about how old should my baby be before i start giving her cereal in her bottles?

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Amy - posted on 01/25/2010

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DO NOT LISTEN TO ANY OF THE ADVISE POSTED HERE FROM PEOPLE SAYING THEY HAVE DONE THIS. . . YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER EVER put anything in your baby's bottle other than milk! This is HIGHLY dangerous and can CHOKE and KILL your baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Solids should NOT be introduced before 17 weeks old. . . their little tummy's CANNOT digest anything other than milk before this age.

If your baby is crying, are you sure its because they are still hungry?? Maybe the sucking is just a habit?

If you are sure they are hungry, try the Hungrier baby milk as long as they are over 6 weeks old. This has a different whey content to first milk and it is harder to digest therefore takes longer to get through their digestive systems, hence keeping them full for longer.

I hope this is useful information! (p.s i am a health professional and suggest you discuss this with your GP or Health visitor if you want more advise)

Ashley - posted on 01/31/2010

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So my doc said it doesnt really do anything for the baby [health wise] just makes it thicker & they usually dont reccomend it unless babies are spitting up alot.. but i guve my son the "just a pinch] measurer in his bottle with some formula [as to seeing i cant breast feed] & he actually chokes alot less wit the lil bit of rice cereal then he did before with jus formula, to each is own, i feel only you know whats best for your baby & whatever you decide to do will be the right choice =] congrats

Cheryl - posted on 01/24/2010

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Is this a serious question? Putting cereal in bottles? Is this what mothers are doing?! Obviously I'm assuming you mean infant cereal or pablum. Mixed in with breastmilk or do you mean formula? Infants need only breastmilk until they're 6months of age, until you start introducing solids, but should still continue to breastfeed until a year at least. Granted, some women choose not to or can't so, each to her own, but this is the norm.
Putting cereal into an infants bottle is completely unnecessary. If you're trying to "Fill" your baby up with calories in hopes for them to sleep longer or something that's not only completely useless, because this is a known myth, but you're potentially harming your child. I would be concerned about overfeeding or choking, or even allergies of some sort.

This is a bad idea. If you're having problems sleeping, or if you feel as though your child isn't eating enough, talk to your doctor, there are other, safer, and not to mention....less expensive ways of dealing with things.

May I ask why you're wanting to add cereal anyways??

Trina - posted on 02/12/2010

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I don't think I'd put it in a bottle. Instead I would wait and try something like avocado as a first food when the baby has developed a tongue thrust. there really isn't any reason to start solids early and the baby bottle cereal feeders are a choking hazard. I am sure someone here has said all of this so i wont beat a dead horse.

Rebecca - posted on 02/01/2010

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Don't give her cereal in her bottles at all. Formula guidelines should be followed carefully to avoid obesity. Solids shouldn't be introduced until 4-6 months of age, and should be introduced as a food, not mixed in a bottle.



There are some very rare exceptions to this (some premmies, some failure to thrive cases), but for typically developing children, don't add anything to their bottles.

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Misti - posted on 04/25/2014

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How many times a day should I give my.LO ricecereal in his bottle he is 9 weeks old

Kyna - posted on 12/21/2012

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i had 4 babies i started them om baby cereal at 2 months all babies where very healthy and happy , never had colic are up set stomachs, milk was not enough for them

Melanie - posted on 02/17/2010

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You shouldn't feed your baby cereal from a bottle unless recommended by the doctor.

Celeste - posted on 02/15/2010

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Nobody knows your baby better than you...and you should always consult with your pediatrician before making changes to the diet because of other health concerns. Every baby is going to be different and the best person to consult on this one would be your pediatrician. Generically speaking though, at 4-6 months some babies can have a small amount of rice cereal in the bottle, some never...It is the "food" babies start with when converting to solids to test the waters sort of speak and so forth...it should never be used for selfish motives such as getting more sleep and what not..because you run the risk of other health conditions.. GOOD LUCK!

