How are you giving cereal, bowl & spoon or in the bottle?

April - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Those of you who have started giving cereal how are you giving it? In a bowl with a spoon or just in the bottle? When we were at the doctor she said to give it with a spoon but Samantha doesn't like it so I've been giving it to her in her bottle. I'm not too worried about it because I think she'll figure it out on her own but just curious for those who have success with a spoon, any suggestions?

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Natalie - posted on 10/19/2009

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my baby is almost 4 months now and i started giving him cereal last friday in a bowl with a spoon. Its really messy at first and they spit it out because babies have that reflex but they will get used to it.

Ashley - posted on 10/18/2009

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i just started my son on cereal, he's 4 months old, and the doc said to give it with a spoon because apparently babies who are fed with cereal in a bottle tend to have childhood obesity (i dont think this is always the case) but maybe try making it more runny or adding some juice to give it flavor or add some of her formula so it has a more familiar taste. my son took right to the spoon, the first time we fed him cereal he was really really hungry, pretty much screaming for food (he's impatient) but maybe try again when you know she's really hungry. also there are lots of different kinds with multi grain or oatmeal or just plain rice. hope it works out for you, im sure she'll take to it soon enough, good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 10/18/2009

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bowl and spoon and patience. It only took two days of trying for my son to get the hang of it and now as soon as I put him in his chair he knows what time it is

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I use oatmeal or mixed baby cereal and put it in his bottle. I put one scoop of cereal for every 2 scoops of formula. You also have to make the hole in the nipple larger, for the cereal to pass through. Don't make the hole too big, or it will come out to fast for the baby. I started Bryant on cereal at 2 1/2 months, and he has loved it ever since. If you give your baby a bath and then a nice cereal bottle, they should be ready for a good, long nap. ;) Hope that helps!

Kayla - posted on 10/17/2009

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i feed my daughter cereal out of a spoon but at night i feed it to her out of a cereal bottle if she is tired and fussy. You can get the cereal bottles at Wal Mart, they are great to use. I've been giving my 4 month old cereal out of the cereal bottle since she was 4 weeks old i started using the spoon alittle at a time till she got used to it about a month maybe a month 1/2

Eleisha - posted on 10/17/2009

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I gave Ava her rice cereal in a bowl and spoon straight up. We started her tat 3 months and one week (recommended by our Child Health Nurse as she stopped gaining weight). In my opinion babies need to learn the difference between food and drink form an early age. It is important for them to differentiate straight away!!

Brianne - posted on 10/17/2009

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How old are all your babies? my daughter is almost 4 months now... i dont think i gave her sister ceraeal til 5 months...

Daniellé - posted on 10/16/2009

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Bowl and spoon - they have to get use to the texture in the mouth so the first few times they explore the taste and feeling - started on 10 October and now my boy knows when it is time for cereal - he opens up his mouth when he sees the spoon :-)

Stephanie - posted on 10/16/2009

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William is totally BF and is not keen on bottles, so I started with a bowl and spoon straight away. At first I mixed it with my milk and made it quite runny until he got the hang of swallowing it. It was a little messy at first as he kept pushing it back out but that only lasted for about 4 meals. Now he is like a little baby bird with his mouth wide open for more. I now use the baby rice to thicken the pureed fruit and veges he is eating. Good luck.

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