first time mom my little boy is nearly 5 months, and always hungry what can I give him to fill him

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Deborah - posted on 11/23/2009

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At 5 mos he is probably ready for gerber baby cereal flakes. make aq small bowl and feed him 3 times a day that will put your lovely son at ease.

Kathleen - posted on 11/23/2009

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my second daughter ( my little piggy piggy) was the same way at my doctor told me to put about a table spoon of rice cereal in her milk. that did not last long so at about 5 months I started her on spoon feeding her rice cereal and moved on to veggies. just make sure you interduce him to one food far a week befor starting another just incase of allergies

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Kathleen - posted on 11/24/2009

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Your baby is old enough to have cereal by spoon...start with rice cereal...once he has had that morning and evening for about a week, you can add fruit like pears or bananas....my babies had issues with apples so never gave them anything with apples...be sure you only add new item after three or four days so you can see if there are any allergies or other issues....mine were not allergic to apples just sensitive...outgrew by age of 3...by six to eight months, baby can have cereal in morning with fruit, then veggie and fruit for lunch and dinner...just keep giving formula as well....

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I added ther Gerber Rice or Cereal for babies to my kids formula and it helped fill them up and keep them from fealing hungry all the time.. it works and is affordable..Good Luck.

Michelle - posted on 11/23/2009

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Have you started him on cereal yet?? if not try it I know some doctors say no but im old school and my baby boy was the same way , I started him on rice cereal for breakfast and lunch 2oz each time with his formula and he slept and was'nt hungry , now you can put it in his bottle just make the hole a lil bigger or you can spoon feed him and you can start his fruits earlier too I hope this shed a lil light ~ Mish

Sumner - posted on 11/23/2009

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try giving him cereal and applesauce mixed together that works with my 5 month old and a bottle after the cereal

Patricia - posted on 11/23/2009

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I added rice and oatmeal to my daughters warm bottle. It was a start to solid food. A perk: she slept the entire night when I put it in her night bottle.

Jillian - posted on 11/23/2009

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You may have already done this but if your lil guy is still on formula you can mix some cereal in it that will fill him up for a lil longer. Jill

Jessica - posted on 11/22/2009

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try feeding him different kinds of cereal. but not in the bottle ive heard that causes a baby to be over weight when they get older. but just mix it together in a bowl and try feeding it to him with a spoon that should fill him up for awhile and help him sleep longer too.

Donna - posted on 11/22/2009

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i have just seen my child health nurse today i have a 5mth old baby girl and she has told me to start her on solids regurally 3 times a day. Farex in morning fruit at lunch and vegies at night. Milk is just not enough for my girl and she isnt gaining the weight on milk alone so why dont you try that.

Gretchen - posted on 11/22/2009

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Ask his pediatrician, but for my kids that was about time I started with rice cereal. At first it's runny (and use their milk/formula in it so it tastes familiar). Gradually cut back on liquid. But your pediatrician may have a food schedule that tells you when certain foods can be introduced.

Marla - posted on 11/22/2009

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You could try to give him Infant cereal in bottle or start trying to feed infant cereal by mouth. My 3rd baby was a heafty eater up till age 3. He would as a baby eat 3-5 large jars of baby food. Infant cereal always seemed to help him.

Louise - posted on 11/22/2009

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um what do you feed him rite now,at 5 months my son was havig 4 bottles a day and for breaky hed have a bottle yougot and porage then for lunch same again but hed have a bowl of veges and then dinner hed have a bottle yougot and vegs just fill him up lots of veges and u can give him yougots now my son goes through 18 yougots a week lol hungus

Melissa - posted on 11/22/2009

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your son is at the age that he should be fine starting solids. I have five children, all were a bit different, but right around the 4-6 month age I started with cereals. Try Rice first, perhaps mixed with a bit of juice because it tastes like cardboard otherwise. I don't believe the veggies first rule. I've had good luck with giving my kids either. Cereal in the bottle is tough because it's not really adding much to their diet. As long as your child has good head control, go ahead and start with the cerreals.

Shealan - posted on 11/22/2009

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My son (granted I did this because he couldnt keep fluids down) but I would put a teaspoon of cereal (for every ounce of formula) in his bottle. It thickens it up just enough. But before doing that I would talk with your pediatrician. They would know what is best for your child. Mention the cereal in the bottle, see if they agree it might help.

User - posted on 11/22/2009

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We have six children, and really babies get on a schedule. I know parents that know what time their baby will go to the bathroom. I don't think any of my children really slept through the night at that age though. He may just have his schedule and eating is comforting. My child seemed to be hungry at that age a lot, and the doctor said they are just growing. It WILL change but right now he has his comfort time. Ask your doctor! Maybe there's more to it but I think he is fine he just wants more cuddle time at night. Don't rush the sleep through the night thing, enjoy it, they grow fast!!! To many people push there baby to sleep through the night. One thing though if you feel he is very hungry and what I said above is wrong then instead of a bottle of rice cereal give him it by spoon, if he can take it, make it thicker. This is what our doctor said when one of our children were very hungry and seemed never to have enough( he had big growth spurs) but he still woke to eat, and I just breastfeed him until he was ready to sleep again, but please ask our doctor. With allergies becoming more of a problem don't start going out of want they recommended to started with and how long to wait to add another food. They say this for a reason. If you notice a change in your baby you'll know what it is. If you think you don't have allergies in your family think again, because that is what we thought, and only one of our six can eat whatever she wants.

Renae - posted on 11/21/2009

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Further to my post a few minutes ago... as a rough guide most babies of his age need 2.27 ounces per 1 pound of body weight each day. Also keep in mind that while cereal and other foods given to a 5 month old may make them feel full because it sits in their tummy longer, there are much less calories in cereal than in formula. A 5 month old also will not be absorbing much cabohydrate or protein so most of his energy is coming from fat (the easiest substance for his body to absorb) which is found in formula and breast milk.

