Starting cereal?

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Starting cereal?

When do you plan on starting cereal? I started DS at 4 months, but recently have been reading that it's best to wait until 6 months so that was what I was planning on doing. Our pediatrician told me today that we can start cereal now and now DH is excited and can't wait. She does seem to be ready for solids. She's been sitting in her highchair and watching us eat every night and she seems interested so I'm thinking about just trying it out tomorrow night and see how it goes. What do you think? Too soon?

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I'm going to wait until he's 4.5 - 5 months. It doesn't hurt to wait but I guess now they are saying it can hurt to start too early with their gut not being ready. My doctor said 4.5 - 5 months before starting rice cereal or pablum.

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We're waiting a little bit longer. Annabelle told us she was ready when she wouldn't let us eat in the same room anymore, at 4.5 months, so we'll wait until Gillian is ready like that before starting.

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I've waited till around 5 months with my girls and plan on doing the same with Egan. I'll skip rice/cereal and go straight to veggies/fruits. Probably do avocado first. If I can stand it I'll do straight BLW. I'd love to hold off as long as I can, I hate when they eat real food, so mujch more work for me. Wink

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Waiting until as close to 6 months as I can. Too much information these days about there gut not being ready. Also not ready for him to grow up yet Wink

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We don't really do cereal at all. It is SOOOO super processed. Really not much of value as far as nutrition. When we do start solids... usually somewhere around 6-7 months we start with natural applesauce. You can buy the big jars of it... it's the same as "baby applesauce" only MUCH cheaper. I start my babies on this to give them the hang of what eating is like. After a few days/week of that then I start giving them mashed banana with a bit of water mixed in to make it creamier. I do the applesauce and banana for a a couple weeks and then I pretty much just start mashing up most of what "we" eat and giving it to them. The one time where I could see some value to rice cereal is in 100% breastfed babies who have low iron and are not able to eat any sort of bean/meat yet. Usually around 6 months is when strictly breastfed babies start to lose their iron stores. I've never really worried about it though. My babies were eating beans and meat starting at around 8 months.

I will say that with my first we started with cereal around 5 months and then slowly progressed to different baby foods and such after that. I guess I had more time to mess around with stuff then... and more money! Wink

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Laurie, I agree, I do what you mentioned above with fruit as a starter. With cereal you only need 1-3tsp morning and night and slowly increase. It shouldn't be started to replace breastmilk, it's just supplemental on top. All nutrition and immunity should be breastmilk. Feeding food too early affects the gut in a way that will affect them later in life.

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I decided to wait until 6 months. With DS we did cereal, but mixed in some fruits like mashed banana just for taste. He hated cereal and it took a couple of weeks for him to actually eat it. I'm planning on making all my own food and found some homemade cereal recipes online so I may do that and mix a little bit of fruit with it as her first meal.

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I've made all my baby food in the past too. Both my babies have been 100% breastfed and didn't get meat till around 9/10 months and then very little. They get mushed up beans around 8 months usually. But I've never had problems with their iron or anything, so I'll probably keep doing what I have been and skip cereal again. Wink

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straight to fruit and veggies at 6 mths or later here. i'm more nervous a/b them w/ owen than s, since she was FF and he's BF

eta- worried ab it messing my supply up

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I was thinking about this the other day. I will probably wait closer to 6 months. Maybe begin to intruduce the 1st solid about 5 1/2 months. I plan on making it all this time. With DD I made her food for at home, but sent store bought to childcare.

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"L.Miller" wrote:

With DD I made her food for at home, but sent store bought to childcare.

This is exactly what I'm planning on doing!

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I love how easy it is to make your own. Is anyone else excited about how many fruits and veggies are going to be in season at the right time to be introducing them?

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With DD I started around 4 months, but she wasn't ready. She was ready at about 5 months, though Smile With DS, we'll see. We already have to go ahead to try cereal, but it's because of his sleeping. Ped said it'd be fine, but I'm taking my time Smile

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I think we're going to wait until closer to six months and I will skip cereal and start with avocado most likely. I make my own baby food as well so I'm looking forward to it.

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I wait until at least 6 months for solids and then I skip cereal. I start with avocado and then I do banana, tons of nutrients in both :). That being said neither Christian or Grace cared much for anything but nursing until about 8/9 months when they could eat table foods. I was so excited to make my own baby food and went crazy with it only to find that he wouldn't really eat it. Nursing until they can have modified table foods is so much easier and cheaper for me :).

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We have always waited until 6 months. I have never done cereals. It has never really crossed my mind. Here is a good link.
http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/

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I went to a talk on baby led weaning last week. You completely skip puree's, cereals and mush think we are going to try it.

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"Dylemma" wrote:

I went to a talk on baby led weaning last week. You completely skip puree's, cereals and mush think we are going to try it.

with my first DS he didnt start solids until after 1 year. He was exclusively BFd for 23 months and was completely healthy. With that said, I might try solids this time because he didnt STTN until age 2 and it was exausting!

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"Dylemma" wrote:

I went to a talk on baby led weaning last week. You completely skip puree's, cereals and mush think we are going to try it.

That's basically what I did and probably will do again. I didn't really plan on it, my kiddos just never showed much interest in solids until they were ready for table food.

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Allis ped actually suggested we start her on veggies first.......shes already had bananas and applesauce though