Rice Cereal in bottles?

Kristal - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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Hello All. MY son was born on september 3rd. He is eating his rice cereal and trying out all the yummy flavors of baby food. My question is, does anyone put rice cereal in their babies bottles to get them to sleep longer? My sister said she used to do that and Im scared, i feel like it could harm him...has anyone else heard of this? Does it work?

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Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Oh, we started out with 1-2 tbsp per 2oz. milk. You can play with it a little and see what works. Also, be sure to buy bigger nipples level 3 or y cut. hope this helps.

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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My daughter was born sept 16 and we have been putting rice cereal in her bottles since she was 6-7 wks old. This is per the Dr. due to her acid reflux. It definately fills her up more and she sleeps well through the night. When my 11 yr old was younger i just did it because she seemed hungry like the milk was'nt enough. She was Fine and did'nt have a problem sleeping. I just think some babies need more than others.

Shannon - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi!  My daughter was also born Sept 3rd! :)
I bought a feeding bottle to feed her cereal out of.  They have them anywhere.  I just mix about 2 tablespoons of the cereal with my breastmilk and make it a little runny.  She eats it right up.  I started mixing a little fruit with it and she seems to like it.   Then I give her her regular bottle with milk. I also tried feeding her cereal with a spoon and she just isn't having that.  I think it's going to take her awhile to get use to it. I never mixed it in a regular bottle because it may be too thick to come out of the nipple and harder for them to suck. I would try a feeding bottle. Just a suggestion. Hope this helps.

Laura - posted on 01/21/2009

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I thought it was early too, but my daughter is a preemie and the doctor was concerned about her weight gain and suggested that I try ONLY rice cereal 3 times a day until she is 6 months old and then introduce fruits/baby foods.

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I agree with Jess ... my son was also born September 3rd (popular birthday, it seems!) and he is exclusively breastfed; and, he sleeps through the night. There is a tonne of exewcent recent research out there that shows that babies should not be eating solids until they are a minum of 4 months old ... and that 6 months is even better to ensure that the child is able to eat and digest food properly and to avoid food allergies later in life. There are a number of developmental markers that babies should be reaching before they start to eat solids - I really hope that you're making sure your little ones have reached them before giving them cereals and other foods. I'm actually very surprised that so many moms are giving their little ones solids so early ... why the rush to get them to grow up?

Laura - posted on 01/20/2009

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Quoting Tania:

My son was born Sept 14th. I've tried rice cereal with spoon twice now but he dosen't seem to be taking to it. Is he still to young? Or does it take a while for them to get used to it?



Kadey was born Sept 3rd and she just started getting rice cereal 3 times a day (drs orders as she is a preemie and still on the little side), and she HATED it at first so I would put a spoonful in her mouth and then stick a boob in her mouth right away so she would start sucking and swallowing (of course this will only work if you are breastfeeding lol), and then she got used to the texture and the feeling of swallowing it and after a day or two of doing this she figured it out and now eats it with no problems at all... GOOD LUCK!

Brandy - posted on 01/19/2009

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my son is on cereal before bed but i was told never put it in the bottle. i feed thomas his cereal then about 4oz of his bottle about 30 min before bed time.His sleeps about 8 hours now..

Brandy - posted on 01/19/2009

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my son is on cereal before bed but i was told never put it in the bottle. i feed thomas his cereal then about 4oz of his bottle about 30 min before bed time.His sleeps about 8 hours now..

Natasha - posted on 01/19/2009

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My son was born 9/13....I started to give him rice cereal last week.  I feed it to him in a bowl mixed with breast milk in the evening.  Even though prob half ends up on hid bib....he does like eating/ drinking it from the spoon. He will lean foward to get the spoon....lol.   Our ped said not to give him cereal in the bottle.  But my son only gets bottles at the sitters and i wouldn't want her giving him the cereal.

Jana - posted on 01/15/2009

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I asked our doctor about that yesterday and he said not to put the rice cereal in the bottle. He said to mix some up with a little formula before a bottle.

