how many ounces in the bottle...

Amy - posted on 04/09/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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At my son's 6 month check-up, his pediatrician said at 6 months he only needs to be getting between 18-24oz of formula. That just seems like such a small amount, doesn't it?? We're more at the 24oz mark anyways, but still... I'm worried to go much over that 24oz mark, but sometimes I feel like he could handle a few more ounces throughout the day (ya know, since she's a pediatrician and I'm not I'd assume she knows what she's talking about). His next check-up isn't until he's 9 months, so only 18-24oz even when he's that old?!

Now I know some of you will probably frown at this, but we do put rice cereal in his nighttime bottle--we have since he was about 4 months. But I'm wondering: how much rice cereal should I be mixing in with his 7oz nighttime bottle? The container only gives instructions on how to mix his first feeding and doesn't give a chart or anything about how much rice cereal to mix with formula according to age. I don't use exact measurements when I put it in the bottle--just put in a few baby spoonfuls.

How much are you other mom's feeding your babies who are around this age?

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it's not too much if he is still eating. I always mixed my cereal with water and then used formula/ breastmilk as a drink on the side.

Amy - posted on 04/11/2014

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okay. well he seems to take it much better when it's thicker....I just wasn't sure if that was okay to make it thick. I always put the pre-made formula in the bowl first (I always only use 1oz---do you think that is too much or too little??) and warm it up and then I add the cereal in no specific amount---just until it's to the consistency he likes. and here's a question for you: towards the end of the rice cereal, does it start to go back to a thin consistency??? mine always does! so i end up having to add more cereal to the small amount that's left in the bowl because it's all soupy... so i worry that it's way too much cereal...

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you basically just thicken it to child preference and make as much as they eat. If he eats double what the serving is make double, if he likes it thick it will be a smaller amount in the bowl but more dense. If he likes it thin then you can end up with a large looking serving because it is more runny. The initial how to make is a guideline and will show you how it mixes up and then just experiment until your baby is happy. My daughter liked hers like a very thick paste.

Amy - posted on 04/09/2014

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thank you! well, even for just food purposes and not a formula thickener, it still doesn't give any sort of directions other than 'for the first feeding'...

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