rice in the bottle?

Jessica - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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So many opinions on giving a little rice in baby's bottle. I tried giving my son a teaspon of dha enhanced rice in his bottle and it helped him alot because he was eating every hour at least for a while there. It also DID help him sleep better at night. A non-sleepy mommy can be a better mommy I think. :)

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Adela - posted on 11/22/2009

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My son was born 9/24/09 full term but spent the first month in the NICU & the neonatologist put 1 teaspoon of rice cereal for each ounce when he turned 1 week old! He never had any issues and is a happy healthy baby! He now eats 5 oz every 4 hours and @ night he goes to bed @ 8/9 pm then gets up around 1am then around 7am!

Ashley - posted on 11/20/2009

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my son was born 9/29/09 and he has been getting rice in his bottle for about a week now. he poops more often and throws up less. he also only eats 3-4 ounces every 3-4 hours instead of 3 ounces every hour-hour/half and is almost sleeping through the night. just be really careful and not put too much in. i started with just a pinch at a time and worked my way up. im now putting a half teaspoon in with 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula. just be careful and good luck that there are no allergies.

Tricia - posted on 11/20/2009

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I am a second time mom and my son Nicholas was born on 9/28/09 .... i have been giving him rice cereal for about two weeks now .... he is a much happier baby and sleeps much better.

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Tiana - posted on 12/13/2009

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Yes...I agree with Miss Wendy here! I started rice cereal in my son's last bottle and it helps him a lot! Nothing seems to be wrong with him and I trust my own instincts!

Wendy - posted on 12/13/2009

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I put my daughter on cereal because she was spitting up way too much. The cereal helps coat her stomach and makes her more comfortable. She has reflux and instead of putting her on medication i optioned for that. So she isn't spitting up as often and now she is happier.

Joane - posted on 12/11/2009

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hya, my buby is 13 weeks.. an i strated baby rice for dinner just tonight. from a spoon. she loved it not doingit for any other reason then she seemed ready..x

Heather - posted on 12/10/2009

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i agree. the rice is great. my daughter was wanting to eat every hour also. my doct. said at two months to start rice. i tried putting it in her bottle at first, but she liked it spoon fed better. now she is starting to like it in her bottle and she definitly sleeps better.

Shauna - posted on 12/10/2009

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Our doctor recommended giving rice cereal to our son between the ages of three and four months. He is a big boy for his age (don't know if this has anything to do with our doc's recommendation) and he eats towards the upper levels of how much his age group should be eating. We have given him rice cereal twice now (just a tablespoon mixed with 4-5 tablespoons of formula). This amount seems to add up to approximately two ounces. I then feed him his additional four ounces of formula sans cereal. I must say, even this small amount of rice cereal has made an incredible difference in his demeanor, the amount that he spits up and the length of time that he sleeps at night. Prior to our beginning cereal, he was eating like a little mad man and he was constantly fussy. I credit the cereal for giving me a much more content baby.

Jessica - posted on 12/08/2009

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im son will be 3 months old on dec. 21st and ive been giving him the infant rice cereal since he was like a month old.hes alot less hungry and sleeps better at nite also.my mom and sister both recommened that would help his sleeping and eatting habits.

Ashley - posted on 12/07/2009

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i don't do it cuz my Dr. said not to. All of my friends & family said it was fine & they did it to help w/ sleep or not eating as often..but everyone has their own opinion. i don't give her ANYTHING w/out talking to her Dr.

Candice - posted on 12/07/2009

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I'm glad that I am not the only one!! My pediatrician actually recommended rice cereal when my son was only 4 weeks old and he has been on it every since. I try not to give it to him with every feeding, mainly at night so he will sleep well or if we are going somewhere and I need for him to stay fuller longer. The only problem with the rice cereal is that he stays pretty constipated. His doctor also recommended prune juice daily to help with the constipation, does anyone else here use the prune juice?

Jodi - posted on 12/04/2009

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My daughter is 3 months and has bad reflux. She is on reflux meds and still has the reflux burps so the pediatrician has me feeding her 1 teaspoon of rice cereal in her bottle at every feeding and it helps a lot, so it does work and she definately does sleep better.

Nicole - posted on 12/04/2009

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I had the same problem with my son but I did not feel comfortable feeding him cereal. So I went online and looked up some formulas......i currently feed my son Enfamil AR which added rice but added rice starch and it is better for him instead of putting rice in the bottle...and for the moms who want a little extra sleep they also have enfamil nightime!

DANA - posted on 12/04/2009

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My son did that 2,without cereal in bottle tho....and i found it was his nipples let to much out and he was getting to fast, the company replaced them since they were supposed to be slow flow...and he's been great ever since....plus he takes forever to burp lol...hope things are better for you now and gl :)

DANA - posted on 12/04/2009

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I only give it with a spoon, but so far my new one does not like it yet....he eats 7 ounces of formula on average of every 5 hours and sleeps at least 8 hours at night....i feel you should give them cereal when ready to eat from spoon at whatever age ready...just not in the bottle,and not just so moms can sleep....only for the baby,as some cant handle it til older,that's how i have done with all 3 of my kids.

