I know Doctors tell you to wait 6 months at least, but I know most people start way earlier. I can't remember when I started with my 1st child (that was 10 years ago). I think it was 3 months, I wm thinking of starting earlier this time. Seems like the milk is just not satisfying him enough, sometimes he takes two bottles back to back. (3 ounces each) He is almost 5 weeks old.
I have never heard of a Doctor saying to wait till 6 months to start cereal...fruits and veggies yes....but not cereal. My doctor and many others I know said 4 months was when you can start the rice cereal. Once the baby can take that well you can move on to the oatmeal, Barley, and mixed. Between 5 and 6 months you can start fruits and veggies.
I think all doctors are different, our doc told us, and was with both my kids and 2 totally different doctors, to start rice cereal and yellow veggies at 4 months, then green veggies along with different cereals and then fruits and juices if you want to. With my dd I did rice cereal only, until she got used to it, bout a week or so, then slowly added the veggies and fruits. Now my ds is 6 months old and we started him with the rice cereal and yellow veggies, I guess cause babies tend not to be allergic to the rice cereal, that is why we did the others at the same time. good luck, I would ask your doctor. I would say 3.5 months is ok, but not much earlier then that, unless the doc tells you to, I know some people use the rice cereal in the bottles also. have fun
Our pediatrician said I could start cereal AND vegetables anytime between 4 and 6 months...just whenever I & baby were ready. I started right at 4 months.
He also said we didn't have to specifically start the cereals or vegetables in any order...so I did rice for 2 weeks, and added oatmeal. I plan to start vegetables at 5 months, mainly because that's what I plan on doing & feel Ava is ready for it.
Really, the only specifications he gave was to do vegetables before fruits, and save the meats for last.