Rice cereal ?'s

Kyrsten Analiese - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Can I give a 3 week old rice cereal before bed?

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Shannon - posted on 06/04/2010

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Hi Krysten,
No a baby that young is not equipped to digest ANY solids. It will not aid in them sleeping longer or better. Adding cereal to a baby's bottle can be a choking hazard and can also aid in a childs becoming obese. The ONLY time it is acceptable would be under a doctors direction which is usually to treat reflux. it is true that older generations used this and some swear by it but current research has proved other wise. Good luck!

Cheryl - posted on 06/04/2010

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I agree with the posts that discourage feeding at this age..there is evidence it can lead to allergies later, At 3 weeks a baby's stomach can only hold so much, and as he grows his stomach will be able to hold more which is why you can go longer between feedings as they get bigger but wait til 6 months or later for solids..you just have to accept there will be feedings every 2, 3 (or 4 hours if you are lucky!) at the most.. Mine went to every 2 or 3 hrs at about a month or 2 then at 3 months he was every 3 hours, and I went to 4 hrs too soon and he got up an extra time in the night to be fed..so find your baby's rhythm and go with it for a while.. he was every hour in the beginning!! I was exhausted!

Jenee - posted on 06/04/2010

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No not at all. The AAP and many other pediatricians state that solids should not be started till between 4-6 months of age. For one your baby does not have the proper enzymes to digest rice cereal or any other solid for that matter. Also introducing solids early can cause a higher chance of allergies to food.

Babycenter has a great section on introducing solids and what to feed your child at what age:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_introducing-...

Suzy - posted on 06/04/2010

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No! Do not give your baby any solids until aged 4 months. They do not require anything until this age. Furthermore, it is very dangerous, as they are unable to clear it from their throats if it goes down the wrong way he/she could choke. Babies get all the approriate nutrients from their milk until 4+ months (4 months being the earliest). Ensure your baby is able to sit upright unaided before commencing solids. If your baby requires help to sit up, then he/she is not ready for soilds. I am a mother and midwife.

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Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2010

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those nighttime feedings are very important for good brain development. 3 weeks is way too young

Amanda - posted on 06/04/2010

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No, 3 weeks is way to little for cereal. Stick with breastmilk or formula until your baby is developmentally ready for solids.

Jodi - posted on 06/04/2010

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Sallie, it was also the rule years ago that your baby didn't need to be in a rear facing carseat (or any carseat at all for that matter), but research has since shown that this is unsafe. Would you still put your kid in a car without a carseat?

Marabeth - posted on 06/04/2010

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my opinion is no.. if you figure rice doesn't have more calories/fat/nutrition than breastmilk or formula it seems kinda illogical to think it 'fills them up.' not to mention breastmilk or formula has the proper nutritional balance babies need, rice is just simple carbohydrates nothing more. more milk would fill them up way more than adding some rice.

Jodi - posted on 06/04/2010

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No. At 3 weeks old his little tummy isn't capable of digesting solids (which rice cereal is). It is not recommended to start feeding rice cereal until 4-6 months. But at 3 weeks old, WAY too young. Your baby is supposed to wake at night for feeding, that is perfectly normal.



You should consult your doctor before feeding rice cereal to your baby below the recommended age.

Carla - posted on 06/04/2010

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I say yes. I always gave my children 2 tablespoons of rice ceeal in their bottle before bed tme. It helped them sleep. Every mothers opinion is different though.

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