Amber - posted on 12/03/2009

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i started giving to m daughter at 6 weeks old at midnight and she will usually sleeo until 7ish. it has helped us ALOT

Mary - posted on 12/03/2009

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I totally agree on that to Jessica. But with my little one when i put a little rice in he's bottle he would drink it but then usually right after he would act like he was still hungry. And when he wants another bottle within 30 to 45 minutes I'll give him one and he will either spit it up or throw it back up. And i don't know what to do that about that......Any opinion's about it.... Please share!

Tjuana - posted on 12/01/2009

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My daughter just made 10 weeks. I talked to my Dr. about the fact that she just wasn't getting enough and seemed always hungry. She told me as a friend there is no problem with giving her the cereal. I have a 13 year old and I did the same thing with her as well. She vomits less with the cereal and it hold her for a little while longer. Every child is different. Talk with your mom and your Dr. and make the decision.

Andrea - posted on 11/30/2009

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i put cereal in my daughters bottle she is 3 months old and she sleeps all night long !!...and it seems to be keeping her fuller longer during the day. it is also helping with her spitting up because she seems to have a problem with that. i would recomend cereal in the bottle instead of rice i had given my daughter rice cereal at first and it made her constipated and very gasy!! ..

Sabrina - posted on 11/30/2009

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I had this same issue and I even changed my stance on this. I am now for it if your baby seems like they are ready. I give my little Allison a very little bit and it makes a world of difference.

Mandi - posted on 11/29/2009

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My family has always given cereal (oatmeal not rice) to our babies at around 8 wks to 2 months of age. I started with my son at 9 weeks, I put less than a teaspoon in 4 ozs of formula and it helps. But I also do not put him straight back to bed either, after eating I make sure he sits at a slight inclined angle for atleast 45 mins to help with digestion and I also feed him at angled sitting up position to lessen choking chances. You have to do what works for you and your baby, no 2 are alike and not everything works for every baby. Go with your gut and what your baby tells you, moms know....its instinct lol

Crystal - posted on 11/25/2009

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yes i agree the cereals in the boottle does help at least you'll get some sleep at night.

Julianna - posted on 11/24/2009

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Well I personally wouldnt do it... yes it fills them up faster for longer but alot of doctors consider "force feeding" because all they need right now is the formula/breast milk until they are like 6 months old but its your baby and your choice to see what best suites your baby :)

Sharla - posted on 11/24/2009

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I have been spoon feeding cereal to my son since he was 5 wks old. You will find that everyone has an opinion regarding this. I think you have to form your own ideas and go with that.

Megan - posted on 11/20/2009

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No solids before 4 months..bad thing like allergies...obesity and so on can happen. If you baby is not getting full you should try something new..rice is not good for babies this young. not to mention you shouldnt give rice or cereal in a bottle...it should only be spoon fed.

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2009

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My son just started on rice cereal too and he's already eating less. And his constipation has gone away too. Go figure! I talked to my mom (who has 5 kids) and everyone of us started cereal at 2 months. We're obviously not dead yet! But actually, when I asked the doctor, she told me not to put the cereal in the bottle but to feed him with a spoon instead.

Amanda - posted on 11/17/2009

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i had to do that with my son at two months to.. he had to start ceral on a regular basis at barely 4 months because he was so crabby and eating so much! it never killed anyone in my family and we all did it!

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2009

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I thought about putting the rice cereal in my daughters bottle and I asked her doctor and friends and i've gotten its ok and its not so I haven't done it yet as i'm a scared to now lol She eats a lot but the reason I want to do it is so she will sleep longer through the night. But lately she isn't having that problem so I guess i'm still going to hold out.

Michelle - posted on 11/15/2009

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I put cereal in my daughters bottle and not only does she sleep better she also poops better. I don't use the rice because it seems to increase gas. I've been using gerber blends I think it has yogert. I've given all my kids cereal because they seemed to suck on there hands all day without. My Doctor didn't have a prblem with this.

Chelsy - posted on 11/15/2009

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Yeah i'm not the only one!!!!!!!! LOL i just started putting rice cereal in my sons bottle on the 11th because he was drinking 6oz every hour to hour and a half. But the wierd thing was he would sleep thru the night just fine?!?!?! But anyway i asked my doctor about it when i took him in and he said it was ok just don't go crazy with how much rice i put in the bottle. I also heard over on Cafemom that they recommend oatmeal rather then rice. idk And as for them choking the Enfamil AR is pretty much the same thing it already has rice stearch in it but is actually thicker then when i mix a little bit of cereal into my sons bottle.

Melissa - posted on 11/15/2009

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Infants from the ages of birth-4 months should only be fed breast milk or formula. Before they are 4 months old, their digestive systems are not fully developed and they cannot properly digest rice cereal. In addition, feeding rice cereal from a bottle, no matter how small the volume, can cause choking. I would recommend speaking with your pediatrician if your son is eating every hour.

Bobbie - posted on 11/10/2009

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im already givin my baby rice it fills them up faster and u dont have to give them as much formula..my sister is the one that recommended it to me..

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