When can you start putting cereal in your baby's bottle?

Susan - posted on 10/07/2010 ( 81 moms have responded )

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Several people have suggested that to me to help my 4 week old sleep longer at night, but I am hesitant to do it so soon. I thought you were supposed to wait until they are a few months old to do that. When did you start putting rice cereal in your baby's bottle?

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B - posted on 01/13/2013

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My first daughter turned out just fine. :) I asked y not any in the bottles and the only reason given was obesity! Whatever. That is the biggest load of crap. Obesity comes from our bad habits. All of u people would have heart attacks if u knew what was given to us and ur moms when we were all young. Heck studies even say that baby Einstein movies do more harm on our kids.!.. That's nuts! U guys need to trust the elderly they know a lot more than all of us!

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2010

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Yes you are correct to wait. Babies are not ready for cereal until they are between 4-6 months old. Before then it can cause lots of digestive problems. Cereal should also be fed by spoon and not in a bottle. The only time doctors recommend cereal in a bottle is when the baby has reflux and that helps with their tummy. Cereal in their bottle to sleep longer is a myth. It can go the opposite way causing more tummy discomfort and then causing them to wake more often or not settle. My best advice would be for you to talk to your doc. before starting anything new. At 4 wks breastmilk/formula is what their body and brain need for proper development anything else is unneeded fillers that take away from the necessary nutrients that they need. One thing I have learned is that everyone has parenting advice. Some is good advice and some is not. Some advice might have been what was done years and years ago, but as time has gone they have found it is better to do something different. You will hear people say well we did it and our kids tunred out fine....and that is probably true, but maybe some did not or maybe they have found better ways of doing something. For me my struggle when I had little kids was with my mother and father in law. They are wonderful people and I love them dearly, but when they had little kids carseats were not yet invented. You held your child on your lap. All their kids did turn out fine doing this. But today I would NEVER dream of doing this (not to mention the law about carseats). I often felt like I was beating a dead horse sometimes trying to get them to use the carseats when taking my kids somewhere. They did use them, but I always felt like I had to make sure and could never trust them fully.

Kari - posted on 01/04/2013

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Delilah,

I'm sorry but I must respectfully, wholeheartedly DISAGREE with you. Yes, "every baby is different", but the way they develop is NOT. Babies that young are NOT supposed to have anything except breastmilk or formula. (unless your pediatrician specifically suggests it, such as for reflux, but other than that, NO)
Yes, this is an opinion forum, but typically we are not the best place for this kind of advice....a medical doctor is, specifically your own child's doctor.

Edited to add (reputable) source:

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby...

Delilah - posted on 01/04/2013

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Every baby is different. I was scared at first to give it to my baby because of constipation but he's so fussy at nite time I got fed up an started Putin in his milk at nite only at nite time sometimes he sleeps long an sometimes he won't he's a month old that's your baby an you do what you feel is rite we can only give our opinions good luck mom

Nikki - posted on 10/08/2010

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You can NEVER start putting cereal in a baby's bottle....... it is so bad for them in the bottle its a choking hazard and its only a filler it has no nutrional value, so they fill up on that and lack the nutrients they need from formula or breast milk........ Solids should always be fed from a spoon and not until they are at the earliest 4 months, but recommended 6 so their digestive system can be fully strong enough to be able to handle solid foods.

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Susie - posted on 01/13/2013

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My mother in law told me the same thing - the doctor said the baby can't digest it very well until about 6 months. I would wait.

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2013

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Never mix cereal in your babies bottle NEVER, give it to him with a spoon when he's ready around 6 months or so.

