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When can I start feeding my baby oatmeal and cereal?

When can I start feeding my baby oatmeal and cereal?

4-6 months: The american academy of pediatrics recommends exclusive nursing for the first 6 months of life, when possible. Solid foods can be started as early as 4 months and should be started no later than 6 months. Most pediatricians recommend the infant cereals (rice, oatmeal, barley) as the first foods to introduce. ...Read more

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I've been giving my baby oatmeal cereal for about 3 weeks now. Can I give him organic jar food that's for 4+ months babies? He's 5 months now.

I've been giving my baby oatmeal cereal for about 3 weeks now. Can I give him organic jar food that's for 4+ months babies? He's 5 months now.

What's the hurry: 50 years ago infants were fed solids early & frequently to make up for deficiencies in the evaporated milk formulas moms made at home.Today early feeds are an antiquated practice & do not add to the child's nutrition.Today solids are viewed as a tutorial to transition baby to the table. Starting at 6m as the tongue thrust fades & baby begins to sit is early enough. ...Read more

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Is aveeno (oatmeal) baby lavender scented lotion safe for babies? Heard it could cause hormone issues ?

Is aveeno (oatmeal) baby lavender scented lotion safe for babies? Heard it could cause hormone issues ?

No hormone issues: IT does not cause any hormone problems. Occasionally the scenting can cause some local irritation, especially in very young infants. The trick at that point is to go unscented. Is a very nice moisturizer. ...Read more

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Infant constipation. We have tried prune juice oatmeal and soy milk and nothing is working. Can we use a stool softener and what foods to avoid. ?

Natural plugs: Apple sauce, bananas & rice cereal are the main constipators in most infants. Peaches, pears, plums & barley cereal are usually helpful in loosening them.Prune or apple juice(regular adult, not dilute baby) given in amounts of 1-2 ounces 1-2 x/day for a minimum of 3 days will usually loosen a kid.Good luck. ...Read more

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How many times in a day&what's the best time will I feed oatmeal cereal to my 6mos old baby?When can I start other foods after a month of cereal?

How many times in a day&what's the best time will I feed oatmeal cereal to my 6mos old baby?When can I start  other foods after a month of cereal?

Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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My 3 month old sons poop has turned dark brown with white chunks in it. He is formula fed enfamil with baby oatmeal in it. His stools have increased?

Brown is OK!: Baby poop is lots of different colors and can change from day to day for any baby. One day brown, one day yellow, one green. The worrisome colors are dark black after the first few days of life (cuz your first poop is blackish meconium), red poop or pure white poop. I suppose purple would be weird too! as his digestive tract matures, consistency will also vary. And yes, baby poop stinks! ...Read more

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4 mo. old baby has been breast-fed only, we fed him some baby oatmeal cereal & now he has not pooped for 4 days (previously daily pooping), advise?

4 mo. old baby has been breast-fed only, we fed him some baby oatmeal cereal & now he has not pooped for 4 days (previously daily pooping), advise?

Probably OK: It is not unusual for babies to have change in stool pattern when you introduce cereal. Also, it is normal for breastfed babies to have longer periods of time with no stools. Breast milk is the perfect baby food, thus there is less "waste" so to speak. If the baby's stomach is not distended, and he has a large soft stool infrequently this is not constipation requiring intervention. ...Read more

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