Shelly - posted on 02/10/2010

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there is no milk besides the milk we drink and that is not till a year old. If you pay atention to feeding your baby they don't choke.

Melissa - posted on 02/02/2010

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Its funny how Dr's offer different advice. My Dr. suggested at 2 months giving my son some rice cereal mixed with formula and feed it off a spoon to help them sleep. He loved eating off the spoon and it worked, that night and every night since he has slept 10hrs. uninterrupted, whether this is a myth or not i dont know, but it worked. My son had no reaction he doesn't have a health problem and never had problems digesting it. Some people think babies cant handle it and maybe some cant, but mine was just fine. So i would say try it on a spoon first and if there is a reaction or a problem then dont give it to her again.

Camille - posted on 02/01/2010

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I exclusively breastfeed. Never gave my baby boy any rice cereal in a bottle, and he started sleeping through the night at 5 weeks. He is a hungry boy, eats every 2-3 hours during the day. My husband and I both had thought the cereal was supposed to be added to the bottles; but after doing our own research, not just others opinions (we are both in the medical field), we decided the best for our own child was to never put cereal in the bottle. As Ashley said, to each its own!

Janice - posted on 01/31/2010

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Minimum 4mo. off a spoon,
An infants digestive system is not ready for solids till AT LEAST 16 weeks of age. This (and allergic reactions) is the main reason you should not give babies under this age cereal. Putting the cereal in a bottle makes no sense because 1 it is a choking hazard (its unlikely but its possible) and 2 eating the watery cereal off a spoon helps 4-6 mo. old babies get ready to eat thicker pureed baby foods.
Those who insist that their babies needed it sooner because they wouldn't sleep or always seemed hungry really just needed to feed their babies more often. As another woman mentioned breastfed babies need to eat on each side long enough to get the hind milk. Sometimes my daughter (3mo) eats every hour sometimes every 3 at night she can go up to 6 hours. However, as a Mom I know that my childs needs come before my sleep so I would never feed her food (cereal) before her body was ready just to get some sleep.
Im very sorry if I offended anyone but I really needed to vent my opinion.

Tanya - posted on 01/31/2010

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Never!



The current recommendation from the WHO is for babies to be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months.



Personally, I won't be giving my baby any cereals. They are empty calories, with very little nutritional value. I'll be giving him soft table foods after 6 months.

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You're not meant to give babies anything other than breast/formula milk until the age of 6 months.

Lexi - posted on 01/30/2010

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It doesn't make the child less allergic if you wait untill they are older but it does decrease the chance of a serious reaction causing permanent harm to them. Do you realise a severe reaction like anaphylactic shock can close the airway and cause brain damage and even suffocation. If a child is older it is not less likely that this will happen but it is more likely that you will be able to react in time.

Carol - posted on 01/30/2010

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To avoid food allergies, I have always been told not to give anything but breast milk or formula for the first 6 months. Have you tried breastfeeding for at least 20 minutes from one side. The first breast milk is more watery to quench thirst and is called the foremilk. If you do 10 minutes each side the baby never gets the rich milk. I hope this helps. Carol :-)

Lexi - posted on 01/30/2010

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Seriously. If your baby is eating heaps, gaining average or more weight and still not settling-you should explore other possibilities as to why they're not comfortable. It may be some other problem like a sore back or something.

I have found with my bub, that she sometimes just wants to suck. Apparently this is more prevalent in bubs who are bottle fed because they get a full feed much easier than breast feeding and so they are not hungry anymore but haven't satisfied their natural sucking need. I just give her a dummy (pacifier) and she settles. Also don't assume they don't want the dummy anymore if they suck it and then spit it out. Sometimes she does this but it is only because she is tired and has accidentally dropped it. She is too young to to put it back in her mouth by herself.

Jill - posted on 01/30/2010

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I just want to establish my baby weighed 13 lbs 5 oz before I started giving him cereal and I only do it for his nightly feeding. I don't understand why everyone is saying he would choke? The milk is still so thin it goes right through the nipple like before. I don't think he has any greater chance of choking on it than he does on regular breast milk.

