When do you start putting rice cereal in babies bottle?

Ashley - posted on 12/19/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I'm curious because I'm always hearing different times please tell me your story

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Never it puts the babies life at risk, they could choke. It also causes obesity because of over feeding.

Jenni - posted on 12/19/2011

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I wouldn't. It's an old wives tale that cereal in a bottle helps an infant to sleep. Until 4-6 months it is recommended that an infant receive breastmilk or formula *only*. And it is of my personal opinion that you should wait until 6 months. I find that cereal is difficult for some babies to digest and have heard many other moms (as well as myself) experience this with their children. With my first I started with the recommended rice cereal at 6 months and all it did was cause him uncomfortable gas intestinal problems. It certainly didn't help him sleep through the night, in fact it kept him awake all night. So with my second we went straight to purees. I introduced cereal (avoiding rice which is high in starch) at 8-9 months.



Also (and I'm under the assumption you've heard this technique helps babies sleep longer) babies wake in the middle of the night for all sorts of reasons. Not just hunger. They may want to nurse for comfort. So just because he/she appears hungry, it may just be a response to needing comfort and closeness.



There is no scientific evidence to back the claim that cereal helps a baby stay fuller and sleep through the night. That said, the only time it is recommended is to help with reflux.



Giving cereal in a bottle or cereal too early is also linked to childhood obesity. When you do introduce solids it is best to start with offering a little on your finger and then introduce the spoon.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/19/2011

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I wouldn't do it. Putting rice cereal in a bottle can lead to asperation. If you feel your baby needs more food try giving more bottles or nursing longer and more frequently.

Jenni - posted on 02/16/2012

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Kayla, is that because your little one has reflux? Because that is the only time pediatricians prescribe putting cereal in a bottle.

Christy - posted on 12/19/2011

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The best advice I received about this was: RICE CEREAL IN BOTTLE = CEMENT. And it's true. Wait until baby is old enough to eat baby food (6+ months).

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Kayla - posted on 02/19/2012

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My sons pediatrition had said to put one formula scoop of the rice cereal in his 8oz bottle and that it would be just fine. Although, you never put oatmeal cereal in the bottle, because oatmeal expands.

Erin - posted on 02/19/2012

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Never.. I've heard you should put cereal in their bottle at all.. Only feed them from spoon.

Jenni - posted on 02/18/2012

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Sorry Kayla, I said "only" as in breast milk or formula exclusively until 4-6 months when solids are introduced. In my country it is recommended to breast feed for the first 2 years but I imagine the recommendations differ for that between countries. However, I believe the recommended waiting until 4-6 months to introduce solids is universal.



I have heard pediatricians who do still prescribe it for severe reflux. But it does happen where pediatricians still have outdated info.

Kayla - posted on 02/18/2012

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Also, I have been reccomended by both my pediatritian, WIC, and the doctor who delivered my son to try to breastfeed for a year. They said that the antibodies in the breastmilk is very benefitial to him. Not to mention all the nutrients that come along with it, given the mother is eating a proper diet and is healthu herself.

Kayla - posted on 02/18/2012

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I do not know why, I just know that his pediatrition said if he was eating more then 8 ounces at a feeding to put it in his bottle. His name is Dr. Beuchard, and he is from Brgess Lee Memorial. He is a very good pediatritian, and he is the same for both my kids. I trust him, so I listen to him. No, my son did not have any kind of reflux.

Jenni - posted on 02/18/2012

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Virtually all pediatric societies across the world including WHO recommend breast milk or formula only until 4-6 months. This is for a few reasons; choking and childhood obesity are two I remember.



Both my children received breast milk only until 6 months. And yes, all infants do experience reflux at one point or another but I was referring to chronic reflux. And I have heard some pediatricians still prescribe cereal before 4 months for "chronic" reflux. I can probably count on one hand for each of my children the number of times they spit up.



I'm just failing to understand the necessity of using solids before 4-6 months. There are no proven benefits aside from helping with chronic reflux and risks involved.

Kayla - posted on 02/18/2012

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Also, almost all babies have reflux, this is because they only drink liquids, so there fluids swish around and that is what causes them to spit up.

Kayla - posted on 02/18/2012

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No, my oldest son has never had problems with reflux. He only spit up a few times even ever.

Bonnie - posted on 02/17/2012

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If putting cereal in a bottle is a choking hazard, which it is, I don't understand how any doctor would recommend it for reflux. It is STILL a choking hazard.

Stifler's - posted on 02/16/2012

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You just don't. Because if they are ready for solids they can eat off a spoon. If your kid has reflux there is special formula for that.

Kayla - posted on 02/15/2012

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My son was 3 months old when his pediatritian told me to put it in his bottle. as log as your child is drinking more than 8 oz at a time it is fine.

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2012

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You shouldn't put rice cereal into a bottle at all. It deposits too far back in the mouth and poses a huge choking risk. Current recommendations for introducing rice cereal is 6 months of age and should only be offered on a spoon. You can dilute it with formula or breastmilk and make it very runny to start. Also keep in mind when starting solids that amount is not important (usually only start with a teaspoon/5ml). Introduction of solids is about training them to move the food to the back of their mouth with their tongue and co-ordinate breathing and swallowing. This training can take up to 2-3 months for many babies.

Dawne - posted on 12/27/2011

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I have 3 children and I was told if the baby didnt seem full after drinking 8 oz btl to start giving them the rice cereal. I actually put it in their bottle and didnt have any problems. I just made the hole alittle bigger. You might want others opinion but thats how I fed all 3.

Sherri - posted on 12/20/2011

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NEVER!!!!!

Between 4-6mo's you start feeding them cereal by spoon. However, you never put it in their bottle.

Jodi - posted on 12/20/2011

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You don't.

When they are around 6 months old, you start feeding them solids, but I wouldn't include rice cereal in that. Puree some real food rather than processed rice cereal.

Sarah - posted on 12/20/2011

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Between 4 to 6 months old and when your doctor says to start them on solid( aka pureed) foods. Then its one new food every 3 days. And that includes the cereals.

Kyleigh - posted on 12/19/2011

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I believe I DID around 4-5 months old , and my doctor told me that cereal in a bottle isnt what they recommend now days, I put it in a bowl and spoon fed a couple of bites each day.

Racheal - posted on 12/19/2011

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Alot of people says it helps the baby to sleep through the night but I never done it. He started sleeping better when I started feeding him foods

Ashley - posted on 12/19/2011

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I agree with Karen, you should never put the cereal in a bottle. I am skeptical even with a dr's advice to do so. Spoon feeding is the best way. However if your child is too young to eat off a spoon than they are probably to young for cereal.

Karen - posted on 12/19/2011

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you don't ever put it in unless it's recommended by a doctor for a medical reason (reflux is one where it's sometimes recommended). it's a severe choking hazard and can lead to tummy issues and studies have shown that it can lead to obesity in adulthood. (they get the extra calories in their bottles and then get calories from food once they begin it as well which will have them getting more calories then they need. This can cause them to 'override' their natural sense of fullness and cause them to over eat). when it's time for cereal is when the baby can take it from a spoon (between 4-6 months, most recommend closer to 6months)

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