putting cereal in 8wk old formula?

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My daughter is 8 weeks old & is already up to 7 ounces, eating every 3-4 hours. About 3 weeks ago, my mother-in-law told me to start putting cereal in her baby formula to thicken it. I did that for a week, until a friend told me her doctor said that it can cause food allergies. My mother-in-law has done that for all 3 of her children, with no problems or complications. I plan on talking to my doctor on my next visit but wanted to get advice from other moms until then! Thanks!!!

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Ally - posted on 02/17/2009

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Quoting Joelle:



Quoting Rebekah:

no dont give her cereal its dangerous xxx it can affect her bowels x





Since when this is dangerous ??? LOL !!!! how did we manage to suvive the last XXXX years without modern Drs. telling you all bunch of nonsense stuff ???? - My mom - back in the 1940s used to add flour in the formula! - (cooked of course) how did we survive this horrible things ??? EXPERIENCE My dear! - bowels problems ???? NO WAY - Just a little common sense PLEASE .... don't panic and don't over react to those things !!! LOL






A young Great - grandma !!!!






It has always been dangerous! But like many other things like (sleeping babies on their tummies and using alcohol for teething) we KNOW BETTER NOW. AS a registered nurse i find it not only foolish but very irresponsible to discount someones medically sound advice simply because ...your mom did it! ?? It has been scientifically proven through numerous studies that starting solids before 4-6 months of age can in fact cause food allergies and lead to childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes. Not to mention the biggie that it is a huge choking hazard!! And if you look at the mortality rates back in the "good old days" you will realize that many of those babies did not survive. we are living longer healthier lives now due to the research that has now been put into evidenced based practice.



 



 



Babies were not designed to sleep through the night.  Frequent night waking is the protective mechanism that keeps them alive and moms milk supply up...i suggest you spend some time getting up on the current and healthier alternatives in order to benefit the babies in your care.

Malinda - posted on 02/16/2009

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While it is true that trends in feeding have changed over time, so have infant and child mortality rates. Rice does not provide the nutrition that your child needs at this age - only breast milk or formula can do that. Rice only provides empty callories and can indeed cause a child harm.

Amy - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi...I am a Registered Dietitian with a Pediatric specialty.  It is not advisable to add cereal for a number of reasons.  The biggest is that, yes, the baby will take less volume because the cereal will fill her up faster, but it will then in turn decrease the overall amount of formula the baby is taking.  Formula and/or breast milk is the primary source of nutrition for the first year of life and the only source up until about 6 months when solids are introduced.  By decreasing the amount of formula can deprive the baby of calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, and essential fatty acids.  Every baby is different and should feed on demand.  And there is some research out now on allergies and the early introduction of solids.  Unless absolutely medically necessary, solids should not be introduced until a bare minimum of 4 months...6 months is ideal.  Hope that helps.

Sarah - posted on 02/16/2009

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NEVER EVER EVER put any food in your babies formula, espesially at that age. babies stomaches can not take anythink othr than milk designed especially for them. if you give your baby anything other than breast or formula milk you are not only increasing the chance of food allergies but also caursing them a great amount of pain as thier digestive system is not fully developed enough for food.

not until 6 months should your child have anything other than breast or formula milk. if your doctor or health visitor says at four months for older that your child is ready and showing signs they want it then thats fine.

grandparents are often wrong about alot of things.

i mean would you ever think about putting rum on a babies teether to dull the pain? yet alot of older women swear by it and its proven to be very dangerous. just like giving a baby any thing other than breast or formula before 4-6 months.

Malinda - posted on 02/16/2009

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Usually this advice is given to try and get a baby to sleep through the night. The bottom line is that a) it doesn't work, b) your baby's stomach is not ready to digest "solid" foods and c) 8 week old children should not be expected to sleep through the night anyway. There are risks ranging from allergies to choking. Definitely talk to your pedi, but this is really not recommended.

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Marissa - posted on 04/14/2012

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Wow! I am shocked to be reading how many women have added cereal to bottles in babies so young! If bubs need more food, then feed them more often. Don't add thickeners to try to fill them up! Babies tummies are still developing in the first few months of life and cannot handle trying to digest anything other than milk. It can do them harm if they are forced to digest food too early. I never normally react to what I read in these forums, but this has really been hard to not comment. I am not trying to offend, just am genuinely shocked that it is so common.

