Re: Cereal feeding
Good head control is not the only sign of readiness you're looking for, when it comes to solids. This link tells you the other signs to look for: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starti...s/solids-when/ It's rare for a baby to have all the signs of readiness prior to 6 months, which is part of the reason why most sources recommend starting solids at 6 months, not before.
When you do start solids, you do not need to start with cereal. Cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, but aside from that they have no significant nutritional value. They're just pure starch, without added far, fiber, or protein. You can feel free to start with fruits, veggies, or meats.
Solids should not replace breastmilk in a baby's diet until after the first birthday. Breastmilk (or formula) alone meets all a baby's needs until around that point, and solids are just for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. So you're looking at small quantities of solids at first, maybe a teaspoon or two per day to start.
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