is it ok for me to start my daughter on cereal at 3 months she is at 61/2 oz of formula

Danielle - posted on 08/12/2009 ( 57 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 3 months old and 2 days and she is eating like every 2 hours . is it ok to start her on some cereal..

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Kristina - posted on 08/17/2009

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The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend introducing solid foods before six months. In term infants, the pancreatic enzyme amylase is not secreted until 6-9 months of age. This means that cereal is basically foreign protein, with the potential to cause digestive and allergic disturbances. This is NOT new information--has been the standard of care since the mid 1970s. Developmentally, solids should not be started until they can either be reached and grabbed for by the infant, or tolerated with a spoon. Feeding every two hours with formula feeding usually means an issue that is not hunger related--such as gas. Formula fed infants stomachs take three to four hours to empty, and so feeding formula at two hours is like eating tacos because your stomach is upset from too much spaghetti sauce. Babies also need to be fed in a totally upright position with being maintained upright for at least 45 minutes after feedings. Feeding prone or lying on one's back before the 45 minutes after feeding is up can also cause fussiness, let alone eustachian tube reflux and/or ear discomfort/infections.

September - posted on 08/12/2009

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My doctor told me not to start my son on cereal until 6 months because it may create a food allergy. I know that some parents choose to go ahead and give their babies cereal and that's a personal choice. I think that you should do what's right for your child. I do know that babies go through a growth spurt at 3 months so that may be why your baby is eating so much. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2009

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of course, if she's hungry then my all means feed her. I personally wouldn't put the ceral in the bottle. if your going to give her ceral, then do it all the way and feed it to her with the spoon and bowl routine. You can always make it runnier so she's slurpin' it rather than chewing if you feel that's better. My son was a couple of months old when I gave him regular food. I started him on applesauce first, thinking that it had no texture and it was sweet. What ever your choice is, wait at least a week before introducing something new to check for allergies. Bottom line, this is your baby and she'll let you know if she's hungry or not and if you want to start solids then it's up to you. :o)

Good luck to you hun!!

Norma - posted on 08/24/2009

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Yes its ok in small amounts. let the dr know incase cramping or allergies might show up doc is knows. 6 1/2 is alot and obviously not filling her up. good luck just remember small amount teaspoon full in small bits for the first week see how it goes with her.

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I would ask her Doctor not all babys are a like is she acting like she is hungre or are you just wanting to feed her sooner.........................

Neddy - posted on 08/22/2009

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My third daughter Jaylene is now 14 years old but I came home one day and was told by my hubby's father that he gave his 'girl' as he called her...weetbix at the age of almost 2 and a half months and absolutely loved it. Of course he mixed it with hot water and milk to make it a smooth paste. Jaylene is way taller than me and is in a size 10/11 womens shoes. I think it's in her genes from her father's side.

Jamila - posted on 08/21/2009

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I nursed my daughters, but I knew my older daughter was ready at 4 months when she starred at me while I ate. I felt uncomfortable eating around her. The first time I gave her cereal, she actually grabbed the spoon and fed herself.

Gina - posted on 08/19/2009

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I think it is ok.. If she isnt getting full on the formula, i would mix the cereal in with it. It will help her sleep and stay full.

Bea - posted on 08/19/2009

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From my own personal experiance with food allergies with my 7month old, I would not recommend it. According to EVERYTHING I have read, it is best to wait for solids until they are 6 months of age. Most pedis start babies as early as 4 months, which my son started at 4 months, and I wish I would have waited. His food allergies are in the form of constipation and eczema on his cheeks. Consult your pedi before you do...I know many parents will recommend that it's ok but with foods now a days I would be as cautious as possible. I would go truely ORGANIC if you did start foods early.

Dorothy - posted on 08/19/2009

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I think everyone is saying the same here - I started my son on baby rice at 12 weeks - with a spoon. It takes a while for them to get used to feeding off a spoon anyway. So when he really needed to be getting solids - he was quite a big baby - he knew what to do.... It was the health visitor who advised me to do that but i think the advice depends on the personal opinion of the person giving it, not necessarily what is the absolute best for the baby, if you know what i mean...