Lela - posted on 08/14/2009

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This what I have been told by my pediatrician: Rice cereal actually has fewer calories than milk so it actually does not help tide them over longer. It can however make them constipated because their intestines are not ready for this yet. He also said babies at this age eat because they need the nutrients and calories in breastmilk/ formula to help them grow, giving them cereal or water or anything else at this age fills their bellies with stuff they dont need and keeps them form getting what they do need. I also read in Parent magazine that there is a study showing that babies who are started on cereal before 4 months of age are at an increased risk of type 1 diabetes. The reason for this is the same reason they say it can cause allergies. The lining of their intestine is not fully developed yet and antigens from the food can cross through their intestine and into their blood stream and is then seen as a foreign body. That is when their body makes anibodies against the food thus causing an allergy. The article I read was saying that the rice cereal molecules closely resemble the cells of the pancrease so the antibodies against the cereal are suspected to be attacking the pancreas and this is what is causing the diabetes. This seems like a normal eating/ sleeping pattern for a 8 wk old baby anyways. I figure if God wanted them to eat solids he would have given them teeth when they were born. Hang in there it will get better.

Lydia - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Jolene:

I did it with my daughter at 6 weeks old...no problems or allergies. Every baby is different though...what may be okay with one baby may not be with another.



How true.  I have 3 boys and 1 dd. The boys need extra, they are not satisfied with breastmilk. I gave the older 2 boys cereal at quite young ages. Before they were 1 month old, for the oldest, and around 6 weeks for the other.  My dd had none, until older. not sure what age she was.  Now, I have an 11 wk. old son. He needs a few baby spoons of cereal mixed with formula every so many weeks. There are a few days when he just won't be satisfied and I can't keep breastfeeding, all day long, so I give him just a few bites, he stops when he has had enough. Again, it is only when I get desperate for him to stop wanting to nurse, all the time  AND if a bottle of formula won't do it.
I do not like to put it in the bottle, makes the baby too tired from trying to suck it through and causes more trouble, with a very hungry baby in the end.  You are further ahead to mix cereal with formula in a bowl and spoon feed just a few tiny bites. She will let yuo know if she wants it or not, and when she has had enough if you go slowly. One or 2 bites to start.

Randie - posted on 02/24/2009

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my baby is almost 5months old, and has acid reflux, and even  with that medical condition I was still told not to add anything until  shes at least 6 months...my mother in law wanted to give her pudding chocolate none the  less (allergies to choc run in my fam)  because there wouldnt be an hrm, she did it with her kids....talk to the doc...mines just now eating 6 oz of food and weighs 11 pounds (born @ 29 weeks though..)

Kelly - posted on 02/24/2009

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HI,  I was told my doctor to put both my little boys on  ceral at 6 weeks.  They both had



acid reflux pretty bad, it seemed to help a little.  They are 6 and 3 now and neither one



has had any allergies to anything!! 



hope this helped, but talk to your doctor.  Some doctors don't recommend it at all.



Kelly Chapman

Wanda - posted on 02/24/2009

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Congratulations! And you have a baby with a great appetite. I know the Drs tell you one thing, but my kids(3 of them) were hungry at that age too, and I would mix cereal in their night bottle. What a wonderful thing to do, and none of them have any allergies. I sometimes wonder if they take to many precautions. Good luck.

Angel - posted on 02/24/2009

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I wouldn't do it! I would feed every 3 hours and not every 4 hours until she is 12 weeks old~maybe that will help. Also, it could be a growth spurt. My 4 month old just went through a growth spurt and he couldn't get enough and now he has leveled back to every 4 hours and still sleeping through the night (he's been sleeping through the night since he was 5 1/2 weeks old). I also breastfeed ~so the myth about not being able to go all night (being 12 hours) without nursing is not true!

Briony - posted on 02/24/2009

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the best thing i tried was putting my little boy on to the hungry milk.. its thicker than the normal milk so should fill her up a little bit more than the normal 1st milk.

