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Should a 3 month old baby be started on Cereal?? She only drinks 6 oz of formula every 4 hour.


Asked by sillyme85 at 2:04 PM on Jul. 6, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No matter how much a 3 mo old drinks, or how big they are, they are too young for cereal. Their digestive tract is not mature until a MINIMUM of 4 months, more likely 6 months. There is no benefit to starting cereal before then. It does not "keep them full longer".

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:06 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • "My Cousin swears by putting cereal in the bottle with the formula. She always said it made her kids sleep better by filling them up. She had 5 boys and all turned out fine"I'm glad it had no negative effects on them.

    Well, I was never put in a car seat or seat belt growing up and I'm fine. My Aunt smoked 2 packs a day and lived to be 100.

    Seriously, anyone considering putting cereal into baby's bottle needs to read Baby Bottles and Cereal


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:14 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • No. At least 6 months if not more.

    Answer by Iluvmy5 at 2:05 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • No. Her digestive system is not ready yet. You're just going to hurt her belly.

    Answer by Wheepingchree at 2:05 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • ABSOLUTELY NOT! What's wrong with 6 oz every 4 hours? Do you think there is a problem with her brain-gut response affecting her ability to tell when she is hungry? If you do, you should see a doctor.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 2:07 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • NO! Do some research on the effects of early cereal and food allergies, obesity, diabetes, etc.

    Answer by MDT09 at 3:15 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • It sounds like she's getting plenty to eat and staying full plenty long. People are often overeager to start their children on solids before they actually need them, but there is more harm than good that could come of starting your child before he or she is ready. I don't believe that 6 months is always the magic number, but formula or breastmilk provides all the nutrients your child needs for the first year...other foods are really for practice eating.

    Answer by ohbladi at 4:10 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • No, No, no! A baby needs NOTHING but formula or breast milk for the first 12 months! NOTHING!!!!!! ANYTHING given AFTER six months is just for PLAY and LEARNING! They NO NEED for anything else!! And absolutely NOTHING else before 6months at the VERY earliest!!! THE VERY EARLIEST!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do some research on not starting solids until 8 or 9 months if not later!! Please for your baby!


    Answer by clovismommy25 at 11:01 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • no,too young. Allergies will develop and she'll get constipated. Wait til 6 mo. That amount of formula is perfect.

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:06 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • If she doesnt seem to be hungry and unsatisfied by formula/breast milk alone then I would say hold off on it until she seems to be getting hungry more often.

    Answer by ABusyBee at 2:06 PM on Jul. 6, 2010