Telicia - posted on 01/15/2009

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My daughter was born on September 12 and I'm a little scared to put rice cereal in her bottle. I tried it but she doesn't seem to take to it yet. I give it to her with formula or water. I have never heard of it helping babies sleep longer but my little one usually sleeps the night away and takes frequent naps throughout the day.

Ellen - posted on 01/14/2009

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This is what I read - mind you mine (born Sept. 8) has slept through the night just about since I brought him home from the hospital - 6 hours then and 10-12 hours now (a miracle).



"Research indicates that children may develop food allergies if solids are introduced too early. Formula and breast milk provide the perfect balance of nutrients that he needs. Somewhere between four and six months, but probably closer to six months, your baby will be ready for solid foods."



Now this is just what I read. I also read that putting it in the bottle can make baby lazy and gain too rapidly, but you know how it is... Experts don't always know what's best, at least that's what I've found. Our parents were doing it and we all turned out fine, right?

Alana - posted on 01/14/2009

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Simon born 9/8 has been on cereal since two months. He sleeps from 10 pm until 8am and I also use Oatmeal cereal with applesauce in the bottle at night. He loves it and unually has to be woken up to finish. And all u have to do is stick a fork in the nipple hole to enlarge it for cereal.

Shelley - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi I have just started giving my Violet who was born on the 11th of September some rice cereal before her last feed of a night, I am breast feeding so I don't know about the rice cereal in the bottle. But she loves the cerea, I got the one that is banana flavoured. Violet is my 5th and have given them all rice cereal, so I don't think that it will hurt him. Good luck.

Leigh - posted on 01/14/2009

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That's what mine did too - they would wake every 2 1/2-3 hours - then my boy started sleeping through the night, and my girl still woke up, now she does too - I think that yours will eventually too, just give him time - try 8 oz.....does it seem like he wants more????

Kristal - posted on 01/14/2009

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ahhh! i dont know why he doesnt sleep longer than 5 hrs? he gets up to eat but goes right back to bed....

Leigh - posted on 01/14/2009

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I do...and Congrats!!!



Our babies share the same birthday!!! I had a set of twins also on Septembber 3rd!!!



I put rice cereal in my baby's bottles, just 2 teaspoons, my doctor said that I should so I do, but I don't think that it helps them sleep any longer. They still pretty much eat every 3 hours.



I have lucked out because they have been sleeping through the night for the last week or so, but I have been adding the cereal for much longer than that so I don't think that is why.



Give it a try, I don't think that it will bother him at all, especially if he is eating other foods!!



 

Lisa - posted on 01/14/2009

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Before I started with cereal, I was putting rice cereal in my daughters bottle at bedtime. I was really nervous, so I started with 1/4 tsp of cereal with her 5 oz of formula. Then I went to 1/2 tsp, now I'm at 1 tsp with 6 oz of formula. At first it was clogging up in the nipple in slow speed so a friend of mine recomended Dr. Brown's Level 2 nipple and it works great. I give her a bottle with cereal in her bottle between 6pm and 9pm and if she wakes up by midnight, I'll give her a little more in her next bottle, but usually she will sleep longer! Hope this helps!

Rachel - posted on 01/14/2009

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I actually heard that puttling the rice cereal in a bottle in not good either... I thought I had heard something about the possibility of the cereal getting caught in the baby's lungs...? Has anyone else heard of that?

Joy - posted on 01/13/2009

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My daughter was born sept 30th and I've been reading a lot about this topic and it seems the experts say that putting the cereal in the bottle is not the best way to introduce it to the diet. It is used to help teach the baby to move food from the front of the mouth to the back and to learn to swallow solids. And only do this between 4 and 6 months. They are saying that just because we adults may feel full and sleepy after a high carb meal the same does not hold true for infants. so I hope this helps my mom has been telling me the same thing for the last three months so I love her but don't always take all her advice. here is a link to a website I found helpful. http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/bottlefe...

