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starting on cereal...

my daughter just turned 3 months and her doctor said once she did she could start on cereal. does that seem young to you? also, when you give it in the bottle, are you suppose to start off at 1TB and add more as time goes on? and are you suppose to give it at each feeding?

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Asked by samantha21385 at 4:54 PM on Jan. 24, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • doesnt sound too young to me. especially if your peditrician recommended it..

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:55 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • never feed baby anything until he/she is 4 months old or older. besides, you know breast milk or formula

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • i started my youngest on cereal when he was 3 months because of his acid reflux. best thing i have ever done.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • Honestly, that is way to young. The gut isn't really that mature at that age, they can't sit up, and haven't even lost the tongue thrust reflex which is designed to push solid foods OUT of the mouth. If you have to puree foods in order to bypass those failsafes, its way too early. KWIM? Cereal is also a marketing ploy. It is overloaded with iron which is constipating, is hard to digest which can cause stomach upsets, and it tastes horrible. Save your money. Wait until the baby is at least six months old (as recommended by the WHO) especially if you breastfeed. Remember food before one is for experience only, not nutrition. All nutrition should come from breastmilk or formula. If you wait for the right development you can just go to table foods with no muss and no waste!


    Answer by amileegirl at 5:01 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • please spend some time doing research into your babys digestive system....look up "open gut" 3 months is WAY too young to be starting solid foods....amileegirl gave you some great info.

    Answer by jlizgar at 5:02 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • by the way, never put cereal in a bottle as it is a choking hazard. If you decide to give cereal, use a spoon...never a bottle.

    Answer by amileegirl at 5:02 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • I did with my first (at 5mo) and it was HORRIBLE.

    I'd personally wait .

    Answer by hypermamaz at 5:06 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • Unless there's a medical reason to give solids early, you should wait until your baby is physically/developmentally ready (tongue-thrust reflex is gone, she can sit up, she uses the pincer grasp with thumb and forefinger and can pick up small pieces of food, shows interest in others' food, opens her mouth when food is offered, etc.). Generally, that doesn't happen until at least 4-6 months old, sometimes later. And it's never a good idea to feed cereal in a bottle, just from a spoon.

    That being said, sometimes there is a medical reason to give some cereal early, like reflux which a PP mentioned. But even then, you should have a diagnosis first and know the pros and cons of different treatments.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 5:07 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • I'm going to repeat what a couple of moms have already said, because it's important :) 3 months is TOO early for solids (including cereal) unless there is a medical reason (like reflux) - WITH a diagnosis and other treatments considered. at 3 months, a baby's gut is not ready for solid food. Putting cereal in a bottle is a choking hazard, not to mention can lead to childhood obesity.
    Solid food should not be started until a child has met several developmental milestones: can sit unassisted, has lost tongue-thrust reflex, AND is showing an interest in the food that you are eating. This typically happens around 6 months.
    Cereal has zero nutritional value. The added iron that is in it is not easily digested, which means that it's not doing your child any good AND causes constipation. Cereal can and should be skipped - - avocados, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, - all make better first foods nutritionally AND taste wise

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 5:24 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

  • One more thing -- until a baby is one, solid food is just for fun. Bottles/breast should be offered first and THEN solids. ALL of baby's nutrition should still come from their formula/breastmilk.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 5:25 PM on Jan. 24, 2010

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