when can i start putting rice cereal in my daughter Grace's bottle, and will it really help her sleep longer?

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Samantha - posted on 11/18/2008

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I was told by my doctor to not put it in her bottle because they will have more trouble eating from a spoon. He said when they can hold their head up, put them in a highchair (mine reclined a little) and introduce it with a spoon, but water it down a lot so they don't choke, make it like rice soup

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Martha - posted on 11/18/2008

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I appreciate all of the comments made to try and keep the community in line. Please be sure to respect other people and remember that there are people on the other end of these conversations. I am closing this thread as I believe the question has been addressed.

Christie - posted on 11/18/2008

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It was recommended by many sources I have read and heard from NOT to do it and to just wait until about 6 months of age to start eating. I can't remember why, but there was some good reasoning behind not putting it in the bottle. Dr Sears books are a good resource for this kind of information!

Clare - posted on 11/18/2008

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Rice Cereal should be held off at least until 4-6 months. It Does NOT get her to sleep through the night. They wake up because they have to eat every couple hours. They sleep through the night when they are developmentally ready. Plus, giving your child solids too early can deprived her from the nutrients that her body need to grow. Calories, fat and DHA/ARA are esstential for brain development and growth. Solid food and rice cereal have a bout 1/4 , if not less of the calories. Doctors have more of a reason to discourage it then torture you ha-ha A further suggestion is keep rice cereal out of the bottle feed it to her in a bowl.

Jenny - posted on 11/18/2008

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I am a nurse in the nursery at our local hospital and our doctors tell our moms to start after about 6 months of age. I started my kids out sooner.....about 4 months (didn't hurt them any) Had been told it would help with my daughter sleeping longer....it didn't.

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First time mothering is one of the hardest crash training courses I've ever taken! I wanted to be the best mom for my sweet little boy and yet I was so overwhelmed with all the responsibility and just plain emotions of suddenly getting to meet and love my son. I read tons of books, talked with doctors, family, friends and tried to prepare for EVERYTHING. But I finally had to take a deep breath, put the books & notes away, and take sometime to really watch my son. All the information that I had stuffed into my brain was important, but it didn't really work out into practical patterns & ideas until I took time to learn from my son and watch for his cues.
Elizabeth, I know you love your sweet Grace and that you are trying to be the best mom for her. It's important to listen to those around you and learn. But the best thing I did for myself, my son, (and my marriage .. because I was going a little crazy!) was to take the time to watch my son, get to know him, and let myself nurture him thoughtfully. I hope from that you will feel free and empowered to love & enjoy mothering! Love your picture, by the way!

Tanya - posted on 11/18/2008

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Wow it is very obvious that this is a very sensative subject. I think every mother who has posted here is a good mother and loves each one of their children dearly and simply wants what is best for them. This is evidenced by the fact that we are all participating in such a group looking for support and advice. I have 3 children and each one of them has been a very different baby. My daughter was a sleeper and all on her own was sleeping 12 hours through the night by 4 months of age. I don't credit it to anything I did, I was simply blessed. My second child was an equally good sleeper. It took him a little longer to sleep 12 hours but still he was up to 6-8 by 4-5 months of age. Now I'm on my third and he is completely different. He is now 6 months old and is just now getting up to 6 hours at a time and that is not all the time. I've never put cereal in any of their bottles, not b/c I don't I should or shouldn't just never did it. I did however start feeding my six month old rice cereal by spoon at about 4 months of age. When I started reading all the posts I decided to look online to see if there were any information on this subject from a doctor and I did find a website that might be helpful to all posting http://www.drgreene.com/21_861.html However, whatever you do just let your baby tell you what she needs. Doctors have a lot of information but there are no all knowing. Each baby is different. If she seems to still be hungry feed her more. I wish each mother who has posted on this topic all the blessings. Remeber just because you don't agree with someone or you have strong feelings on a subject doesn't make you right and them wrong or vice versa. A little respectfulness is definitley needed in some of these posts.

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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I am the mother of two beautiful daughters. Now they are long past this stage, they are 4 and 9. I am on the side of following the recommendations of pediatricians. Which is feeding solids (rice and other baby fruit and veggies) not before 4 months. I have know lots of people who do put cereal into the bottles, I didn't and wouldn't, but I don't criticize those who chose to do that. I know some people who swore that their children hated the rice cereal. After the first couple of times trying the cereal pretty thin, and just mixed with either formula or breastmilk, I always put a veg or fruit with it. I just thought that the plain cereal isn't that appealing so, I just did it that way. Both my girls are fine.

