When should i start giving me son cereal?

Bethany - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 months old and i was wondering if it was alright to start him on cereal.. not in the bottle but spoon feed.. is he too young?

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Maurissa - posted on 02/24/2010

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I started at 3mo. My little girl was showing signs of being hungry alot more frequently. I called our doctor and she gave the thumbs up to introduce cereal. We started w/ a Tbl. mixed with breastmilk/formula in a bottle, once a day for the first week. The next week we gave it to her twice a day, then three times a day (at our meal times) with a bottle of straight formula or two in between. About a month and a half into it, she had graduated to eating a more solid form of this mixture off of a spoon (2 Tbl. of cereal with a splash of formula, make a mush). Eventually, she started acting kind of bored with the plain cereal, so I added a couple spoonfulls of baby food to the mix. She's now 5mo and we do 3 cereal meals (half cereal half baby food- no more formula mixed in) a day with formula bottles in between. All babies are different but this is what worked for us. I hope this helps, Good Luck!!!

Jeni - posted on 02/24/2010

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We wait until 6 months or later, and we don't start with cereal. There is new information in the last few years that it's not best practice... not very nutritious or tasty! We start with a few fruits and veggies and then some meats and beans. 4-7 days in between each new food. And grains last, not until about 9 or 10 months, starting with rice and millet, and then oats and glutenous grains closer to 1 year. Their stomachs don't start making the enzymes to digest grains until then.

Have you heard of the concept of baby-led solids? Instead of spoon feeding, you put food in front of them and let them self-feed. That way they're eating what they are hungry for and they learn their bodies cues, setting them up for a lifelong good relationship with food. :)

Tarra - posted on 02/24/2010

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all 3 of mine started between 7 wks and 14 wks on wheatbix. Every baby is different as soon as they start to push their tongue back into their mouth and swish food around IN THIER MOUTH not just push it straight out iwth their tongues they are ready..

User - posted on 02/23/2010

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It all depends on the health of your child. Your ped should let you know when too start. Pedi usually say if you start feeding a baby too early that is how juvenile diabetes and other health related issues come along. Your best bet is too talk too your childs pedi. Mine started at six months but it depends.

Tabitha - posted on 02/23/2010

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I started my son on rice cereal at 4 months and his doctor told me if he was handling well to go ahead and introduce vegetables, he has been on cereal for about 2 weeks and doing great. I only give him 1 feeding a day instead of 2 like it says on the box, when i tried twice a day he didnt ever wanna seem to nurse so i cut it to once a day.

Cassie - posted on 02/23/2010

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see i didn't listen to the doctor very well... because my son wanted it earlier, i believe all baby's are unique and different when their body's start to advance. so we just waited till a bottle just wasn't doing it... my son started drink 16 oz of formula evertime he ate so we started giving him just a little bit of cerial mixed with a scoop of his formula and he'd eat it and he went back down on his formula and he was about 2 and a half months

Christina - posted on 02/23/2010

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I have been doing some looking into this myself since I have a 4 month old my pediatrician told me yesterday that you should not start your baby on solid foods until they are able to sit up on their own and close their lips around a spoon, that is to keep them from choking, I totally understand this because this is my 2nd child and with my first she just pushed the food out of her mouth with her tongue until she was 6 months of age and until then she didn't really want to eat it.

Odette - posted on 02/19/2010

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from what i read and heard, the best time for the child to eat solid foods is six months...i started mine when they were 4 mos old, but it would be best to consult your pedia first...

Tara - posted on 02/19/2010

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Our pediatrician said we could start rice cereal at 4 months and fruits and veggies at 6 months. She is 5 months old and I give her rice cereal once or twice a day. Usually at lunch and dinner. At first she didn't know how to move her tongue around to swallow it and so I gave up for a couple of days and tried again a few days later. The books all say that if they aren't ready to eat it you will know and to give it some time. Start out mixing it fairly runny and get thicker as he starts to eat it better.

Nadine - posted on 02/19/2010

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All doctors say to wait until six months. If your son is satisfied with formula or breastfeeding, I would wait. I know How I couldn't wait to start spoonfeeding him. You really should consult your son's doctor.

Amy - posted on 02/18/2010

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you can start him on cereal now. I started mine at 3 months. make sure you start out kind of soupy first then a little thicker 2 weeks later and keep doing that until it is sticking good to the spoon. make sure it don't turn into a paste because then he might not like it.

Emma - posted on 02/18/2010

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I started my daughter on baby rusks ( crushed in bowl) with baby milk when she was 4months old them moved onto baby cereal, you just add their milk or water to them. by the time she were 6months she ate everything, just try him with different things. you tend to find the very bland things eg porradge, baby rice etc are the things they will first start eating, but the more you try new things the more his taste buds will develop and he will start eating more tastier things. hope this helps x

Kelly - posted on 02/18/2010

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I started both of my boys at 16 weeks with cereal. I gave them the banana flavored oatmeal. Ask your ped. if you have questions. He/she should be giving you some instructions on feeding soon. I've heard of some parents waiting until kids are closer to 6 months, as 4 months spoon feeding is more the practice of eating rather than eating itself. It takes coordination to eat solids. If you do start him now, begin with very liquidy cereal.

Caitlin - posted on 02/18/2010

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Most pediatricians say to start giving them baby food or cereal anywhere between four and eight months. If you see that your son isnt liking it try buying stage 1 baby food and mix it in with the cereal.



Oh and be ready for a mess! I dont know how many times I got baby food spat on me and thrown on me :-)

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