when is it okay to start putting a little rice cereal in my baby's bottle?

Tiffany - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 99 moms have responded )

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My mother started it early for us to help us with weight gain and feeling more satisfied after eating. My son is only 3 months old...

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Stephanie - posted on 08/07/2010

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My son started on the rice cereal at five month, before that he was only breastfeed. Since starting him on the cereal he has been sleeping through the night (which never happened before), has had less gas and is a much happier baby. When your baby is ready for it she will let you know, with certain gestures she makes when you are eating and the way she smacks her lips. When my son was just about three months old he was already trying to reach for my plate!

Tracie - posted on 08/07/2010

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duh, that would be MD, not PhD, but if you are taking your kid to a PhD then that makes all the sense in the world. if rice cereal made babies fat, then at 4-6 mo there would be a blossoming of FAT BABIES from the cereal they are all being fed anyway~

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YIKES! Just goes to show you how much medical advice can vary. Doctors aren't infallible....I'm really surprised that he recommended cereal at 4 weeks....spoon or not!

Heidi - posted on 08/07/2010

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Have not read all the posts but I will put in my 2 cents!! Our Dr. when the boys were babies suggested at 4 weeks to start giving them rice cereal at night. He was very clear with NOT putting in in a bottle rather give it to them on a Spoon. We would do this when they were in the bath for the first couple of months they were eating it! It worked like a charm...it was made with breast milk and it was very thin..we tried to be careful and mindful of any digestion issues. Our second child has cardiac issues and we had the blessing from his Dr. as well. For everyone out there there will be different opinnions...all of which are valid...listen to your Dr. and do what feels right for your situation!!

Alice - posted on 08/07/2010

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i started my oldest on lil baby rice at 3 1/2 months and my second started looking at food wen he was 3 months but put him on hungary baby milk and now hes nearly 4 months and i fink now hes really for a lil bit of baby rice

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It's true the World Health Organization & the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommend that you NOT put any cereal in their bottles. They have studied this in recent years and found that it does not help them sleep longer. Infact it can make sleeping WORSE if your baby's digestive system isn't ready for it.
They also say now that you shouldn't start any solids until they are 6 months old and this is due to the lining of their intestines being porous at birth and sealing up around 6 mos. of age.
Doctors may or may not recommend it, and alot of what they do is use their opinion.
Unless your baby has a medical problem, there is no reason too. If he seems hungry, feed him more often. Babies doing quite alot of growing their first year and therefore need alot of calories. Breastmilk or formula has more nutrients & calories than rice cereal does.

Delphia - posted on 08/07/2010

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I was always taught to NEVER put cereal in a baby's bottle, but adding some to his jar food will help...according to our ped.

Christi - posted on 08/07/2010

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Tracie, it will help fatten a child. My son was underweight and it helped tremendously. I don't see PHD following your name so back off. I followed doctors orders and it helped my son gain weight.

Leslie - posted on 08/07/2010

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never! It messes with their ability to self regulate how much they eat and can lead to obesity. My son's ped. said that studeis have shown that sleeping is not related to eating but rather their ability to learn to self sooth and fall back to sleep on their own.

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Stop taking things so personally Tracie....no one is out to get you. We all have our opinions and you're entitled to ask questions or offer a difference of opinion MINUS the obvious attitude.

It's a fact that adding cereal to your baby's bottle CAN lead to obesity and is a POSSIBLE choking hazard. There are even studies that suggest just giving your baby formula alone over breastmilk could cause obesity. You don't have to agree but you also don't have to take someone's personal opinion as an attack on your character. She didn't insult YOU or YOUR CHILDREN. Easy tiger!

I was someone that "proclaimed NEVER" but I certainly don't think I'm perfect! I just have a strong opinion about whether or not people should put rice cereal in their babies bottles. You don't have to agree and you certainly don't have to get offended or be rude.

Thanks

Tracie - posted on 08/06/2010

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>Christi thompson...putting cereal in a babys bottle will not make them fat! what a horrible thing to say! so are people supposed to let their baby cry, fuss and be hungry out of fear of having a fat baby!

Tracie - posted on 08/06/2010

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people who proclaim NEVER as if they are perfect at all they do really irk me. with my 19 yo he was 10.5 coming home from hospital and by 2 weeks was eating a 8oz bottle every 2 hours. dr said that was way too much for his kidneys...to try giving him cereal...and i did...from a spoon. and he ate it, every drop and then some. it didnt hurt him in any way...if cereal was harmful, would we be advised to EVER give it? my 2nd who is going to be 5 started on cereal at 5 weeks because of reflux...now they have a formula for that...enfamil AR...and GASP people...it has rice flour IN it to make it thicken in their tummies!! my 3rd, going to be 3started on cereal around 8 weeks because she just wouldnt gain much...with all of them i followd shortly thereafter with fruits, veggies, and then the mixed meat combo...and as kudos to that...NONE of them are picky eaters...they will try and usually eat anything...you have to do what is right for YOUR baby...if they are hungry...u feed them, and if you are more comfortable putting it in the bottle, cut the nipple hole larger, and never leave them unattended as the thicker liquid "could" pose a choking hazzard...do what is right for u n yours and u'll be ok!