DaNita - posted on 02/24/2009

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it all has to do with your child's digestion. Some babies can not digest the cereal at a young age. I have had 4 babies and never put cereal in their bottles. I strongly believe that bottles should only be for milk (formula or breast). Every other food (cereal, juice, ...) should be given in a different way, spoon or sippy cup. Saying all this I had a 9 lb, 10lb, 7.4 lb and 8.8lb babies. Each one started cereal at different ages. As a mom you are the only one who knows your baby. Ask yourself which way is easier for me, which was seems to satisfy my baby better, which way makes me feel like i'm doing the right thing? I hope this helps...

DaNita

Dawn - posted on 02/24/2009

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I started putting a tablespoon of rice cereal in my baby's 4 ounce bottles around 2 months. But I didn't do every bottle, maybe once during the day and before bed. As long as you use cereal that has a 1 on it...first step. Also just watch, if she spits it up alot or gets sick then stop. And i would still mention it to the doctor.

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Quoting Nicole:

I had put rice in my son's formula when he was 5 weeks old (he is now 13 months) and so far he hasn't had any food allergies. I did haven't switch him around 3 months to Enfamil AR which has the rice protein already in there and that total helped his reflux, he is also taking Prevacid. Once we had him on the prevacid and Enfamil AR he started sleeping through the night!


Did it never occur  to you that giving him the rice is what caused the reflux? His stomach wasn't physically developed enough at that young age to handle rice. Giving babies food to soon causes stomach problems.

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Quoting Joelle:



Quoting Rebekah:

no dont give her cereal its dangerous xxx it can affect her bowels x





Since when this is dangerous ??? LOL !!!! how did we manage to suvive the last XXXX years without modern Drs. telling you all bunch of nonsense stuff ???? - My mom - back in the 1940s used to add flour in the formula! - (cooked of course) how did we survive this horrible things ??? EXPERIENCE My dear! - bowels problems ???? NO WAY - Just a little common sense PLEASE .... don't panic and don't over react to those things !!! LOL






A young Great - grandma !!!!





As medicine advances we learn how to do things better. In the 40's they also gave women medicine to dry up their milk so they wouldn't breastfeed, no we know better. My grandfather you used to beat his children with a belt, I'm not taking that advice on child rearing either. The older generation knows a lot but many of their ideas on child rearing are completely out-dated and not medically correct anymore. We've come a long way since then...for example we know how to prevent polio now. Think about how much has changed in 70 years, what was right then is not always what's right now.



Feeding a baby solids to early can lead to lifelong stomach problems. Visit the medicine aisle of your local grocery store to see evidence of this...they are full of all kinds of medication for your stomach. Or simply use common sense and pat attention to the rise in people having acid reflux, IBS, and a million other stomach ailments.



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids... Please read this article for why you should NOT give a baby solids this early. Formula or breastmilk is all they need right now.

Darlene - posted on 02/24/2009

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my opinion is DO NOT do that- fact of the matter is, yes there are many side effects to that...food allergies and also intestinal and stomach problems. The reason babies up until 6 months or so should not have anything other than formula, or breast milk- is because their intestines and stomach is not fully developed to handle the digestion of anything heavier........this is not the technical term but have you heard of "stretching their bellies"? when u over feed your child from a younf age it does cause them to be more hungry more often causing child obesity- this will start early on. I would suggest breast milk or formula, more often rather than heavier- at least until 5-6 months old.

Heather - posted on 02/24/2009

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Seriously??? Your damn lucky that your child is normal. Better hope he doesn't develop serious allergies or anything else at a later age. Pediatricians are the ones with the medical degress, not you. They know whats best. There is a reason they say to hold off on anything other than formula/breast milk until the child is at LEAST 4 months old.

Heather - posted on 02/24/2009

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I wouldn't recommend doing the rice in formula. Pediatricians say not too, and they have the medical degrees. Would you want to risk your child getting allergies? I know that 7 ounces sounds like a lot, but my first daughter was 8lbs 11oz at birth and was eating about the same at the same age. I can also understand that its hard to tell your mother in law no about things, lol. You just have to stick to what you think is right for your child. For my husband and I, it was going by doctors recommendations, always.

Nicole - posted on 02/24/2009

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I had put rice in my son's formula when he was 5 weeks old (he is now 13 months) and so far he hasn't had any food allergies. I did haven't switch him around 3 months to Enfamil AR which has the rice protein already in there and that total helped his reflux, he is also taking Prevacid. Once we had him on the prevacid and Enfamil AR he started sleeping through the night!

