How do you add cereal to bed time bottles?

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My son was 5 1/2 weeks early, and his bottles are just not satisfing his hunger at night. I decided to try cereal. I'm just not sure how much to add and what consistacy it should be when you are not intending on spoon feeding. It seems to me that in order to keep it thin enough to get through the nipple, it might be losing the desired effect.

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Tonya - posted on 03/24/2010

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Oh my childhood obesity and I'm sure that came from a doctor, stop it people with this stupid talk in my opinion that only happens when a parent gives there toddler junk food just to make them or keep them happy. Sorry, my doctor told me to wait and I said hell to the NO. My son was not getting satisfied at night and was not getting enough sleep bacause it takes him 2 hours to fall asleep after he wakes up so he was always cranky because he wasn't getting enough sleep. I introduced cerial in his bottle at two months and he is doing good and is such a happy little boy. So this is how i did it, i got a medium flow nipple and made the hole a little bigger (the first few times watch close cause they drink it fast) I mix 2 tablespoon with 4oz-5oz depending on when his last feeding was and how much he ate. AND MY SON IS HEALTHY HAPPY AND THAT'S MY OPINION..

Kyla - posted on 04/06/2010

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well my daughter is 3 1/2 months old i baught her a six month old nipple and i still only give her a 4oz bottle 2 scoops of formula and 2 scoops of rice cereal at bed time breakfast and at lunch so she will get used to naps and regular feeding times!! i think of it as a fast and easy way to get things done and teaching her to learn the feeding times as she getts older!!! does that help any for ya??????

Cassandra - posted on 08/14/2012

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Ok well my mother started me on cereal at a month old because i was always hungry and almost ten lbs when i was born i am now 21 years old and not once in my life was i considered obese in fact i was always underweight for my age i say try it out if your baby throws up right after than dont do it again wait and just upsize the bottle or feed more often i had this problem with my daughter when she was born and she turned out alright and im now dealing with this with my son :) good luck and listen to your inner mom she knows whats best for your children :)

Michell - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi, Jennifer!
I agree that u should give him rice cereal by spoonfeeding! I started at three months, suggested by my older experienced pediatrician! Mix it with his milk and start with 5 little helpings; only the tip of the spoon! This can causes constipation and maybe cramps, but then u can give him paediflora or culturelle (ask pharmacist or pediatrician) to smooth the process! Also add dark brown sugar to his bottles and a little bit with his cereal for constipation; natural and does wonders for constipation!! Good-luck!

Rachael - posted on 04/05/2010

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i agree every baby is different the recommendation is not to give solids under 4 moths as their kidneys havent developed enough to handle the waste but if you feel your baby is still hungry after bottle and not getting enough start on rice based infant cereal such as farex mix alittle with formula and spoon feed they dont really need solids til six months but starting earlier gets them used to tastes and textures before they start on solid food

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Natasia - posted on 04/06/2010

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dont add cereal to bottles it increases the risk of choking. ask you ped for advice

SUHAR - posted on 04/06/2010

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you shold talk to his doctor frist , and see what he said about add cereal to his milk. i hear that you should add cereal to a baby bottles went he or she trun 4 month old. ask a doctor frist that the best thing to do.

Tonya - posted on 04/05/2010

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i just think every baby is different, i started my son on rice cerial in his bottle at about 2-2.5 months, and he did good and still wanted a bottle without it in it. He is now 3months and we have started spoon feeding him and by the third bite he had cought on to the hole eating off a spoon. I give him 2tbsp for breakfast with a 5oz bottle and another 2 at night with 5oz bottle and he does great

