Advanced search

What's for lunch today? Take inspiration from Mumsnetters' tried-and-tested recipes in our Top Bananas! cookbook - now under £10

Find out more

Baby rice! At what age did you introduce it.

(41 Posts)
norash40 Mon 02-May-05 13:20:26

At what age did you begin to thicken your childs feeds?

Frizbe Mon 02-May-05 13:22:15

5mths here

norash40 Mon 02-May-05 13:24:08

Did you just thicken the milk or give solids at 5 months Frizbe?

Mud Mon 02-May-05 13:24:21

if you are talking about formula you don't ever

at 26 weeks when weaning on to food, you can make up a little baby rice with formula and spoon feed it to baby or you can go straight on to purees


Mud Mon 02-May-05 13:24:47

as in you don't ever put anything but milk in a bottle

cazzybabs Mon 02-May-05 13:26:04

used it as a first weaning food mixed with EBM (on a spoon) four days (I think) before dd2's 6th month birthday.

norash40 Mon 02-May-05 13:26:58

but you can give baby rice earlier

beansmum Mon 02-May-05 13:27:21

I never used it, went straight onto pureed carrot and fruit at 6 months

norash40 Mon 02-May-05 13:29:42

when is the earliest you csn give it?

norash40 Mon 02-May-05 13:31:44

sorry I meant can

cazzybabs Mon 02-May-05 13:37:33

Its just a food so from 4-6 months as is goverment guidence - people do give it eariler, but not sure you are "meant" too!

beansmum Mon 02-May-05 13:41:13

babies don't need anything but milk until 6 months, but you can start giving solids from 4 months, definitely not before 4 months though.

motherinferior Mon 02-May-05 13:44:41

Norash, is there a particular reason why you want to give it? I honestly think it's all such a faff, it really is, that leaving it as long as possible is the easiest option.

Some babies seem to sleep better after solids, but others don't - there's no telling. And doing it too early really isn't good for them, their system can't take it.

LIZS Mon 02-May-05 13:46:06


The idea of thickening feeds in bottles is not advocated in UK (choking hazard etc), although it is still common elsewhere in Europe (it is a mixture of cereals I think, not just rice, and very dilute). However, iirc, this is still not introduced before weaning age so 4 months old at the earliest although World Health Organisation research suggests no solids are necessary for under 6 month olds.

In UK baby rice mixed with milk in a bowl and offered from spoon is suggested as a first cereal for weaning a baby but if you can go straight on to pureed fruit and veg. For example, with my second I used baby rice as a thickener rather than a food in itself because I weaned her closer to 5 months.


knowitall Mon 02-May-05 13:48:05

my children are older and at the time it was advocated that weaning should be at about 4 months but I NEVER thickened bottled feeds - whats the point?

Mud Mon 02-May-05 13:51:19

If I can just amend that statement slightly Liz

World Health Organisation research suggests no solids are ADVISED for under 6 month olds

if you ensure you don't wean till 6 months the bowel is sufficiently mature to cope and research shows it can help avoid later onset of allergic reactions such as excema and asthma

the British government now advises that weaning should be done from 26 weeks on (not from 4 months)

personally I've weaned 2 kids at 4 months and 1 at 6 months

almost40 Mon 02-May-05 15:23:04

5 months

Mosschops30 Mon 02-May-05 16:14:56

Message withdrawn

Clayhead Mon 02-May-05 16:29:07


mears Mon 02-May-05 16:29:28

yes it is Mosschops

Clayhead Mon 02-May-05 16:30:40

Sorry, that was in answer to thread title.

I never bothered with it, just went onto veg etc. at 6 months.

Mosschops30 Mon 02-May-05 16:44:59

Message withdrawn

Mosschops30 Mon 02-May-05 16:45:17

Message withdrawn

mears Mon 02-May-05 17:13:30

Mosschops - the guidance to delay solids till 6 months applies to formula fed infants too.

Here is a \link{\link{ that gives more information. Just scroll down past the reference to exclusive breastfeeding.

mears Mon 02-May-05 17:13:54


Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: