Starting With Baby Cereal At 4 Months?
My doctor is telling me that when my baby boy has reached 4 months old that she would like us to introduce baby cereal to his diet. He is now 10 weeks old and 13lbs 6oz and I have heard mixed feelings about when this type of change is appropriate. Some say not to do it because of the possibilities of creating an allergy in your baby. What are your feelings about this?
Baby Help Line Response:
Introducing Solids At 4 Months Old
Do you know why your doctor is suggesting cereal? I don't know how tall he is, but he doesn't seem to be underweight? Or is he?
In my experience, starting too early with cereal may lead to constipation. Rice cereal is not bad from an allergy perspective, but having a baby that cries and has troubles passing stools is not that fun either...
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends babies to be fully breastfed for 6 months. The second best option is formula, since it contains a lot of the nutrition available in breast milk.
Rice cereal doesn't have a fraction of all this and cannot substitute breast milk of formula. But it has a mild taste and many babies like it. It is also more filling than breast milk and formula.
Many babies are actually more open to try solids at around 4 months than at 6 months, which may be a reason why your baby's doctor is suggesting it.
If you do decide to start with cereal, go slowly - that's my best advice! And if you're not sure why your doctor recommended the introduction, ask again!
When it is time for your baby to start with solid foods; rice cereal as well as other solids, you'll find many tips, schedules and recipes here.
Hope this helps,
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