Roseanne - posted on 02/24/2009

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I put cereal in with both my children who are now aged 24 and 22 there have been absolutely no side effects to doing so. My doctor told me that there was not a problem with it and it was actually he who suggested I do just that.

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2009

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NO, NO, NO...it is known to make baby prone to food allergies.  Mothers (and mother in laws) don't always know best. Things have changed a lot in the 20 or 30 years since they raised babies. I think this is a bad idea!  Do some internet research on food allergies and babies...it is all the same...nothing but breast milk/formula, until 6 mos.

Gina - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hi! I have an 8 month old. We have been putting cereal in her bottles since she was 2 months old. Now, we do it to help with her acid reflux as recommended by her pediatrician. However, there are conflicting "studies" concerning food allergies. My pediatrician doesn't believe that rice cereal can cause food allergies. Talk to your pediatrician. This is also my third child, no food allergies here! Good luck!

Gina - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hi! I have an 8 month old. We have been putting cereal in her bottles since she was 2 months old. Now, we do it to help with her acid reflux as recommended by her pediatrician. However, there are conflicting "studies" concerning food allergies. My pediatrician doesn't believe that rice cereal can cause food allergies. Talk to your pediatrician. This is also my third child, no food allergies here! Good luck!

Sahra-Dora - posted on 02/24/2009

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was she sleeping longer at night? I havent heard anything about it having side effects but I did hear it keeps them full longer to sleep through the night.

User - posted on 02/24/2009

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When I had my first daughter she was 8lbs. 14 1/2oz.  She couldn't get enough to eat.  So my mother put like a quater of a tsp. (if that) in her formula.  This was my daughters 3rd night home from the hospital.  Let me tell you she slept through the night since that very night.    As a brand new mom, I was petrified to do this at first, so I made my mom do it.  The best part about it is my daughter is now 17 & healthy as can be.  I did the same thing with my second daughter.  Congratulations and good luck to you!

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2009

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Well here is my advice girl. with my oldest I did that alot because she was always acting like she was hungry and that satisfied her. she is almost 7 and still no food allergies.

My youngest girl is 3 and she did take as much formula as the other one and she has a couple of food allergies.

My advice would be to give it to her if it helps her to be satisfied and she enjoys it.

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Your baby is too young to have cereal in the formula.  It might cause food allergies.  I would try just to feed her as much as she wants to eat.  Your mother in law needs to go with you to a dr apt. and listen to the doctor.  That's what I did.  It did help a lot with the "suggestions"

Karen - posted on 02/24/2009

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I put rice cereal in my son's formula at about 8 weeks because he couldn't get enough to eat. My mom told me to...she had done it with all 4 children. My son is now 22 and doesn't have a single food allergy (nor do I and my 3 siblings.) He was very satisfied, slept much longer at night. It was a good solution for me, but you should discuss it with your doctor.

Serena - posted on 02/24/2009

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I breastfed, so I'm not entirely sure, but I remember from baby books etc that feeding every 3-4 hours is completely normal. Especially at such a young age. My son was a big baby (almost 9lbs and I'mm only 5'2") and was feeding every hour, for a good few months. I would try and wait it out as much as you can, even if its just for a few more weeks.



Theres lots of things they did in the past that we wouldn't dream of doing now! A few drops of whiskey to make your baby sleep, anyone? Hehe.

Virginia - posted on 02/23/2009

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My kids are allergy prone, so we avoided any food before 6 months and any allergy food (peanuts, rice, fish, tomato, dairy etc) before 12 months.



Don't put oatmeal in a bottle - no matter how finely it is ground - it gets stuck!

Alison - posted on 02/23/2009

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Don't wait. call your dr. Infamil AR can work or there are other options out there and you can get samples. Adding cereal to formula to bottles can be dangerous. Good Luck!