Delilah - posted on 01/04/2013

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Every baby is different. I was scared at first to give it to my baby because of constipation but he's so fussy at nite time I got fed up an started Putin in his milk at nite only at nite time sometimes he sleeps long an sometimes he won't he's a month old that's your baby an you do what you feel is rite we can only give our opinions good luck mom

Latracia - posted on 01/02/2013

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well i just started my baby she 3 months her dr told me to start at 4 months or for christmas so that what i did and she doing good dont start now she is to young now i did that my baby was sick i seen boold wend i wait tell she was 3 monthes dend i started to gave it to her stop now wait tell she three or 4 mothes ask her dr she going to tell u

Char - posted on 12/13/2012

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Never!!! My son was in NICU and had to be feed through a tube. For the first little while he was given my colostrum then after that my milk as it came in. Then at home he was fed about every 3 hours. I would demand feed so if he needed more I would produce more and give it to him. Unfortunately my milk dried up at about 4 months so I had to start him on formula. I chose a hypoallergenic one and it gave the guideline of what to give more or less depending on babies needs. Rice in a bottle can over full your baby, choke them and cause allergies and problems with their bowel. It can also cause developmental problems later on. They should not be eating solids until at least they can sit up without help, no longer have the tongue protruding reflex pushing the food out and being able to move the food to the back of their throats and swallow easil. Really their bowel is only ready around 6 months. If you are breast feeding and your child is still hungry then maybe your nutrients are not reaching your milk. If the same happens when you use formula maybe it is not the right formula for your baby or you need to step up the amount. Yes a lot of people have fed their babies very early on and they have given rice in the bottles anas far as they know everything was ok but they were lucky. Only a few years ago babies did not need a car seat and most of us survived but would most of us even think of taking that risk now? Also you should never give juice in a bottle as the acids can strip the enamel off your child's teeth and cause problems in the future. Even if it is diluted. If you are going to give juice it should be after they are a year old and always diluted. Also if you give them sugary things too early on you can cause future problems with food for them. Babies have taste buds around their whole mouths not just the tongue and if you give sugary things too early you can limit their taste buds and maybe stop them from wanting to try other types of food. Water also is a noon unless your child is sick or too hot or you think they are dehydrated or that they need help pushing food through the bowel helping to prevent constipation when they are eating solids well. It also fills up baby and can prevent much needed nutrients from getting through potentially causing future health problems and weight loss. It can also choke your child as it is heavier and thinner than milk and does not kind of melt as it goes down like milk.
Remember that doctors are only human and only every so often are you lucky enough to come across a really good one. My sons ped and med team discharged him around 6 weeks early into our care because they felt we could do a much better job. Now he is a thriving 9 month old.

Hope - posted on 12/10/2012

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Seriously, check with your baby's pediatrician before you consider doing anything. Consider reflux and other reasons why one would do this and for a normal healthy baby, why one would not do this . Most pediatricians would tell you NOT to put formula and rice cereal into a bottle for a baby less than 6 months old. Your baby's health and abilities or non-ability to digest this at an early age are more important than you getting your sleep at night. Most babies, and preemies( which may need to eat more often) eat/nurse/bottlefeed every 3hrs. Please check with your doctor before doing anything.

Teresa - posted on 12/08/2012

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Never. I never put anything in their bottle to help them sleep. I breastfed both and fed them on demand. Breastfed babies dont sleep as long but it was easier to feed them.

Kari - posted on 12/08/2012

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Wow, really, that young??? No offense, but WHERE did your doctor get his degree??

Kris - posted on 12/08/2012

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I can't remember which kind I used, but both my kids were on it at 2 weeks old. They woke up about every hour so hungry they were screaming. I made it thicker then formula, but runnier then how you would make the cereal in a bowl, and I cut the hole bigger on a couple nipples and used special rings so i'd know which ones were which. I talked to the dr, and he said as long as it's not too thick it should be fine, because they were waking up too often and if we both didn't get more rest, we'd be so exhausted we could end up in the hospital. My kids were fine as was my husband. All 3 had a little cereal in their bottle at night, but not every feeding. only 2-3 times at night.

Karen - posted on 12/02/2012

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Do Not do it! You are right to wait. Babies tummies are not ready to handle solid food (cereal is considered a solid food) until at least 4 month of age, usually you should wait until 6 months. Babies at 4 weeks and even 4 months are supposed to still be waking up at night to eat. They have very small tummies but need the nutrition. Adding cereal will stay in the tummy longer but the nutrition they need is NOT there. They need the breastmilk or formula not solids at that age.

