Should I feed my baby rice cereal?

No. Yes, if the doctor recommended adding rice cereal to breastmilk or formula as a thickener to decrease reflux/spitting symptoms. Otherwise, babies under 4 months of age do not eat baby food. They only drink breastmilk and/or formula. Baby food is started at 6 months. Some parents try giving rice cereal at 4-5 months, but that usually is not necessary. It's best to wait until 6 months.
Yes. We start cereal at 4 months of age in formula fed babies and 6 months for breast fed babies. There is little benefit for cereal prior to those times.

Related Questions

Is it possible that baby rice cereal can cause some type of allergy in some babies? 7 month old baby couldn't poop until I took him off of baby cereal

Constipating foods. You will find that rice cereal, bananas and apple sauce are often constipating foods. It is not an allergic effect. Loosening foods include juices like apple or prune and various fruits like peaches or prunes. Read more...

Is it safe to start feeding your baby rice cereal at 15 weeks?

Safe by why start. Breast milk or formula provide balanced nutrition for infants for the first year of life. Supplements do not improve infant nutrition.50 years ago they were introduced early because people made a crude & incomplete formula from evaporated milk (great for calf's not kids).Today we use solids to introduce texture & a new feeding skill. Six months is the recommended age. Read more...
Yes and no. Advised age of starting of weaning to solids is 4-6 months (ie - 16-24 weeks). Esp if you are breast feeding, you could push it to later. Make sure the baby has good neck support before trying to start solids. Read more...
Yes. Cereal is recommended to be added to infant's regular diet anytime between 4 and 6 months of age. Read more...

How early should I start giving my baby rice cereal?

Cereal introduction. It is generally recommended that 4 month olds be started on one to two tablespoons of wet plain rice cereal once or twice a day with a spoon. Once you are sure that constipation is not developing, the amount and frequency of these meals can be gradually increased. Read more...

At what point, if at all, do babies generally stop eating rice cereal?

Varies. I'd stop it right away if there is constipation, otherwise whenever the child can handle grain rice. Or when you find a grain you like better. Read more...

Which is better for babies: BeechNut or Gerber rice cereal?

Cannot endorse. We are not able to specifically endorse one brand over another. That being said, most mainstream products are similar. Organic products are likely superior in quality and nutritional value . Read more...
Agree w Dr. Russo. Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Read more...

Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

No. Despite what some grandmothers will say, cereal feeding has not been proven to help babies sleep better. It can lead to constipation or overfeeding, though, and possibly food allergies if given prior to 4 months. Read more...
Yes. It is believed that adding rice cereal to the bedtime feeding makes a baby feel fuller for a longer time. So, a baby sleeps better at night. It is ok to add some rice cereal this way, if the baby is over 4 months old and still not sleeping for at least 6 hours at night. Parents must first be sure they are not interacting with the baby at night and inadvertently encouraging the baby to wake up! Read more...

What is the first food for babies-- white rice cereal?

A common choice. Rice cereal is a common early solid due to its low frequency of allergic reactions.The actual first solid may be something mashed up from the dinner table. I encourage parents to only try the common staple foods they normally use. Read more...

Is rice cereal the best first food for babies? Or can I start with fruits and vegetables?

Start with Rice. Rice cereal is a better choice to start with because it is very easy to digest and less likey to cause GI upset or allergies. Read more...