Esme - posted on 08/18/2009

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My son was 9 weeks old when the rice cereal was introduced into his bottle. He was 9 lbs 4 oz when born and was HUNGRY from day one. If your daughter is telling you she needs more , please give it to her. If your Ped doesn't agree with cereal then make sure you get an alternate from your Ped that is OK. I have found , that if you question your Ped they will turn around and say it's OK in the end. Mine did. I was also told about allergies but when I said give me something else then, it was miraculously OK. Go with your gut and hers :)

Cassie - posted on 08/18/2009

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Most pediatricians will tell you not to but my daughters ate like it was their last meal. I did the rice in the bottle but that didnt last long. I used to give them 2-3 of the little baby spoonfuls when they were about 2-3 months of age. It helped all of us sleep better at night and I also found that she wasnt as hungry during the day. Talk about a blessing!!

Shelli - posted on 08/18/2009

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Some Dr. say to wait up to 6 months. I did with my son and do not regret it one bit. It is normal where she is with 6.5 oz. The more cereal she eats the less formula she will injest and the formula is what she needs right now for brain development.

Courtney - posted on 08/18/2009

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NO NO NO NO - my son ended up with oat and rice allergies thanks to starting him at 3 months old - he was always hungry. got horrible bleeding diaper rashes and welt rashes all over his body. thankfully he's outgrown them - at almost 3 years old... save yourself the heartache and guilt!

Tracy - posted on 08/18/2009

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my daughter was on one weetabix a day from the age of 8 weeks. My health visitor said if she's that hungry then why not! Try rusks with formula or baby rice and see if that makes a difference. Hope this helps

Monique - posted on 08/18/2009

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I started when my sone was just about 3 months...give a try...she'll tell you if she is good with it or not. Check with the doc, but I'd say it is fine :)

Nicole - posted on 08/17/2009

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add it to the bottle at bed time. thats what i did. i also started spoon feedin at 4 months. only rice cereaat least once a dayl and runny

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I had my son eating baby food at six months! I started him early on everything but my doctor has never said anything to me about it! He is 9 months and on cows milk! my doctors only told to me watch him. Its really about what u think is right! do what u think is best for ur baby! thats all i can say!

Morissa - posted on 08/17/2009

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My child doctor advise me to start her at 3 months. Only start with a small amount of rice cereal.

Becka - posted on 08/17/2009

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I agree with most that you should wait untill probably 4 months or so... But also you dont want to put the rice cearl in the bottle. Just thin the cearl down with water and formula and use a sppon.I nursed at around that age but I also had to do formula some since I worked and he at ALOT~!... The dr let me put him on cearl at about 4 months but with a spoon. If you give them the rice cearl in the bottle they will have trouble learning how to chew. But if in doubt always talk to your dr, there are alot things that people who had babies 20 years ago think is okay and they have found that not to be true :)



Also for those who say the dr will tell you know. Then you need a new dr, My son was alwyas in the highest percentile for his age and at 4 months the dr told me it was okay to give him a little bit of cearl. no not solid foods... its just like form,ula a little thinker and in a spoon....Then work up from there.

Kene - posted on 08/17/2009

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No I dont recomend adding cereal until at least 4 months ! the average pediatrician would probally say 4 or even 6 months ... I know someone who did it at 2 weeks and it created a probally with the baby 's digestive system . So I would strongly reccomend to wait and as my childrens pediatrician explained to me ,that it is ok to give a baby as much milk that is required to keep him satisfied and full !

Erica - posted on 08/16/2009

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I think your baby will survive but doctors don't recommend until 4 months because they need to be drinking up to 32 oz of milk or formula at that age still and with added cereal, it can fill them up. They may stay spitting up a lot or get cranky. Just think about it this way, the sooner that you give them cereal, the sooner they get solids and then feeding time isn't as easy.

Beth - posted on 08/16/2009

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I started my daughter on rice cereal at 3 months old...just as she was outgrowing colic. It came in very handy, keeping her tummy full. Keep an eye on her, watching for any allergic reactions (weirdo rashes, that sort of thing) and keep your pediatrician in the loop. Good Luck!

