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How soon can I give my 3month old who weighs almost 14lbs baby cereal

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:25 AM on Jun. 5, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • When your pediatrician recommends it. Some wait until 4 months, some wait until 6. This will just vary pedi by pedi.

    Answer by MissMommyK at 4:33 AM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • When she can sit unsupported and doesn't push the cereal/spoon out with her tongue anymore is when she is ready to start solids; it doesn't have to be cereal, it can be mashed sweet potato, banana, etc. They typically lose the tongue thrust reflex between four and six months.

    Answer by preacherskid at 8:45 AM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • Never. It tastes horrible and is constipating. When baby has lost the tongue thrust reflex but and develops the ability to use the tongue to manipulate food, which along with sitting unassisted, and the ability to grasp food and bring it to mouth is a sign of readiness to sample solids which starts around six months, give real food -- fruits and veggies from samplings of your meals and snacks. No purees. No jars. Just lightly smashed or small pieces. Easy. Costs nothing but sharing.

    Baby food and rice cereal are just ways to separate people from their hard earned money. Babies don't even digest solids very well until they are around a year old because their gut has not finished developing.  Young babies like yours will generally get terrible gas and the rice will just be pooped out with no benefit.  Rice is empty filler.      

    Food before one is for fun and experimentation (so alwa


    Answer by amileegirl at 9:50 AM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • FYI most pediatricians give advice based on one nutrition class they took in all their years of education. They are not nutritionists or pediatric gastroenterologists. Their recommendations are often based on old canned responses and not based in the new recommemdations or information about infant digestion. Especially when it comes to the breastfed baby. Pediatricians are specialists in childhood diseases only.

    Answer by amileegirl at 9:54 AM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • Weight has nothing to do with it, it is about waiting for their digestive system to mature. My EBF son was 20 lbs by the time he was 4 months old, but he didn't get any solids of any kind until 6 months old.

    Baby only needs breastmilk or formula at this age. Hold off on the cereal and other solids until 6 months. There is no reason to start them before that. Possible complications or adverse effects for starting early; no risks, only benefits for delaying solids until at least 6 months.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:54 AM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • 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 them at your local library

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:38 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • i would start now! i did w all 3 of mine and it was fine!! take a breath and see what you feel is right! gl!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

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