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*Ade* July 23rd, 2006 11:06 AM

Hi everyone-I havea few questions for you all! My daughter Kylie is 5 months old-I started her on rice cereal about 3 weeks ago oncea day. She is now eating it twice a day. I am wondering when and how do I introduce oatmeal. Can I do it now, and would I just subsitute a rice feeding for oatmeal? And, she eats 1 TB of cereal in the am followed by nursing(she Wont eat cereal if I nurse first, so I have to nurse after) and she eats 2 TB of cereal at night, also followed by nursing. So, if I subsitute on of the feedings, do I give her the same amount or not since oatmeal is thicker?

I am planning on starting her with veggies when she is 6 months, so would I add veggies at lunchtime or would I give her some in the am and/or pm along with her cereal, or eliminate a cereal feeding and give veggies instead? I know everybody does things differently, but Id just like some opinions I guess because Im so confused, LOL. Thanks in advance!!!!

DynamiteLotus July 24th, 2006 08:59 AM

As for the cereal...I don't know! lol Olivia did not care for the rice cereal so she doesn't get it unless I use it to thicken up the food I make for her. I hope someone else has some advice there.

In my opinion, give the veggie to her in the morning. That way, she'll be up and you can keep an eye on her for any allergic reactions, you know? Keep the cereal feedings, but offer her some bites of the veggie. If she likes it, offer it as lunch!

Dylans_Mama July 24th, 2006 09:02 AM

Im not much help since Dylan had reactions to rice cereal and we didnt do it.

Hope someone else has good advice for you!!!

*Ade* July 24th, 2006 09:30 AM

Well thanks for your help!! I have decided that I will give her rice in the am and oatmeal in the pm. In a few weeks I will introduce sweet potatoes right after her cereal in the am. But Im wondering, when I start her on a different veggie after 5 days, can I still feed her the others that Ive already tried say at lunchtime or dinnertime? Or do I have to go through all of them before I can overlap?

*Valerie* July 24th, 2006 09:58 AM

This is what I do and I find that it works well--
BF--Cereal (I started doing a fruit as well when he was ready for it)
Lunch--1 or 2 veggies and fruit
Dinner--same as lunch.

I couldn't get veggies and cereal in him at the same time so I stopped the night cereal. Your baby may be able to do both. I would try the new foods for bf or lunch and watch for reactions. You can do the oatmeal or mixed anytime now that you know there is no reaction to the rice. Troy can't do oatmeal--makes him miserably gassy so we stuck with rice or mixed.
As far as your other ??--any food that you have already tried and found no problems with can be eaten at any time. So if sweet potatoes go well, you can give a new veggie for lunch and Sweet potatoes for dinner. Good luck and enjoy!

*Ade* July 24th, 2006 12:09 PM

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This is what I do and I find that it works well--
BF--Cereal (I started doing a fruit as well when he was ready for it)
Lunch--1 or 2 veggies and fruit
Dinner--same as lunch.

I couldn't get veggies and cereal in him at the same time so I stopped the night cereal. Your baby may be able to do both. I would try the new foods for bf or lunch and watch for reactions. You can do the oatmeal or mixed anytime now that you know there is no reaction to the rice. Troy can't do oatmeal--makes him miserably gassy so we stuck with rice or mixed.
As far as your other ??--any food that you have already tried and found no problems with can be eaten at any time. So if sweet potatoes go well, you can give a new veggie for lunch and Sweet potatoes for dinner. Good luck and enjoy![/b]

Thank you soo much. Our feeding schedule will eventually be really similar to yours!

Phoenix2Light July 25th, 2006 02:48 AM

Yes, if you've tried and approved a food you can overlap it and mix it or whatever you want to do with another one you've tried. You can still give her one food she's already tried and then something new as well, you don't have to stop everything just to try one more new food, you've already found out she won't have a reaction to that one so if she has a reaction you know it's the new food.

Yeah, that is going to be my schedule as well, we've already tested quite a few foods but I won't put YuQi on a heavy schedule until later. So my plans are...

morn: cereal and bm
snacks: bm and fingerfoods
lunch: 10z veggie, fruit, and bm
snacks: bm
dinner: fruit and bm
late night snack: cereal and bm

YuQi is a pig, I just realized after looking at that how much he eats... :wacko:

FamilyShorty July 28th, 2006 07:41 AM

Is there a reason you want to use oatmeal? Just wondering because I think I'm going to skip it unless told otherwise. Ally's doctor said to use rice cereal because infants have the least reaction to it and then whenever I feel like she has gotten the hang of eating from a spoon I can start feeding her level one baby food.

She has been eating rice cereal for about a month now so this weekend I think I am going to start adding a green veggy baby food (beans or something like that).


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