My daughter is 5 months and starting rice cereal. What is the best way to introduce it-in the bottle or with a spoon? Do I give it to her before or after her regular bottle? I

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Kimberly,



I was told by my pediatrician not to put the cereal in the bottle.  However, many of my friends and family said they had done it in order to help their babies sleep through the night.  So, in desperation for sleep, I tried it...just a tablespoon in an 8 oz bottle.  It didn't have the effect of making him sleep through the night, but it did seem to satisfy his hunger better and he went through one or two fewer bottles through out the day.  I only did it a few times though, because in the end, for me personally, feeding him fewer bottles was only convenient for me and I figured the doctors and their expensive educations knew best.  So I started using the spoon.  Make it a little runny at first and try it before you give the bottle...at the normal time you would give a bottle.  You will know if your baby is ready to eat cereal with a spoon by the way she uses her tongue.  If most of the cereal goes down, she is good to go.  If most of it gets pushed out onto her chin, she's not ready yet.  Try again in a few days.  Either way, your daughter is getting what she needs from the bottle (be it breast milk or formula) and she will not starve.  It was so funny to me at the time, to think that even eating was something that they have to learn...but it's true.  It took my son a few weeks of trying before he got the hang of it so don't give up!  When they are ready (as is the way with most things) they will let us know!  Also, on a funnier note...be prepared to wear the cereal!  My son used to sneeze and it never failed that he did it with a spoonful in his mouth....thank God for old t-shirts! 
Good luck,



Joy 

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Not  through a bottle because their sucking and swallowing actions are not yet fully coordinated. They can inhale small amounts of the rice cereal into their lungs, which can lead to pulmonary problems.



Babies are born knowing how much food they need. During the early months, they take their cues from the volume of what they drink. Adding cereal derails this mechanism. It forces them to take in deceptively large amounts of calories. It teaches them to overeat. With spoon-feeding or self-feeding baby can stop eating when she is full.



 The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against adding cereal to the bottle.

Catherine - posted on 02/02/2009

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The best way to introduce it is with a spoon, this way she will learn to use her tongue at first, OMG!! what a mess, but they get the hang of it real quick, don't put it in the bottle, then after she hashad her rice cereal about 10 baby spoonfull then give her her milk, it worked great for me and I have 3 children 8, 6 and 2 years old. Good Luck!!

Glendeen - posted on 01/29/2009

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Many ppl have already said this but DO NOT give cereal in a bottle always spoon. And personally I preferred to give my daughter her cereal a little while after her first bottle. Cuz I think that at that age it is important for them to still drink all their bottles. But it may give you a longer break in b/w the next one. Also do as the box says ... some cereal say to just add boiled water and others say formula or breast milk.

Glendeen - posted on 01/29/2009

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Many ppl have already said this but DO NOT give cereal in a bottle always spoon. And personally I preferred to give my daughter her cereal a little while after her first bottle. Cuz I think that at that age it is important for them to still drink all their bottles. But it may give you a longer break in b/w the next one. Also do as the box says ... some cereal say to just add boiled water and others say formula or breast milk.

Christine - posted on 01/29/2009

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Definatly start right away with a spoon so she can learn the new technique of getting food in a way other than the bottle.  Just add alot of liquid at first, then as she gets older you can prepare it to be thicker:)

Christine - posted on 01/29/2009

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Definatly start right away with a spoon so she can learn the new technique of getting food in a way other than the bottle.  Just add alot of liquid at first, then as she gets older you can prepare it to be thicker:)

Tina - posted on 01/29/2009

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With a spoon, they do not recomend you put it in bottles anymore although many still do.  My daughter did great with cereal by spoon about 4 1/2 months



 

Michelle - posted on 01/29/2009

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I would do both. Putting it in a bottle helped my son get used to the taste and texture. I would then give him a few spoonfuls a day so he would get used to the new mouth/tongue movements. I tried just doing the spoon but my son got really frustrated because nothing would make it in his mouth, but don't give up on the spoon either! It just takes a while for them to get used to eating from a spoon, but now that my son can he loves it!! One piece of advice that my Doctor told me was that I shouldn't give the rice cereal in a bottle for an extended period of time because you want your child to associate the new food to sitting up and eating from a spoon. Putting it in a bottle is just to help with the new taste. Hope this helps!

Jodi - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have started each of my 3 with a spoon after their regular bottle/breast feeding so that they are relaxed happy and ready without being too hungry and frustrated with slow starts. I find those rubberized spoon tips work best! Good luck!

Jasmine - posted on 01/29/2009

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Definitely with a spoon.  Make sure you add enough cereal to the formula to make it a little thick.  Be very patient, she will get the hang of it......

Tiffany - posted on 01/29/2009

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Definately start giving it to her with a spoon. And in my opinion I would give it before her regular bottle because if you offer it after her tummy is full she won't be as interested. Make it pretty soupy & keep a bib or towel handy because when babies are learning to eat from a spoon their first instinct is to push whatever is in their mouth back out(their way of not choking on things that are foreign). I have friends that put rice cereal in their babies bottles and everything worked out fine for them but I don't agree with it. I plan on becoming a pediatric/neonatal nurse and from the classes I have taken this far they are against it because some children's sucking & swallowing reflexes aren't fully coordinated which can lead to them aspirating the milk/cereal mix into their lungs causing pulmonary problems or even choking to death. So please give it alot of thought before you put it in her bottle.

