When to introduce rice cereal...

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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When do you start introducing rice cereal to infant formula? My daughter will be 4 months old friday, and she's getting more fussy like she's not getting enough to eat. She already takes 6 oz about every 4 hours, but the past few days she sometimes wants to eat every 3 to 3.5 hours. She has her 4 month check up next week, but I don't know if I can make it. She also is gnawing on her hands constantly, so I don't know if she is teething or not. Help!

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Terry - posted on 02/26/2009

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I'd give it to her now. mix some up and feed it to her with a spoon when your giving her a bottle. make it kinda thin so she can swallow it better. I use to do this before bed time and they would sleep longer for me.

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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And NEVER put cereal in a bottle. Children need to appreciate the difference in textures and learn the difference between eating and drinking.

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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Never. Rice cereal and all baby cereals in general are linked to obesity, allergies, asthma, and celiac disease. Make homemade baby food from vegetables, fruits, and starchy roots like potatoes. You can buy a cheap mini food processor at the drug store for like $15.



Babies should be exclusively breastfed or bottle fed on demand until they are 6 months. Signs that they are ready to eat include ability to sit by themselves, reach for objects, take things to their mouth independently, interest in food, and the ability to go from a sit to stomach and stomach to sit position independently (pre-crawl).



Be aware that at 4 months some children have a growth spurt which requires more frequent feeding (breast) or larger amounts (formula). This does not mean that they are ready for solids, just that they are hungry.



There were a few generations that fed children solids too early. This is why we have so much obesity, diabetes, and other diseases now. Go slow.

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Melissa - posted on 02/26/2009

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Thanks for all the advice.  I think it was just a growth spurt and will wait until she has her 4 month check up next week.

Veleta - posted on 02/26/2009

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If you do your research you would know that a lot of digestion related problems are linked to babies being fed solid food before they're ready. If Melissa started this conversation she obviously wants to hear all sides. Why is it that the first person to speak against giving a child cereal, especially in a bottle, is attacked?



There's a quote from Maya Angelou, "When you know better, you do better." Yes, our mothers may have fed us cereal and even other solid foods very early, but they also smoked and drank when they were pregnant! Research has now shown that these are not the best practices!



You can't compare an adult who has been fully introduced to food drinking milk for 6 months to a newborn that is learning how to live outside the womb. My son is 2 1/2. He wasn't introduced to solid food until 6 months, and he was never given cereal in his bottle. (Research also shows that cereal in the bottle does not help them sleep through the night as so many moms will have you believe.) My son didn't starve in those 6 months and he's a very healthy boy. Please open up your minds to other ways of raising children and don't jump on those of us that choose a different path.

Cassie - posted on 02/26/2009

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I started at 3 months. I tried feeding my little guy every other day just a little bit to get used to the idea. Then after about two weeks I did once a day and again waited about two weeks to add it twice a day. My little guy is almost 7 months and eats every 2-3 hours. I also breastfeed about 5 times a day with two feedings of rice cereal and baby food. My son just broke through two teeth. He had been teething for about 3 months. Not fun. But try frozen wash clothes, my son would chew on them a lot.

Catherine - posted on 02/26/2009

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bump her to 8oz bottles but she sounds ready. Every child is different and her DR will know best,but keep in mind there isn't much nutrition in rice cereal it's more for substance to get their tummy prepared for food. But if she's only at 6 ox give her more oz per feeding as well. I don't know if putting in the bottle will do much try on spoon, so maybe ready especially if she has the tongue reflex going on.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/26/2009

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Your baby is more than likely going through a growth spirt and requires more milk than usual. It is best if you can leave food alone until your baby is around six months old, but the health proffesionals say if not six months old then defenately not before seventeen weeks old. I would not recomend that you put baby rice in a bottle. If you are thinking that your baby is ready to be introduced to some form of food other than milk I would try the food seperate from the milk just to be a bit safer than in a bottle. Have you had any information on baby led weaning? It is really interesting and I think that it makes a lot of sense. I fed my daughter food before the six month stage and I think it was more my egerness to introduce food rather than her needing food. Good luck with everthing XX

Malinda - posted on 02/26/2009

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"I would like to take all of you and lock you up with nothing but milk for 6 months and see how you like it."



Now that's just a silly statement... if I were a BABY, I would be just fine with it.



Melissa, I recommend the book "Child of Mine - Feeding with Love and Good Sense" by Ellyn Satter. It has great information on when a baby is ready for what foods, what a baby's and older child's nutritional needs are in general, and the history behind many of the feeding trends past and present generations have seen. This information, along with guidance from your pediatrician and observation about your individual child's milestones, should help you answer this question on your own.



Good Luck!

Clare - posted on 02/26/2009

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if you think that your baby is ready for extra food then go for it, mums are usually right in knowing what is right for their baby and it sounds like your daughter is ready for extra. All my children were on solids by 4 months and they have turned out ok. good luck x

Katy - posted on 02/26/2009

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its probably safe, but I'd wait to talk to your pediatrician regardless. I'm in the same position, my son is almost 15 weeks and he is gnawing on his hands like crazy, is at 6 oz a feeding is now averaging 3 to 3.5 instead of 4..definitely teething..try to soothe with teething rings for now until you know for sure :)

Ashley - posted on 02/26/2009

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While you can start giving your baby cereal at 4 months (assuming there is no family history of allergies), the amount of calories that she receives from it will not keep her full. 