Briona Morris- - posted on 04/03/2010

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I don't know about causing childhood obesity in all children, but I don't think adding it to the bottle is a good idea for a couple of reasons. It added more pounds on my half brother than he probably would have had otherwise. They tend to not want the bottle with out it once they get use to having it that way. I gave both my kids a little rice cereal starting @ 3 months cause they needed a little heavier food on their stomach. I only feed them a little with way more formula than cereal and only by spoon, thick enough to go on a soft tip spoon, but thin enough for them to swallow easily. It is a bite messy at first but they quickly learned how to eat from a spoon. I don't believe in ever putting any type of food in bottles. Everyone has their own opinion and your doctor will probably say it is not a good idea to give him any food right now, but your the parent and you have to do what is best for you and your child formost. Hope it works out for the best. Good Luck

Jesica - posted on 04/02/2010

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hi, im nutricionist and we recomend not to add anything until your baby is 6 months at least, but if it is absolutly necessary try it with rice cereal, adding just 1 tsp first, you cannot start giving more cause you dont know if hi is goingto accept it and tolerate well.. good luck... with my baby im breastfeeding 100%

Jualie - posted on 04/01/2010

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Sounds like a good idea Jennifer. If he will take the cereal...even just a little at a time...then go for it if it helps. Our parents did things like this when we were babies and we have all turned out ok. I plan to start trying cereal this week and I'm hoping it goes well. My little boy is eating like there is no tomorrow. LOL

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2010

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I ended up buying Dr Brown bottles with the y cut nipple..They work great when you wanna give your baby cereal..But I would suggest starting off slow and put about 1 1/2 scoops (use the formula scoop) into a bottle with about 6 oz..If its too thick just add a little bit more formula to it..And within a couple weeks or so you might have to start adding more cereal..

Shelly - posted on 04/01/2010

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Everything you read says don't add it. My doctor told me to add it to my sons bottles because of GERD and his not sleeping. It is a half teaspoon for a 3 to 4 ounce bottle. It will not cause your son to be fat. My son was born on December 16 so he is 15 weeks. He is not suppossed to drink more than 5 ounces in a sitting and when he seems like he wants more I mix one table spoon of cereal with formula and spoon feed him. He will let me know when he is full. All of this is done under Doctor care!!!

Misty - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son is 3 months old and his pediatrition gave me the ok to add cereal to his bottle. He was on a three hour eating schedule before, and now that I have been adding 2 heaping tsp's of rice cereal to a 6oz bottle at night, he sleeps longer (about 5 or 6 hours) Every baby is different but this seems to be working well for my son. And, I don't think there is any connection to childhood obesity in doing this.

Lindsey - posted on 04/01/2010

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I would ask your doctor first, but we have been giving our son rice cereal in his bottle since he was 6 weeks old. He was NOT getting enough from the formula, and it never filled him up. The doctor told us to give him rice in his bottle 2 or 3 times a day. We add 4 tablespoons to 6 ounces of formula and use a fast nipple. He has never choked on it either, and he has been sleeping 8-12 hours at night since he was 10 weeks old.

Katie - posted on 04/01/2010

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just up his formula thats what i did before bed. my bub has a bottle about 7 then 2 hrs later i give him another bot and let him have as much as he likes maybe try that cereal in the bottles not a good idea due to choking good luck

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There are so many different opinions ans recomendations! This is what I decided: He didn't like the cereal in his bottle, so I give give gim a few spoonfulls of very thin oatmeal cereal right before bed. I'm going to try it for a week or so and see how that works. Thank you for all of the answers!

Jualie - posted on 03/30/2010

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Also...if you use the Enfamil Nighttime formula...be sure and get the "Tri Cut' nipple. Any other nipple won't work with it. Also...the formula will not affect their bowels either. At least it didn't my son and he's been using it since he was 2 weeks old.

Jualie - posted on 03/30/2010

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Enfamil has a night time formula that works great and fills the baby up. It's not as harsh as cereal either.

Liezl - posted on 03/30/2010

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Don't put cereal in his bottle. Are you giving him breastmilk or formula? If his bottle is not satisfying him, up his amount you're giving him. Putting cereal in his bottle will make him lazy to chew when he has to be put on solids.

