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I have a three month old girl. is it ok to start her on small amounts of baby cereal or should I wait? I have been told lots of different things. what have other mums found is best?


Posted by mcspenny, 3rd January 2014


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  • Did you get the blue book from the hospital to take to the baby clinic when you are released ? it has everything in it and has a full record of all your child details. Sadly I lost my second childs one and never found it /


  • I waited until my bub was 4 months


  • 6 Months


  • We always waited until at least 6 mths. We felt that there were some signs we wanted to see before we gave solids including:
    – bub has good head and neck control and can sit upright when supported
    – bub shows an interest in food – for example, looking at what’s on your plate
    reaches out for your food
    – bub opens her mouth when you offer her food on a spoon
    – bub can use her tongue appropriately, has a chewing motion and can swallow the food.
    These signs happen at different times for different babies, but most babies will show signs by around six months.


  • I think most cereals are for 4+months. But I suppose it is up to you if you think she is ready.


  • The information out there is so damn confusing. One minute you’re told to wait til 6mths & now the thinking has change back to 4mths to help reduce the incidence of food intolerances & allergies. Your baby’s nutritional needs change at around 6mths. Also bub needs to be able to hold his head up and sit with support,is able to control his tongue, is interested in what others eat (looking, reaching and grabbing for food)
    seems hungry even after a full breastfeed or bottle.


  • there are some good comments here


  • dpends, maybe wait till shes tried other smooth food first


  • It really depends on when you baby is ready for it. Some babies are just hungry babies and seem to do well with starting solids earlier. It is now advised that you should not feed them anything other than great milk or formula until 6 months of age but I stared our girl on solids at 3 months and she’s been fine. She’s now 5 and a half months and no allergies


  • this really comes down to what works with one baby may not work for another. They do recommend to wait to at least four month before introducing solids, but at the end of the day you do what works for you and your baby. If you are finding bubs is not as “full” as he used to be then that is a good sign that its time to introduce some solids such as rice cereal.


  • We started solids with our now 3yo son when he was 4 months old, on the advice of our paediatrician. I wanted to start him at around 6 months, but our doctor encouraged us to start at 4 months, mainly because our son had good muscle tone, was able to hold his head up quite well, and sit very well for a 4 month old. And he took to the cereal without any problems.

    I would consult with a professional first, if you have any doubts. 3 months might still be a bit young, but if the professionals (GP, paediatrician, early childhood nurse, etc) say it’s OK, then go for it.

    Good luck!


  • there are some excellent answers here, read the farex box it will suggest at what age to commence. If your bub is not ready, try again in a few weeks, every baby is different.


  • my son tried farex when he was 4 months old but he hated it, I then tried pureed apple and he loved it :) maybe ask your maternal health child nurse though :)


  • this is a very individual question as each and every baby has different needs as well as cultural upbringing.
    I would say check with your health professional, but if your child is on maximum level of formula or not enough breast milk then it would be an indication the child is ready to start.
    I had one child the dr’s had to give clearance because of the system and the push for no food before 6 months – it was a dreadful time back then, but my child was 4 months and screaming hungry. My recommendation is a fed baby is a happy baby, a happy baby, makes a happy mummy, and a happy mummy makes a happy home.

    Whilst rice cereals have no nutritional benefit what it does do is helps to prepare the digestive track for food. So whilst many knock this, it does have advantages for the system, then it is even more exciting for the child when you introduce pureed foods to start.
    Again strongly suggest check with your health practitioner and follow your mum’s instinct it’s always right


  • I would say normally about 4 months but maybe a little farex or mashed pumpkin or pear would be ok,


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