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i did it with both of my kids (i know... *gasp* ) and they were fine. honestly, for the amount you add ( 1 or 2 tsp to an 8 oz bottle) YOU wont be able to notice a difference.. but it will help the baby feel fuller. and THAT is coming straight from my pediatrician.

Krystal - posted on 08/06/2010

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NEVER!!!! you are never supposed to feed your baby rice cereal in his bottle just feed him more often or start giving him rice cereal off a baby spoon just before a bottle..

Lindie - posted on 08/06/2010

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My 1st baby would not sleep...so I started putting Rice porrage in her bottle from 3 months old

Stacey - posted on 08/05/2010

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I'm by no means a professional nutritionist but I have done a lot of research in feeding my son. This is what I recommend...

1. Full fat (3.25%) cow's or goats milk (goats milk is easier to digest) or a combination of both.

2. Arctic Cod Liver Oil (1/2 a tsp to start), I used to put this in my sons bottle...Nordic Naturals is a very good brand.

When he gets a bit older, stick to the proteins with good calories like meat & eggs...I wouldn't recommend wheat or rice until he is of walking age as they are empty calories when what they really need are the good fats.

Check out the Weston A Price Foundation. It is an excellent resource for children's health & makes a LOT of sense. I "mostly" followed their recommendations and my son is extremely healthy. 4 1/2 & never been on anti biotics and is NEVER sick. Only the sniffles!

All the best!

Christi - posted on 08/05/2010

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The cereal at night was also to help him sleep because he was not sleeping enough. You don't want to give your child cereal every bottle every day or they are going to turn into a butterball and become overweight. Most doctors reccomend cereal at night to fill their tummies and help them sleep. If it is reflux issue your child is having, then you need to use a thickener. We ever went to a Gastrointerologist and she told us the same thing. But she does need to talk to her doctor before she does anything.

Christi - posted on 08/05/2010

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It was my doctor's orders. My son was not gaining weight so he was given cereal at night. And it does make sense. My son had severe reflux problems and could not keep unthickened formula down. You don't buy thickened formula, you get a presciption and get the thickener powder to add to a bottle from a pharmacy. Thickener has no nutrional value, cereal does. That is why he was only given cereal at night.

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There's not really any difference, Christi, between adding cereal to your child's bottle yourself and buying the thickened formula.....the one MAJOR difference is the formula is mixed properly and much more trustworthy than someone mixing it on their own. My question to you is why use the thicker formula during the day and add cereal to the bottle at night? That doesn't make any sense to me.....they ultimately accomplish the same thing BUT one is extremely dangerous and the other isn't.

Just curious

Christi - posted on 08/05/2010

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and i saw someone suggested thickener. the only reason a child would need thickener is if they have a digestive problem. i would know. my son was lactose intolerant and had trouble keeping down pure formula, so we had to use thickener in his bottles during the day and he only got cereal at night. this was doctor supervised. the only reason they recommend against putting cereal in bottles is some dingbats do that then live their child alone or do not supervise them eating and they choke. my son could not eat off a spoon, which most children don't have the mouth coordination it takes until about six months. but as i said before, you need to consult your doctor before you do anything.

Christi - posted on 08/05/2010

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i started my son right before he turned four months. i would clear it with your doctor. we put the cereal in his bottle, some people say you shouldn't. but i did it for my son and my parents did it with all three of us and tada, here we are. but like i said, i would check with your doc first.

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I don't agree that is HAS to be mashed bananas....I don't disagree either. lmao. Start with whatever you want, usually after rice cereal, and move on to pureed veggies or fruit....totally up to you!

Yvonne - posted on 08/05/2010

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Heather why mashed bananas? i've always started my little ones off on puréed veges to stop them getting a sweet tooth and i've also found banana makes them gag as its quite a difficult fruit to digest.

Heather - posted on 08/05/2010

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never, not in a bottle,
and the first food to introduce should be mashed bananas

Kelly - posted on 08/05/2010

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you are NEVER supose to put anything but milk or water in a bottle. no honey till at lease 3

Vicky - posted on 08/05/2010

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I started at about 6 mo but only at night..I dont think a lil at at time would hurt if needed,helps me at night so they sleep longer.. they are 9 mo now and I put a lil more in nightime bottle before bed..Works for me??

Lea - posted on 08/05/2010

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when you feel like getting him started on obesity. gotta have a head start on that!

Stifler's - posted on 08/05/2010

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bahahahaha. you can actually get thickener for milk and it works to fill them up but it's only supposed to be used under medical supervision so i guess that tells you something about putting rice in their bottles.