Carmon - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi there,
My doctor suggests that you don't put it in their bottle, as they will have to learn how to eat properly with a spoon and by giving it in their bottle slows down that process.
When you do start them off do one to three of the baby spoons at a time and work your way up as Jennifer mentioned.
Hope this helps a little and good luck to you.
Carmon

Shannon - posted on 02/26/2009

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i dont get this why is so many people think its ok to put rice cereal in a bottle you can choke your baby. Yes it causes obesity wait till shes closer to 6 month there is no need to make your baby grow up any faster enjoy the moments of messy foods.

Rachel - posted on 02/26/2009

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i started giving my son cereal when he was about three months old....DO NOT put the cereal in the bottle.this can be very harmful.i know alot of people do it but i have personaly seen children harmed from this

Megan - posted on 02/26/2009

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So true, if that all really happened with rice cereal given early we'd all be really fat, have diabetes and a tone of other illnesses right now. It's not bad for them, it's just formula or breastmilk and rice, oooooo soscary and dangerous!! I guess then we're all doomed. I think we should just take the food cues from the babes and go by when they wanna eat cereal.

Sharlee-Marie - posted on 02/26/2009

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here here lol.....I totally agree 6 months is just a guide line. And it changes every year....You just have to go with what feels right as i said earlier there is signs to look for when a child is ready for solids.

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Quoting Lourdes:

Never. Rice cereal and all baby cereals in general are linked to obesity, allergies, asthma, and celiac disease. Make homemade baby food from vegetables, fruits, and starchy roots like potatoes. You can buy a cheap mini food processor at the drug store for like $15.

Babies should be exclusively breastfed or bottle fed on demand until they are 6 months. Signs that they are ready to eat include ability to sit by themselves, reach for objects, take things to their mouth independently, interest in food, and the ability to go from a sit to stomach and stomach to sit position independently (pre-crawl).

Be aware that at 4 months some children have a growth spurt which requires more frequent feeding (breast) or larger amounts (formula). This does not mean that they are ready for solids, just that they are hungry.

There were a few generations that fed children solids too early. This is why we have so much obesity, diabetes, and other diseases now. Go slow.



I am so sick of reading all this shit about how you can not feed your kids until they are 6 months old!! what a bunch of BS!! I would like to take all of you and lock you up with nothing but milk for 6 months and see how you like it.



 



kids are fat because they sit on their ass infront of the tv all day not because their mothers fed them cereal before they were 6 months old!! Diseases and diabetes are caused from all the chemicals that are in the food and  from polution and just overall bad lifestyle choices. NOT because mom fed her kids (gasp) before they were 6 months old!



I guess my kids are doomed. They were eating cherrios and toast at 3-4 months(gasp)!

Ajia - posted on 02/26/2009

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People give it to their kids whenever they feel like it. But I would especially heed Lourdes's advice as the general recommendation is 6 months. And NEVER NEVER put it in a bottle!!! That can cause aspiration and result in death.

Sharlee-Marie - posted on 02/26/2009

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I started my 5 month old son on rusks and breast milk at 4months and he took to it straight away.....only thing i can really say is u will know when she is ready and to discuss it with your health visitor, and her gnawing her hands is perfectly normal shes at the stage of realisation everything is new to her and she learns by putting things in her mouth.....soon she will find her feet as my son has just done....so enjoy.

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i went through the same thing just a few weeks ago. my baby was 3month and 1/2 and i was one week away from my 4mo checkup but he was SO hungry and eating every 2 hours and chewing on his hands constantly!! I called the dr and they said to wait until the appt to make sure he was ready and all but it was killing me. so, i waited and the dr said I could start with some rice cereal mixed in b-milk on a spoon. actually- shortly after the appt his feeding spread out again (without rice cereal) --- i think it was just a growth spurt!! even if you do give rice cereal, i only do once or twice a day because he is learning to use the spoon. i haven't seen any decrease in feedings yet, so be patient and keep feeding milk!

Tanya - posted on 02/25/2009

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that's when i gave it to my 2 girls also.  make sure that the hole in the nipple is bigger than when it was just formula.



 



good luck,



tanya

Lauren - posted on 02/25/2009

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At my 4 month check-up my doctor said it was okay to start, but  only with a spoon, not in a bottle.  I started at about 4 1/2 months. 

Therese - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi there.. My son what about 3 month when I did that... I gave him a tiny bit in the bottle and polked a bigger hole in the nipple. I worked like a charm! he started sleeping longer! he wasn't hungry as fast.. He was a healthy size and growing if your little one pre mature they may not be ready for it.. I would call the dr office and ask the nurse

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2009

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I agree, she can eat it now. One of my children needed to eat at 3 months but wasnt able to eat properly so I would put it in his bottle with the milk. You may need to make the hole in the teat a tiny bit bigger, but its good until they are able to at properly.

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2009

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and yes ur lil ones teething if her hands in her mouth give her a cold clothe or teeth ring anythg cold!! good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2009

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u can give it to her now...i gave my kids rice when they were 3mths...they were big kids tho...lol good luck!!! start off with 2tblsps then work ur way up..best of luck JENN

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