What Age For Cereal

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nic nac - May 18

krnj, sorry i didn't get back to you sooner. When I say schedule i really mean routine. you aren't going to be able to follow a timed schedule but a routine is what helps. Eat, have some activity (toy, interaction, tummy time, etc.), then sleep. right now, it may be hard to get him to stay awake furing feedings but if you are just consistent with eating, activity and sleep it will really help. If he eats every 3 hours, then it should be eat, have some playtime (like toys, interaction, fresh air, whatever) for how ever long he can stay up. Then let him sleep. by the time he wakes up he should be ready to eat. Now, this may not work in order right now. But you should start with a strict eating time first so if he eats every 3 hours stick to that and his activity and sleep should fall into place (sometimes it may be sleep and play) but he will get used to it. This could take a few weeks to work itself out. What i did with my dd was watched her routine for a week and wrote everything down then i built a timed schedule around that. So she typically ate every 4 hours, played and slept (sometimes it was eat sleep and play) but I stuck to the eating every 4 hours and it is working. so she eats at 8,12,4,8 then I give her a bottle while still sleeping at 11 or 12 (called dream feed) so she can get more food in and not wake up every couple of hours. she wakes at 4:30 and sleeps off and on until 7:30. It is killing me but the routine helped me get her to sleep longer. I am slowly taking the rice cereal out of her bottle and giving her more formula and so far she hasn't been vomiting. I think since she is 4.5 months now, her tummy can tolerate more food.

 

nic nac - May 18

krnj, i got the routine idea from "The Baby Whisperer Solves all Problems" by Tracey Hogg. I didn't really like the book other than the routine part. Also, he may still wake every 2 hours in the beginning but the more he gets used to eating on a schedule it will help prolong his sleeping. He may need food in the night for now but it will take some time. keep us posted.

 

krnj - May 18

Thanks Nic Nac, I'm really trying to get him on some sort of schedule but it's hard!! Maybe once he hits 3 months it will get easier. I have the book The Baby Whisperer and it has some good tips in there. Thanks again for your advice :)

 

nic nac - May 21

krnj, do you like the sleep tips she gives? i haven't used them yet. i know it's hard to get into a routine. if you write down his routine now it will help you. let me know how things go.

 

Bonnie - May 21

KRNJ, can I hijack into your thread for a second since we are on the subject of routines. Do your books have anything on the subkject of feeding solids? Mason was eating every 4 hours, like Nic Nac's son. He hit 32 ounces and suddenly was starving every 1-2 hours after a feed. Since he is large we went ahead and started him on solids and he is doing well. He is drinking 32 ounces of formula and eaiting baby food 3 times per day. The problem is that he cannot handle his formula and the baby food at the same time. But he is always hungry in between his bottles. So at present moment he eats his baby food in between his bottles. This res___ts in him eating every 1-2 hours and I must admit, I feel like he is newborn again! lol (Thank God he sleep through the night!) It's no big deal as I can tell that right now this is what he needs. But the constant feeds actually make it more demanding at this age. I wasn't expecting that one, haha. Do they books give any information on when they can start handling their solids with their bottles and going back to 3-4 hour gaps?

 

nic nac - May 21

bonnie, the book touches on food but I haven't gotten to that part. I will look it up. btw i have a daughter, lol :)

 

ash2 - May 21

i tried putting cereal in my son's bottle at around 2 months, but it kept getting clogged up. besides i b___st fed, and didnt want to mess with the nutrients in that. i wouldnt give him cereal by itself untill he was around 4 months or so. but you definantly need to call your pedi to see what he says.

 

Bonnie - May 22

LOL...sorry Nic Nac, I thought you said DS but I looked at someone else's post...duh! Did you see anything in your book?

 

mama3 - May 22

As far as baby cereal goes I agree with Marlene, its ok to start cereal to help your baby fi;; up more so you both can get more sleep. But Bonnie is right about the allergies. I found that out with my 2nd baby. I found that Barley cereal is the best. It is a combo of oat-rice and wheat. It is gentler on the baby and causes less gas. Try making the bottle just alittle thick. Whatch the baby for cramps and excesive gas for the first 24hrs after giving to him/her. If the gas is mild and there isnt any c___pms and your babys bowls dont harden then your clear to keep giving the cereal. If the babys bowls start to get hard try giving him/her 2 oz of water every afternoon. Your baby will let you know if he/she can handle this. Go with you internal instinct. Best of luck to you.

 

nic nac - May 22

ha ha. bonnie i didn't get a chance to look. i will look tonight. sorry. But in the meantime i did talk to three people whose babies are 1 years old now. By the time they were able to eat solid breakfast, solid lunch and solid dinner, they would have one bottle per meal. Like food and drink combo which was around 8 months. Since mason has reflux it may take longer to get to that point. From my earlier post as you can see i was putting rice cereal in her bottle because she couldn't handle the more than 4 oz of liquid even though she wanted more. and she wouldn't eat in betweeen meals. Since then, I took out the rice cereal and offered her more formula to see if she could handle it and now she can drink 5 to 6 oz at a time with no problem. I guess her tummy caught up with her appet_te. Mason may be used to eating on that schedule and you probably have to periodically try giving him breakfast, lunch and dinner with a bottle right after. Like i said i am not an expert on reflux so i can't help any further. But i will check the book tonight to see if they offer any advice. Hope this helps a little Bonnie.

 

Bonnie - May 22

Thanks Nic Nac. Mason's eating habits aren't really affected by his reflux anymore. It is difficult with him because not only is he 97th percentile on weight, but 95th on height. He is just a monster. It just seems like, even when I give him solids (he eats about 3/4 of a small jar and then starts getting fussy...he will eat more, but I think he just rpefers a bottle) he is always hungry. It looks to me as if he may even be just maintaining his weight now. So I think I may just start offeringhim more than 32 ounces which is what he really seems to want. And just give him jar foods as a snack tokeep him used to it. I can tell he is always hungry and normally when they are at 32 ounces and still hungry they are ready for solids. Which was true for him, but the solids and 32 ounces just don;t seem to be enough. Plus, all the solids tend to make him slightlyconstipated so I am always having to monitor his b___t. It makes me hesitant to force more solids. His tummy is probably just not ready for a full 3+ jars of baby food when he is just turning 4 months tomorrow. Yet his body obviously needs the extra calories as he is so large.

 

nic nac - May 22

Bonnie i found it in the book. It says that between 9 months and 1 year is when they will be able to eat 3 meals a day with a bottle and 2 small snacks in between. So i guess you can use that as a guide. It may be sooner than that for mason since he is already eating solids. one of my friends said her baby started the three meals at 8 months. hope this helps.

 

nic nac - May 22

Bonnie, offering more formula is a good idea. I would try that. I did read that their formula intake should increase before their solid intake until they get a little older.

 

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