Yvonne - posted on 08/05/2010

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Amanda call me thick, but what do you mean by "running at 3 months" i didn't think a baby could even roll over properly at 3 months or have i got your meaning totally wrong,i am in the uk, maybe running means something different where you are?

Yvonne - posted on 08/05/2010

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I'm with Sandra on this one too,if your going to start shoving things into your babies bottle, talk to your dr or h/v first, why shove it in a bottle just put it in a spoon instead.The World Health Organisation don't recommend solids until a baby is 6 mths old depending of course unless you have a whopper on your hands then you should start earlier,but if you have an average bub then no don't do it.But good luck anyway. I weaned my own daughter at 8 weeks, but 25 years ago advice was totally different,she was a big baby anyway so didn't suffer for it, but i wouldn't do it with any of my foster children unless they were big babies.

Brean - posted on 08/04/2010

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rice in a bottle is not at all ok. it can cause choking because the child is not used to the consistency. it can cause unnecessary weight gain and lead to childhood obesity. i would rather get up a few times throughout the night than set my daughter up for all those problems.

Cherri - posted on 08/04/2010

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its not advisable to put food in bottles. u can start as early as 4 months spoon feeding, the reason why they prefer u not to put the food in the bottle is for dental reason and choking hazard. i started feeding my son rice cereal at 3 months to help him sleep through the night. but it ddnt work. his digestive system was not yet ready for the food. so i restarted at 4 months old and now he sleeps longer through the night. i do spoon feed him.

Erika - posted on 08/04/2010

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i personally wouldnt put it in his bottle. feed him from a spoon if you want to give him cereal. it may be tricky but its doable.

Amanda - posted on 08/04/2010

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i think it depends on how you feel about giving him solids at this point, my son was eating table food by 3 months and running by 3 months, hes always been advanced in every aspect of his life, i think it depends on how you feel about adjsting his diet, and how he reacts to the introduction

Shea - posted on 08/04/2010

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LoL, my baby's doctor told me to start doing it before 6 months, and I did. My baby is very healthy. I think it's good to start introducing rice cereal before 6 months, because it's getting his stomach ready for solid foods, which is really important. So start putting some in at about 4 months, and once 6 months comes, introducing him to baby food will be a snap!! :D

Michelle - posted on 08/04/2010

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My son was 11bl 8oz when born, right from the word go he fed like a 3 month old baby, he was hungry always, i started giving him a little rice mixed with formula milk (in a bowl not bottle) at just 10 weeks (just a few tsp though) i had to learn and reconise the signals my little man gave out, he let me know when he needed something a little more satisfying =)

Lisa - posted on 08/03/2010

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I think you have to decide what is best for you and your child. I did with my first because I didnt know any better and she was fine, with the 2nd and 3rd they were breastfed only so it depends on the baby, they will usually let you know if they arent getting enough..good luck!

Claire - posted on 08/03/2010

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you should never put any food in your babies bottle. if you do want to introduce baby rice feed it from a spoon. you should never feed it from a bottle it could give him sooo many tummy problems..x

Maura - posted on 08/03/2010

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the American Pediatric Association and the World Health Organization both think it is a bad idea to put rice in a baby's bottle.

Stifler's - posted on 08/02/2010

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I don't see the point of it to tell the truth. If he's fine then he doesn't need it. Babies eat often, they're babies and growing very fast. It doesn't mean they need solids.

Megan - posted on 08/02/2010

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My son was 10lbs at birth. I breastfed but at 3 months my son started acting hungry as if he wasn't getting enough to eat. So I started pumping and adding cereal to his bedtime bottle. From that point on he started sleeping through the night. My Dr said if it worked there wasn't an issue with it!

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Two of my kids got rice in their bedtime bottles at 3 months, my oldest got rice in all her bottles at 2 months because she had reflux. My youngest is 3 months in 10 days and he will have rice in his bed time bottle. Some docs say it's OK and some don't, personally I think it's fine and so does my doctor. He thinks it helps prepare their digestive system because at 4 months you can start spoon feeding rice.

Sriwanti - posted on 08/02/2010

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i started cereal in bottle when he's 6mo and he didnt even like it so i tried every other 2 days.. when he reached 8mo he could accept it already..

Tiffany - posted on 08/02/2010

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well hes small for his age but considering he was sick early on, hes where he should be...I also was going for the same thing as jessica to help him sleep, i guess i'll just ask doctor what she thinks. Thanks for your responses.

Jessica - posted on 08/02/2010

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I did it at 3 months to "try to help" my LO sleep and it helped him sleep for one month. Did your child's doctor tell you your child needs to gain weight? If not, why do it?

Sandra - posted on 08/02/2010

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never!! what milk are you feeding him?? mabey you need to feed him extra hungry food!! you can start solids from 4 months,but its not advisable to put rice into a bottle! hope this helps

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