My baby is almost 8 weeks old is it okay to put a little bit of rice cereal in her bottle at night?

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Sarah - posted on 01/07/2015

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my daughter would eat sooo much from the start. At 2 months her ped. told me to put some cereal in her bottle. I wouldn't recommend rice though... it constipates. but oatmeal is good. I used to buy the kind in the container like formula and i would fix her a 4-5 oz bottle (2-2.5 scoops of formula) and put one scoop of oatmeal in it and it worked wonders!

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Sarah - posted on 01/08/2015

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Adding cereal can also lead to dehydration. If you decrease the frequency of feeds, you decrease the volume of liquids.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/08/2015

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No, it is not ok. She wakes at night because she's hungry, because she's 8 weeks old and has a tiny stomach. Breastmilk or formula until at least a year. You can begin to introduce solids around 6 months IF she's ready.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/08/2015

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No. It is not ok to do. Babies are suppose to wake up for feedings. That is normal. If your baby naturally sleeps through the night great, but that is out of the ordinary. It is dangerous for many reasons that have already been given. Also, look at it this way....most moms fear about their baby during the night. Your baby waking up to feed tells you he/she is ok.

Jodi - posted on 01/08/2015

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Have those of you who are saying yes actually read any of the recent research?

I would strongly suggest that as a mother, this mother do her research. In particular, read the recommendations of the World Health Organisation and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Don't rely on the advice of a bunch of unqualified women on the internet!

Adirondack - posted on 01/08/2015

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I know everyone has said no that has responded to your question on here, but I am going to say that yes, it is okay to give your 8 week old cereal at night. I had to give my son cereal in his bottle at 8 days old. He was demolishing 8 oz. bottles every hour on the hour and it was very unpleasant for him as well as me. He was just never satisfied and the only thing that worked was putting rice cereal in his bottle. He is now a happy and healthy 23 year old. Putting the cereal in his bottle had no ill effects on him whatsoever. You said her doctor recommended it as well so it will be okay. All you can do is try it and see how she responds then you will know if it is the right thing.

Jodi - posted on 01/07/2015

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It is a choking hazard in the bottle because it thickens the formula/milk. When this happens, you need a teat with a larger hole than is recommended for her age (and often requires one adjusting the teat hole beyond what is recommended), which then means that it could flow more quickly, thus creating a choking hazard. It is a myth that adding rice cereal to your baby's bottle will help them sleep at night. What your baby is doing right now is normal. They often take feeds close together when they are experiencing a growth spurt, and it will generally settle down again. Just offer more formula each feed. Adding rice cereal will reduce the nutritional value of each of her feeds. By upping the amount of formula or breastmilk, you are giving her what she needs for her nutrition.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2015

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My second fed every hour on the hour around the clock. It is exhausting! It will get better. Instead of doing cereal try increasing the ounces. With my daughter I just had to give it time. Between 8 to 12 weeks she started going every 3 hrs around the clock. I would not do cereal as that does not help your baby in the long run. Baby is eating that often because baby needs the milk to grow and develop properly. Some babies eat more often than others. My second was the worst at every hour my third did every 4 hrs.

As for choking hazard. ...Cereal is thicker and not as thin as milk. In order to allow the cereal to get through the nipple you have to make the hole bigger which this then can cause a baby to choke.

Chasity - posted on 01/07/2015

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I was asking because her doctor recommended it. It is not to help her sleep all night, it is so I am not feeding her every hour on the hour. I also do not see how it is a chocking hazard because it dissolves into the formula. I just didn't know if I should actually do it or wait a little bit longer.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2015

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No. Your baby is too young for cereal yet. At 8 weeks all baby needs is formula or breastmilk for proper growth and brain development. Depending on your docs recommendation cereal should not be given until 4 to 6 months old. Recently docs are starting to recommend cereal not be started until 6 months because there is no nutritional value in cereal and the formula/breastmilk is so important on the growth and brain development. Cereal should also only be fed by spoon never put in a bottle. The purpose on cereal and baby food is for baby to learn how to eat by spoon and different textures.

Jodi - posted on 01/07/2015

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No. While it used to be recommended, research has shown that feeding solids to a baby too early increases a number of health risk factors and you should not feed solids to an infant until around six months old (WHO and AAP recommendations). In addition to this, infants should be receiving most of their nutrition through milk, not empty calories like rice cereal (yes, they are empty calories that do not contribute to your child's brain development and in fact, by not receiving the milk they are demanding and replacing it with cedreal, you could be robbing them of important optimum brain development). If your child is hungry, you should feed more milk.

It is also NEVER ok to put cereal in a bottle. It is a potential choking hazard.

By all means, do your own research. I have, and I would not give my child anything but the optimum food for their development at this age, and that is breastmilk or formula, which is designed specifically for this purpose.

Infants this age are not MEANT to sleep through the night. They are designed to wake for frequent feeds (its natural) because they are designed to build milk supply. Just because you don't breastfeed doesn't mean you shouldn't still get up to feed your infant at times.

Just because people say it didn't hurt their child, doesn't mean it didn't. How do they know what their child's optimum brain development would have been if they did not? How do they know their child won't struggle with obesity in later life? How do they know their child won't end up with digestion or bowel issues later in life? How do they know it isn't related to feeding them solids too early? They don't, and statistically significant research has identified these as potential increased health risks. Why risk it when it is as simple as giving your child another bottle?

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