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How did you introduce CEREAL to your baby at 4 months?

How much? How often? My 3 1/2 month old already sleeps through the night, so I am not introducing cereal to help fill her up. THoughts? IDeas?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:01 PM on Aug. 11, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • skip the cereal and wait til 6 months to try fruits and veggies. Cereal binds them up
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:02 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • You can wait until 5 or 6 months if she is sleeping well. Just mix it with formula or breast milk and feed with a spoon. They will only take a little at first. Just feed once a day in the beginning.
    mompam

    Answer by mompam at 1:04 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • Everything butterflyblue19 said. Kid DO NOT NEED food before one for nutrition. It is for practice only. And feeding them anything before 6 months can be detrimental to their developing tummies. It is shown to be far better to wait until 6 months at the very least. And you can then skip cereals and purees all together. You can move on to letting them finger feed small soft chunks.


    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html


    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/131235/why_delay_solids_until_your_baby_is.html?cat=25


     

    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 1:07 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • If it's not for nutrition, then why not give them cereal?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:14 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • You don't absolutely have to feed your baby cereal. You can but it's not a rule. Here you'll get all kinds of opinions and theories and the truth is every child is different. There is nothing wrong with pureed foods or cereal. Cereal causes consptipation if it is fed in large amounts for every meal. That is why even doctors only recommend a little at a time once a day to start then if you want to go up, and you don't have to, you can. Practice really is okay and despite what you read on here, there really is some nutrition in babyfood.
    wildflowers25

    Answer by wildflowers25 at 1:19 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • They don't need it yet. There are benefits to waiting until 6 months, but only risks for starting earlier than that. How to introduce to a 4 month old? Don't. Wait until they are at least 6 months and begging for food. Then it is easy. YOu mix up the cereal, hold up the spoon and they pen their mouth and beg for it to be put in. If they are not doing that then they are not ready.
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:03 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • i did it once and it made her so gasy so i never did it again i waited until 6 months to start baby food!
    Caroline2010

    Answer by Caroline2010 at 4:22 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • Didn't. Ever tasted the stuff? Ick. It's amazing that babies aren't turned off to solids.

    I only use it for sick parakeets....they can actually benefit from it.

    Now, for baby.... while breastfed babies shouold stay wthat way for six months, it's a bit different for formula..you can introduce at four months if you want. You can introduce solids ONE at a time...mashed banana or potato or avocado or peas are all good choices, as dessert after a liquid meal.

    Be aware...solids can change sleep patterns and make baby wake more.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:42 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

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