is it ok to put a teaspoon of ceral for a 6 oz bottle????? baby is 7 wks

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Keyala - posted on 01/03/2010

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I PERSONALLY THINK THATS TO SOON TO START THE CHILD WITH CERAL. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR CHILDS DOCTOR FIRST.

Ronna - posted on 01/02/2010

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it is fine to put that much cereal in a 6 oz bottle. they do make formula w/rice protein in it already for NEWBORNS...lipil a.r. for babies w/problems keeping their formulad down. my daughter has been get equal parts of formula & cereal since 5 weeks b/c we had so many problems w/excessive spit...like 3 oz out of every 4. so after going back & forth w/my doctor about switching through different types of formula got it right w/lipil gentelease & rice cereal mixed...my doctor totally agreed after actually seeing how much she was spitting up. dont let people tell you it makes your child fat, while each baby is different my daughter it 10.5 months & is 29.5 long & 17 lbs 15 oz...she can still wear 0-3 months in the waist. she also started eating 6 oz bottles at 6 weeks, but she had been eating a 4oz bottle every 2 hours...but she was sleeping 5-6 hours from the day she was born.

Jennifer - posted on 12/26/2009

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6oz of formula seems to be a bit much for 7 weeks.

My son is almost 11weeks old...and the doctors always ask me how much I am feeding him... My son gets 4oz of formula every 3-4 hours depending on when he wakes up and wants to eat. Sometimes he doesn't finish the bottles....i do put cerael in a 4oz bottle of formula at night because he was having trouble sleeping through the night, like getting up every 2 hours....now that i've been putting the cerael he's been sleeping for 5-6 hours at night. He doesn't seem to be having any problems. I started him on the cerael at about 6weeks. we are now slowly introducing spoonfeeding him.

Pandora - posted on 12/26/2009

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I would agree that you know your child best. My oldest was nursing every 30 mins at 2 weeks. He was average weight at birth two weeks late. I gave him ceral once a day and at night by the time I went back to work he was two months old drinking an 8 oz bottle every two hours if you put ceral in it he would go 4 hours between feedings. Yes I supplemented with formula because I couldn't produce enough milk when I pumped. I used only rice ceral. He ended up 30 lbs at a year old walked at 9 months he is almost 19 has no health problems, 6 foot tall and as thin as a rail. My self and all of my siblings were givin ceral at a month the only one who has health problems is my sister who was a premey. This all becomes a parents choice and also depends on the family history if you have a lot of food allergies in the family consult a physician prior to giving your child ceral.

Nancy - posted on 12/24/2009

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Trust your "mom instincts" here. I don't want to sound like I hate Dr's but they don't know everything. I was told by an infertility specialist that it was physically impossible for me to have a child, now I have a beautiful, healthy and happy 4 and a half year old that was eating real table food at the age of two months old, and was walking across the stage at a beauty pageant with me behind her, not touching her by 5 months old.. (YES, there's pictures AND video to prove it) You as a mom know your child better than any dr. they told me that mine had colic at 3 weeks old but I changed her formula, gave her some water with peppermint in it and never had another crying episode. If you feel that your child needs cereal, then give cereal. Too many people believe that the Dr is god, but it's just common sense for raising a child.

Crystal - posted on 11/25/2009

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they say now that ur not supposed to put cereal in bottles anymore since there were issues of babies suffocating. They say its like trying to eat and drink at the same time! I would wait until ur baby is at least 3 months old. But every baby is different, u'll know if their formula or breast milk is not enough

Olivia - posted on 11/25/2009

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You know what ask your Health nurse and she'll tell you as there are some sayiny do and others saying don't but for the ones that are saying yeah it's ok, just wait till they get older and then see what problems you have. We're told not to spoon feed till 6 months so ask yourself why is that?????? and remember the size of babies stomach

Robyn - posted on 11/24/2009

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I started my son on cereal (off of a spoon) when he was 6 weeks old. he's fine. his stomach is fine, too. And it did help him sleep through the night...lol. He's 10 now...

Tina - posted on 11/24/2009

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oh yeah and when the Dr put her on the rice we tried the baby rice in a box it tore up her stomach. Similac makes a formula called SENSITIVE RS it has rice in it and its broken down alot easier for their bellies. Do not use rice in a feeder!!! It swells up in the baby's belly and is painful. If u must use rice go the route with the formula that has it in it its so much better. Enfamil makes a brand of it as well that wic will cover with a dr note.