Kimberly - posted on 01/29/2009

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Okay, so I just tried what all you guys suggested!  I gave Charlotte the cereal with the spoon...it went okay. She does not like the taste at all! LOL Anyways, I'll keep at it and hopefully she will learn to like it. I tried the cereal first, then the bottle and it worked. THen I tried some more cereal after a bit of the bottle and she screamed. It was too cute :)

Kim - posted on 01/29/2009

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Please do not ever ever ever feed your child cereal from the bottle.  They are to eat cereal with a spoon.  The risk of a child choking is so much greater if you mix it in the bottle.  Ask your doctor I'm sure he/she will agree. 

Jen - posted on 01/29/2009

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Awsome website to answer all your questions is  www.wholesomebabyfood.com  Also, they always let you know where they get their info from (AAFP, AAP, CDC, WHO, dieticians, etc...) so the advice your getting is derived from professionals in their area of infant nutrition.  I love consulting this site.  Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 01/29/2009

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when i started with my daughter i gave it to her when she was more awake in the day,i think it was her 4 oclock feed. i did 1 spoon of rice with formula milk i then gave her the rest of her milk,sometimes she would have it all sometimes she would leave some.after about 3/4 week i moved the rice to her morning feed and started her on a bit of dinner to.your daughter will let you know to.hope it will help. xx

April - posted on 01/29/2009

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I asked my health vistior about this the other day however my daughters not quite old enough yet. Use a spoon, the one's for her age group otherwise it may hurt her gums. When i start i'm going to give her the baby rice first, see what she makes of it and see much she'll eat, whilst having a bottle on stand by to either top her up when she's done or feed her if she's not liking the baby rice 1st time round. It'll be a different texture then what she's used to so it may take her a few days to get used to the taste, thats why i would give it first as she may not want any at all after a bottle. Hope this helps. xx

Autumn - posted on 01/29/2009

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i would say a spoon as well.  it will have a totally soupy consistency, but after several feedings she will get the hang of it.  and just for a bit of knowlegde your babies first food doesn't necessarily have to be rice cereal.  alternative excellent first foods are papaya or avocado pureed and mixed with water so they have a soupier consistency!

Julia - posted on 01/29/2009

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Hi Kimberly, I have 4 daughters I did every 1 by spoon before there bottle. Just a few nibbles of rice or porridge just to help them start getting the motions.  They spit more out than they eat at first but soon get used to it. You will also find sometimes they are too hungry to be bothered and cry alot for there bottle, hence just a few bits on the edge of the spoon and build it up slowly. Trial and error! Have fun hun!  Make sure you have a flannel to hand!!! xx

Lael - posted on 01/29/2009

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Hi Kimberly,



I too have a 5 month old.   I introduced her to rice cereal at 4 months, as per my pediatrician and fed it to her from a bottle.  The ratio was one ounce of cereal in 4 ounces of milk. The reason for introducing the cereal slowly is because it allows their little bodies to adapt to the more solid food at a gentler pace.  We have only for the last week or so been including one bowl of cereal in her daily meals that she eats with a spoon.  She LOVES it!  This is just what I did and have had succcess with, I hope it helps you.



 



Best Wishes,



Lael

Corinne - posted on 01/29/2009

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I don't think you're supposed to put it in a bottle at all.....



safety hazard or something.

Hannaha - posted on 01/29/2009

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On a spoon... I use to give it to my daughter before a bottle, and at bed time, it really helped her sleep at night..hope it helps...

Julie - posted on 01/29/2009

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I would give it to her by spoon and make it a little thick not runny.  She will sleep great at night if you feed her cereal before her last bottle of the night. 

Maireanne - posted on 01/29/2009

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never give anything other than milk or water in a bottle. get a spoon and make sure you use the same style spoon every time, give a little milk to stay off the immediate hunger and then give a little cereal. make sure you have no distractions and keep eye contact wherever possible. then inbetween meals and feeding attempts let them play with a spoon, therefore it is not a battle and it is something they like - eventually (way down the line...) they will want to hold onto a spoon during meals and then they will try to make attempts (all be it messy but fun) to feed themselves - hope this helps!!!

Claire - posted on 01/29/2009

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I would feed her using a spoon when she is hungry, but not too hungry. The articles and books that I read when I was at this stage with my kids recommeded spoon feeding. It may take a few tries before she likes it. Also, you may want to try different consistencies. If she doesn't like it really thin, she may like it thicker. Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2009

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hello never ever give it to her in a bottle adn feed her a bit moxed with breast milk or formula on the spoon before her bottle i would try it for breakfeast!! hope this helps

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Always with a spoon. gotta get her use to it sometime! :) i always did it before a bottle and my kids never wanted as much mik afterward! just mix it with formula and you will be fine! Good luck!

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I would suggest starting with a spoon. It is a different motion with her mouth that she will need to learn but it wont take long. I would say give it to her in between her bottles. She wont eat much at first till she gets use to it. If you want to give it to her with her bottle then do the rice cereal first. She may not finish her bottle but as they start to get bigger food is more important and they cut down their bottles any way. If you give her the rice cereal in between bottles it is more likely that she will finish her next bottle, she just might want it a bit later.

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