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can i feed my 3 month old son infant cereal on a spoon?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:32 PM on Feb. 26, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It is not recommended until the age of 4-6 months.

    Answer by mommy2joeynabby at 3:34 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • My pedi told me to do this, I did it for a few nights and then stopped. He obviously wasn't ready for it. You'll know when he is. My DS is 4 months now, and opens his mouth for the spoon, before he wouldn't.

    Answer by wahm_abbeyrose at 3:34 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • you CAN, but like so many other things. Just because you CAN, does not mean that you SHOULD.

    at the EARLIEST a baby should not begin solids until 6 months. And babies under 18 months can not digest grain- they lack the enzymes to break it down.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 3:35 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • even 4 months is pushing it. doctors actually recommend 6 months or later. it has to do with obesity and allergies.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:36 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • No. The earliest any baby should have cereal is 4 months. Cereal does not make babies sleep better.

    It's recommended that all babies be breastfed exclusively until 6 months. Then they can start fork mashed foods like banana, sweet potato, or avocado. Put in front of the baby and let the baby feed itself. There is never any need for baby cereal, jar foods, puffs, ect.

    Answer by Gailll at 3:36 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • just breastfeed for now

    Answer by staciandababy at 3:37 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • You CAN, but I would not recommend it.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:48 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • You definitely should not. Keep in mind that solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know little about).Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many now recommend skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breastmilk (or formula). Then baked sweet potato, oatmeal, pumpkin, pureed peas, etc. Jarred baby food tastes awful, is expensive, and you never really know what is in it. Be sure to avoid the allergy trigger foods. This is not a complete list: before age 1, no soy, dairy, wheat, citrus, egg white, strawberries; before age 2 no honey, chocolate, nuts. Two great books /websites on feeding babies, with differing philosophies, Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food You should be able to find both books at your local library

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:29 AM on Feb. 27, 2010

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