Tina - posted on 11/24/2009

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I have three girls and I was always told to wait till they were 4 months. Now my youngest who is three months they did start her on it at 5 weeks cause she was aspirating. I hated doing it cause it hurt her stomach and gives her belly aches but we had to in order to stop the aspirating. I would hold off on it unless its medically necessary as in her case. Their stomachs are just to weak to handle it.

Lauren - posted on 11/24/2009

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i started weaning my son onto baby rice at 3 and 1/2 months. 7 weeks is far 2 young, if he/she is still hungry after a 6oz bottle then try giving more milk! also, i (along with many other mums) have been told NEVER to add baby cereal to a bottle of milk. the only things in a bottle should be milk, or water.

Ashlyn - posted on 11/23/2009

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both my kids got cereal in their bottles at 2 weeks of age my daughter couldnt hold her milk down and my son was a bigger baby and just milk wasnt enough 4 him

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I wouldn't do it.... Keep in mind changing the new borns diet around can also cause constapation. My daughter was rushed in to the ER at 3 months do to constapation because her doctor kept switching her formula do to digestive issues. Come to find out after 3 months of that and a trim to ER I found out she was allergic to the lipil that is in the formulas... Please consault your doctor first!

Kimberly - posted on 11/23/2009

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I had to add a little bit of cereal to my daughter's bottle when she was just 3 weeks old. She was a largew baby at birth & milk just did not fill her up enough. It didn't hurt her & she slept better at night. I say it would be ok. A lot of dr.s don't agree w/ it but some do. Talk to your pediatrician if in doubt.

Tatum - posted on 11/23/2009

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ASK YOUR DOCTOR. My 2 year old could not get enough to eat so i started mixing a spoonful of cereal with his bottle for when he was at daycare. My Dr. recomended it since I was breast feeding as an alternative to supplementing with formula. H wanted me to wait as long as possible before we started formula. I only mixed in 2 bottles a day until he was almost 4 months and then he started to eat it from a spoon. My 2nd child I did not mix cereal with his milk. He seemed to get enough from me. now he is 9 months old and still breast feeding and eating solid foods. I think it is different for each child and the only person who you should trust on the subject is your Dr. and yourself.

It completely depends on why you are wanting to suppliment. My 2 year old also did not do very well with the spoon at 1st so I started to gradually mix the cereal/breast milk mixture thicker and thicker once he was about 3 and 1/2 months old and gave it to him in a feeder bottle until he tolerated the spoon. my 1st child was also always underweight, even when he went to formula at 6 months and I stopped mixing his bottles, he still gained weight at the same rate as he did on the breast with 2 mixed bottles a day. Ask your dr. what he thinks and tell him why you want to do it. depending on the reason it may be a good Idea, or there may be some other options.

Margie - posted on 11/23/2009

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my son was 9 lbs 1 oz when he was bornmand he was 13 days late, he was breast fed til he was 9 months old. i couldn't feed him ennough. he was always hungry, so his father's mom suggested giving him some baby cereal in between feedings.......... it worked....his father was against it. but it worked. my son is now 11 yrs old and is as healthy as a horse....and he's skinny as anything. same with his 10 yr old sister,she was 9 days late and weighted 9 lbs 14 1/4 oz.......she refused to breastfed and refused milk,formula....anything we tried,........ but she would eat the cereal if it was mad very watery.but she wouldn't drink plain water. she is a healthy active 10 yr old who is also very skinny at 70 lbs......... you are getting alot of opinions but you onlly have to do what you think it right........every parent/child is different.......the only thing you can do is make an informed decision from all the comments on here as well as that of ur dr..........good luck :)

Danielle - posted on 11/23/2009

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THe only time I would even think of that is if your baby is not gaining weight and even then, I would talk to a doctor or midwife. You can start a small thing of cereal around 3 months, but that is a tablespoon for either brkfst or dinner. I did dinner because the fuller the tummy at night, more likely to sleep longer at night.

Catherine - posted on 11/23/2009

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you could also ask your doctor about putting the baby on a rice formula, such as similac sensitive rs. My son is on that and he seems content with just the formula most times. He still gets very fussy around lunch and dinner and that's when I give him the rice cereal. Of course, I am from the south and we like to eat in my family so that could be his issue with the formula, but my mom put both me and my brother on rice cereal before we left the hospital and my nephew and my son were both put on rice cereal within a few weeks of being home. Any doctor will tell you no unless there is excessive spit-up, but I don't think it will hurt your baby at all. It may give her a bit of gas nothing that Infants Mylicon can't help.

