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Rice cereal?

what age did you give it to your baby? comments, advice? i'm a new mama and my baby is going to be 3months old monday, so i'm thinking about getting some for him in the next couple days... btw he is mostly breastfed, he gets formula sometimes, but only before bed.


Asked by mandielynn23 at 11:59 PM on Jan. 7, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • only do what you feel comfortable with. my sons nana wanted my son eating right away and was very angry when i did not comply. she tried to feed him meat too soon .. regardless of how I felt about it. he showed her and threw up. really there is what a grandparent will say, there is the newer way to go about it but then there is You.. if you think your son is hungry and would benefit go for it.. go slow and pay attention to discomfort, constipation etc. good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:07 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I would wait a little longer maybe another month or 2 until he can start to sit up well in a highchair. Also, if you should notice any kind of constipation with the cereal when you do start it, switch to the single grain oatmeal. Rice can be binding.

    Answer by xtwilightx at 12:01 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I started my son on it at about 4mos old

    Answer by jsimonds220 at 12:01 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • You should not start it till he is 4 months old. And do not go to the food in a jar till 6 months. Also do NOT put it in a bottle. It raises the risk of them choking. Use a little bowl and baby spoons.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:02 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Morgain that is NORMAL behavior. He was in a growth spurt so a lot of formula/breastmilk is needed. this is short lived. Cereal and solids are VERY hard for young babies to digest and process because their guts are immature. Babies are supposed to eat that often especially during a growth spurt.

    Answer by amileegirl at 12:06 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • wouldn't even consider it before 6mo

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:07 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • i would skip cereal entirely. it tastes horrid and is empty filler that will take the place of formula/breastmilk. Its a marketing ploy. Babies have taste buds too! : ) if you fed formulathat is iron fortified you will likely create bad gas and constipation. Better to wait also until baby can sit up UNassisted and has lost the tongue thrust reflex...that way you avoid the serious danger of choking. Also baby should show interest in food because, really, before the age of one solids are for fun and experience not nutrition. That usually happens around six months of age. That is the time when the gut is a bit more mature and you are likely to have less problems with upset stomachs.


    Answer by amileegirl at 12:08 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Then you need to mention the health condition, that doesn't apply to normal situations. It can make women who breastfeed inadvertantly think there is something wrong with their milk when there isn't.

    Answer by amileegirl at 12:23 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Rice cereal is garbage filler food. Your baby doesn't need it... Wait until 6 months (per the AAP and WHO) and start with fresh fruits or veggies.

    If you're giving formula before bed because baby seems unsatisfied, dump the formula and let him do his work on increasing your supply. Fussiness in the evening is normal, but giving formula instead of allowing him to nurse will hurt your supply. I know it's maddening, but it passes.

    Answer by LeanneC at 1:46 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Ask your doctor before you start it. As with any food, you should always ask the pediatrician first.

    Answer by Itsonono at 2:50 AM on Jan. 8, 2010