Sammy - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hi Elizabeth

I am the mother of four boys. My youngest is 16 months. All of mine started eating solids @ 3 months. I didn't put it in there bottles, I used a spoon. After the first or second time feeding they picked it up great and loved it. All of my boys were big eaters and still are today. They were never satisified with just the milk. By 6 months, they were already on the 2nd stage gerber foods, buy 9 months they were totally eating table foods. All of them are great! We have absolutly no allergies or digestive issues. infact, my boys seem to be in better health and stronger then a lot of their peers, I'm sure nothing to do with me feeding them solids earlier. I have a 12, 10, 7 and 16 month boys. My doctor told us that what they recommend are only recommendations, however we know our children the best and every single child is different and there bodies are so different. Some are just more ready then others to handle things earlier, kind of like walking. Some walk at 15 mon some at 9. You will figure it out. Whatever you decide to do, is what is best for your baby.

Kim - posted on 11/18/2008

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2 months. My kids are 10 and 8, trust me when I tell you it is ok. Wake them up before you go to bed. Put it in a bottle, make it real thin, feed him/her, they slept thru the night from the first day I did it. My grandmother told me to do it. Works like a charm.

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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I am sure you have tried using the rice cereal so I don't think i am going to respond to that, I hope it worked out for you, my little one is starting out on rice cereal and oatmeal cereal and he hates it. So using it in the bottle has crossed my mind, Although i have never done it, i just feed him rice cereal every once and a while hoping he gets used to it. My doctor advised once I use the rice cereal, I can further onto veges and fruit pablum but she said watch the fruit b/c they acquire a taste to the sweetness and won't eat their veges..( he is 4 1/2 months)



as for Rachel, I think you're right about ppl being entitles to their opinions, but I don't think your "statement" was quit an opinion, but more so an attack on other mothers. You could have just said what you wanted to say without using stupid and idiot. My mother in law told me that as a mother you will always critisize other mothers and the way they do things b/c it is not done your way, So just bite your tongue and mind your own bussiness. I thought that was wonderful advice. I would be more worried that if you talk to other ppl that way, I wonder how you talk to your child/children, better be careful..

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2008

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Basically, evey child is different and every parent is different. Mine started as early as 3 months. It's whatever you feel comfortable with. Just remember if you decide to try it and your baby starts to get constipated, then you need to back off.

Sheila - posted on 11/18/2008

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Wow Moms! CHILL OUT! Not everybody will agree with your post. Let's be civil to each other, afterall the Circle of Moms is supposed to be a soft place to land! As far as cereal, speaking from the experience of 3 kids, I say not until she's roughly 6 months. Babies wake up to eat because they need the nutrition, warmth, etc. Making her feel artificially full is not the answer. She'll get there, just hang in there and hold off on the cereal, it really is what's best for her.

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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my sister just had a baby in Sept. she was told by her doctor (at week 3) to switch to the formula with cereal in it. then at 6 weeks she had to switch to soy and the doctor told her to put a little rice cereal in each bottle. I guess all doctors have different opinions, so I say try it and see if it works for your baby.

Susanne - posted on 11/18/2008

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I tried reading through all the responses - good luck if you get through them all. And wow at the attitudes ladies. To each their own. I listened to what my ped said but I also took the advice of my sister. There are lots of food allergies in my husbands family so I didn't want to chance it. As for the sleeping - the baby will sleep through the night when they are ready.... for my son it was at a year old. At 6 months he was still waking up every 2-4 hours and eating solid food never really changed that. It was as he got more active he slept more. So my advice is patience, your daughter is sleeping as much as she wants/needs to sleep right now and she will sleep longer as her body needs it :) Good Luck!

Mandi - posted on 11/18/2008

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Thank you all for your support. Yesterday was my first day on here and after reading her posts, I thought about closing out of this! Suppose to be fun!

Mandi - posted on 11/18/2008

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Rachel, the doctor told me with the first child not to do it, the second child said we could. I monitored her while feeding her, plus I'm a nurse, so I'm not an idiot. Thanks and have a good day.

App+7mnejhu - posted on 11/18/2008

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Holy Moly! I can't believe one question has garnered such negativity. I'm sorry for you Elizabeth and as a new mother it must be hard. I think what everyone has to remember is that back when you were a first time mom and all the questions that you had-no question is stupid or your not an idiot, you just need some advise. I think that you are doing the right thing by contacting your doctor, however, I must admit I put cereal in my first son's bottle from time to time and I have not seen any negative effects of this process-it was my mother-in-law who encouraged this against my better judgment. But all in all, I don't believe it hurt my son what-so-ever. I am now pregnant with my second child and I will try what is best for my new baby but I think it is absolutely insane to say one way is absolutely the right way. Elizabeth, talk with your doctor, stay strong being a new mom, and trust your new mom instincts-it will only get better from here :)

Lisa - posted on 11/18/2008

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My son is 6 months old and we started cereal in the bottle at night about 4 months. This was per dr instructions. She wanted to cut back on formula consumption, as he was drinking @ 40 ounces a day. Plus, formula has more fat then cereal...

