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how many times should i give my soon to be 5 mth old cereal?

i started to give my son cereal in a bowl 1 a day. but im wanting to increase it to maybe twice a day. with the cereal i give him water or half and half of juice or sometimes formula. hes still wanting to feed every 4 to 5 hours. should he be on a schedule when it comes to cereal in a bowl or is it ok. when should he start eating once in the am, once for lunch and then dinner?

 
mnm0421

Asked by mnm0421 at 10:36 PM on Jan. 12, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • We started with cereal for breakfast, then when it came time for another meal, we introduced the stage 1 gerbers. We started adding them at lunch at around 5 months, then gave him dinners at around 6 months. Now (because of daycare) our 8 month old eats 4 times a day (breakfast.lunch,snack,dinner) and then he gets a large bottle for bed.
    gwood

    Answer by gwood at 10:40 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • Mine gets one feeding of cereal at night. We start his bedtime routine with it. He gets cereal, bath, teeth brushed, book, calm time in his crib, a bottle, and then bed!
    jessicarae787

    Answer by jessicarae787 at 10:37 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • When I started cereal (between 4-5 months) my doc said to do one table spoon twice a day. I do it at 10 am and 6 or 7 pm.
    beckcorc

    Answer by beckcorc at 10:38 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • u could start that now if u want, keep an eye on how he goes poop, just to make sure he isnt going to have a hard time with it.... but my son started eating 1 in the morning and 1 for lunch and 1 for dinner when he was 4 months and he did fine..... if he has trouble going poop just add some apple sauce in with it and it will help him out alot
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:38 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • First of all.. WHY would you give him water, juice or half and half??!! Thats terrible...Babies that young ONLY need breastmilk or formula....His digestive system in too immature for all that crap and youre starting a bad habit by giving him juice this young. Hes going to want it when he gets older and youre headed for dental problems bigtime with him. And half and half? Yuk! Just give him formula til hes 6 months old and then sloooowly start adding in cereal or rice. But cereal and rice are just empty calories anyway.
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 10:39 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • a baby can have more than just formula or BM>>>
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:42 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • every baby is diffrent ask the pedi if it is ok... she will know if he can handle it or not....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • yup their digestive system is NOT fully developed to handle that. i hope s/he can handle it!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • i thank everyone for the input.
    mnm0421

    Answer by mnm0421 at 10:55 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • 4-5 hours is not bad. really it isn't especially at 5 months. Cereal and solids are not meant as replacements for formula or breastmilk during the first year, they are for experiment and fun.
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 10:58 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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