Kelly - posted on 11/29/2012

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I started giving my baby boy a farley cookie (easier on the tummy) and crush it up and mix with his formula when he was 3 months, he was much fuller and satisfied and now only wakes up once in the night, i think 4 weeks might be too young but im not a doctor, i would talk to your doctor if your nut sure but 4 weeks old they need to eat every 3 hours and it wont be till closer to 3 months that you will be getting more sleep, sorry! but sleep will come again soon promise!

Kari - posted on 11/24/2012

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I encourage some of you to do research from REPUTABLE sources (NOT Wikipedia, etc). Honestly most of us on here aren't experts on babies (except our own) :)

Gaby - posted on 11/19/2012

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we started at 4.5 months cause of reflux, and only at night. We also thought it would help for the sleeping thru the night, but it didnt.

Kim - posted on 11/19/2012

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I was against it till my pediatrician said I could cuz my son wasn't keepin food down due to acid reflux. But now he gets cereal in a bowl and is gaining weight good

Jenelle - posted on 11/19/2012

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I was advised to never put cereal in a bottle. From what I understand it can end up in their lungs. Also, everythin I have read says it actually doesnt help a baby to sleep longer. Someone once put it in perspective for me when they asked "How many times have you ever woken up because you were hungry?' My answer was, never. Same goes for babies, they aren't waking because they are hungry. It does get easier. I know how hard the lack of sleep can be and we all want to make the best choices for our babies. My daughter didnt sleep through the night untill she was 18 months old.

Kim - posted on 11/14/2012

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Only under Dr recommendations should you put cereal in a bottle. When there 6months they can try by spoon ppl do it tho. My health nurse gave me lots stuff cuz my guy was very sick and wasn't holding down food and that's what he said do cereal in a bottle to help the food stay down but there's a big choking risk if done. Just my opinion if mine wasn't sick I woulda jusrt did cereal in bowl at 6months. Its safer and there ready totry by then. But the choice is yours. My health nurse also told me it doesn't help them sleep at nite. All depends On the baby. I was younger with my first kiddo nd did rice in bpttle he was up 2 times.

Hope - posted on 11/13/2012

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For 3months after nicu, my son was on 24/7 at every 3hrs feeding schedule. I napped whenever my son napped; I looked and felt horrible, but I'm a mom. I can handle it. You can handle first few months of mom realities too. A month old baby and younger usually need to nurse/formula feed every 3hrs. Their tummies are tiny and cannot handle much milk, so they need to feed every 3hrs, some more than that to gain strength, weight; brain development etc. A 4wk old needs your milk or formula often to grow. Anyone telling you to put rice into a bottle to help baby sleep longer should not be parents. 1st, rice expands, dangerous for suffocation risks, and stomach problems for a little one who is not ready for it. Your baby's health is vital and most important. Please contact your baby's doctor for any issues, including this one before changing your child's diet/ feeding schedule etc.

Hope - posted on 11/13/2012

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Didn't start that until almost 6 months. I breast fed my son until 6 months then went to formula, because I couldn't keep up my milk production. A 4wk old is going to wake up to eat, or want to eat every few hours, also if baby is too tired to eat at feeding time, he/she may dose off and then wake up a little later on due to hunger. Some people do put tiny amt of rice cereal into formula bottle for reflux issues, but any of this "adding cereal" issues need to be brought to the pediatrician's notice before trying anything. A 4wk old doesn't have the stomach, literally to handle rice cereals. Please call your baby's dr before taking advice from people who don't know your baby's specific needs and development.

Leah - posted on 11/11/2012

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Never.

1, 4-6 months is reccomended age for any kind of solid foods

2. it is dangerous for them and prob won't help anyway.



have you ried fiving more milk in the bottle or maybe getting extra hungry baby milk?

