not sure how much baby rice to put in a 6oz bottle of milk

Rosy - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 134 moms have responded )

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he was born 9lbs 5 and half but not fat just long around 25 inches ive change the milk brands 5 times ive tried gripe water to get all his wind up but hes still sick ive finaly got him eationg off the spoon he has 2 oz of rice at about 9am, and hes nearly all down his diohrea (?) has got so much better, his weight is fine and he seems much happier. He slept from 8pm-till-7am but now he sleeps an extra hour, some people have suggestd water ive tries this from birth but he just hasn't taken to it so i tried baby apple for 4 month old babys and he loves it ! thanks everyone

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Guggie - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Guggie:



Quoting Rosy:




Quoting Guggie:

Ladies this is just common sense regarding the physiology of the human body.

Human milk is the most densely caloric food in liquid form that a baby can eat. Formula is made to mimic this. A baby will get more calories/fat from human milk or formula than solid foods, pureed foods and baby cereal. It is physically impossible for a little baby with a tiny tummy to eat enough pureed food to equal the amount of calories in human milk and formula.

Supplementing with solids/cereal/oatmeal/puree makes no sense. It is less calories. You are not only forcing your child's gastrointestinal system to digest something it is unprepared to handle, you are forcing your child to eat fewer calories.

On top of that, the reason other foods should not be introduced has to do with the function of the digestive system. Babies intestines are not "closed' yet. Their goblet cells are not fully matured. This means the building blocks of food (proteins) go right through the endothelial walls into their bloodstream. The studies done on this have noted that on average, babies do not have functioning digestive systems until 6 months. And the 4-month figure is an outlier number included at the very end of the statistical range.
Introduce tastes of food when you see these signs:

-baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod)
-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out
-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth
-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach
-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth

Do not start with bland, nutritionless foods such as oatmeal, baby cereal etc. Babies do not rely on food for the 1st year. What they need is the experience. Let them taste new flavours, touch new textures and feel interesting foods in their mouth. You should not be concerned with feeding them an actual amount; the reason for introducing solids is developmental not nutritional.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn...

“Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.
"These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.”







baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod): TICK
-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out:  TICK
-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth  : TICK
-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach: TICK
-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth :TICK










then in my opinion i think your baby is ready to try out some solid foods. it's not unheard of at all; someone has to be an outlier for there to be an average! my daughter was sitting unassisted and using the pincer grasp before 2 months. she started crawling by 4 months. and yes i let her taste table foods at her pace instead of waiting. the point is that i followed her signs and introduced easy to digest, fun, colorful and tasty foods.






i still recommend trying to stay away from the boxed cereal and "puff" type foods. babies are learning and growing so quickly, why not let them explore new foods? just steam some fresh veggies and mash them...sweet potatoes are a big fave. avacado is fun and has lots of good fat. fruits are great too.






i also wanted to add welcome to my little club! it's so hard to find other mamas with babies who are developmentally different. i get tired of hearing the "are you sure she's x months??" my child is not a mutant! was your baby a big baby at birth? i have heard old wives tales that bigger babies reach milestones earlier. (e.g. pincer grasp is usually around 6 months)

Guggie - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Guggie:



Quoting Rosy:




Quoting Guggie:

Ladies this is just common sense regarding the physiology of the human body.

Human milk is the most densely caloric food in liquid form that a baby can eat. Formula is made to mimic this. A baby will get more calories/fat from human milk or formula than solid foods, pureed foods and baby cereal. It is physically impossible for a little baby with a tiny tummy to eat enough pureed food to equal the amount of calories in human milk and formula.

Supplementing with solids/cereal/oatmeal/puree makes no sense. It is less calories. You are not only forcing your child's gastrointestinal system to digest something it is unprepared to handle, you are forcing your child to eat fewer calories.

On top of that, the reason other foods should not be introduced has to do with the function of the digestive system. Babies intestines are not "closed' yet. Their goblet cells are not fully matured. This means the building blocks of food (proteins) go right through the endothelial walls into their bloodstream. The studies done on this have noted that on average, babies do not have functioning digestive systems until 6 months. And the 4-month figure is an outlier number included at the very end of the statistical range.
Introduce tastes of food when you see these signs:

-baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod)
-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out
-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth
-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach
-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth

Do not start with bland, nutritionless foods such as oatmeal, baby cereal etc. Babies do not rely on food for the 1st year. What they need is the experience. Let them taste new flavours, touch new textures and feel interesting foods in their mouth. You should not be concerned with feeding them an actual amount; the reason for introducing solids is developmental not nutritional.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn...

“Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.
"These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.”







baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod): TICK
-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out:  TICK
-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth  : TICK
-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach: TICK
-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth :TICK










then in my opinion i think your baby is ready to try out some solid foods. it's not unheard of at all; someone has to be an outlier for there to be an average! my daughter was sitting unassisted and using the pincer grasp before 2 months. she started crawling by 4 months. and yes i let her taste table foods at her pace instead of waiting. the point is that i followed her signs and introduced easy to digest, fun, colorful and tasty foods.






i still recommend trying to stay away from the boxed cereal and "puff" type foods. babies are learning and growing so quickly, why not let them explore new foods? just steam some fresh veggies and mash them...sweet potatoes are a big fave. avacado is fun and has lots of good fat. fruits are great too.






i also wanted to add welcome to my little club! it's so hard to find other mamas with babies who are developmentally different. i get tired of hearing the "are you sure she's x months??" my child is not a mutant! was your baby a big baby at birth? i have heard old wives tales that bigger babies reach milestones earlier. (e.g. pincer grasp is usually around 6 months)

Guggie - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Rosy:



Quoting Guggie:

Ladies this is just common sense regarding the physiology of the human body.

Human milk is the most densely caloric food in liquid form that a baby can eat. Formula is made to mimic this. A baby will get more calories/fat from human milk or formula than solid foods, pureed foods and baby cereal. It is physically impossible for a little baby with a tiny tummy to eat enough pureed food to equal the amount of calories in human milk and formula.

Supplementing with solids/cereal/oatmeal/puree makes no sense. It is less calories. You are not only forcing your child's gastrointestinal system to digest something it is unprepared to handle, you are forcing your child to eat fewer calories.

On top of that, the reason other foods should not be introduced has to do with the function of the digestive system. Babies intestines are not "closed' yet. Their goblet cells are not fully matured. This means the building blocks of food (proteins) go right through the endothelial walls into their bloodstream. The studies done on this have noted that on average, babies do not have functioning digestive systems until 6 months. And the 4-month figure is an outlier number included at the very end of the statistical range.
Introduce tastes of food when you see these signs:

-baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod)
-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out
-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth
-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach
-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth

Do not start with bland, nutritionless foods such as oatmeal, baby cereal etc. Babies do not rely on food for the 1st year. What they need is the experience. Let them taste new flavours, touch new textures and feel interesting foods in their mouth. You should not be concerned with feeding them an actual amount; the reason for introducing solids is developmental not nutritional.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn...

“Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.
"These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.”





baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod): TICK
-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out:  TICK
-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth  : TICK
-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach: TICK
-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth :TICK






then in my opinion i think your baby is ready to try out some solid foods. it's not unheard of at all; someone has to be an outlier for there to be an average! my daughter was sitting unassisted and using the pincer grasp before 2 months. she started crawling by 4 months. and yes i let her taste table foods at her pace instead of waiting. the point is that i followed her signs and introduced easy to digest, fun, colorful and tasty foods.



i still recommend trying to stay away from the boxed cereal and "puff" type foods. babies are learning and growing so quickly, why not let them explore new foods? just steam some fresh veggies and mash them...sweet potatoes are a big fave. avacado is fun and has lots of good fat. fruits are great too.

Shannon - posted on 06/07/2009

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It's always best to not add too much rice to the bottle-good rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon for every 2oz of formula so in a 6oz bottle you would add 3teaspoons :)

Usually the main reason for adding rice cereal to a bottle is to help with the spitting up-the rice thickens it up just enough to help keep it down. I hope this helps and your little fella enjoys it!

Joy - posted on 06/07/2009

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Try changing the formula my baby was having some of the problem you are dealing with and it turned out to be the formula

Stacy - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Helen:

never in a bottle just by spoon. He will choke because he is not expecting it to be thick. It is the same as us expecting tea and actually drinking lumpy soup. you are very likely to choke.


this is so not true, sorry... my son has been eating rice cereal formula mixed with his powder formula since 3 months old.  he has coughed ONE TIME that i can remember, and it's because he wasn't paying attention and bit down on the tip, causing more to come out than he was ready for.  if you're using the correct nipples, with the right flow, they will almost always do fine.  unless you are careless, they're not going to choke.

Stacy - posted on 06/07/2009

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ughhh, people are so worried about everything. i have been putting powder and rice formula in my son's bottle for 2 months and he loves it. there's nothing wrong with it, and it's not going to build up bacteria unless you're careless and let it sit out for too long. make it, feed it to him, and be done.
if you're using 6oz water, put 3 scoops formula, and 2 tablespoons of rice cereal. shake it up really well so it doesn't clog at the opening of the tip. you may need to buy a faster flow nipple or make the hole bigger in the one you're using, so your baby can get adequate gulps.

Amber - posted on 06/07/2009

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omg haha your baby wont get "fat" if you feed him rice cereal before his 4-6 months... but you should wait to feed any solid food until hes ready (which is usually when they open their mouth to take a spoon, sit unsupported, and they no longer push food out of their mouth with their tongue) check your local WIC program! they always have a lot of info. Moms also used to put rice cereal in the bottles, but thats no longer recommended. just use a bowl and spoon! hope this helps.

Jeanne - posted on 06/07/2009

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NONE!!!! You do not feed a baby cereal from a bottle because they can choke and also because it clogs up the nipple and the child just winds up sucking air. If he eats from a spoon continue doing so - just do it a couple of times a day. It may take longer - but it's a lot better than getting him gassy or making him choke.

Barbara - posted on 06/07/2009

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our ped (and everything I've read) said no cereal in the bottle. It was very fustrating when we started spoon feeding cereal at 4 mos. She did suck the spoon and scream through the entire process for a good two weeks. but we kept at it and we would give a spoon of cereal then let her suck her bottle and kept alternating. It's been three weeks but she's FINALLY good...and by good i mean I don't have to do a bottle break. It takes practice but this is how they learn. If he has a lot of diareha you should consult your ped about what he should be eating. Maybe he needs to be on a soy based formula or a sensitive tummy formula. If you're switching too soon his tummy may not have enough time to adjust. Good luck!!

Rosy - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Angela:

WOW!!! You sure did get a lot of "advice " from a lot of people who think thier opionion is the "right one". Sorry you had to read all that, However, people have the right to say whatever the feel.... Having said that, there is NO right or wrong answer when it comes to YOUR child. My daughter was terriable fussy and I started putting rice in her BOTTLES at 4 months (she never choked) and now she is 8 years old and healthy as can be. 4 1/2 feet tall and weighs 55lbs. She is not fat, nor skinny. She is just tje way she is supose to be. Why?? Because every child is different and not everything that worked or didn't work on everyone's child worked on her!! Listen to you mom gut. Try different things, listen to your child behavior. She will tell you what is working by how she and her body respond to what you are trying. Yes there are medical advicings that you should read and if you feel like something isn't safe to try then don't risk it,but at the same time trust that you know what is best for YOUR baby. Everything and everyone else needs to worry about their own children. As for the whole "human milk is best" my daughter could sustin human milk for more than 6 months, where as I breast fed my son for 18 months. Go figure. Again not every child is the same and is going to respond the same! Parenting is about trial and error. You try it, it works, great! You try it, it doesn't work, try something else. Be blessed. And don't listen to the ugly people maybe their idea of support is to judge but there are others who see parenting as a gift not a duty!!!


Thanks finally a sensible comment, True but not when they tell me that im killing my baby and do i have the powers to bring his life back. He was 12 days late and so big its was quite a hard pregnancy and i want my babys life to be the best it can be. Nobodys perfect, I breastfed for only 5days and i couldn't manage my boobs were so gorged and heavy my back ache was agony so unfortunatly it has not dried up i thought about doing trying it again but decided not to :( i was so set on it. Ive read so much but im trying to go for the side that i seem not to understand but im just now so worried that im going to do something wrong now from all of these comments so i tried the spoon and hes gradually taking to it :) I still put a tsp on of rice in the bedtime feed not offten but nobodys perfect young mum or not i was trying to do the best for my son,