LaKeesha - posted on 11/23/2009

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I know alot of moms try this but that will do two things: stretch your babys stomach and two cause gas problems. the baby is not old enough for that

Zowie - posted on 11/22/2009

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some mums might hate me for saying this but i dont care!

i do think 7 weeks old is a bit young but i gave my daughter rusks to suck on around that age which was fine. then i started giving my bub food at 3 months and she couldnt get enough of it. she is till very happy and healthy.

Laurie - posted on 11/22/2009

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Please remember that all circumstances are different. A preterm baby receiving cereal because it was recommended by a MD, or a baby that is not tolerating formula is different than an average full term newborn baby. A newborn digestive system is sensitive so explore your reasons for adding the cereal in the first place. Is it for nutritional value, is your baby colicky, or is it to help him sleep longer? This is a direct quote straight off the Gerber Website (makers of Infant Rice cereals and other baby products: " Breast milk or formula is recommended as the main source of a baby’s nutrition for the first year. Infant cereal, such as rice cereal, is typically the first complementary food introduced to infants" and "Around the middle of your baby’s first year, she should be ready to start solids. This coincides with two events: your baby’s decreasing iron stores and her developmental readiness. Before starting solids, be sure to discuss this with your pediatrician. In addition, to determine whether your baby may be ready for solid foods. Rice cereal is typically the first complementary food introduced to infants. It’s made with gentle ingredients, and its smooth, fine texture is developmentally appropriate for your baby." .. Just food for thought. :)

Bridgette - posted on 11/21/2009

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ur fine with puttin a teaspoon, i would suggest a lil more! I will tell you this, my daughter was born at 36 weeks, she needed to gain weight to maintain her body temp...the doctors were going to put her on cereal, until she began to eat more onher own..so, if her lil system couldnt handle it, they never would have suggest it in the first place!!!
I fed all 3 of my children cereal, rice only...at 1 month old for their night time bottle!
as long as they get 32 ounces of formula per day..this helps them to sleep better at night...

LaShanda - posted on 11/21/2009

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Sure! Doctors want kids to be average and not overweight but it wont kill them.

Laurie - posted on 11/21/2009

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As a ER/ICU nurse I'm going to say NO! "Although many grandmothers and neighbors may swear that a little cereal in their newborn's bottle helped him sleep better, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend introducing cereal and other solid foods until four to six months of age. Before that age, young infants need only breastmilk or formula by introducing cereal early you baby may sleep better (myth) but may also miss crucial feedings.In the first couple of months of life, a newborn generally feeds every 2 hours. If you are breastfeeding, offer up to 10-15 minutes on each breast; for formula feeding, offer about 2-3 ounces at each feeding. As your newborn gets older, she will tend to eat more at each feeding. If your infant produces 6 wet diapers a day and is gaining weight regularly, then she usually is getting enough food calories. Discuss your infant's feeding and growth with her pediatrician at each check-up."

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I wouldn't do it this early. It's best to discuss this with your doctor. Adding cereal to bottles is considered "old school" and they advise you now NOT to practice this method. I admit, I did add a little cereal to my son's bottle when he was around 6 months old because he used to puke ALL the time and it did help some. He has asthma so the puking was mainly do to mucus build up, so I was told by my Dr. Good luck, be sure to check w/ your Dr.

Jeannine - posted on 11/21/2009

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My son is going on 2 months this week and he's been having 1-2 bottles w/ cereal everyday for about a month now and he's doing great, and it does help them sleep better at night b/c they are full.

Sammi - posted on 11/21/2009

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it is advised not to because your babys kidney too under developed at that age but i know the feeling of wanting to do it. my doctor didnt say a definate no to me, and my mum used to put rusk in the last feed of me and my brothers at night, and i was on baby rice at 2 1/2 months old and it didnt do me any harm. talk to a health visitor about it, or an understanding female doctor who has children herself

Tammy - posted on 11/21/2009

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My son was almost 10 pounds when he was born. Needless to say you couldnt feed this kid enough. I thought he was colicy but just hungry. My mom told me to put cereal in his bottle. It worked!! Hes now 14 healthy and skinny as a rail. I would try it. see how the baby reacts. Just start off with one bottle a day at first though.