Moeniesa - posted on 02/23/2009

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I started giving my baby, rice cereal from 4 weeks old, he refused to drink it in the bottle so I made it on with some of his milk and fed it to him, he absolutely adored it. Yes children get allergies you just have to watch out what they eat and then stop giving them tat for a while. He got an allergic reaction at about 3 months to wheat but I stopped giving him that for about a month or two and then he was fine, at 2 months I started giving him the baby food in bottles and at 3 months I started feeding him the food we eat, like pumpkin, butternut, squash, potato all mixed with some of his formula milk and I also gave him some scrambled egg that was slightly wet. he will be 4 in June and I have absolutely no problem with him, no allergies nothing. Your dr will tell you that you shouldn't feed her cereal but at the end of the day you need to do what you feel comfortable with.

Tiffany - posted on 02/23/2009

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Back in the day when we were kids our mothers did it for us and we are all just fine. I did it for my son at about three weeks because he was throwing up his formula everytime he ate and I don't mean spitting up. I did feel like I may be doing something wrong so I confessed to the doctor and he told me that I am the mother and if I feel that is what is best for my child then he will not tell me to stop. He just advised me that most doctors don't think it is best any longer. My son is now almost five and he is built like a brick *&^% house. Don't know if it has anything to do with that but, he is healthy as can be not a problem in sight. So I definately would say go for it and get some sleep while you are at it.

Hollie - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

putting cereal in 8wk old formula?

My daughter is 8 weeks old & is already up to 7 ounces, eating every 3-4 hours. About 3 weeks ago, my mother-in-law told me to start putting cereal in her baby formula to thicken it. I did that for a week, until a friend told me her doctor said that it can cause food allergies. My mother-in-law has done that for all 3 of her children, with no problems or complications. I plan on talking to my doctor on my next visit but wanted to get advice from other moms until then! Thanks!!!



It is fine, I feed my second child cereal at two weeks old because she was up to 8 oz every two to three hours. Most Doctors look down on this but I always feed my kids on demand and none of them are over weight and they are healthy. I think you did the right thing. Good Luck:)

Desiree - posted on 02/23/2009

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It's too early for solids. My son is breasted, he is 2 1/2 months old and eats every 2hrs, he is 16lbs....they are growing babies, let them drink as much and as often as they want.

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If it is just to get her to sleep at night, id say no. but honestly, some babies are just hungrier than others. My mom put my brother on cereal when he was 3 weeks old and he was fine. My son is 8 months old and i couldnt put it in his bottle until he was 5 months because his stomach couldnt handle it. i think it just depends on the child. if you did it for a week and she did well with it i would say to go for it. Pediatricians are great, but my pediatrician says no table food until 1 year and my son has been on table food completely for 2 months now, it is all depending on the child. And enfamil has a formula that has cereal in it...called Enfamil AR or something like that, so you could try that. But anyways, if she did well for the week you had her on it, Id say youd be fine to go for it!

Silvana - posted on 02/23/2009

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i was told once a baby drinks about 40oz a day they are ready for cereal..Past generations i think must have done something right..we turned out ok...

User - posted on 02/23/2009

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I wouldn't do it. Doctors dont recommend it that early. Can cause allergies and give them digestive problems. Id wait till around 4 or 5 months.

Dale - posted on 02/23/2009

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You know, you should ALWAYS consult with your doctor when it comes to the health and nutrition of a new born, however, keep in mind that not every baby is the same with the same metabolism. My daughter was a healthy eater from the get-go, she was 9 pnds 2 oz, and loved her formula. We started her with 6 oz every four hours, and would even wake her up at 11pm for her last one for the first month, then we took the 11pm bottle away as she was sleeping through 7-7 from 3 weeks. So we decided to give her the 8 oz 4 times daily and she would drink what she would. At 3 months that was no longer enough for her, we decided (instead of mixing with her formula in the bottle) to give her, her cereal almost as a dinner, and made it very thin, she loved it, and it seemed to be enough for the time being, but like i said she had a very big appetite, and every baby is different, honestly, i wouldnt recommend it any earlier than that, as yes there is a higher chance of allergies, but keep in mind their poor digestive system!!!
good luck, and let us know what the doctor says !! :)

Shannon - posted on 02/23/2009

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Things have changed a lot since our parents had kids.. eating every 3-4 hours is what babies do. Its exhausting I know but they're growing and need the nutrition. I can almost guarantee your doctor will tell you not to put cereal in your babies formula. Babies should be bf or ff exclusively for the first 6 months of life. If you want your baby to sleep longer I would suggest swaddling her tight with a soother works like a charm. Good Luck :)