User - posted on 06/07/2009

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WOW!!! You sure did get a lot of "advice " from a lot of people who think thier opionion is the "right one". Sorry you had to read all that, However, people have the right to say whatever the feel.... Having said that, there is NO right or wrong answer when it comes to YOUR child. My daughter was terriable fussy and I started putting rice in her BOTTLES at 4 months (she never choked) and now she is 8 years old and healthy as can be. 4 1/2 feet tall and weighs 55lbs. She is not fat, nor skinny. She is just tje way she is supose to be. Why?? Because every child is different and not everything that worked or didn't work on everyone's child worked on her!! Listen to you mom gut. Try different things, listen to your child behavior. She will tell you what is working by how she and her body respond to what you are trying. Yes there are medical advicings that you should read and if you feel like something isn't safe to try then don't risk it,but at the same time trust that you know what is best for YOUR baby. Everything and everyone else needs to worry about their own children. As for the whole "human milk is best" my daughter could sustin human milk for more than 6 months, where as I breast fed my son for 18 months. Go figure. Again not every child is the same and is going to respond the same! Parenting is about trial and error. You try it, it works, great! You try it, it doesn't work, try something else. Be blessed. And don't listen to the ugly people maybe their idea of support is to judge but there are others who see parenting as a gift not a duty!!!

Rosy - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Bridget :

Ask stupid questions youll get stupid answers other then saying no dont do what else is there.



Grr i wish you would get off my page many ppl on how youve been using out of date info, i didnt ask any questions

Rosy - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Guggie:

is your baby fed human milk? 'diarrhea' is a sign that the baby is getting too much foremilk, the watery milk at the beginning of the feed. the poopies will be green and runny. you want the baby to get the fatty hindmilk which will make the poop gold or orangeish and thick.

if your baby is sick, it is unwise to put additional stress on him by changing his diet. his body is already working hard. it would be prudent to take him to the doctor.

putting baby cereal in the bottle has several contraindictions:

-bacteria buildup
-aspiration of cereal into the lungs
-intestinal damage because the digestive system isn't working
-nutritional deficiencies because baby cereal is basically overpriced cardboard
-food confusion, food rejection
-a need for feeding retraining when they get a bit older



hes only 3 months hes not on full milk only formula

Rosy - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Guggie:

Ladies this is just common sense regarding the physiology of the human body.

Human milk is the most densely caloric food in liquid form that a baby can eat. Formula is made to mimic this. A baby will get more calories/fat from human milk or formula than solid foods, pureed foods and baby cereal. It is physically impossible for a little baby with a tiny tummy to eat enough pureed food to equal the amount of calories in human milk and formula.

Supplementing with solids/cereal/oatmeal/puree makes no sense. It is less calories. You are not only forcing your child's gastrointestinal system to digest something it is unprepared to handle, you are forcing your child to eat fewer calories.

On top of that, the reason other foods should not be introduced has to do with the function of the digestive system. Babies intestines are not "closed' yet. Their goblet cells are not fully matured. This means the building blocks of food (proteins) go right through the endothelial walls into their bloodstream. The studies done on this have noted that on average, babies do not have functioning digestive systems until 6 months. And the 4-month figure is an outlier number included at the very end of the statistical range.
Introduce tastes of food when you see these signs:

-baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod)
-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out
-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth
-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach
-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth

Do not start with bland, nutritionless foods such as oatmeal, baby cereal etc. Babies do not rely on food for the 1st year. What they need is the experience. Let them taste new flavours, touch new textures and feel interesting foods in their mouth. You should not be concerned with feeding them an actual amount; the reason for introducing solids is developmental not nutritional.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn...

“Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.
"These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.”


baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod): TICK
-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out:  TICK
-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth  : TICK
-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach: TICK
-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth :TICK

Wendy - posted on 06/07/2009

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Oh and my son who is now 21 months was ALWAYS bringing up his formula even though I tried changing it a couple of times. By the time he was 7 months old I again went against all the advice and I started him on full fat milk. Within about three days he had completely stopped being sick.

User - posted on 06/07/2009

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Depends on how old the child is. At 4months my daughter was so big and eating but remaining hungery I added a teasoon to 4oz of breast milk by 6moths it was 2 teaspoons to 8oz. She aslo started baby food around 5 months though, so size and growth play a big part. It should be enough to add substance but still be liquid enough to fit through a stagge 3 nipple.

Wendy - posted on 06/07/2009

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All three of my kids started on baby rice around the ten week mark. I tried it in bottles but they just clogged up so I made it up really runny with formula milk and fed it from a spoon. They were all fine.

Lissy - posted on 06/07/2009

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None. They don't need nutrition from the cereal yet, but they need to work on eating from a spoon so they're ready to go when they do need the extra nutrition.

Sue - posted on 06/07/2009

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none , weaning shouldn't start until 6mths and should then only be given off a spoon as babies digestive systems are not mature enough , adding to feeds will risk tummy problem and too much weight gain

Shalae - posted on 06/07/2009

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I fed my daughter baby rice thru the bottle like twice...Trust, once they taste the textures off the sppon, they love it..just add one spoonful to about an ounce of milk..its up to u how u think the texture plays a part luv...

