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Should I start my 3 month old on cereal?

I have a 3 month old boy..when should i start giving him cereal mixed with formula? he's already a big boy...16lbs 26in long...doea he need it? what positives come from it?

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Asked by JulesMommy1008 at 11:24 PM on Jan. 2, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Nope you should wait. Foods should be given between 4 and 6 months and never in the bottle. If he is still hungry give him more breastmilk or formula at a feeding. Giving food doesn't have any advantages really... it doesn't help them sleep. It might make your Big boy even BIGGER because it's mostly empty calories.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 11:26 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • No! Wait until your baby is at least six months. I would skip cereal all together anyway, but please wait like the American Academy of Pediatrics, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services all recommend. Check out this article:


    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 11:27 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • you can always try. you'll know if he's not ready. If he still pushes most of the food out when you try to give it to him or doesnt open his mouth when he sees the spoon then it's probably not time. Just try alittle make it somewhat runny and see how he does. My sone started at 3 1/2 months. Your his mommy and you know you son the best!

    Answer by luvsgriffin at 11:28 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • NO wait until he is at least 6 months. thats when their digestive system if fully developed do digest anything other than milk.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:28 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • or you could just wait he doesnt NEED it and any dr will tell you to wait until at least 6 months.

    just wait he doesnt NEED IT.. he can continue with breast milk or formula

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:29 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • Nothing positive will come from it right now.Their tummies cannot process it and he will either throw up,or have horrible tummy aches,don't mom just stick w/formula.He is getting all he needs from that,obbviously as his weight is good.

    Answer by Bearsjen at 11:29 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • If he doesnt act like he is still hungry after a feeding, then dont worry about it. However, there is nothing wrong with mixing a little cereal and formula for him and it WILL help him sleep.

    Answer by GraciesMomLJP at 11:30 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • mixing cereal and formula shouldnt be done because that is given in a bottle and definitely is not good to give cereal to a baby in a bottle!

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 11:32 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • I wouldn't unless he seems hungry within 1 hour after a feeding. If he does seem hungry, there is nothing wrong with mixing a little cereal with his formula or breast milk.

    Answer by zaysmommy08 at 11:33 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • here i googled for you... :)

    " The Academy of Pediatrics recommends that solid foods be introduced, no earlier than four months of age. Typically, if a child is at least 4 months, weighs at least thirteen pounds and has good head control, solid foods can be started."

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

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