Renae - posted on 11/21/2009

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You say you have tried all these suggestions and he is still hungry??? Rice cereal, solids, cereal in his formula etc etc? That does seem strange. In hospitals in Aus when they have to put babies on feeding tubes, they give them 150ml per kilo of body weight per day (my hubby is napping right now but when he wakes up I will ask him how to convert that to pounds and ounces for you!). So using that as a general guide to how much formula he "should" need, if he already gets that, and has been started on solids, and is STILL hungry, I would take him to the doctor to be checked out, just in case he isn't digesting his food properly or something like that. They can check a lot just by collecting a poo sample.

Katrina - posted on 11/21/2009

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i am going to tell you the same thing my mom told me and she raised 4 kids of her own. she did rice cereal in the bottle and i go to tell you it works. my daughter is 2 years old and form the begining she has slept through the night for me.

Lori - posted on 11/21/2009

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I have found that if I add one to one and half scoops MORE of rice cereal to the night time bottle, it fills my son up just enough to stay asleep through the night. I have been giving him baby food since he was 4 months old, having to add the rice cereal to it, especially the greber stuff. (My son prefers and has preferred thicker textured food.) Definitely talk to your ped.

Lovilen - posted on 11/21/2009

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i fed my firstborn fresh pureed mango (about 4tbsp) when he was 1month and 10 days old coz he was always hungry... didnt do him any harm... progressed to pureed spuds 2 weeks later... i fed him solids early but always fresh fruit and vegies, never the bottled stuff

Sarah - posted on 11/21/2009

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My doctor told me that a baby will not over eat. I give my baby ceral in the morning, a fruit or veg. for lunch and ceral for dinner. I would up the amount of food you are making for him and watch for his cues for being full. My thought is I would rather make a little more ceral and throw it away. That way you at least know that the baby is full when your finished. Good luck.

Linda - posted on 11/21/2009

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try giving a suitable baby food an hr before his last bottle at bedtime. my son was the same but i found this worked for him.

Krysta - posted on 11/21/2009

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One thing that the women in my family swear by is putting rice cereal in bottles. Just put enough to make it a little thicker and you may then need to make the hold in the nipple bigger. He's also old enough for you to start feeding him pureed foods and bowls of rice cereal or oatmeal. How many ounces does he eat a day? They say that if they're drinking more than 30 oz in one day and still are hungry that they need to start consuming ore solids.

Beverly - posted on 11/20/2009

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I feed my son mashed potatoes at that age.....In small amounts with a little butter. Now he is 7 and thats the only way he will eat his potatoes....LOL

Sara - posted on 11/20/2009

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Before feeding him a bottle try feeding him some baby food, custurd seems to be a favourite with my 5 month old. Or put a baby size spoon of rice cereal into his bottle for each feeding, it will fill him.

Desiree - posted on 11/20/2009

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If u feed your baby from a bottle bit just a little bit of baby cearl. If u brastfeed him you need to be making sure you feed him 10 min's on each side every 2 hour's.

Erin - posted on 11/20/2009

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You really shouldnt add anything unless directed by your baby's ped. It is possible that your baby could be going through a growth spurt. At 5 months your baby is ready to try rice cereal. I would do that instead of putting it in the bottle.

Caryn - posted on 11/20/2009

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Wow. I don't think its right at all to add anything to your childs formula unless directed by your pediatrian.
I'm assuming you formula feed rather than breastfeed so heres my suggestions for you.
Children between the ages of 4-6months are generally ready to start "solid" foods. Always start with cereal, and like someone else said, don't get discouraged when they don't eat much at first. Its not only a new taste but also a new texture and spoon-feeding is a whole new way of eating for them. It takes time. Once they are used to infant cereal you cna start with Stage 1 infant foods, or your own puree'd foods. It is recommended that you start with vegetables first. Give them one food for a few days before introducing another, this way you know if they have an allergy to it or not. Once you've done vegetables you can move on to fruits and eventually move up to stage 2 foods.

Amy - posted on 11/19/2009

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My little girl loves loved crushed rusk & formula mixed it kept her fuller for that little bit longer

Nadia - posted on 11/19/2009

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Oh I am doing all that and more just cant seem to fill him at all. last night he drank an 8oz bottle with rice in it and he still woke at the usual time for his bottle. I dont know where it goes as he is not over weight

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I started my son on rice cereal at 4 months. Mix it with breast milk or formula and feed him 1-2 tablespoons at a time. You can gradually start adding baby food as well. Most bottles sell nipples designed for thicker feedings (the hole is bigger). You can add a tablespoon of rice cereal to his bottle.

Gena - posted on 11/18/2009

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Rice cereal works wonders!! Once he gets used to it, you can add some fruit into it to start getting him used to babyfood.

Adisa - posted on 11/18/2009

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Hi!



Your son is old enough to try "solid" food, but you must know there's some rules you have to follow. First solid food for your baby should be baby food (baby paps) based on rise because it's gluten free. Start with that, one meal a day (small steps: first one spoon, than 2,..., don't expect that child eats whole portion the fisrt time; remember it's strange taste for the baby). It has neutral taste, so it suitable for non milk meal. You have two kinds of this rise baby food, one is prepared with milk and one with water. First one is prepared with formula suitable for baby age and the second already contains that milk inside. But, my opinion is that you should consult baby's pediatrician. Dr. should tell what is best for the baby.



Can't write you all at once, so... keep me posted, and I'll tell you what next. ;))



Good luck!

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you can ad ceral to his bottles or start giving him baby food ive always heard you give veggies first but when you first give him food you have to do the same one for three days

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