Jill - posted on 01/30/2010

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I give my 2 mo old son 3 tbsp in his breast milk at night so he can sleep longer. I just shake it up in the bottle. My son is in the 90th% for his age so he was just so hungry. Poor little thing. I use rice cereal because it is the least likely to cause allergies. Use your own judgement. If your little one seems hungry even after a complete feeding you might want to consider it. My doctor told me he doesn't need anything but breast milk but all the women I know started cereal earlier than recommended and everything was fine. And they got some sleep!

Anne - posted on 01/30/2010

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Do not give your baby cereal in a bottle. It doesn't help them sleep any better and it can cause confusion when your baby is expecting liquid (from the bottle) and gets a solid instead.

If your baby has reflux, get a prescription for Zantac or another reflux medicine.

Only give cereal by spoon, mixed with breastmilk or formula, somewhere in between 4 and 6 months depending on your baby. You can tell if s/he is ready by whether the baby shows interest in food and reaches for it.

Hannah - posted on 01/30/2010

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My personal opinion... if your baby is hungry and bottles aren't filling him/her up then give them solid/ cereal, my daughter was a big baby so she went onto solids at 6 weeks and started sleeping through the night the same day since then she is always happy hardly ever cries and is all round healthier, when i spoke to my midwife about it she told me forget what people say about it and go with what you feel is right, it is your baby and you know them best. Hope it helps

Stacey - posted on 01/30/2010

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witht he last post sayins is she wrong giving her baby cereal in bottle, as doc said wait till 6 months. i dont see any need to put cereal in a bottle if baby is capible of feeding from spoon, butno-one is wrong we all find our own ways of parenting and you knwo your child best , i do think its best to try feed from spoon. if you wish to you could if your going to do it anyway try putting a little bit of rusk into the bottle if its to fill him up but personally i wouldnt , he needs to get used to weaning and eating from a spoon, x

Stacey - posted on 01/30/2010

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hi, i wouldnt be giving cereal to your baby in a bottle, can cause chocking, at around 4 months you can start to give some cereal via a spoon, make sure the spoon etc is also sterilized. dont add sugar to the cereal, try use a multigrain variety or baby cereal. from around 6 months you can begin mixing the cereal with full fat cows milk insteadof breast or formula . . enjoy weaning, its the fun part, you may also begin to give pureed fruit, and then start dinners if you wish to make your own, there are lots of good ideas, you can always make a load and freeze them in little tubs. try nto to add salt to anythign you are feeding your baby though, sweet potato mash, cheesy parsnips, mixed veg, mash potato,etc lil bits of chiken, stir away from shell fish etc . have fun x

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2010

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I glanced at the first three comments and saw they all say NEVER! Didn't even bother to read the rest. With that said, I do. My son is fine. I started doing it a little after he reached 2 months. I don't do it every bottle. I don't do it every day. I put 2-3 tablespoons, tops, in the bottle, along with the correct amount of formula/water. My doctor said I shouldn't do it before 6 months because you're not sure of food allergies, but I don't feel comfortable giving him several bottles at a feeding because he just needs "more" sometimes. My child is very healthy and has maxed over the charts with everything he's been doing. I watch him. Sometimes I even put the bottle into a bowl and feed it to him with a spoon. I also started giving him baby food, and he'll be 4 months on Feb. 7th. Am I wrong? I don't think so. I don't make him eat it if he pulls his head away or makes that odd face. I say talk with your doctor and get their opinion. Again, my doctor said to wait 6 months because he may have a food allergy.. I just don't understand how waiting till 6 months to still try a food will make him less allergic to the food. I think it's all opinions on what people say. Some babies are ready sooner then others. You know your child and you know how your child is better then any doctor!! Hopeful this helped!

P.S. This is my first child as well.

Monique - posted on 01/29/2010

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They say not to put it in a bottle because of the choking hazard and possible over-feeding causing too much weight gain. And when you do introduce cereal to start between 4-6 months with a spoon. However, my mom and grandmothers put it in our bottle not even a month after we were born so it really depends on you and your mama instincts. Any and everybody can give you advice but it all comes down to what you feel is right. Good luck!!