Brooke - posted on 06/06/2009

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I have also heard not to put cereal in the bottle, unless your baby has acid reflux. Then you would need to talk to your doctor, but usually you put one teaspoon per ounce.

Amie - posted on 06/06/2009

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ive done it since 2 months and shes fine i still give her a ceral bottle at bed she 8 months and lets say she eats big ppl food but i put 2 scoops of the foumula scoop thing u might have to cut the nipple a little but its okand my daughter is 32 inches long and weighs 16 and a half she not fat

Nicole - posted on 06/06/2009

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Ms. Guggie Daly is right! Perhaps you could get some breastmilk from a milk bank. It is gentlest on baby tummies.

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rice cereal isn't really fibrous enough to help with diarrhea, try some extra boiled water to keep hydration up, if it's long term then i'd suggest it must be the milk you are giving. see your dr or health visitor for advice, they may suggest you change brands.



my daughter had huge colic issues (12hrs a day crying) until i changed milk brands. SMA gave her constipation and diarrhea, cown and gate seemed to help her.

mand x

Rebecca - posted on 06/06/2009

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Interesting the replies that are all contradicting each other. Do we forget that all babies are different, just as all adults are different?!



Diarrhea can be a symptom of a few things you might want your doctor to check out.



1. Coeliac (or Celiac) Sprue (a gluten intolerance) can make it so that foods are not digesting properly - a small intestine biopsy is the best way to check this in infants

2. Reflux (or GERD) medications will help this more than adding cereal to a bottle will. . .

3. Iron- overdose (risk with iron-fortified formulas) if you use formula. . . just a little blood draw

4. Lactose intolerance (would be a problem with the milk itself) - also a little blood draw

User - posted on 06/06/2009

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You should never mix cereal in a bottle; if your child is too young to take it from a spoon, then it isn't time to introduce it yet. Sometimes babies go through a growth spurt and eat like crazy. Just about the time you think you can't keep up, the eating slows down.

Helen - posted on 06/06/2009

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never in a bottle just by spoon. He will choke because he is not expecting it to be thick. It is the same as us expecting tea and actually drinking lumpy soup. you are very likely to choke.

Erin - posted on 06/06/2009

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None! My pediatrician has told me many times not to do that. If your baby is about 4 months just start spoon feeding him or her. They will get the calories needed that way.

Tamara - posted on 06/06/2009

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None. Absolutely no rice whatsoever or any other cereal for that matter goes in a child's bottle.

Bridget - posted on 06/06/2009

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Ask stupid questions youll get stupid answers other then saying no dont do what else is there.

Brittany - posted on 06/06/2009

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lol, my mom did it to me, my cousin did it to her kids and none of either of their kids are fat, quite skinny actually



I mixed it in a bowl for my daughter by the directions and then poured it in a bottle. It was thinner than it was supposed to be because I added it the rest of the formula that was in her bottle. Here's a link to convert between milliliters and ounces. It might be able to help you.



http://www.metric-conversions.org/volume...

Guggie - posted on 06/06/2009

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is your baby fed human milk? 'diarrhea' is a sign that the baby is getting too much foremilk, the watery milk at the beginning of the feed. the poopies will be green and runny. you want the baby to get the fatty hindmilk which will make the poop gold or orangeish and thick.



if your baby is sick, it is unwise to put additional stress on him by changing his diet. his body is already working hard. it would be prudent to take him to the doctor.



putting baby cereal in the bottle has several contraindictions:



-bacteria buildup

-aspiration of cereal into the lungs

-intestinal damage because the digestive system isn't working

-nutritional deficiencies because baby cereal is basically overpriced cardboard

-food confusion, food rejection

-a need for feeding retraining when they get a bit older

Guggie - posted on 06/06/2009

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Ladies this is just common sense regarding the physiology of the human body.



Human milk is the most densely caloric food in liquid form that a baby can eat. Formula is made to mimic this. A baby will get more calories/fat from human milk or formula than solid foods, pureed foods and baby cereal. It is physically impossible for a little baby with a tiny tummy to eat enough pureed food to equal the amount of calories in human milk and formula.



Supplementing with solids/cereal/oatmeal/puree makes no sense. It is less calories. You are not only forcing your child's gastrointestinal system to digest something it is unprepared to handle, you are forcing your child to eat fewer calories.



