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Baby cereal

why can't you give your baby cereal until 4-6 months?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:42 PM on May. 3, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • a baby's system isn't mature enough to digest it yet, which could lead to lots of problems.

    Answer by kjrn79 at 4:46 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • First, because they don't NEED it, second, because their digestive system is not ready for anything other then breast milk and formula.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:58 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • The digestive system isn't ready for it. That's asking it to run before walking, so to speak. Remember that the whole system is still working out the kinks in the first months.

    Answer by gdiamante at 5:26 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • 1. Their digestive systems are not mature enough to process an solids, including rice cereal.
    2. Giving it in their bottle or even by spoon before they are ready can also be a choking hazard.
    3. Starting solids too early has been linked to obesity and diabetes later in life.
    4. Cereal, despite the old wive's tales, does NOT help baby sleep longer. It doesn't stay in their systems long enough to make that much of a difference in their length of sleep.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 5:29 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • 1. If solids are started before a baby's system is ready to handle them, they are poorly digested and may cause problems (ones you can see now, or later)
    2.From birth until somewhere between four and six months of age, babies possess what is often referred to as an "open gut." This means that the spaces between the cells of the small intestines will readily allow intact macromolecules, including whole proteins and pathogens, to pass directly into the bloodstream. You want to wait for the gut to "close", when it is open they are much more likely to develop allergies.
    3. The early introduction of solids is associated with increased body fat and weight in childhood.
    You can do research and find lots of benefits to waiting until at least 6 months, I have yet to find ANY benefits to starting early (all the studies show it doesn't make them sleep longer), so why not just wait?

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 5:58 PM on May. 3, 2010

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