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when should a baby begin to eat baby cereal?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:11 PM on Jan. 22, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 5-6 months old. Usually when the doctor says it's okay.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 5:11 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • Anywhere from 4-6 months. Depending on the child, their needs for pureed foods, and their interest in it.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 5:13 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • Baby cereal is really just a filler with no nutritional value. I believe the only reason the government pushes it is due to the level of iron...which can be gotten frmo other sources. I would at least suggest waiting until the recommended 6 months if possible. I think 4 months is way to early.

    Answer by Renee3K at 5:13 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • 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 them at your local library

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:39 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • No sooner then 6 mos, if you choose to even use cereal.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 6:46 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • Ew, have YOU ever tasted that stuff? It's awful! Skip it, babies do NOT need it!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:43 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • I agree with Anon. Never. We skipped it.

    Answer by Christina807 at 11:52 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • 4 months

    Answer by PANZONSMOM at 12:34 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

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