too early for rice cereal?

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too early for rice cereal?
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Thu, 02-03-2011 - 9:21pm

I am very new to the whole cereal thing. I've never looked at it at the store. Do you mix it in with formula or just water? I know the directions will tell me but I am just wondering.

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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 6:51am

I think if your gut feeling is telling you he's a little hungry thus why he no longer sleeps all night long then you are probably correct.

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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 3:47pm

Sorry I'm not much help, we skipped the rice cereal! Good luck though, I've heard that the STTN due to eating more/starting solids is a myth! ;) Connor STTN ...basically when he wants to! LOL There

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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 5:42pm
It could be that he's going through a growth spurt.

I've always held off on solids. Both of my children were at least a year old before they were even interested in anything besides breastmilk. My bet is on a growth spurt. I hope both of you are able to get some sleep soon.

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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 11:13pm

Well last night he was back to normal and slept 9 hours. I thought about it maybe being a growth spurt. But his daytime and evening habits haven't changed at all. And I could definitely tell when he hit his spurts

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Sat, 02-05-2011 - 10:24am

A year seems so late for solids.

I think mom's know best when it comes to starting solids etc..

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Sat, 02-05-2011 - 12:02pm
I'm glad you both were able to get some sleep.

As far as solids themselves go, generally babies don't need anything besides formula or breastmilk for the first six months. Of course, there are always exceptions to that. If you think he'll function better with some cereal, then it's worth a try.

My "plan" (in quotes because absolutely nothing with my two ever went according to plan...we mostly few by the seat of our pants) was to wait six months. Neither was interested no matter what I tried. Both of my two were exclusively breastfed, and I learned that it's not unusual for some to delay solids for 12 months, although in my real-life circle I was definitely the odd one. My son accepted solids at 12 months and my daughter did the same. I think she may have accepted them a few weeks earlier.

Here's a resource I found on infant feeding. I've linked you to the page on starting solids with some tips: http://www.ivillage.com/babies-nutritional-guidelines-babies/6-a-127621?p=2?ice=iv:mb:msg:js

We skipped the cereal (even though I had it in my cabinet) because of how my two reacted. I did make a lot of our baby food. I actually had a lot of fun doing that. If you're interested in making your own baby food, let me know. I have a great book suggestion!

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Sat, 02-05-2011 - 9:45pm

The last two nights now he has been back to normal. Maybe he just had an off week. Hopefully he's back on schedule. I am going to check out that link now!

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Mon, 02-07-2011 - 1:33pm
Aw, he'll figure it out! As soon as my two were interested, that was it. They didn't do much in the way of baby food, but seemed to go straight to finger foods and table foods that were softer. I think we really only did a few months of homemade baby food, but it was fun to experiment with that. Bananas and seedless watermelon were pretty good first foods here.

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Tue, 02-08-2011 - 3:12am

My ds's favorite baby food was sweet potatoes.