Delia - posted on 11/21/2009

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Yes it is fine. I have a 6 yr old and ten yr old. It was the only way they slept thru the night. It also reduces the vomitting and makes the milk a little heavier. My pediatrician recommended it when they were 6 wks old. Their doctor was my pediatrician when I was a little girl.

Denise - posted on 11/21/2009

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When my youngest was two months old, she was drinking so much milk that her stomach was stretched out and her doctor told me to put cereal in her milk to fill her up. Even though she was breastfed, I pumped my milk so that every other feeding she had my milk with a little bit of cereal in it. Use the rice cereal. It's easier to digest.

Christina - posted on 11/21/2009

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at 6 weeks my kids were eating cereal off a spoon or in the bottle depended on what time of day it was. your probly gonna have to try and see what works for you.

Sarah - posted on 11/21/2009

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i would say no to that stick to milk til they're at least 4 months the docs recommend 6 months but i started my daughter at 4 and she was fine but 7 weeks is a bit early coz their digestive systems aren't developed enough. hope this is helpful, good look and cherish every moment of your baby. :)

CHRISTINA - posted on 11/20/2009

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my daughter was two months old and the doctor had me put ceral in her bottle cause she would drink 8 oz then a 4 oz and still wouldnt be full....it will not hurt you to but a teaspoon in there bottle if it helps then i would cause it help with my daughter..

Sherry - posted on 11/20/2009

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i would wait a couple of weeks. most people will tell u no but i've done it, it helps a little.

Catherine - posted on 11/19/2009

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My son was eating rice cereal three days after he came home from the hospital and he is just fine. Make sure you get a feeder bottle if you are going to do this and only mix the cereal with water until your baby is around 4 months old (that's when I started mixing in half a jar of stage 1 fruits) Remember, no one knows your baby better than you. If you think he is ready (orif you wantto sleep) go ahead.

Malerie - posted on 11/19/2009

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I started giving my 6 week old cereal in his bottle when he was 3 weeks old and he has been just fine.. Give him a little to make sure it doesnt up set his stomach and that hes not throwing it up.

Hannah - posted on 11/19/2009

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all healtgh visitors now r saying not to put anything into the bottle apart from milk

Heather - posted on 11/19/2009

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when my son was that old he was having problems with spitting up and he didnt like the formula for babies who spit up so the doc said to put cereal in his bottle bc it helps the milk stick to the lining of his stomach better... i dont see a prob with putting the cereal in the bottle my sons just fine and smart as he can be!

Rachael - posted on 11/19/2009

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No, dont do it, its empty calories and the baby can not process it. You are setting that child up for later health and weight issues doing that.

Christina - posted on 11/19/2009

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yeah... it should be fine, as long as the baby doesnt choke... i started doing that at like 3 months or 4... i cant remember now... but dont do it often... just maybe once a day. and make sure its only a little bit...

Jamie - posted on 11/18/2009

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I really dont see the problem with a teaspoon of ceral in a bottle..that isnt very much. If you are using formula, you could try using Enfamil Lipil AR (thats Added Ricestarch) one teaspoon of cereal makes the milk about the same consistancy that this formula is. (this formula is great for babies who spit up a lot or have sensative tummies)

Ashley - posted on 11/18/2009

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Their digestive system has not advanced enough to process such heavy foods. If you are wanting to do it because of the myth it will keep them fuller loner (aka a good night sleep) it really is a myth. Around 4 months the doc's say it ok to intorduce cereal. I would not push it. There were studies done and the results were that babies given cereal before the 4 month mark led to obesity.

Clarisse - posted on 11/18/2009

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NO! 7 weeks is way too young for cereal. its reccomended not to put cereal in bottles also, but to spoonfeed when the time is right. Solids should be started between 4 & 6 months. Babies guts are not ready for food before then and it has been said that it is a myth that cereal in a bottle will help them sleep better.

Your dr is the best source for info.

Natasha - posted on 11/18/2009

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My brother was eating oatmeal at 6 months old. He couldn't get enough milk to fill him up. He was always hungry. My brother is an adult now and you know how things change, so your best bet would be to contact your childs doctor.

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I wouldnt because it may be harsh on ur bubbys tummy..that's why they say start food about4 to 6months...I never put ceral in my little girls bottle..I have herd from a lot of people it not good. Do you want to do this because you think he/she is not full enough after a 6oz bottle?

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