Shannon - posted on 02/23/2009

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Things have changed a lot since our parents had kids.. eating every 3-4 hours is what babies do. Its exhausting I know but they're growing and need the nutrition. I can almost guarantee your doctor will tell you not to put cereal in your babies formula. Babies should be bf or ff exclusively for the first 6 months of life. If you want your baby to sleep longer I would suggest swaddling her tight with a soother works like a charm. Good Luck :)

Doris - posted on 02/23/2009

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I did the same thing but at 2 weeks and both my children slept through the night. It was the best thing i ever did. They didnt develop any food allergies. I did it because my mom and every other grand parent did it back in the day and we all turned out fine. Todays doctors seem to think keeping them on straight formula for a year is the best judgement but they also dont have to stay up at night feeding them. Good Luck your a mom and use your best judgement.

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YOUR DR.. WILL TELL U NO FOOD OR CEREAL. BUT ME PERSONALY IF YOUR BABY IS HUNGRY FEED HER.MY DOUGHTER IS 14 WEEKS AND HAS BEEN GETTING CEREAL SENCE SHE WAS 4 WEEKS AND BABY FOOD SENCE 5 WEEKS. SHE HAS ALSO BEEN TAKING 7-8 OZ EVERY 4 HRS. AND HAS BEEN SLEEPING THRUOGH THE NIGHT SENCE SHE WAS 5 WEEKS OLD. TRY SPOON FEEDING RICE WITH SOME BABY FOOD. WHEN MY SON WAS A BABY HE WAS TAKING 8 OZ. EVERY 4 HRS. AT 2 DAYS OLD. SO WE STARTED THE RICE AND FOOD AT 2 AND 3 WEEKS WITH HIM. AND WE HAD NO PROBLEMS. YOU REALLY NEED TO GO ON WHAT U FEEL IS BEST FOR YOUR BABY. THE DR.AND FRIENDS DONT LIVE WITH HER. SO IF SHES HUNGRY FEED HER. YOU COULD ALSO TRY SOME SUGAR WATER IN BETWEEN FEEDINGS IF SHE GETS FUSSY. A LOT OF TIME WHEN THE BABY CRIES IN BETWEEN HER FEEDING ITS NOT BECAUSE SHES HUNGRY BUT THURSTY. 






see what I mean - people telling others to ignore the doctor who is educated for 10+ odd years, and give your baby "SUGAR WATER"   OMG!!! - there is a future diabetic child, I think I should leave this site, it's horrible what advice these people will give.  Yep, forget the nutrient rich formula, just fill em up to shut em up!  Insane!  And a FYI - if you think your baby is thirsty - breastmilk/forumla is a LIQUID which will quench this "thirst", but here's a novel idea - WATER - certainly not sugar water!

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Seriously?  Any of these posts advising to add cereal to a 6wk old  babies formula are CRAZY!!!  And I'd HATE to be the child of the selfish parent enjoying 9 hours of sleep, while the child goes under nourished.  The calories and nutrients that the baby needs (every 2-4 hours) are in the formula - or your breast milk FOR A REASON PEOPLE!!!  Nice for you to get a good nights sleep, but when you CHOSE to have a baby, you have a RESPONSIBILITY.  It's not about you and "your rest" - absolutely rediculous!!! Get a grip - having children is a lifetime undertaking, here's an idea - when they get to be 5 or 6, just give them a big loaf of cheap italian bread to fill them up for the day, it'll save you money on groceries, you wont have to give them lunch because they'll be filled up! That is what putting cereal in your childs bottle is equal to!!! Mother in laws, grandmothers, whoever, do NOT know everything, in fact most of what they think they know is NO LONGER right and even dangerous.  You are filling your baby up with empty carb calories - guess what they turn to..... sugar, guess what that leads to...... diabetes.  But at least you're getting enough rest and your baby is quiet.  Guess what people.... BABIES CRY - feed the child!  Feed them what they want until they stop - they know when they are full and they know when they are hungry and they'll let you know.  There will only be a problem if the pediatrician thinks the baby is overweight - but that is rare!!!  You have to pass tests to drive, work, almost everything, but any idiot can have a child.  Read a book, talk to your pediatrician ( who by the way - knows a bit more than grandma or Aunt Rose!) > you should have to pass a test to have a child - you've got a life in your hands.  And everyone who says, well my kids turned out ok are lucky - and dont know what's in store for their previously nutrient deprived children.  Lets not forget the obesity problems kids face, I already mentioned diabetes on the rise, ADHD, autism.  Your baby is developing, their brain, bones, heart, circulatory system....... THEY are developing!  This site can be a help and it can be dangerous, depending on who you want to believe.  TALK TO YOUR PEDIATRICIAN - I bet they say no cereal.  Sorry, you decided to have a baby (I'm talking to everyone - not just the original person who asked the question) feed your baby, take care of your baby, they didn't ask to come into this world to have old remedies and dangerous changes to their diets made by ill informed adults who want to take a nap or  selfishly sleep through the night, it's not forever, they are only infants for a short time - people live through sleep deprivation - it passes!  Get a grip people - seriously!!!