Sharon - posted on 11/11/2012

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This used to be a practice for helping wean a baby but the latest medical advice is never to do this. it takes away your baby's choice of what they want to eat. Also in the UK we do not routinely wean babies until around 6 months old. Until that point milk is enough. A 4 week old baby needs to be fed every 3 to 4 hours. Waking in the night in an older baby ( after 3 months old or so) is also probably not food related and most likely down to their sleep routine. Good luck with your baby.

Holly - posted on 11/09/2012

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Um talk to your doctor about that. Unless you have some old school doctor they are going to tell you not a good idea. Study after study has shown that doing that the child has a significantly raised chance of obesity in life. Not to mention cereal is more about learning to eat and not so much about nutrition in the first place. It's ground rice. There isn't much for calories.... nothing for fat or nutrition and your child's stomach will right now, when it's brain is developing drastically, be filling up on something you are using JUST to get the child to sleep longer not on the fat and nutrition it so badly needs. Logically speaking that isn't good for the old IQ. But to each his own.

Shenna - posted on 11/07/2012

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Depends on weight of the child and how the milk is holding him. My baby weighs the same as a one year old and he is 7ths we started cereal earlier. You may want to try a natural alternative like adding puréed foods to the bottle as cereal can constipate them, then you'll have a fussy baby.

Sannet De - posted on 11/06/2012

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Reasons for delaying solids

Although some of the reasons listed here assume that your baby is breastfed or fed breastmilk only, experts recommend that solids be delayed for formula fed babies also.



Delaying solids gives baby greater protection from illness.

Although babies continue to receive many immunities from breastmilk for as long as they nurse, the greatest immunity occurs while a baby is exclusively breastfed. Breastmilk contains 50+ known immune factors, and probably many more that are still unknown. One study has shown that babies who were exclusively breastfed for 4+ months had 40% fewer ear infections than breastfed babies whose diets were supplemented with other foods. The probability of respiratory illness occurring at any time during childhood is significantly reduced if the child is fed exclusively breast milk for at least 15 weeks and no solid foods are introduced during this time. (Wilson, 1998) Many other studies have also linked the degree of exclusivity of breastfeeding to enhanced health benefits (see Immune factors in human milk).

Delaying solids gives baby’s digestive system time to mature.

If solids are started before a baby’s system is ready to handle them, they are poorly digested and may cause unpleasant reactions (digestive upset, gas, constipation, etc.). Protein digestion is incomplete in infancy. Gastric acid and pepsin are secreted at birth and increase toward adult values over the following 3 to 4 months. The pancreatic enzyme amylase does not reach adequate levels for digestion of starches until around 6 months, and carbohydrate enzymes such as maltase, isomaltase, and sucrase do not reach adult levels until around 7 months. Young infants also have low levels of lipase and bile salts, so fat digestion does not reach adult levels until 6-9 months.

Delaying solids decreases the risk of food allergies.

It is well documented that prolonged exclusive breastfeeding results in a lower incidence of food allergies (see Allergy References). From birth until somewhere between four and six months of age, babies possess what is often referred to as an “open gut.” This means that the spaces between the cells of the small intestines will readily allow intact macromolecules, including whole proteins and pathogens, to pass directly into the bloodstream.This is great for your breastfed baby as it allows beneficial antibodies in breastmilk to pass more directly into baby’s bloodstream, but it also means that large proteins from other foods (which may predispose baby to allergies) and disease-causing pathogens can pass right through, too. During baby’s first 4-6 months, while the gut is still “open,” antibodies (sIgA) from breastmilk coat baby’s digestive tract and provide passive immunity, reducing the likelihood of illness and allergic reactions before gut closure occurs. Baby starts producing these antibodies on his own at around 6 months, and gut closure should have occurred by this time also. See How Breast Milk Protects Newborns and The Case for the Virgin Gut for more on this subject.

Delaying solids helps to protect baby from iron-deficiency anemia.

