal first if you already havent, i did that with my daughter and it works great we just startd doing bananas, all in all its your choice when to start soild.

Rebecca - posted on 01/10/2010

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My youngest daughter is just 3 mnths today and she has been having rice cereal since she was about 3 wks old and I have just started her on apples. My older 2 kids were the same as they don't want extra milk it just wasn't doing it for them, when I had them the best advice that my mum gave me was "to go with your instincts", but always try it in the morning so that way if they are going to get upset in the belly it is more likely to be out of their little bodies by night time, for some kids it works and others it doesn't. As for sleeping through like someone else said they don't always do that either however my husband and I always wrap our babies up tight at night and they sleep through, we were told in the hospital to do this because when a baby is in the womb they are in there tight and can't fly around and scare themselves with their arms. Our oldest two slept through from about 6wks and our new baby has been doing it since she was about 3 or 4 wks. But like I said some do and some don't...

Taleese - posted on 01/09/2010

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Caylee is a bit young to be sleeping through a whole night( and at her age a whole night is not an 8-10hr night of sleep but more like 5) I had twins and one was always hungry and no matter what was wanting to eat every 2 hours, his ped. doc said to put just a small amount(tsp) of rice in his bottle, that helped slow his eating to 6oz every 4 hours. Fruits you can cause them to have allergies to if you start to early. Good luck no matter what you choose

Laura - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Sarah:

your could put a little rice cereal in her formula. but not alot like a tsp


yes rice would help a great deal. I had the same problem with oldest. and rice cereal did the trick.



blessings

Sherri - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Stephanie Hurst:


Sleeping through the night is a myth. 


Sorry to disagree but some babies do sleep through the night.



I had the worst time getting my first child to wake up for her midnight feeding (even when I could get her to wake up she refused to drink much). I let her sleep and she was fine (now a healthy happy 18 year old).Babies know when they are hungry and will wake up for food if they are.



As for your question increase her amount to at least 8 oz. if that doesnt work try like most others have said and add some baby cereal to her evening feeding.



As she grows her amount of food intake will also need to be increased. As long as the bananas are mashed up real good like baby food and only giving her a very small amount for now you both should be fine. just be careful of choking hazards like hotdogs and candy.



Good Luck and God Bless you both.

Sara - posted on 01/09/2010

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Well my Daughter is now just 4 months and I am feeding her stage 2 babu food... But she does have severe reflux but I agree with the others, only use cereal if nessasary but no solids yet. With my first one it took till about 4 months before she started sleeping thru the night. Goodluck.

Kellianne - posted on 01/09/2010

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I have twins and they were so hungry and constantly on demand even tho they were on the hungrier baby formula so at about 5 weeks i just start spoon feeding them 2 spoon full of rice a day it really worked. As the week went up so did the spoon, and at 3 months they were sleeping right thru the night! Banana's mite be too heavy for her at the moment just try with some baby rice in her or even from the spoon

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Really what you should do is check with your dr. Every baby is different. The reason it is recommended to wait until 4-6 months to start on solids is because their little stomachs are not ready for it before that, also they could have a reaction to ingredients in the cereal. A baby doesn't sleep longer because they are more full that's a myth, and babies are supposed to eat every 2-4 hours their stomachs are so small that it doesn't take long for them to get full or get hungry. If your baby sleeps 4-5 hours that's considered "sleeping through the night", 8 hours or more of sleep can happen as late as 18 months. Good luck with everything.

Glory - posted on 01/09/2010

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my granddaughter is 3 months..my daughter puts a little rice cereal in the bottel or just make her a little bit and see if she eats it....she is sleeping 7 to 8 a through the night, she finaly got her on a schedule to eat every 7 hours...also try to give the baby a little water, so the baby doesn't have that white film form the milk, I know alot of dr.s say no, but my daughter always calls me for advice since she is a very young mother, and I stick with the old fashion way it always worked when we where kids..try it you'll see a differnce..first try a little bit and see if it agrees with the baby...congratualtions on your baby...!!!

Grace - posted on 01/09/2010

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3 mnths is a bit young for solids but you could try giving her soya milk formula even if its just a night time feed this might fill her up and help her sleep through the night I used wysoy woth my eldest it worked wonders

Anne - posted on 01/09/2010

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ok so the doctors RECOMMEND waiting till the child is 6 months, but they also say the each child is different. Both of my children were not getting enough with just formula in fact my son was eating cereal at a month and a half. I`M NOT SAYING THAT EVERYONE SHOULD DO THIS!!! Its really up to you if you are going to give her rice cereal then make sure its really runny about the same as her formula and only in small amount to start. But think about it this way our mothers and grandmothers and who knows how many generations before us where giving their children food at young ages(again not saying this is the best way to do things) and yet children still lived. So really all I`m saying is that the choice is yours.