Katie - posted on 01/29/2010

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Most everyone I have spoke with say 4 months, others say 6 months. I think when the bottles stop being enough to keep them satisfied. My daughter is 4 months old and she is now getting cereal twice a day. I've noticed she falls asleep easier at night and sleeps better.

Christina - posted on 01/29/2010

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My pedi said to put Rice Cereal in the formula... but i found that if your giving him cereal a try adding some fruit to it and make sure your giving him at least 6oz to 8oz and that should help him go longer.. my 6month is the same for the most part.. but I am also when he acts like he is hungery i give him juice for the in between feedings. I also give him the emfamil with rice starch and that is a thicker formula that has helped me. Try (if your not on a shedule) feeding him oatmeal and fruit in the morninng and then give juice about 2 hours later and then his 8 oz and 2hrs later give Juice and then give him baby food dinner with fruit and veggie.. and then at bed time give him a 8oz and when he wakes give him a 10oz bottle.. and that should get him to like his night and starte over again.. This shedule has helped me tons.. my son loves to eat eat eat.. or you can just start giving 10oz bottle now and that might help him.

Brianna - posted on 01/29/2010

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you should never put cereal in a bottle unless your baby has reflux. other wise if your baby is less than 6 months old its sucking and swallowing motions arent totally developed yet and it can get the cereal stuck in its lungs causing breathing problems!

Tamara - posted on 01/29/2010

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If your baby is a bigger baby he may need more substance to keep him full. Sassy makes an "infant feeder" or i think they are called nursers, and you can put the cereal in that so he can drink it instead of eating with a spoon. The only place I have found them is at Babies R Us and they are still hard to find, they sell out right when the put them out! My baby is 3 months old and weighs over 15 pounds....formula alone does not keep him full. He eats cereal when he wakes up and before he goes to bed. I mix 4 ounces formula with 1/4 cup cereal or 3 scoops and put it in the infant feeder. He drinks the rest of his bottle after. i just started some applesauce in the infant feeder yesterday bc his bottles during the day weren't keeping him full anymore either. hope this helps!

Stella - posted on 01/29/2010

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ahh please dont put cereal in bottles babies also have to learn the art of taking food from a spoon different from sucking from a bottle

Deanna - posted on 01/29/2010

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Everyone is going to tell you something different. My sons doctor told me not to put it in his bottle too. I had to decide for myself as a mother what I thought was right just like you are going to have to do. I have been putting rice cereal in my sons bottle ever since he was 7 weeks old and he is fine. I use a fast flow nipple and mix 4oz of formula with about 2 scoops of rice cereal. I figured as long as it was thin enough to go thru the nipple it was ok. They say that it is a choking hazard but if you are holding the bottle for them and paying attention to your baby I dont see what the problem is. Mothers have been doing it for years. Its just like they say not to lay them on their stomachs to sleep. My mom said when I was born they said not to lay babies on their backs. Doctors change what they say all the time usually according to statistics.

Demetria - posted on 01/29/2010

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I agree w/ Anna, all this its a choking hazard talk is just silly. They make formula that is the same as adding cereal, its called Restfull by enfamil. When feeding your infant cereal its never supposed to be thick like hard food. Even when you get it on a spoon it should be just a small bit thicker than milk or formula. And if you google its affects you will find there is NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF that adding formula leads to obesity. My 4 month old is 12 lbs and gets cereal in her formula. My baby is far from fat. A friend of mine does exclusively breast milk and her baby was almost 20 lbs at 3 months!



Research, ask your pediatrician, and don't confuse old wives tales with fact.

Ana - posted on 01/29/2010

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Kelly, thx for the explanation, however, it is recommended that you start introducing cereals to babies at 4months... My friend's pediatrician told her to start at 2 months because her baby was hungry very often! We started at 4 and he never choked or anything close to that. I gave it to him in his bottle and with a spoon. Maybe I was just lucky! My Dr even told me to start giving him pastina and other things when he hit 4months!

