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thisgoodnight September 10th, 2005 09:38 PM

I'm just curious. I'm a first time mom and have no idea about anything other than formula. When you start cereal (when do you do that by the way?) I know you start it out in the bottle mixed with the formula, but when do you start with feeding off the spoon? Also, do you do this first with cereal, then baby food? Or both at the same time? Fill me in please! :D

Cyndee September 10th, 2005 11:40 PM

I was told never to put cereal in a bottle.. It is a choking hazard... www.gerber.com has tips on when to tell a baby is ready for cereal and baby food.. A doctor usually recommends them be at least 4 months of age.. This way their digestive track is a little more developed and the are less likely to develop food allergies..

First start off with Rice cereal and give that for a while. Then upgrade to Oatmeal.. Next move onto veggies... Try one new thing at a time and wait 5 to 7 days before trying another food.. This way if baby has an allergic reaction it will be easier to pinpoint... Then move to fruits... The doctor told me that not to give a baby food with meat in it until they were at least 8 months old...

Go here and it will tell you all you need to know


TylerJ1029 September 11th, 2005 07:05 AM

I agree completely with Cyndee. I know your baby was a preemie so you might want to wait til he's 5-6m old before you start food. I was also told that cereal in the bottle is a choking hazard. Alot of people do it because they think it'll make the baby sleep longer. I disagree. It didnt work for my son and he had a horrible time trying to drink it.

thisgoodnight September 11th, 2005 09:12 AM

My son wasn't a preemie. He was born at 37 weeks. He was so small because he had IUGR. Anyway, thanks for the info ladies! I'm in no rush to start him on that stuff, I'm just curious as to when I will be starting him.

Missy September 11th, 2005 12:50 PM

We are in the 3rd month, and I had the same questions! I hope for the "go ahead" at the Ped's appointment at the end of the month. Then we will start on spoon only, but isnt it soupy? How do you mix it? how often should he get it?

TylerJ1029 September 11th, 2005 12:59 PM


Originally posted by skytza@Sep 11 2005, 11:12 AM
My son wasn't a preemie.
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Opps :blush: SORRY :blush:

RainesMommy September 11th, 2005 01:41 PM

You should wait as long as possible. 6 months is a perfect age to start baby cereal. Starting too soon can cause allergies later in life.

Cyndee gave some great advice! Try everything one at a time and watch for reactions for a few days to a week to be sure.

onefertilemama September 11th, 2005 06:10 PM

i've got nothing to add to this one..everyone has given great advice so far. about the cereal in the bottle thing, some doctors suggest that if a baby has GERD to help them keep thier milk down but it's not a great idea. even though froggy has severe reflux and the doctor recommended it i don't..i just deal with the extra he sicks up. the best thing to do is wait it out...he will let you know when he is ready!

Ana_and_Gage&#39;s_Mommy September 12th, 2005 02:43 PM


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