Helen - posted on 08/15/2009

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DONT ADD RICE TO THE BOTTLE!
Should be fine to start. just make it very runny to begin with and try a couple of spoons, gibe her chance to get used to the different texture and different way of swallowing - start with breakfast when she is very alert & you can keep a close eye on her after to make sure she has no reactions etc! Then increase to two meals then three etc, dont put her in bed for an hour after last rice feed. My daughter started at 9 weeks and the extra bulk helped her to actually keep some of the mike down because before that she would want so much but there was no room for it!

Michelle - posted on 08/15/2009

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From personal experience, I gave my son a little cereal with the formula starting around 3 months old. He just wasn't getting full on the formula alone and feeding him every 2-3 hours was not an option still at this age! So, I tried it and it worked like a charm; he was happy, mom was happy, etc.!

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I apologize ahead of time, I didn't not read any of the other replies...I started giving both of my daughters very diluted cereal when they were each a month old and I did NOT put in a bottle, they ate it with a spoon.

Erica - posted on 08/14/2009

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PS. Just try cereal one time a day to start off with. Dont want to upset her lil tummy. And stick with just cereal and milk for a month or 2, as long as she accepts it. :-)

Erica - posted on 08/14/2009

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Our new ped. told me that alot of babies go thru growth sperts at certain times.... like 3 and 6 days, 3 and 6 weeks, 3 and 6 months...get the pattern. And with my last baby he did actually follow that pattern. He would eat alot more for a few days to a week and then it would taper off and all of a sudden all the clothes he had been wearing was too short or diaper size need to go up. It was actually funny how on the money she was with her prediction. I did go back to my older childs (6yrs) baby book and compared, he too followed that pattern. Maybe your baby is doing the same thing. Try giving her a week or 2 before you add cereal to her bottle. She might balance off again, if not try the rice cereal, but not in the bottle. Feed it to her with a spoon, they are so funny when they are learning to eat out of a spoon. Oh and yes, I think 3 months is ok to start cereal. I started both of my boys at 31/2 months. Wish you luck!

Nita - posted on 08/14/2009

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Sure it is. The milk isn't filling her up. She is still hungry. Don't make it to thick, could be hard to sallow then. But, on the other hand, don't make it to runny either.

Ashley - posted on 08/14/2009

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Its not even really about the Pediatrician...You know YOUR baby better than the Pediatrician and I can guarantee you that they will tell you not to b/c of food allergies and other problems that it may cause...Its totally up to you...You know your baby better than anyone else!!

Tory - posted on 08/14/2009

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I can tell you that my mom had me starting on cereal at only 1 week old. That's a question better asked of your pediatrician, but if it's ok with him, just add a little to her bottle.

Ashley - posted on 08/14/2009

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Well, all babies grow and progress differently so if your baby is starving and not filling up on milk I think you should start off very little rice cereal at a time....

Monica - posted on 08/14/2009

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My son was the same and the peadiatrician advised against it but when I took him for his injection, the nurse told me that it depends on the child. If your child is not getting full on formula try the cereal and see how she reacts to it. You have to watch their digestive system and see that they don't get sick from it. My son is just over a year now and he eats ANYTHING. Yet he is not over-weight or abnormally big. He is a perfectly healthy and happy baby.

Sara - posted on 08/13/2009

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The American Academy of Pediatrics actually doesn't recommend starting solid foods before 6 months. It's not just food allergies, but the fact that your infant's digestive tract isn't developed enough to process solid foods. There are some other reasons too. Your baby is designed to subsist on one thing at this age: breast milk (or formula). I know this is a personal choice, and the history of feeding rice cereal in early infancy is long, so I'm not criticizing. I guess based on the information I had... I felt that if my baby needed more food, breast milk/formula has WAY more value for her developing body than a highly processed starchy grain with relatively low nutritional value. I figured if she was hungry... she was hungry for more milk.

