There is much controversy on when to start your kids with cereal. Back in the day moms used to do it after a few weeks! Some people put cereal in the bottle before bed time. Some don't start anything until 6 months. The majority of info and pediatricians suggest starting between 4-6 months. The boys are just about 4 months and I wanted to see how they'd do. Ultimately it's up to Mama when to start and you can usually tell when your kids are ready.
Yesterday we tried rice cereal for the first time!
Isaiah was up first! I made the cereal really runny, so it would be easy to swallow and not too much of a texture difference. At first he wasn't quite sure what to do with his tongue. Babies have a choking reflex that makes their tongue automatically push everything out that goes in unless they're sucking on a nipple. Around 4 months this reflex starts to go away. Isaiah pretty much had his thinking face on the whole time, trying to decide if he liked what was happening. By the end I think we had more in his tummy than on his face! Great success!
Julian was up next:
He loved it! He did a much better job at swallowing the cereal and not pushing it back out. He thought it was funny when I told him to "say ahh!" and would open his mouth to smile. I put the spoon in quick while his mouth was open and he would just smile with a mouth full of cereal LOL. After a couple tries, he swallowed the cereal on every bite! What a big boy :)
We tried cereal again before bed and it went pretty much the same. Isaiah was babbling and blowing spit bubbles the whole time, which in turn sprayed cereal everywhere. Julian was even better at opening his mouth and swallowing.
When did you start your kids with rice cereal and how was their first experience?