Katie - posted on 03/29/2010

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Oh yeah, and I use oatmeal cereal because it doesn't constipate like rice cereal can.

Katie - posted on 03/29/2010

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A ton of people give cereal to their babies before 4 months. I know dozens. I was given cereal as a baby and have never been obese! Reflux babies especially are given it - per doctors recommendations! Yes, the general recommendation is 4 months, but if you use your mommy instincts and can tell your baby is still hungry, then they may need something else! If they are eating 32 ounces of formula a day, it is recommended to start cereal. Anyway, my daughter gets 1 tsp in her bedtime bottle with a medium flow nipple. It actually fits just fine through the slow flow. If it fits through a slow flow, they aren't going to choke! We aren't talking about newborns here!

Chelsea - posted on 03/29/2010

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I started feeding my daughter rice cereal when she was 2 1/2 months old because her formula just wasn't doing it for her. I did not add it to her bottles though. I spoon fed her about 3-4 bites of the cereal 3 nights a week and that seemed to help. She is not 3 1/2 months old and eats about 6 spoonsfuls of cereal every night. I don't know how to add it to bottles but feeding it to her seemed to work, but be patient because it takes thme a little while to learn to eat it.

Gillian - posted on 03/29/2010

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You really should never put anything like cereal or baby rice in a bottle. No matter how thin it is. What age is your baby? I know I put my daughter on the heavier milk at night as I hoped it would satisfy her and help her sleep through.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2010

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there is a thickened formula by enfamil, the put rice starch in it. that might help u out instead of putting ceral in the bottle.

Erin - posted on 03/27/2010

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I put one tsp on rice cereal in my sons bedtime bottles and just shake it up. Its thin enough so they wont choke. I use size 2 or medium nipples with the cereal

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I would agree with talking to your pediatrician first too. The cereal in the bottle I heard is a big no by my pediatrician. What ounces are you feeding your son? Maybe go to the next ounce first or try feeding sooner than you do.

Lynne - posted on 03/25/2010

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I read on the BabyCenter website that you're not supposed to put rice cereal through a bottle, because they should associate it with the spoon. You shouldn't start solids until the baby has doubled their birth weight, and between 4-6 months (but pediatricians usually recommend exclusively milk for first 6 months). Also, your baby should be able to sit up right almost entirely on their own to reduce the chance of choking.

Charlene - posted on 03/25/2010

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when the health visitor came formy first babies weaning stage she said if the bottles are not filling him never put anything in the bottles, she said to just start to wean him by givin him cereal once a day and make him a bottle and use some of hes milk that way, that way he wont choke and it wont mess hiss bottles up good luck

Erin - posted on 03/24/2010

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Everything that I have read says not to add cereal to the bottle. It will interfere with your childs eating habits when they are ready to eat. Sleeping through the night happens when your child is ready. Enfamil does make a nighttime formula (think it's called restful night or something similar) you may want to try that before you go the cereal route. My daughter takes a specific amount of formula/cereal mixture in her bottles by doctors orders ( I was completely against it) because she didn't start gaining weight til she was over 3 months old. There can be complications like constipation and increased gas if you feed cereal too early.

Kayla - posted on 03/24/2010

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I would talk to the pediatrician first like erica said. Not only because of the choking hazzard but it can cause childhood obesity. It has something to do with how fast they consume it and then sleeping afterward. I guess it messes with their metabolism.

Erica - posted on 03/24/2010

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I would talk to your pediatrician first before introducing rice cereal. I have been told not to introduce rice cereal until baby is at leat 4-6 month old and to not put the cereal in the bottle as it can be a choking hazzard. Have you tried making larger bottles? If your baby is not eating full 8oz bottles yet try increasing them. I feed my baby for the last time around 10pm and it's a full 8 oz bottle. Some nights he sleeps through, other nights he does not. It can be tempting to start the rice cereal early, but I want to make sure his little system is ready to process it. Good luck to you!!

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