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My son was the same way. If you give her too much banana or the like they've been know th develope an alergy to that food. So rice cereal would be a better option. Just be mindfull of how little she is. I understand hungery babies... my son has been eating pretty much everything since about 5mo. Cereal even earlier. Try it right before you put her to bed, it might buy you a few hours...maybe!;)

Ashley - posted on 01/09/2010

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YEAH! My son is 6mnths old and has 5oz of milk. 6oz is way to much for you child! your going to strecth the babys belly! Go to your doctor and see what they could help you with. my sons 6mnths old and doesn't sleep throught the night....

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increase formula to 8 ounces.. she is way to young for solids.. I have an almost 3 month old who has been on 8 ounces for a few wks now and really need to start cereal but shes even too young for that

Angela - posted on 01/09/2010

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Don't listen to anyone, but your pediatrician. If they say it's ok then it's ok. You're her mother. You know your child better than anyone!!

Iris - posted on 01/09/2010

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When my son was a baby, he was not getting enough formula. He was doing the same thing. My dr told me to start giving him pablum mixed with his formula three times a day. I gave two tablespoons morning , noon and dinner time and then a warm bottle of formula and that filled him up...

Chelsea - posted on 01/08/2010

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a warm ceral bottle should make her sleepy. Especially right bafore bedtime.

Catherine - posted on 01/08/2010

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enfamil ar has rice starch added its thicker my twins eat it but they are always hungry too. they are 4 1/2 months. maybe its just the age!

Alexis - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hey there, I have a 5 month old and she downs 6oz at every feeding. I would not recommend soilds yet unless you want to put some rice cereal in her milk...doctor says 1tbs per 4oz and make sure you are not feeding her more than 24-28 oz a day. If you are feeding her more than that you might want to check with the doctor b/c you could be over feeding her. Babies are so different, my first one only drank 2oz I don't even remember when she actually had a 4 oz bottle...probably not until 8 months. Hopefully this helps.....

Leslie - posted on 01/08/2010

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You could put some cereal in her bottle to make more food out of the bottle if you are worried about giving her food already.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hi Tara,

I know that the AAP says that you shouldn't start solids until about 6 months. It actually used to be 4 months but they changed it. My son Logan was like that also but I didn't like to give him Rice Cereal because it constipates him. I've read some articles about cereal and some people debate whether it helps babies sleep through the night or not. Anyway, at about 3 1/2 months I started him on baby food. I did some research on it (pros and cons) and it said that if your baby has pretty good head control, seems to be hungry all the time, and looks at you like they want what you're eating, then it may be okay to try some baby food. But they were saying at 4 months. Poor little Logan was always so hungry though and that's why I made the decision to start a couple of weeks early. I talked to my Pediatrician about it after the fact and she asked me how he tolerated it and didn't really speak against it. You should talk to your Pediatrician about Rice Cereal and see what he/she says then kind of go from there. I know I started him a little early on food and I really did try to wait until 4 months but I didn't make it. Maybe you can try increasing the amount of her bottles and times of her feedings. I mean if it's too much then she'll let you know. I read an article in Parents magazine that said that it's really hard to over feed a baby because they will stop eating when they're full. Sounds like she just has a big appetite! As far as sleeping through the night, she'll get there. Logan started at about 4 months and sometimes he still wakes up for a bottle if he has a really early dinner. Hope I was able to help some. Good Luck!!

~ Gabbie

LaQuasha - posted on 01/08/2010

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Give her oatmeal (the baby kind cereal) in her milk. Make it a little thick so it sticks to her! SHe needs something solid that just does not go right through her! It will also hel if you warm it and give it to her at night (she will sleep longer!). I started giving my son oatmeal at 2 months and it helped! You don't have to make it think because she is young. Try a little at a time and add as you feel the need. I breatsfed and the oatmean mixes great with the breast milk!

Amber - posted on 01/08/2010

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shes only 3 mo it is normal for her to not sleep through the night she is still so young . I wouldnt not advise giving solids or cereal in a bottle . I would do some research please and ask ur dr. Your doing more harm then good adding cereal and feeding solids

Melissa - posted on 01/08/2010

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Dont' fill her up too much with food b/c she needss hte nutrients but some foods wont' hurt. GO FOR IT!

Alicia - posted on 01/08/2010

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I started both of my kids on solids at three months and they did just fine.It's up to you what you want to start them on whether its a fruit or veggie or cereal.And giving them a fruit before a veggie won't make them like the veggies any less.I started them both on applesauce and then peas or green beans and they loved it.They are 4 and 2 1/2 and both love to eat veggies.I wouldn't put the cereal in the bottle though if they can eat from a spoon.You want to make sure they know that milk comes from the bottle and food from the spoon.It will make weening them from the bottle easier.In the end its up to you and what works for your baby as long as she is happy and healthy.

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