We use the Dr. Brown bottles and they actually sell the Y-CUT nipples for teh bottles. They also fit plain old Gerber bottles too... No problem with that...

HOWEVER, it has not helped my son sleep through the night, so we stopped....

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2008

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I think it depends on the kid. Waited until 6 months with my baby. It didn't really help her sleep longer during the night. I think a lot of the waking up in the middle of the night is due to habit not necessarily because they are hungry. My doctor told me that starting them too young on cereal can cause problems for their digestive system. He also told me NEVER NEVER put the cereal in their bottle.

Trisha - posted on 11/18/2008

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To elizabeth, I have read some of the replys and just thought I should let you know ther are some cases that babies have had severe reactions to rice cereal eariler then 4 months. I personnally know a women who put her baby on cereal at 2 months and he baby ended up with very severe bowel and intesional problems caused because at that age the baby can not break down solid foods. I also know a women who put it in her babies bottles and her second child choked to death at 2 1/2 months old.

So I honestly do not recomend giving rice cereal to a baby until at least 4 months, which is still 2 months eariler then recommended, but if you do decide to give your baby cereal, please do it in the morning for at least 1 week to watch for allergies, and don't put it in the bottle, also make sure your daughter can hold her head up without support, that reduces the chances of her choking

Lindsay - posted on 11/18/2008

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Just to clarify, I don't mix the cereal in his bottle...he gets a little bit before he has his bottle. And my circumstance was a bit different, the added nights sleep was not something I was seeking or giving him cereal to accomplish a full nights sleep. My little guy just couldn't stay full, you could hear sloshing in his stomach from too much milk in there...but he'd still be hungry 20min later. With the recommendation of an RN I tried it and he's a much happier, full baby. But again, use your own judgement, you know your child best you're with her everyday.

Lindsay - posted on 11/18/2008

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I started my son on a tbsp of cereal with his last bottle of the evening (around 10pm) at 2 months, despite my Dr telling me it was a bit early. I just couldn't keep him full. He LOVES the cereal, really enjoys eating it and gets excited when the spoon comes towards him. Ever sinced starting him on the baby rice cereal he sleeps through the night, I realize it might not work for every baby but my son now sleeps 7 hours and he's just 3 months. He's been doing that now since I started the cereal, so for a month I've been getting a ton of sleep. Good luck!!

Donna - posted on 11/18/2008

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Breathe in... breathe out ladies... Lol.... Ya gotta do what works for your particular situation. Interesting though, we've had to feed our daughter the Enfamil AR due to her throwing up so much... it actually has rice solids in it which provide some weight in the fluid to help it stay down. Has worked like a dream... this after trying twenty odd other formulas.... Good luck to all.

Patti - posted on 11/18/2008

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I disagree, the rice is uneccesary for their development. I would wait until they are old enough to eat it at 6 months. It wont help them sleep longer, and they wake up to eat because they need the nutrients, the rice cereal takes away from the nutrients they need. I would speak to your doctor. I also could cause constipation in babies. They will start sleeping through the night soon enough and before you know it they are running all over. Enjoy the nightime feedings, they dont last long enough.

Scota - posted on 11/18/2008

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Just remember that you are the Mommy and in the long run, you are just doing what you feel is best for your baby. Good luck and remember to have fun!!

Jami - posted on 11/18/2008

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My advice to you would be a) do what you are comfortable with regardles of the opinions of mothers like Rachel and b) to try the rice and see if it makes a difference as it has apparently worked for some children. (My son had a teaspoon of rice at 5 months old per pediatrician recommendation. He has never had an ear infection and has no food allergies.) Taking into consideration the post from the mother who's son had an allergic reaction, perhaps you should try the cereal two to three times in the bottle duing the day before giving it at bedtime. Whatever you choose to do, I wish you and baby the best of luck. Do what you instinctively feel is best for your child. There will ALWAYS be another mother who disagrees with you (some do it more rudely than others as evident in this forum) no matter what you do.