The introduction of iron supplements and iron-fortified foods, particularly during the first six months, reduces the efficiency of baby’s iron absorption. Healthy, full-term infants who are breastfed exclusively for periods of 6-9 months have been shown to maintain normal hemoglobin values and normal iron stores. In one study (Pisacane, 1995), the researchers concluded that babies who were exclusively breastfed for 7 months (and were not give iron supplements or iron-fortified cereals) had significantly higher hemoglobin levels at one year than breastfed babies who received solid foods earlier than seven months. The researchers found no cases of anemia within the first year in babies breastfed exclusively for seven months and concluded that breastfeeding exclusively for seven months reduces the risk of anemia. See Is Iron-Supplementation Necessary? for more information.

Delaying solids helps to protect baby from future obesity.

The early introduction of solids is associated with increased body fat and weight in childhood. (for example, see Wilson 1998, von Kries 1999, Kalies 2005)

Delaying solids helps mom to maintain her milk supply.

Studies have shown that for a young baby solids replace milk in a baby’s diet – they do not add to baby’s total intake. The more solids that baby eats, the less milk he takes from mom, and less milk taken from mom means less milk production. Babies who eat lots of solids or who start solids early tend to wean prematurely.

Delaying solids helps to space babies.

Breastfeeding is most effective in preventing pregnancy when your baby is exclusively breastfed and all of his nutritional and sucking needs are satisfied at the breast.

Delaying solids makes starting solids easier.

Babies who start solids later can feed themselves and are not as likely to have allergic reactions to foods.

Kayleana - posted on 11/05/2012

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My son is a month and a half old and I give him half a teaspoon of rice cereal in his bottle before bed every night and instead of sleeping 2 hours he noe sleeps 4. My mom did it with me and my sister and 2 brothers. And we turned out fine.

Samira - posted on 11/05/2012

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with putting rice cereal in the bottle. My oldest daughter is 6 years old now and i started putting rice cereal in her bottle at 3 months and gave it to her in every single bottle and she turned out perfectly fine. My 5 month old daughter I started putting rice cereal in her bottle when she was only 2 weeks old because no matter how much formula she would eat she was still hungry. At 3 weeks old was when she started sleeping through the entire night. It really depends on the baby. I don't know if it has any impact on whether they sleep longer because I stopped giving my daughter rice cereal in her bottle and she still sleeps through the night with no problems. So make the decision of what you feel is best as your childs mother. Every child is different. Don't let people scare you,

Emily - posted on 11/04/2012

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Never! Solids at six months - not before! And cereal isn't necessary even then - the Canadian Pediatric Association is now recommending meat as a first food.

Sara - posted on 11/03/2012

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Absolutely not! Don't ever put cereal in a bottle when they're that young. They shouldn't have any solids until at least 4 months but really until 6 months. It will cause indigestion. People who do that are totally wrong. Plus it can constipate them. Their little systems aren't ready for cereal when only a month old. Breast milk or formula only. They'll start sleeping better as they get older! 4 weeks they're so new to the world. Wow this is appalling.

Shilo - posted on 11/03/2012

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I have four boys and I started giving them cereal when they were about 3 weeks old. Dr says u shouldn't....but.....they were hungry and it made all the difference in the world. It doesn't take a lot. 2 or3 times a day....just a few small bites. My boys have no food allergies and are healthy. My youngest is 3 years old. Always remember you are the best person to,decide and know what your baby needs.

Leslie - posted on 11/02/2012

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I did a month after she was born cause she get alot and to get more sleep. if you know your child is ready and body is ok with it. my mom did it when we were little. my daughter is 2 about 35inches. cause she eats all the time and she is only 29lbs.

she is so healthy and she only been sick three times. a cold, ear infection, and yeast infection (only cause I gave her chicken and she was not ready for baby chicken when she was nine months.

Aubree Del - posted on 11/01/2012

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I would NEVER put rice cereal in your baby's bottle. It can cause them to learn improper swallowing and sucking motions. When you do introduce it, use a spoon. I would wait at least two months before that happens.