Kelly - posted on 01/29/2010

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this post is for ana. Even if diluted the consistency is thicker than breastmilk or formula and the baby needs to suck even harder to get it thru the very small opening in the nipple. In doing so they risk sucking it to the back of their throat and then choking on it. Babies this young do not have enough reflexes with their tongues etc to keep this from happening.

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2010

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never. always spoon feed. its a serious choking hazard and i wouldn't reccomend it to any parent.

Julia - posted on 01/29/2010

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i wouldn't put cereal in a bottle its a choking hazard and normally only used for babies with reflux

Ana - posted on 01/29/2010

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Can I just ask, how can they choke on rice cereal that dilutes with formula or breast milk? Whenever I gave my baby forjmula it was never thick enough for him to choke or not know how to handle it... Just my 2 cents...

Kelly - posted on 01/29/2010

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Never give your baby cereal from a bottle! High risk of choking!!!!! When my boy was 3 months old i started diluting cereal until it was almost as thin as formula or breastmilk and let him lick it off the spoon. Once he got used to the spoon i thickened the cereal slightly and by 4 months he was an expert at eating his cereal

Ana - posted on 01/29/2010

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I gave my baby cereal in his bottles at 4months old. I started putting 1 scoop in.

Kimmi - posted on 01/28/2010

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oh and if you do decide to do it at any age dont forget you will be needing bigger wholes it the bottle teat, i just used a sterilized safety pin until she was at the right age to use thicker liquid teats 3months it was for my type of bottles... hope i helped you a little...

Kimmi - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter was a very hungry baby and i had to start putting Farex (baby cereal) in her bottles from 5 weeks old i would just use a spare formula scoop if you use formula that is, then i knew how much i added and all bottles were the same, depending on how old your lil one is i started Madison off on just 1-2 a day it was great for about a week then i put it in 3 which were the 3 meal time bottles eventually i gave it to her in every bottle as she needed it to keep full. i started my girl on proper solids at 3 n half months... I always say that every baby is different and you just need to have patience and you will figure out what it is that they are after or needing... don't worry about what the books say just do what you know is right for your child and you will be just fine... My daughter is now 10 months old and as healthy as ever... a child does come with a manual but they have You....

Sandra - posted on 01/28/2010

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EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT.

My son is 7 months old. he has been having solids for 2 1/2 months now. Currently he is having 3 solid meals a day. I'm talking 100 - 140grams per meal. And at dinner he has 200grams at least! He STILL doesn't sleep through. It's simply him. Perhaps the "hungry" 2 month olds are comfort feeding and not hungry at all? My son has half bottles during the night every 3 - 6 hours, but the going average is 4hours. He goes down at 830-930pm wakes around 1130pm (sometimes here I can get away with just giving him a dummy) then at 1 - 2am he wakes again, then again at 5am. then he's up around 8 - 9am for his breakfast. It's the ongoing normality for him. He's had reflux and been on "thickened" formula since he was 6weeks old and has only "slept through" maybe 3 nights, if that!

All the nurse told me at the doctors was to give him a bit more meat instead of mostly veggies to up his calorie intake, but even that hasn't calmed him down one bit.

Yes, it is tiring, but at the end of the day. He's not even 1, he's a baby, babies were never meant to be easy, and sometimes they just don't want to sleep.

If you're unsure on anything to do with your childs health, ask your doctor.

Stephanie - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son was 6 weeks old and we couldnt feed him fast enough. He was eating 6-8oz every 3 hours, So we started mixing it in with him formula. Not super thick, just enough to fill him up a little bit.He did fine and was eating it from a spoon around 3, maybe months old. But he went to veggies when he was 4 months old. At that point, he was having a 7 oz bottle with rice cereal when he woke up, then he would have a regular 6oz bottle a few hours later, then some veggies, then he had a 8oz bottle with cereal before bed. It wasn't long before he was only having 2 bottles a day... and then the only time I put cereal in his nighttime bottle. But of course, every mom has her opinion, which is totally fine. You just need to do whats best for your baby.