Erna - posted on 02/23/2009

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I did it for all three of my children and none of them have any problems plus they sleep longer.My children are all grown except for a 15 year old and I say your mother in law is right on. Good luck trust the tried and true.

Shade - posted on 02/23/2009

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Both my sons were over 9lbs when I had them and so their eating habit was different from other babies. I had to introduce solid to their food earlier likewise cereal because they were bigger and eating double what other babies were. I think it depends on your childs growth and also talk to your doctor as well.

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Quoting Ashley:

putting cereal in 8wk old formula?



 



Hey! I did that with my daughter also, and she's perfectly fine. I found it helped quite a bit until I could give her cereal at 5 months. Good Luck!



P.S. Your doctor will probably tell you not to do this. My doctor did, but I chose to anyways.



Hope I could help!!





 

Yvonne - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi! Ashley, I have a 19 and a 14  yr old daughters. I fed my girls as they were hungry. My grandmother fed us early. My mother fed us early, I fed my girls early. I say if they are hungry feed them. My youngest baby was 8 days old when she had her first potatoes. I was feeding her consatntly so the doc suggested switching breast milk to formula. Didnt work she was always hungry, I called my grandmother and saked her and told her she's always hungry 24-7 so she said give her a small bit of potatoes wehn you feed her and she was finnaly content. I suggest to see if thats what she needs then i say yes. We eat when we are hungry and somtimes a lil snack sometimes we are more hungry, babies r the same. I say if she is taking it without alot of spit up. Go for it. both my girls were frd off the table and before 4months of age and they r fine, good healthy. strong girls. :)

Richelle - posted on 02/23/2009

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I was actually scared to tell my doctor because I thought he would be upset about it. But he wasn't he was happy. And really, all kids are different, who is he to say your kids cant eat real food for 6 months!

Richelle - posted on 02/23/2009

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I dont think I would put it in her bottle, I would just make a little cereal with formula in a bowl and feed it to her. My kids were trying the first foods at this time. Like the applesauce, pears, carrots and squash. The doctors are saying no "real"food for so long. "Just formula for this many months" But so many of us listen to our moms and try the food. My kids never had a problem, Just dont make the cereal thick! Thats probably why they want you to wait, so the baby wont choke. Just be careful and make sure its not thick and dont give her a lot at a time. Good luck.

Richelle - posted on 02/23/2009

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I dont think I would put it in her bottle, I would just make a little cereal with formula in a bowl and feed it to her. My kids were trying the first foods at this time. Like the applesauce, pears, carrots and squash. The doctors are saying no "real"food for so long. "Just formula for this many months" But so many of us listen to our moms and try the food. My kids never had a problem, Just dont make the cereal thick! Thats probably why they want you to wait, so the baby wont choke. Just be careful and make sure its not thick and dont give her a lot at a time. Good luck.

Emily - posted on 02/22/2009

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Your friend is correct. Food Allergies were not like they are now. Doctors do not know why kids these days have so many allergies but why risk taking that chance. My son was allergic to dairy, wheat, and eggs. It is not fun have a child with allergies. Plus, at 8 weeks old her stomach is not developed enough to digest the cereal correctly. It could cause problems down the road. Hope that helps some. People told me the same and just wouldn't risk it.

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