Tamlyn - posted on 10/26/2012

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My three children were all different. They were all very small at birth and I was told by many people to add rice cereal to their milk for weight gain and to help sleep longer. My first son was given rice cereal from 4 weeks and he did pick up weight but never slept through a full night. My second son from 6 weeks and same results. My daughter on the other hand, I tried a few times but she did not agree with the Rice cereal and only fully introduced her to cereals etc from 7 months. I do say from experience, certainly does not work for all children to help with longer sleep. My children only started a full nights sleep from 3 years. Some people are just lucky. Good luck

Amanda - posted on 10/24/2012

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.He was eating 6oz every 2 and half to three hours by 3 and it to take away from he's feedings.The formula is more important for the first six months.

Tanya - posted on 10/23/2012

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That's an absolutely horrible idea!! I've never done that, and will never do that.



I started solids (orange veg) at 5.5 months. Perfect timing.

Jennie - posted on 10/22/2012

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I have read that you should not give cereal until 4-6 months old too. However, my mother gave me and my siblings cereal at only a few weeks old, so naturally I think "what's the big deal?" I would follow your doctor's advice on this issue. My son is 2 months old and I have not given him cereal yet.



As for sleeping longer at night.....maybe your baby is not even looking for food. My son grunts a lot during the night and will whimper. I always assumed he must be hungry, so I'd pick him right up and feed him. One night I wanted to try something different, so instead of picking him up, I just gave him a pacifier....worked great! He took it, closed his eyes, and in less than 30 seconds passed out!



Also, is the baby comfortable where he/she sleeps? I tried a bassinet with an incline insert...didn't work. Tried swaddled in his crib...didn't work. Tried his swing....after a few nights, didn't work. Finally I bought The Nap Nanny Chill....worked! So for me, it was also about finding something he was comfortable in, therefore, he stayed asleep longer.



So try other things when the baby wakes up just to see if that's what he/she needs....diaper change? Pacifier? Too warm? Cold? Sleep position? It may not be about wanting a full tummy:)

Brittannie - posted on 10/22/2012

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So if u can't put rice in a bottle why does it say you can on the box....it tells you how much rice and everything

Sherry - posted on 09/24/2012

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I have three sons - ages 30, 21 and 18. I just recently became a grandmother and am amazed at how information changes so drastically over the years. I also have noticed that advice from medical professionals changes from nurse to nurse, doctor to doctor. My daughter in law is a first time mom, and 2 days in the hospital with several shift changes had her confused and upset with all the mixed messages. I gave all of my boys rice cereal in their bottles at around 6 weeks - and they slept like babies..(pun intended)...ALL NIGHT LONG. No digestive issues....no allergies....no problems at all - just happy babies and very happy (and rested) parents.

Susan - posted on 09/10/2011

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I definitely don't think you should do it for a 4 week old. I was considering it at a couple of month's (I think) and the overwhelming opinion is that you should not do that, and that it does not help anyway. I think I eventually tried it a couple of times, and it didn't help anyway. Their little tummies are just small at that age, and they're just going to take what they can. My baby turned 1 yesterday, seems like forever since he was that little! I'm sure you keep hearing this but it goes quick, so hang in there and cherish every minute!

Becca - posted on 09/04/2011

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A baby that wakes more frequently at night is at a lower risk for SIDS. Messing with your child's sleeping by adding solids too early can have potentially devastating consequences.

Heather - posted on 09/04/2011

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Do what you think is best for your child. When it comes to solids in food, try it and see...your not going to hurt him. If he does not seem to tolerate it well, then give him some time and try again in a month or so. I started my daughter when she was a month and a half. She slept better and seemed to be more satisfied with it when I introduced it. Hope this helps!

Kristin - posted on 08/31/2011

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I was told by my daughters pediatrician NOT to put cereal in a babies bottle, its a myth and does not really help them sleep longer. I was told to only give them cereal when sitting as a meal(when the dr recommends-usually 4months or so). I heard so many things from others family my daughters fathers side of the family like putting cereal in a bottle, giving a baby tea cause my breastmilk wasn't good enough to quench her thirst and lots of other crazy things, the ONLY thing a baby needs for the first year is breastmilk/formula whatever you choose and baby food and baby cereal that's all they need to eat. When in doubt as your pediatrician.

