baby cereal

Kristen - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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When did you start giving your baby cereal? My 3 month old seems hungrier more in the evening and was wondering if its too early to start cereal.

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Mel - posted on 04/22/2009

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not at all! my daughters dietician and pedi wanted her on rice cereal at 3 month so relax try spoon feeding first if not you can put it in a bottle x

Kristen - posted on 04/22/2009

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thank you for all of your advice and thoughts on the matter. We are going to try just little bit of cereal in lots of breastmilk and see how he does. I did talk to his doctor and she said it really was up to us and that he is big for his age and may need a little extra

Tanyalee - posted on 04/22/2009

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and it didnt hurt him at all..every baby is different if she will eat it and it doesnt bug her then she is ready for it!!

Tanyalee - posted on 04/22/2009

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I started feeding it to my son at two months because he was always hungry to...but i only feed him 1 table spoon in the morning and before bed..and that helps alot!!

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It is normal for young babies to have growth spurts and want to eat more. I don;t think his system is mature enough for cereal until AT LEAST 4 months. My son started eating solids at 5 1/2 months.It is normal for your son to be hungrier sometimes. it doesn't mean he is ready for solids. Give his system a chance to mature it might be just a phase.

Leslie - posted on 04/22/2009

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I waited until 6 mos. I think she was really ready by then and was eager to eat. Also I was concerned about starting too early since their digestive systems are mature until after 6mos

Jan - posted on 04/22/2009

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You'll be fine- unless you have a history of grain or such allergies in your family- in which case i'd be a lil cautious. I started my daughter and nephew on cereal at 6 weeks. I and all 5 of my brothers were started on cereal at 6 weeks as well and we were all fine.

User - posted on 04/22/2009

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I started my daughter on cereal around 3 1/2 months - just a few spoonfuls of cereal mixed with lots of formula - so it was really runny, but too thick for a bottle - and she did fine. You just need make it really thin so that they learn what to to do with it. We actually started it dunking a pacifier in the cereal and allowing her to suck off the cereal (a action she was used to doing) until she figured out how to swallow the cereal, then used a spoon. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 04/22/2009

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Dr.'s say not give cereal till 4 months so that they don't develop allergies to the grains, but I waited till 5 or 6 months with my 3.

Emily - posted on 04/22/2009

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I started my daughters on solids at 6 and 7 months old respectively. Don't worry- three months is when they hit a big growth spurt. He or she might also want more to eat in the evening because of developing circadian rhythm and understanding more sleep at night. Since carb molecules are so much larger than milk proteins they can inflame the digestive tract of young babies. Their kidneys also can't process solid foods yet. Unfortunately, you cna't tell how developed a little one's kidneys or gut is by looking at her, so when in doubt wait. By 6 months the mucosa of the intestines have closed on most babies and they are fine for solid foods. Here are some other things to look for that may indicate readiness
1. sitting unsupported
2. pincer grasp
3. loss of tongue thrust reflex

Heather - posted on 04/22/2009

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My baby started with just a little cereal in her bottle at 3mths old. I told everyone I was not going to do it because they advice you not too. But she acted so hunger and was drinking 10 ozs of formula. So I told her doc and he said it was fine unless you see it causing any problems.

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