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Breastfed babies eat.  A lot. 
 
Do not introduce cereal too early!!!!  You'll hear about parents adding cereal to breastmilk or formula in an attempt to get their babies to sleep through the night.  Introducing solids before 4-6 months of age can cause babies severe discomfort and/or make them sick.  Do as much research as you can on feeding your young baby before introducing solids.
 
Our son's appetite was so hearty that we tried giving him cereal at four months.  He just didn't get the concept and wasn't able to keep the food in his mouth.  We tried again when he was six months and the difference was amazing.  He took to his rice cereal with such gusto!  And he hasn't stopped since....
 
Introducing solids DOES NOT help babies sleep through the night.  I've tried it.  I know others who have tried it.  No one I know has had success! 
 
There will be days you will wonder how your child is surviving on the morsels they eat.  Toddlers go through phases were they barely eat.  This is normal.  Just wait until the next growth spurt and watch them pack it away.
 
When your kid isn't eating as much as they usually do, don't give the usual amount on their plate.  Especially toddlers - you'll be throwing away a lot of food.  It's better to give them more if they want it rather than throwing away what they decided to finger paint with.


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Valuable tid-bits of information from experienced parents who have "been there" and learned it all the hard way!