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NEVER! Do not put cereal in your babies bottle. It will not make them sleep better. That is a myth. Newborns only need breastmilk or formula. Some doctors will recommend it for severe reflux but even then I'd only do it as a last resort after trying special reflux formula and/or medications (like gaviscogne).

Krys - posted on 11/12/2010

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I put a small amount in my sons bottle twice. My conclusion was, it does nothing. I never did it again. I found instead that I needed to give my son what we called a "dream feeding" to prevent him from waking. We fed him while he was still very much asleep. He ate like a pro, and back out he went for the rest of the night. Just throw an extra feeding in there, I promise you will get your sleep eventually.

Nikkole - posted on 11/10/2010

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Jennifer Akins and Holley Clements i agree with both of your alls comments! I ALWAYS ask my doctor before i do things for some advice but sometimes i go against what he says i go with my gut! Its seems like EVERY other day something changes when it comes to babies especially with food I think if it changes soo much MAYBE the dr's and books dont know exactly what it will do! I dont believe you can get a food allergy form eating solids to early i think if you have an allergy you have one but you dont know you have one till you come in contact to that certain thing! I started my son on rice cereal at 6weeks because he was eating so much formula it was just crazy so we added a little to his formula and he NEVER had any digestive problems or difficulty eating off a spoon and he IS NOT over weight lol actually he is above average on his height but in the middle for his weight he is tall and skinny and VERY healthy! My daughter is 4months now and we started her on cereal at 4weeks but she has BAD reflux and couldn't hold ANYTHING down and now she is doing awesome and we just started her on fruits and veggies and she LOVES them! My mother gave ALL of us cereal at a young age and solids i think at 4-5months and non of us are allergic to ANY foods that we know of and we have no digestive problems and we are all average weight i have a little extra right now still from my baby lol! But every child is different and every child will have a different reaction to things! I would go with my gut and do what YOU think is best for YOUR baby unfortunately when you become a parent you dont get a handbook that tells you EVERYTHING lol and there is no such thing as a prefect mom but you can try your best! GOOD LUCK!

Holley - posted on 11/10/2010

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The number one thing is to remember is to follow your gut. You are the babies Mom and while its always great to listen to suggestions and look for advice, in the end do what YOU feel most comfortable with!
I am sorry but I have a real issue with all the parenting books. How do you know which one to follow anyway? Every book contradicts the next one! And I think they cause alot of mothers to be to scared to do what they feel is right because its not in the book, or its against what the experts say.
As for the cereal in a bottle. I gave it to my oldest daughter (now 2) when she was 4 wks old. It did help her sleep a little longer at night and be more settled. I never had an issues with her having digestive issues or eating issues when she was moving on to solids. My youngest daughter is almost 4 wks and I will once again use the cereal in the bottle at night. I am raising my children the way my Oma did and my Mom did and it works for me. But if you don't feel comfortable doing it that is good to! Like I said everyone has their own way and as long as you feel good about the decision, then go for it! :)

Erin - posted on 11/10/2010

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I started putting cereal in my sons bottle at about 6 weeks and he started sleeping through the night shortly after. They say not to put it in the bottle because they won't learn to eat solids and can cause obesity. My son is now 1 year old and is at the perfect weight for his height and can feed himself (with fingers and spoon) just fine. I was hesitant about trying it at first, but my MIL, my aunts and Grandmother had all suggested it so I gave it a try.

Kylie - posted on 10/28/2010

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I started mine at about 4 months, have 4 chn hasn't harmed any, infact made them happier and more settled.

Leah - posted on 10/15/2010

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putting rice cereal in a bottle is never a good idea. it can mess with there digestive tracts and cause more harm than good. it does not keep them full longer...its a myth. please dont do this. the first few months are hard, especially when you have a avid eater. this time will pass and you will all settle to a more manageable schedule. My son nursed every two hours for about 5-6 months !!!!! it was really hard but now hes 2 and its all over and i have all but forgotten. no one said being a mom was always easy or always fun :)

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