User - posted on 08/13/2009

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I started my son on cereal at 1 month old that was gven at dinner time and he slept the whole night until 7 am (his pedietrician told me to start him on it) and he hasnt stop eating since and is not a picky eater either

Shannon - posted on 08/13/2009

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Hello... My daughter was drinking 7 oz @ 3 months and I found at night that she was still waking up hunger. I made the cereal really watery and warm and gave it to her with a small spoon... no bottle.. she ate it up and slept like a dream... I hope this helps.

Tracey - posted on 08/13/2009

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my eldest was the same as yours but younger when i started him on rice cereal, gave him couple of tea spoons full around lunch time to start incase gave him stomach ache, worked. increase then when you feel yours needs more. each child is different as shows with mine, the eldest was 3mths when i started him, his sister 2mths and then his other brother only 6 weeks, but their youngest brother didnt start till he was 4 1/2 mths old, hope it was some help and it all goes ok. x

always spoon feed and not put into bottle.

Ashley - posted on 08/13/2009

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I started my daughter on rice cereal at 2 weeks old b/c she acted like she was starving. My daughter did just fine with it...Just add a little at a time.

Lisa - posted on 08/13/2009

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Babe, I ended up putting my youngest daughter on solids at 2 months as she was taking 9 oz of hungry baby milk. You know you daughtert better than any health visitor or midwife. Go with your own instinct

Topaz - posted on 08/13/2009

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yes... if your baby is hungry- feed her! I started my daughter on rice cereal 2 weeks prior to her 3 month birthday. i dont give it to her in a bottle- always spoon feed it.. i did ask her dr. and he told me the same- put it on a spoon and feed her when shes hungry! She gets rice cereal 3 times a day

Rachel - posted on 08/13/2009

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The le leache league recomends against it they told me it prevents them from getting the iron that they need and starting them on food to early causes them to have more food allergies than necessary you might want to check out the website for recomendations

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Always ask the doc, but as all the moms say rice cereal is good I think my son was 2 or 3 months when we started to give it to him. They make bottles that are a T cut so that she can drink it straight from the bottle, Dr.Browns is a good type of bottle and they have many different cuts in the nipples for the age of the baby.

Amy - posted on 08/12/2009

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yes the baby is hungry, and it is ok to give babies cereal at 4 months of age. just start out with the plain rice cereal mixed in a little of her formula and feed with a spoon, she will definately make a mess!! so take pics

Nikki - posted on 08/12/2009

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I had to put cereal in my sons bottle to thicken it do to acid reflux beginning at two weeks old you might try this if she won't eat it off the spoon.

Lisa - posted on 08/12/2009

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I started my son at that age because he was drinking so much, but check with your dr. just in case. He also started baby foods when he was 5 months.

H.J - posted on 08/12/2009

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Talk to your doctor. If you think she is ready then she is ready add rice cereal into her milk with some meals esp if she is really hungry and she demands food every 2 hrs the bottle isn't sustaining her. Your family doctor will know you and your child better than any one can on the internet. Talk to them and they will help you set up a diet for your child.

September - posted on 08/12/2009

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Quoting Tracey:

Doctors recom. that you should wait till 4 months if you start to early they can develop more allergies and they say you shouldnt put it in a bottle because their drinking because of their need for milk and they end up getting more calories than they need and it can lead to weight problems. I know alot of people do it and don't have any problems though. I know how you feel though i nursed by son and felt like i was feeding him constantly I waited till 4 months though and when i did start to give it to him he didn't go much longer beteen feedings or sleep any better at night.


Baby Cereal only has 60 calories per serving. Thats nothing! So I would not be so worried about over feeding calories when it comes to cereal. Plus cereal is used more for getting your baby use to eating solids. Baby cereal has next to nothing when it comes to nutrition. I don't think that you could run into a weight problem from feeding your baby cereal. However you could cause a food allergy if you start it too early. Now I do agree with that :)

June - posted on 08/12/2009

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I was told by a doctor that eating every two hours is the norm and not to start introducing cereal until 6 months because you don't want to trigger any food allergies. And they do not drink cow's milk until until a year.

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