Is it okay to put baby cereal in my baby's bottle?

Kristyn - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 month old and am wondering if it is okay to put cereal in his bottle. Is it to early? should i not do it at all? i would love to hear everyone's opinions. My mother-in-law did it with her three children and said it is fine, but i would just love to hear from some other moms as well. thanks!

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Joy - posted on 03/28/2010

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My sone is 1 month old I started putting rice cereal in his bottles 2 weeks ago. I only put 1 tbsp in. I only gave him a ceral bottle when he woke up and before he went to sleep. When and if you start giving him cereal for the first couple tmies only give him 1 tbsp a day then at the doctors tell them you started giving him cereal if he says its okay 1 tsp more wont hurt thats what I did since my son was sucking down formula.

Kate - posted on 03/21/2010

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Is it a sign that we are too lazy to get up and feed our babies at night even though they reallllly need the nutrition? Sorry, this is the most negative thing l've ever posted.

Katie - posted on 03/20/2010

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people keep saying dont do it it will make ur baby have sever reflux, my son was born with sever reflux the formula they put him on had cereal in it already! its not going to hurt do what u think is best its your baby!

Emily - posted on 03/17/2010

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No, it is not recommended. The only time cereal should be put in a bottle is if directed by a doctor.

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Tammy - posted on 12/30/2013

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All the NO's are misinforming if ya think about it, we grew up on it in our bottles and were alive, back then they even had things such as tea and banana flakes for diahrreah and vomiting, but yes 1 teaspoon of rice cereal to every 4 oz of formula or breastmilk is safe, especially if it seems the baby isnt getting enough and eating too frequently as its not staying with them. Especially at night. 3 bottles a day was the recommended when we did it especially at night. If you dont your babys not being satisfied and is always hungry and not happy.

Jelyn - posted on 03/28/2010

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No Never do that! Only put milk in ceral like ur feeding it to them but never in the bottle My nutritionist said it was bad i forgot why but ill ask her again and post it

Valerie - posted on 03/21/2010

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It is not a good idea at all...i would avoid all food until at least four months to avoid allergies, digestion problems, etc...your mother in law is wrong...please go on the internet and google baby first foods...nurture and feed bottles...all the best

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Me bickering with everyone? WHO ARE YOU? I wasn't talking to you.....all I said was to do ur homework or at the very least consult a doctor and it was intended for Kristyn, NOT YOU! I can't believe some people??!!

Sasha - posted on 03/20/2010

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Well my son does just fine and hes had it in his bottles for over 2 months now and is perfectly healthy and my doctor knos! Our children Our choices. I think she was just looking for advice not for you to bicker with everyone on there opinion on things. What works for one doesnt always work for another!!

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Please do ur homework! Just because it worked for past generations or even people who still do it today doesn't mean it's a wise choice! It can be potentially dangerous if not done properly and you can never be to safe when it comes to ur baby's life! At the very least consult ur health care provider!

Sasha - posted on 03/20/2010

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My mom and my grandmother did.. and I do it all the time and my son is perfectly fine.. if you dont put too much in the bottle and hold your baby correctly the baby wont choke. I put cereal in his bottle like once a day not alot just a little and he eats it off a spoon perfectly fine and hes almost 5 mnths old been on cereal since he was 3 mnths old.

Amber - posted on 03/20/2010

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It's advises now that you shouldn't put anything other than liquid in there bottles because of chocking. With cereals now your suppose to put it in a bowl and spoon feed it to them.
I think two months is a bit early really anyway, I don't know why they keep changing the ages of when to feed them but I mean he's hungry then you could try the hungrier baby formula milk, it worked with mine.

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Emily - posted on 03/20/2010

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Katie, the reason they say not to give cereal in the bottle is not because it will cause reflux. It is because it could cause the baby to choke, it could cause aspiration (which can lead to pneumonia), it can also contribute to obesity and allergies. There are just too many risks, which is why doctors not do NOT routinely recommend cereal in the bottle, unless for a medical reason.

Alexandra - posted on 03/20/2010

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They do make special bottles for rice cereal online. I cant remeber the name of the company as I have never done it. You might try googling it to see. My friend has 4 kids and she did it with all four of them. I have never done it.

Katie - posted on 03/19/2010

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ya ya! my son was 3months old when i started putting it in his its fine it made him sleep better in the night and didnt wake up as much just do it at night and dont make it to thick!

Carmine - posted on 03/19/2010

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i wouldn't recommend it, if you want to start your child on pablum do it by spoon feeding, this way they don't learn to drink their food. We did it with our daughter who is now 13.5 months old and she's spoon feeding herself (just still working on getting the food ON the spoon part).

Joanne - posted on 03/19/2010

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I shall be the voice of "bad" here. lol. Everyone in my family has done it, carefully, not to make it a shake or anything. It's not recommended any more, but I'm still here, my siblings are still here, so are their kids, and mine. My son has maybe a tablespoon, per 5 oz in the bedtime bottle, which I prepare at bedtime. He also eats with a spoon with us at dinner. He still has no gas (not painful gas anyway...he farts like a champ and still smiles about it, lol) has not choked, or gaged. Just my opinion...and just use your gut.

Nikki - posted on 03/18/2010

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NO!!! so dangersous, not only is it a choking hazard but at 3 months old a baby's body is nowhere close to being able to digest solids and it can cause great harm to them, you should wait til at least 4 months preferably six and introduce solids with a spoon when your baby is able to sit up on their own

Andrea - posted on 03/18/2010

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don't do it. That's what they did years ago (believed it help them sleep) but now the doctors recommend waiting until 6 months to start cereal (roughly). I don't think their digestive systems are ready yet...not that I'm a doctor or anything but that's what I've read...

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Big NO NO in my opinion! It can be dangerous amoung other things..... I know a lot of people do it but just because generations before them did but that doesn't make it ok! Please at least do some research before you make a decision?!! As mother's we always want to do what's best for our children but unless advised to by a doctor I DEFINITELY WOULD NOT recommend doing it! I've copied a link so you can decide for urself!





http://www.drgreene.com/21_861.html

Eleisha - posted on 03/17/2010

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In my opinion NO! Besides the fact he is too young for solids, putting cereal in a bottle is DANGEROUS; unless advised by a doctor. But that's just my opinion.

Krystal - posted on 03/17/2010

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well it can be dangerous but doctors do use it for weight issues or sever reflux. personally i dont think its a good idea like i said unless directed to use by the doctor. personally i havent and never will give my son anything other than his milk or water in his bottles but thats just me and my opinion. if i was you i would go talk to yours or your babys doctor about it and see what they say. if your son seems really hungry, you could try giving him some on a spoon instead of in the bottle. most doctors would advise against putting cereal in the bottle unless there is serious cause to use it. hope this helps. :)

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