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November 15th, 2012, 07:17 AM
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At Ethan's last appointment, the dr said we could go ahead and start on cereal if we wanted. I was positive I wasn't going to do cereal, and just start solids next month when he turns 6 months. But the past few days it seems like his fussiness has increased by like a million, so I am considering starting on cereal and seeing if it might help with his reflux. The question I have is which one should I start with? I know most people start with rice, but I read it doesn't have much nutrition to it, so I was considering starting with oatmeal, and then barley. Has anyone else started on something other than rice?
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November 15th, 2012, 07:21 AM
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I've tried both rice & oatmeal, started those just before he was 4 months old because Evan's such a hefty eater. He hates both, lol, but I didn't notice any reactions or problems with them.
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November 15th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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How much do you give him? Does he get formula with it? (or breastmilk if that's what he takes) lol I have never done this before, and my mom did not do it with me so I have no idea what I am doing!
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November 15th, 2012, 09:01 AM
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I started with rice for me it wasn't about the nutrition as she's gettig that with her milk but its about learning how to swallow and eat with a spoon. So I use rice cereal once a day. I add pumped milk or formula whichever I have on hand, poor an ounce in a bowl, then pour cereal in slowly and mixing until I get the consistency I want. Sometimes I have to add more milk. McKinley started out liking it really watery and thin. Slowly starting to like it a little more thicker.
Won't start any real puréed food until 6 1/2-7 months.
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November 15th, 2012, 10:15 AM
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I started with Barley as I was afraid of constipation with rice. All cereal don't really have a nutritional value, they are mostly a sourse of iron for babies after 6 months ( when breast milk no longer has enough iron for your little one ), calcium and vitamim B. You can take any cereal from the first stage and your LO will be ok
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November 15th, 2012, 10:40 AM
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What she said ^^ none of the cereals have nutritional value, my pedi said we could skip it if we wanted and go straight to solids. I tried oatmeal, Addy didn't like it too much. With Reagan, we did rice first, she loved it. I might try the rice with Addy, except that we have already started solids - she currently eats squash, sweet potatoes and we just added carrots yesterday. I might go back to cereal when we start fruits so she has "breakfast" too, not just dinner

If you do cereal, the box will usually give suggestions on how to start...you can use formula or breastmilk, whichever you give your baby or prefer. Typically you start with about 1 tbsp of the cereal to about 3-4 tbsp of the liquid. It's really runny that way, so I thickened it up a bit more, but you can start with that and see what happens
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November 15th, 2012, 04:53 PM
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We started with some brown rice today. It was pretty hilarious. He really seemed to like it but he didnt swallow much. Lol he kept spitting it out then opening his mouth for more!
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November 15th, 2012, 08:10 PM
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Haha yah that's what McKinley did for a few sessions. She's got the hang of it. She seems bored of cereal but trying to hold off other foods until 6 months.
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November 16th, 2012, 08:24 PM
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i think with most cereal its more of a filling thing than nutrition.

I started Raini with rice cereal mixed with a bit of formula, then less formula as it went on. she didnt like the cereal at first but it taught her how to swallow solids. now she refuses cereal all together after having a taste of actual baby foods.
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November 21st, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Just lurking from August 2012 PR. Finn will be 4 months old this weekend. I hope you don't mind if I intrude.
I mentioned I started him on cereal and well, it didn't go over smoothly.
Finn loves his rice cereal. Next up, barley!
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