Sierra - posted on 01/28/2010

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5 months or so, their digestive system isn't developed enough yet to handle anything besides formula, and plus it keeps them from eating when they need to because they'll feel full. I think it's bad because they need the nutrition. My pediatrician wanted me to give my daughter some bc she has bad reflux and spits up really bad (she was 3 weeks at the time), but it gave her diarrhea and she would throw it all up. Needless to say I never gave it to her again!

Cheryl - posted on 01/28/2010

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Christina Quaine, I'm not acting like it's a stupid question. I think it's a stupid idea though. I'm legitimately concerned if mothers are actually doing this. You make it sound as though mothers everywhere have been doing this for years and act as though it's perfectly acceptable, and I have never heard of mothers doing this! I actually had to look it up because it seems ridiculous! There is lots of information on the internet and facts about the negative effects this method has on infants, ranging from over feeding your child, to allergies to childhood obesity. I'm sure there are mothers out there that have done this and have children that are perfectly fine, but at the same time, why would you take the chance? It's completely unnecessary, and I think if you're on the fence about it, I would do some heavy research about it.

Sharlien - posted on 01/28/2010

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I wouldn't give my son cereal in a bottle it is very dangerous... On a spoon that is made for baby's. I would do around 4 to 5 months... But the baby does not really need anything besides breast milk/Formula for the first year of life. If u can hold out that long. But I do blend up FRESH fruits for my son to eat.

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2010

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Don't put it in the bottle. No only is it a choking hazard but it's also really bad for their gums, and you will just cause more problems for yourself when you come to wean them onto taking the cereal from a spoon because they will expect it from a teat. I started my little boy on baby rice at 3 months old and then introduced cereal a few weeks later. If your baby is hungry try the hungrier baby milk, and if it's still not enough introduce the food from a spoon. Every baby is different, some are hungry more than others. If concerned see you health visitor =)

Kristi - posted on 01/28/2010

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Never put anything in a babies bottle except fluids. If you want to give your baby cereal start giving it to her from a spoon. Start out with very runny cereal and as she gets older you can increase the thickness. Try rice cereal or one grain cereal from Gerber or any other baby food brand.You can start this between 4-6 months.

Kezia - posted on 01/28/2010

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babies actually don't start making the enzyme to break down grains in there tummy unlill they cut their first tooth. I would wait until then to ensure no tummy or GI problems later down the road.

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2010

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a baby should never have anything in his/her bottle apart from milk, altho i do know some mams who have crushed a rusk and mixed it with formula and gave it in a bottle b4 bedtime to settle their baby but if your child is hungry you can get hungrier milk for babies or if u worried go see your doctor

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They say about 4 but my son was a very hungry baby and i started him at 3 months he is now 6 years and he is fine but i never put it in a bottle i used a spoon

Crystal - posted on 01/27/2010

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It manily depends on your pediatrician. My son is 3 months, and his doctor recommended that we go ahead and give him rice in his bottles cuz he's eating 7-8 oz every 4 hours...I must admit though, we still haven't tried the rice...I'm kinda scared to lol

Tiffany - posted on 01/27/2010

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I totally agree with Alicia Pircio when I read ur post i went to reply and just read the first reply I saw and she took the words right out of my mouth!!! It is a choking risk!!! People say 2 do it to help them feel fuller or to sleep better at night!!! But I have never did it for the simple fact of choking!!! And ur doctor should and will probally tell u to give ur child cereal by spoon at 6 months!!!

Kate - posted on 01/27/2010

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my pediatrician told me, and every pediatrician is different.... Anyways, he told me not to start cereal until 4 months otherwise it can cause food allergies and to introduce it in his bottle first to see if he will even take to it and make sure he isn't allergic to the cereal. I have never heard of a child choking on cereal because it was in his bottle.

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