too young for cereal in a bottle?

Emily - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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my son is two months, is it too early to put a little cereal in his bottle at night so he'll sleep longer?

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Brittani - posted on 01/24/2010

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In my opinion a doctor is more knowledgeable then somebody's mother... my doctor told me to wait until he was 4 months so I did so. No doctor out there will tell you that it is okay to give him cereal especially in a bottle. You are not supposed to give cereal in a bottle. It definitely does not help anyways... my son is 7 months old and eats cereal along with his solid baby foods and he still does not sleep through the night.

Maytha - posted on 01/24/2010

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If you want your baby to be healthy, you will never feed him ANYTHING from a bottle. Until he sits up and eats real food with his own hands, picking it up and putting it in his mouth by himself, he's simply still too young for anything but mother's milk. Anyone who tells you anything different is either uneducated, or not interested in your child's health. As inconvenient and tiring as it is, mother's milk is the best food for babies, and feeding them anything else before they are ready is simply begging for health problems- as serious as auto immune diseases, cancer, arthritis, and all kinds of other issues- later on.



Any kind of animal products - except what comes from his "animal" mother, are simply unsuitable for him. And refined foods - the convenient ones you find in the grocery store in boxes and bottles- will not give your child the nutrients he needs to grow healthy. And no amount of supplements will make up for it, either. Doctors are not in the business of keeping your baby healthy. Dieticians prescribe what they learn in college-and look what gets fed to our kids in public schools, where they design the diet- JUNK! Pizza, hot dogs, fatty salad dressings. No wonder we are a nation of obese, sick people. 90% of health problems can be avoided by feeding a natural, healthy diet to your child. Starting with breast milk. I raised 4 kids, I know it is reallly hard, but anything else is NOT true.

Emily - posted on 01/24/2010

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Just because something has been done for generations doesn't mean it's right. It's a myth that cereal in the bottle will make them sleep longer. And at 2 months their digestive systems are just not ready for that. I wouldn't do it. Be patient.. babies will sleep longer when they are ready.

Kate CP - posted on 01/24/2010

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Babies are supposed to eat frequently and are SUPPOSED to wake up at night to eat. Don't give the baby rice cereal. He needs nutrition and the fats from breastmilk or formula. Rice cereal is basically cardboard and does nothing but constipate them.

As far as "My parents did it and I turned out fine!" thing...yea, they also didn't put us in car seats. Do you let your baby lay on the floor while you drive or do you strap them in their car seat? Just because previous generations did something and no harm came to you doesn't mean it's a good idea.

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Stefanie - posted on 02/04/2014

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I feel like everybody does different things with their kids I have 3 kids I did give them cereal early and they did sleep all through the night and they were happier and I save money on formula. I have to understand the first time parents usually are overly protective the first time when she have my kids start doing your own thing that works for you.

Emily - posted on 01/25/2010

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hmmmm.. this is a lot more controversial than i thought...

well, i asked my dr. today at my babys two month check up about the cereal in a bottle and she said that it is a myth that they sleep longer but it will not hurt him what so ever to have it...

so thank you all for your comments and concerns! its appreciated!

Cassie - posted on 01/24/2010

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Why ask the question if you are not willing to read the facts presented to you? Older generations also didn't put us in car seats and we are just fine right?? Heck, I might as well just throw my car seat out? No because evidence shows it is unsafe and unhealthy. Same as cereal in a bottle for a healthy baby.

Maggie - posted on 01/24/2010

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babies are programmed to wake up fairly often during the night, not only to eat, but also to socialize and touch base with their parents. Moreover, your baby won't be able to sleep through the night (defined as a five-hour stretch) until his central nervous system has fully matured; it has almost nothing to do with whether he has a full tummy. Every baby is different — and some will be able to sleep through the night sooner than others.



Keep in mind, too, that breast milk or formula provides everything your baby needs until he's 4 to 6 months old. Introducing cereal earlier than that puts him at a higher risk for allergies.



Copied from the link below, written by a lactation expert:

http://www.babycenter.com/404_will-my-ba...

