cerial for babys?!?!?!?

Troinell - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my son was 5 pounds 12 ounces at birth and now at 11 weeks only weighs 7 pounds 14 ounces. he drinks four ounces every two hours but just isnt gaing weight fast. his doctor suggested putting cerial in his formula but ive heard bad things about it. is it or is it not safe?!?!

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Laura - posted on 07/17/2009

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It's fine. I did that with my son. He will probably be extra gassy or have some difficulties pooping but its normal. Just make sure that when you do place cereal in the bottle that its still very liquidy and not thick. It really doesn't take much :)

Serena - posted on 07/16/2009

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our pediatrian told us not to put cereal in the formula until at least 4 months because it could cause food alergies.... just thought id throw that out there....

Amy - posted on 07/09/2009

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I started feeding my Baby cereal at about 8 weeks due to the fact that he was ALWAYS hungry. He couldn't go more than 2 hours between feedings, and it was very hard for me to function at work from the lack of sleep. On advice from my Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt- I put a little cereal in his night bottle, and within a week he was sleeping for 6 hour stretches during the night. He never had a problem with choking, and has had a healthy weight gain. He is a much happier Baby with less gas, and his crying has dramatically reduced. I think every Baby is different, and as a Mom you know what's best =)

Anelyce - posted on 07/08/2009

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it seems that since he is gaining weight and he gain 2 lbs in 11 wks that's ok. Babies digestive systems are not ready to metabolize cereal or solid foods until 4-6 months. They also have not developed their tongue reflex yet and are usually unable to push food back to swallow, they are born with the tongue protrusion reflex to protect them from choking. I may get a second opinion about cereal in the bottle, there is a risk of them choking on thicker formula. Good luck.

Chelsea - posted on 07/08/2009

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I have heard that cereal in bottles is not such a great thing. However, our doc suggested feeding 1 tablespoon of cereal mixed with breast milk before each feeding. This was to thicken the feeds to keep milk down. Our baby was a reflux baby and was not gaining weight becuase of that reason. It helped a ton!



One word of advice, as long as your child is climbing the charts in combination with the height and head circ. don't worry about what he weighs. We have a little girl that is 27" and only weighs about 14 pounds. She is going to be long and very lean, but she is climbing the growth chart each time we visit the doctors. She is just gaining at her speed.



Good luck and remember mommys instinct is usually the best one!!

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I wouldn't do it. As long as he is gaining weight you are good. Not everyone needs to be 15 lbs at 11 weeks. Human variation is amazing.

Stacy - posted on 07/07/2009

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My pediatrician said that 4 months is the earliest you should start cereal. If you start earlier there is more risk for diabetes and food allergies. The reason a lot of people say starting cereal early is ok is from when formulas were not as healthy as they are now. The origional baby formula in the 50's was literally a formula of how to mix what amounts of condensed milk with what amounts of sweetener etc. They started the baby on cereal sooner because of the lack of iron in the formula. Now the formula is fortified with all of what the baby needs.

Jennifer - posted on 07/06/2009

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Slow weight gain is not something to be concerned about unless your baby is unhealthy in other ways - Babies digestive systems are not ready for cereal at 11 weeks - at the earliest 4 months is when you should start any kind of cereal

CYNTHIA - posted on 07/05/2009

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its safe but i dont perfer to use it unless my child was 6 months old. it makes them gain weight well but could mess with some babies stomach.

Mel - posted on 07/04/2009

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its ok alot of people do it but the better thing to do would be to start solids mine was gaining little to no weight and her dietitian and pedi had to start her on solids at 3 months. they wanted her on pureed fruits and vegies but made up ourselves so we could add calories with cream/cheese and unsalted butter, and also told us to give rusks with spreads high in fat such as peanut butter, butter and cream cheese. this might be a better way but its really up to you

Vicki - posted on 07/03/2009

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It's not recommended to put cereal in a bottle. Check with a doctor who deals specifically with infants, they should be more up to date with their information.

Lynlee - posted on 07/03/2009

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I didn't know doctors still recommended such a thing. I would get a second opinion because baby are better of not having solids until they are at least 4 months old, preferably 6 months. There seems to be such a big deal made about weight gain - I believe that if he is drinking as much as he can stomach and has at least six wet nappies/diapers per day he is getting enough. Some babies are just little and put on weight slowly - it doesnt necessarily mean there is something wrong with them.

Deborah - posted on 07/03/2009

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my son was always on the small side and at 3 years old still is. your son just might be small too. my son's doctor was always talking to me about his weight gain. but i started him on cereal at around one month but not in the bottle, on a spoon. as long as he can hold his head up good he should be alright with a spoon.

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