My son will be 4mos on the 7th how much cereal do I feed him?

Sharmaine - posted on 10/01/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I need help with a feeding chart, How much do I feed him how many times when do I start fruits and veggies and what fruits and veggies. How to warm the food up does it need to be warm? How do I even know if he is ready to eat solids?? HELP??

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Amanda - posted on 10/01/2011

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He doenst need any food yet. He only needs to start solids when he's 6 months. 4 months is way way too young. My little girl is 8 months n doesn't even want solids yet, just breastmilk. If he's eating non stop and u feel he needs it then maybe gove him a tiny tiny bit, but there should be no reason he does. Bm or formula is all he needs now. Do ur baby a favor n dnt give them solids yet, just causes allerges. When he is ready tho, I warm my babys by putting the food in a bowl n then putting that bowl in another bowl filled with hot water n let it sit for about 10 min, gets it the perfect temp. Also start with bland foods first like green beans and squash a lil watered down. And only introduce a new food about once a week. Hope this helps!

Merry - posted on 10/03/2011

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Formula has great nutrients in it, cereal has barely ANY!
If he needs more formula give him more formula. There's a reason nature intended on us breastfeeding cuz we can't see how much our baby eats!
Trust your baby to know when he's full of milk. Don't look at the ounces.
Humans are not robots! Our needs vary day to day hour to hour. 4 months is a NORMAL growth spurt so he's supposed to get more milk, not nasty cereal.

Merry - posted on 10/03/2011

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When he's 6 months
Sitting up alone
Doesn't shove food out his mouth if you set it on his tongue
Picks up pieces of food with pointer and thumb easily
Then he's ready!
No need for cereal, it's a filler food, no real nutrition and it's SO processed!
Once he's able to meet all thsose requirements give him small soft chunks of food like banana, avocado, egg yolk.
Let him pick it up himself and feed himself.
Always breastfeed before any solids. And never count the solids as a meal his meals will be milk until one year at least!
Food for fun until one year remember.
Give him water in an open topped cup with any solids and helpnhim learn to drink from it.
No juice, no cows milk.

6 months is what EVERY health organization recommends!

Jennifer - posted on 10/03/2011

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I agree with the others. Starting at 4 months is an outdated recommendation and I'd be concerned if my pedi suggested as such.

However, he's ready to eat when he's grabbing for your food (showing interest), able to sit up on his own and hold up his head, and no longer has the tongue thrust. If you put in some food and his tongue pushes it out he is not ready. My kids lost theirs around 7 months. I start with small pieces of banana (that they can pick up themselves). Only about a tablespoon is enough for the first feedings. Google Baby Led Weaning for some great information.

Kimrose - posted on 10/02/2011

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I agree it's too young - research a bit and you'll find lots of new information linking starting solids early to allergies and digestive problems - now and in their future. There is NO reason to start nutritionally - unless there is some different/specific issue - and especially if you're breastfeeding - that's ALL your little one needs. It's your decision - but inform yourself - b/c it's really not your ped.'s decision at all. For what it's worth, my son is almost 9 months, exclusively breastfed and no solids yet. My older son we started at 6 months - which was "late" compared to others we knew. You do better when you know better. You'd hate to have your little one have some allergy or digestive problems later and wonder about starting early - when there's NO need to at this stage. Good luck w/your decision.

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Jennifer - posted on 10/03/2011

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Have you tried a chiro for the spitting up? My daughter spit up a ton and weekly chiro visits stopped it. I also removed dairy from my diet just in case (it didn't stop the spit up but stopped the nightly crying!).

Sharmaine - posted on 10/02/2011

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Well Bonnie he eats about 42-43oz of formula in a 24 hr period and from everything I read he should only be eating about 32oz cause its 2.5oz per pound and he is 13lb so I think he may need to have cereal once a day. I think I will try it and if he doesnt want it then I will give it some more time

Bonnie - posted on 10/02/2011

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The recommended age to start is 6 months. It doesn't mean you can't start earlier. Is his weight okay? Do you have an inkling he is ready? He should be able to keep his head up on his own and have sucking motions.

If you are going to start with rice cereal, start small. Maybe a table spoon mixed with water or breast milk. It should be really watery, like soup. It doesn't really matter, but a lot of people suggest to start with vegetables first because some babies, once they have tasted fruits, they won't even want to try vegetables. For vegetables, it's nice to start with the green ones first (green beans, peas). For fruits, it doesn't really matter (bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are usually favourites.)

Sharmaine - posted on 10/01/2011

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The doctor says anywhere between 4-6 months so 4 months is not to soon. I think I will try the cereal if he doesnt take to it then I will wait. But the doc says with his spitting up and acid reflux that I should at least try

Hayley - posted on 10/01/2011

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4 months is a lil young, i kept my babies on milk till 6 months then introduced slowly a few really soft foods,just once a day then rest milk then gradually more, you know they can handle soft baby foods/cereals when they have the chewing reflex,where they take the food in and chew and swallow, if they just spit it out and not take it in then too young, i recomment waiting till 6months then slowly introduce a small amount of soft food x

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