Posted by: sambinoct | 2005/07/18


solids at 4 months

Want to start my baba on rice porridge soon. How much do I give him, how often and do I give him with his bottle, before bottle etc... how many times a day?

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You can certainly start a rice cereal at this age.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/07/18

There is no need to feed your baby solids before 6 months, or at least when s/he meets the signs for solids:

-tongue thrust reflex is gone
-baby can sit supported
-baby can pass things from hand to hand
-baby can hold something in his hand and take it directly to his mouth, and not hit is nose or forehead on the way.

If you mash some banana, add some EBM or water and put it on baby's high chair, baby will be interested and try to eat it with his fingers if he's ready for solids.

Your baby doesn't have the necessary enzymes for digesting solids until around the 6 month mark.

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Posted by: SLC | 2005/07/18

You need to give the cereal at a time when your baby is not starving but also not full from milk. I started my son in the morning. He would have his bottle at about 6 & then at about 7h30/08h00 I would give him rice cereal.

Start with a teaspoon of dry cereal mixed with breast milk or formula (whatever you use) & make it quite runny.

Remember that this is a HUGE learning curve for your baby so be patient & go with his cues. If he is wanting more than a teaspoon then give him more - let him guide you on the amount as each child has a different appetite.

After a week or two you can introduce lunch & then after another week or two supper. I gave my son the rice cereal for breakfast, fruit (purity or pureed) for lunch & veggies (purity or pureed) for supper.

Good Luck

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