Melissa - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son was born Sep. 16 and when he was about 2 months old i noticed that my breast milk wasnt filling him up and i wasnt producing as much as he needed. So i started to only breastfeed during the night because it was easier and during the day i would give him a formula only bottle. Well then i decided to try mixing oatmeal with his formula to see if it would fill him up longer so when i put him to bed at night he would sleep a little bit longer and i wouldnt have to get up as much. It worked and he he totally loves the oatmeal in his formula. I have noticed a significant weight gain, but nothing i should be worried about. He is now 4 months old, weighs 20 lbs and he is starting to eat baby food from the spoon, but every time i give him a bottle i always put a good amount of baby oatmeal in it. I hope this helped you out. .

Kristal - posted on 01/13/2009

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wow! my son does not sleep through the night at all we get up for about two bottles! i think weneed to move him up to 8 oz insteadof 6 so he can go a little longer....thanks for all the help and ideas....i feel so lost as a first time mom

Chivell - posted on 01/13/2009

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There never to young for solids as long as there not having it on a regualr basis's my lil man had banana at a month old.. But didnt give him anything else for a few weeks. So it would reck his amune system. Baby foods even though there for 6mths+. He love the gel bDunno if that helps at all.. With eating on the baby foods now he has them around 5pm with a half bottle after and usually has another 80-100 mls of bottle again. Then sleeps from 6/7pm til 8/8:30 in the morning..

Heather - posted on 01/12/2009

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Hello - My daughter was born September 7th. I put about a tablespoon of single grain rice cereal in her bottle everynight before she goes to bed. She goes to sleep about 7 - 7:30 every night and will sleep until about 6:30 or 7 each morning. I also have a 4 year old who I did the same thing with. She would also sleep for at least 10 to 11 hours each night. (I have been putting the cereal in her bottles since she was about 9 weeks.)

Jen - posted on 01/12/2009

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My daughter was born sept 2....my mum suggested the rice cereal in the bottle thing however i never tried it as if she was going to have a reaction to it....i would be asleep and not notice it....

Since we started her on babyfood i give her a feed sometime between 3pm - 5pm and then a bottle around 6. She goes to sleep between 6:30 - 7:30 and sleeps till 5am.....and is more content during the day

Dyan - posted on 01/12/2009

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My daughter was born September 10 and we just started last week putting cereal in her bottles.  We did the same for my son who is now 2.  They last longer between bottle, seem more satisfied, and it does help them sleep longer through the night.

Tania - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son was born Sept 14th. I've tried rice cereal with spoon twice now but he dosen't seem to be taking to it. Is he still to young? Or does it take a while for them to get used to it?

Barbara - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son was born Sept 25 and I've been giving him rice cereal in a bottle with either breast milk or formula, and on spare occasions, 2% or whole milk. He takes it a lot better than with a spoon and he does SOMETIMES sleep longer with a cereal bottle. I haven't started him on baby food yet though.

Kristal - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have mixed the rice cereal with some bananas hes taking to it better every day. It's just everyone kept saying he may sleep longer and hes not so I wasnt sure if I should put some rice cereal in his bottles....ahh! haha

Chivell - posted on 01/12/2009

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Hey Hey, My son was also born on September 3rd he's also trying and loving all the baby foods also. But he doesnt like the rice cereal at all.. But after any of the baby foods he has a bottle. In general do you put anything in the the rice cereal so he'll eat it?

Erica - posted on 01/12/2009

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My sons were also born on september 3rd but premature so i'm not sure if my advice will help.. but i'll try. I am currently giving my sons rice cereal in their formula to help put on weight and to help with their reflux. I was only giving it to one son when the pediatrician said we could start the other as well. usually it does seem to help them sleep a little better. And I agree with the previous reply.. don't put too much in unless you have a nipple with a little bit of a bigger hole. It clogs very easily.

Amanda - posted on 01/11/2009

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I tried it but only found that my son ends up hungrier..each child is different so i still say to try it and see. My only tip is to not putting much rice cereal into the milk as it will thicken up and could clog the nipple. Good luck!

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