Gail - posted on 01/24/2010

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I did with all three of mine...talk to your Dr about adding one food at a time just in case there may be allergies.

Iysha - posted on 01/24/2010

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You shouldn't put cereal in his bottle at any age. It should only be fed by spoon. At his next well baby check up, talk to his pediatrician about what age he/she reccommends that you start giving your son cereal and he/she should be able to let you know when your son will be ready to start. When your son is ready, his pediatrician will let you know and will give you information about how to feed your son cereal.

Karen - posted on 01/24/2010

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As a few other ladies have said it is a myth that cereal in a bottle will help baby sleep better, and it's also a myth that it's been done for generations. It's actually something that was started at around the same time as formula feeding became popular, as recently as our grandparents. Look it up on google because this is something that everyone has conflicting views on, I would never do it because of the choking hazard and because milk is much more nutritious than cereal.
(sorry I can't post a link because my information came from books, but it'll be on there somewhere)

User - posted on 01/24/2010

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I was told that a babies tummy and guts weren't fulled formed to handle andy type of food other than breast milk or formula until they wer at least 4months old??
Ask your doctor???

Beth - posted on 01/24/2010

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I started my daughter out at 2 months with cereal in her bottle, she just wasn't getting full enough on the formula..My Dr recommended to do this, some Children just need that little extra. but make sure there are no stomach issues before hand...

Jillian - posted on 01/24/2010

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I would try different things first. Like maybe a nice warm bath before bed and trying to keep him up longer, sometimes thats easier said then done. My daughter is 4 and a half months and when I notich her getting tired I wait a lil bit and give her a ice warm bact and slowly dress her, by then she just wants milk and bed.

Ariana - posted on 01/24/2010

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no i started my son around 2 months as well and it made a difference. i'd go for oatmeal instead of rice though because my son got constipated from the rice cereal and i've heard thats common.

Emily - posted on 01/24/2010

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thanks everyone, i feel like moms have been putting cereal in babys bottles for generations & my mom is the one who suggested it so im not too worried, just wanted to get some other opinions!!

Annamarie - posted on 01/24/2010

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My mom has had nine kids. She has put cereal in all of our bottles since we were 2 months. The doctors will tell you to wait until they're 4-6 months but it doesn't hurt the baby any and it helps them sleep longer because there little tummy is fuller.

September - posted on 01/24/2010

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Putting cereal in a baby's bottle to help them sleep is a big fat myth! Plus you should never put cereal in bottle unless for medical reasons. 2 month old babies don't need baby cereal and should be given cereal when they can eat it from a spoon. You can read all about this by just by using Google. You're going to get all kinds of different answers so rather than taking advice from strangers I suggest you read up on the facts and then make the choice that is best for your family.

Sandra - posted on 01/24/2010

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It probably won't help him sleep longer. I tried it with my second son at 2 monthes b/c he was eating 9 ozs of formula every 2 hours, even through the night. It didn't help him sleep longer, just added extra calories he didn't need.

Brittiney - posted on 01/24/2010

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My baby's doctor told me to put cereal in my dughter' bottle at 2wks. She is now 5wks old and the cereal does nothing to her. And it does help a baby sleep better at night. My other half did it with all his kids and his nephew and they all slept better at night.

Ashley - posted on 01/24/2010

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You should never put cereal in a bottle unless your child has reflux or it is suggested by your doctor! Babies who are younger than 4-6 months old seldom know how to properly swallow anything other than breast milk or formula and gulping or "inhaling" a bottle with cereal in it may have deadly consequences. If you do feel your child needs more than just a bottle try mixing a very little bit of cereal and formula/milk in a bowl. Make it VERY soupy. Then try to feed with a spoon. If he won't take the spoon then he is probably too young. Most doctors will tell you to wait until 4-6 months before introducing anything but formula/milk.

Christy - posted on 01/24/2010

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Yes I tried it at 3 months with mine and it was still too early and I had to take him off it again. It doesn't help them sleep, that's a myth. There is a questionnaire you can take on the Gerber website that will help you determine when they are ready tho! Good luck!

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