On top of that, the reason other foods should not be introduced has to do with the function of the digestive system. Babies intestines are not "closed' yet. Their goblet cells are not fully matured. This means the building blocks of food (proteins) go right through the endothelial walls into their bloodstream. The studies done on this have noted that on average, babies do not have functioning digestive systems until 6 months. And the 4-month figure is an outlier number included at the very end of the statistical range.

Introduce tastes of food when you see these signs:



-baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod)

-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out

-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth

-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach

-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth



Do not start with bland, nutritionless foods such as oatmeal, baby cereal etc. Babies do not rely on food for the 1st year. What they need is the experience. Let them taste new flavours, touch new textures and feel interesting foods in their mouth. You should not be concerned with feeding them an actual amount; the reason for introducing solids is developmental not nutritional.



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“Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.

"These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.”

Rosy - posted on 06/06/2009

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Quoting Bridget :

NONE!!!!!! It is a choking hazard unless you have super powers to bring babies back to life dont do it!!!! Have you read or studied infant at all while pregnant?



WTF? unless your going to write something helpfull don't write anything thanks

Rosy - posted on 06/06/2009

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Quoting Yvette:

Before I answer that question let me first tell you this, I'm a mom to 4 of the most wonderful kids in the world and I used ceral with every one of them.




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You will have people telling you to spoon feed ceral and that it's not good to put it in the bottle. I am here to tell you that my peditrician who has recently retired advised me to put cereal in my first baby's bottle at 2 weeks old! You are probably wondering why so early....my baby was 9 pounds at birth and plain formula wasn't keeping him full, all he did was cry and drink so much he would vomit it up, I was 18 and would cry right along with him! The very first feeding with ceral was the most satisfied he had been since he was born,,,not to mention he slept through the night from that day on!!! Today he is almost 17 years old and a very healthy, happy young man!!( still always hungry,LOL)

Rice Ceral = Constipation

Oatmeal Ceral = normal bowel movement **use this one**

Barley Ceral = very soft bowel movement



BE SURE TO ADJUST THE NIPPLE ACCORDING TO THE THICKNESS.

I USED TO MAKE THE BOTTLE BY EYE, I would add enough ceral to have it like a watery



milkshake. GOOD LUCK





Thanks my son was 9lbs 5 at birth  and im only 16 years old, thanks for the advice :) but he ate ti really runny today off the spoon was dribbling it out but im sure he had some i will try make it thicker gradually

Bridget - posted on 06/05/2009

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NONE!!!!!! It is a choking hazard unless you have super powers to bring babies back to life dont do it!!!! Have you read or studied infant at all while pregnant?

Mel - posted on 06/05/2009

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i had a feeling you would get people advising you against it they are the ones who do things by thebook and nothing against them but you have to do what works for your child. i dont know how much to put in id say just a little bit but it depends on the baby. just try a little and ive heard some people say make the teet hole a big bigger so they can get the milk out when its thicker. good luck

Sarah - posted on 06/05/2009

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If he's not keeping down the breast milk or formula. I would talk to your doctor. He may be reacting to whatever you're giving. He may be lactose intolerant. They say DO NOT put cereal in the bottle. All reasons listed below. I would talk to your doc about reflux too.

User - posted on 06/05/2009

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I put one tablespoon for every 2 oz.of formula to start out and then if you want as they get used to it you can make it thicker (when eat with spoon 1:1 ratio one tablespoon to 1 0z. formula)

Sherri - posted on 06/05/2009

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I never put it in my boys bottle always feed him by the spoon it is the best way.

User - posted on 06/05/2009

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There are drops to help with diarhoea, they are probiotic drops for babies called Bio Gaia. Check them out online, we use them to help with our baby's digestive system.

Kathy - posted on 06/05/2009

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As a mother of 2... both of my children were started on cereal at 2 months. You should never put in the bottle. I'd make it somewhat runny and start them right from the spoon. Start off with a tablespoon and as you baby gets use to the cereal add more and make it a little thicker as your baby grows. I hope this help you

Bonnie - posted on 06/05/2009

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None! It's a choking hazard and if your baby is under 4 months old it's too harsh for his/her stomach. Your pediatrician should tell you the same thing...

Renee' - posted on 06/05/2009

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I will have to agree. I was also told not to ever put cereal in a bottle. The best thing you can do is to start feeding your baby with a spoon. Yes, he or she may spit it out, but sooner or later they will get the hang of it.

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