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When do start rice cereal? My_first_baby2 Due June 22; North Dakota 12 posts
6th Jun '12

Our baby girl hasn't been born yet, but there's been some controversy on when to start rice cereal. My SIL had her baby 3 weeks ago and my MIL has her starting rice cereal this week. She stated she did it with all three of her kids and wants the grandbabies to be the same. Isn't that a little early?



Does it really help them sleep longer periods because of a fuller tummy?
Is there a decrease in SIDS from numerous wakings during the night, which is
decreased with the rice cereal?
If I were to add it to her diet, is it better to feed it through a bottle or by spoon?



It's just a concern of mine, I haven't discussed it with any doctors yet, but I wanted opinions on it.

HotMom21ERF Due December 17 (twins); 1 child; Kentucky 20244 posts
status 6th Jun '12

that is ALL a myth. babies dont need to start solids really at all during the first year, but if you do, start them at 6 months.

furrbabiesmommy 18 kids; California 16570 posts
6th Jun '12

no solids till 6 months. They are not needed. They will not help baby sleep, or stop spitting up.
baby cereal is never needed, it's just an easy food to see if baby is ready.

Ashley; Kenley's Mommy! 1 child; Wisconsin 15117 posts
6th Jun '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting My_first_baby2:</b>" Our baby girl hasn't been born yet, but there's been some controversy on when to start rice cereal. My ... [snip!] ... a bottle or by spoon? It's just a concern of mine, I haven't discussed it with any doctors yet, but I wanted opinions on it."</blockquote>




Shes an idiot, that's too young. It's a myth that it makes them sleep longer, and never put cereal in the bottle.

Traci Powell 2 kids; South Carolina 2019 posts
6th Jun '12

I know people say its a myth but I swear dd slept all night with cereal in her bottle. And she never choked. I don't know though...

Ashley; Kenley's Mommy! 1 child; Wisconsin 15117 posts
6th Jun '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Traci Powell:</b>" I know people say its a myth but I swear dd slept all night with cereal in her bottle. And she never choked. I don't know though..."</blockquote>




That's really dangerous and a coincidence.

HotMom21ERF Due December 17 (twins); 1 child; Kentucky 20244 posts
status 6th Jun '12
Quoting Traci Powell:" I know people say its a myth but I swear dd slept all night with cereal in her bottle. And she never choked. I don't know though..."

your baby just got lucky.

* MRS KING * 2 kids; Whitesboro, Oklahoma 1550 posts
6th Jun '12

I just started her on cereal, and doctor said if she likes it, to start baby food, single flavors, in two weeks. But he said he wants to start it early only because she is a bigger than average baby at 19 weeks.

Traci Powell 2 kids; South Carolina 2019 posts
6th Jun '12

OR....its another one of those things you all don't do because some dr that took a class on it and has no children told you not to. Much like most of the crap people obsess about now days.

CountryMomof3 3 kids; Kerrville, Texas 877 posts
6th Jun '12

The pedi had us put cereal in our ds bottle since he was a few weeks old because he had acid reflux. Never had a problem with it. Now that he is 4 months old our pedi told us to fed him the cereal as meals instead of in his bottles. So talk to your doctor about it :)

Ashley; Kenley's Mommy! 1 child; Wisconsin 15117 posts
6th Jun '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Traci Powell:</b>" OR....its another one of those things you all don't do because some dr that took a class on it and has no children told you not to. Much like most of the crap people obsess about now days."</blockquote>




Uh no the baby can choke, Unless you have an AR baby there is.no reason for it.

* MRS KING * 2 kids; Whitesboro, Oklahoma 1550 posts
6th Jun '12

Doctors learn on the job too, not just in class. And the majority of pedis i have known have all had children at one time or another, and use their real life experiences to better judge a situation. Just like you may have taken drivers ed, but you really learned the important stuff behind the wheel.

deleted crazy train, tx, Holy See (Vatican City State) 9655 posts
6th Jun '12

I will have people jump ALL over me when I say this, but it does help babies sleep longer. However, I in no way recommend doing it. Especially not that young.



I can't remember where I read it, but they've been doing studies on it. It keeps them full, which keeps them asleep. It's not a good thing though. Babies need to wake up for feedings, for many reasons. It increases SIDS for them to sleep so soundly. Plus at that age, it's more than just a SIDS risk.



It's waaaaay too harsh on a newborn's little tummy, it can cause all kinds of gastro problems for baby in the future, it's an even bigger choking hazard at that young, it's nutritionally void. Babies need formula or breast milk, nothing else for the first year. Solids are only as a training food, or an extra. And you shouldn't start until 4-6 months, sometimes even later.

account is deleted Maine 3500 posts
6th Jun '12

I tried it in a bottle [yes my baby is STILL alive] and it didnt help her sleep through the night [she's almost 6 months]. Unless a doctor advises it, there's really no need to have your baby on rice cereal until the recommended time, around 7 months, I think.

deleted crazy train, tx, Holy See (Vatican City State) 9655 posts
6th Jun '12
Quoting Ashley; Kenley's Mommy!:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Traci Powell:</b>" OR....its another one of those things you ... [snip!] ... obsess about now days."</blockquote> Uh no the baby can choke, Unless you have an AR baby there is.no reason for it."


Eh, that's not really true. There can be other need for it besides AR. But, it should never be done without some counsel from a pedi.