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How old was your baby when you introuduced rice cereal? talexys 1 child; Ontario 1138 posts
22nd May '12

Im going to refer to my doctor at my daughters appointment this week but its always nice to get other peoples inputs!
I know your not suppose to introuduce rice cereal till 4 months but I see lots of people mentioning that they give there younger infints rice cereal. My daughter is almost 6 weeks old and is eating 4-6oz during the day,shes a hungry baby! and is really hungry her bottle before bed...eats 7-9....I start her with 6 and if she demands more I feed her more, I dont like feeding her that much for so young but Im going to do what keeps her happy and tummy full, anyhow Iv read some forums on how much oz peoples babys are having and read alot of people mentioning the rice cereal and thought maybe that could be a alternitive for her bottle before bed, when is a good time to introuduce it ?

user banned 1 child; , 52185 posts
22nd May '12

I never gave it to Anna. If your LO is still hungry, feed her. Don't start giving her food just because you 'don't like feeding her that much'.

Cαtwomαn 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Gotham, DC, United States 12929 posts
22nd May '12

Never. It's not necessary. And certainly not before 4 months. Babies need bm/formula. Do not use cereal as an "alternative".

Stu Padasso 2 kids; Henderson, Nevada 14638 posts
22nd May '12

6 months. Rice cereal is a practice food for little ones, It's neutral and should be introduced when you start introducing other solids. It should never be put in a bottle. It's empty calories and is a choking hazard.

carmichael 18 kids; Bethel, Alaska 1870 posts
22nd May '12

I stated DS at 7 months and DD at 8. I didn't want them to develop any allergies.
ETA: I started with veggies not rice.

V & E's Mom! 2 kids; Stockton, California 4782 posts
22nd May '12

6 months old and then baby food at 9 months old.

user banned Due July 3; 2 kids; Australia 14351 posts
22nd May '12

I started my son at 6 1/2 months
At 6 weeks a baby does not need rice cereal at all

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
22nd May '12

Around 4 months old i think?..



I only introduced a tsp of it mixed with formula before his bottle to help keep his food down.



He has reflux.

GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 16113 posts
22nd May '12

OT, kinda. I have a friend on fb, her LO is 3 weeks old and has him eating rice cereal..so he will sleep at night.

B( o )( o )BS! 3 kids; Oregon 25900 posts
22nd May '12

4 months.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
22nd May '12
Quoting Mym:" Im going to refer to my doctor at my daughters appointment this week but its always nice to get other ... [snip!] ... the rice cereal and thought maybe that could be a alternitive for her bottle before bed, when is a good time to introuduce it ?"


giving rice cereal to a baby because they are hungry is like taking away steak from a man and giving him salad. It's LOWER calories. It may fill a stomach, but it doesnt' help. Your chid NEEDS the calories in formula or breast milk.. NOT rice.

Would you want to give up food for rice? no. It has no nutritional value other than the iron it's fortified with.

With my 4th child.. after research.. I never gave rice cereal.. adn I waited until 7 months to introduce solids.

Mrs Mia Wallace 33 kids; Georgia 2858 posts
22nd May '12

My son wasn't born yet (technically) when they (the NICU) started him on rice cereal for reflux.

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
22nd May '12
Quoting GrumpsMama.:" OT, kinda. I have a friend on fb, her LO is 3 weeks old and has him eating rice cereal..so he will sleep at night."


This reminds me of my sister..



She syringe feeds my nephew baby food (from the age of 2 months, hes 3 1/2 months now) all because she wants him to be fuller for longer :?



He still has the baby tongue reflex and if you try to feed him with a spoon will automatically push the food out of his mouth.. obviously hes not ready for food if hes doing that LOL!




Im sure someone on here said that it doesn't even keep their tummies fuller for longer?

user banned Due July 3; 2 kids; Australia 14351 posts
22nd May '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting GrumpsMama.:</b>" OT, kinda. I have a friend on fb, her LO is 3 weeks old and has him eating rice cereal..so he will sleep at night."</blockquote>



Seriously? Poor baby

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
22nd May '12
Quoting snugglemama:" giving rice cereal to a baby because they are hungry is like taking away steak from a man and giving ... [snip!] ... with. With my 4th child.. after research.. I never gave rice cereal.. adn I waited until 7 months to introduce solids. "


:) Well said mama