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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wow, well considering my original inquiry was my first time on here, im shocked at how many responses it garnered. I just feel the need again, thanks to an earlier post by someone, that I amnot naive, nor am I lazy. I am not doing it so that I get more sleep, I was thinking about it because all I hear from everyone is to start doing it. I'm calling my Dr. today.

Debra - posted on 11/18/2008

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Our pediatrician (big on holistic medicine & food allergies & developmental delays) advised that the research shows there is really no difference for introducing food at 4 months vs 6 mons, for most children (ie: families with no history of food allergy). I know moms in the past recommended this practice, but I have found (as most drs will tell you) it doesn't really work. The only think that worked for me & my 2 boys was to let them cry it out when they were physically able to sleep though the night w/o a feeding. Do what you think is best & good luck.

Oriane - posted on 11/18/2008

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I'm lost for words. Why on earth would you put baby cereal in a bottle? There's a reason why babies are only supposed to have breast/formula milk until 4-6 months, they're digestive system cannot handle solids, it can lead to food intolarances, allergies when they're in the long run and painful diarrhea in the short term, and I'm sorry but if you're only after some extra sleep, then that's just plain selfish.

Do you have any idea how dangerous it is for you little one?

I am not attacking you as I don't know you, nor am I telling you how you should raise your child, but for goodness sake, think.

Enjoy this stage of Grace's and don't try to force nature.

Why not just give her a little to taste from a baby spoon rather than make her drink it from a bottle?

I've had to delete a fair amount of what I going to say on this as I'm absolutely furious at your naivety and the fact that so many other mothers condone solids in an infants bottle - Ludicrous!!!

Ask your G.P, midwife, Health visitor and paediatrician if they truly believe forcing a baby's development and digestive system is wise.

Fine, some mum's say their child was fine and yours may be too, but what if she chokes as a result? Have you considered the risks?

If she doesn't sleep well in the night, well, in her defense, she's not even four months, that's babies for you I'm afraid!

Maybe you could try milk for hungrier babies in the evening, but even that you have to moniter as it could make Grace constipated, so, as I said, maybe her last feed would be best.

You're going to get a lot of conflicting opinions, but it's your personal choice, I just wish you'd think this through, and take heed of ALL the comments on this page, be a bit more concerned about your reasons for wanting to do thisd rather than what bloody brand to go for.

Courtney - posted on 11/18/2008

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I would not do it till 4 months old thats when they can try rice cereal and even the Gerber first foods. But it is more for spoon training than for an actually meal. But if they do eat it more power to it. My son hated rice cereal and i dotn blame him. We pretty much did rice for a week at 4 months old then i went to the first foods. And i breast fed him till he was 1 year.

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I am exclusively breastfeeding my baby, or was until 6 months when I introduced cereal (with a spoon). My daugher, actually both daughters slept through the night (over 8 hours straight) by 3 months on their own. My son didn't sleep well at all and I actually introduced solids with him earlier then both girls. I honestly feel they will sleep through the night when they are ready. You could try to feed them more milk during the day but it is really recommended you wait on solids until 6 months unless your Dr. advises otherwise. I know that back in the day parents did all sorts of things that never killed us but it doesn't make it right. They used to put them to sleep with bottles as well and now we all know that that could rot their teeth.

Scota - posted on 11/18/2008

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While it is quite clear that everyone has there own opinion, I do not believe that you should put cereal in your baby's bottle. For how many hundreds and thousands of years did breastfed babies go without cereal? I would have loved for mydaughter to "sleep through" the night. My pediatrician stated that they really need to eat at least once in the middle of the night, especially during the 1st few months. There are so many "bad things" associated with ceareal in the bottle, that I personally chose not to risk it. However, at about 3 months old, I started feeding her organic cereal just before bed which really helped her have a more solid nights sleep. Good luck and remember in the end it is your decision..you are the Mommy.

Laura - posted on 11/18/2008

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WOW!!! The best advice I can give you...is to read these and forget them!! You know your baby...YOU will make the best choice for her. Parenting is a learning experince. Like learning to cook...you have to try new things and see if it works for you. May or May not. Personally... I did give mine cereal...with no problems. I have seen where other did and had problems. Point is,,, you never really know unless you try. Good Luck and love that baby... they grow so fast!

Melissa - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hello Elizabeth,

In response to your questions I can only give you a bit of my experience. I gave my daughter, now 4, stage 1 gerber food at about 3-4 months old. I never really used the rice unless it was to thicken the gerber food. And at the begining I only gave it to her towards her last feeding for the night. She slept through the night since she was born. My son, now 14 months, was introduced to stage 1 gerber food at 3 months and didn't really take to it until about 4-5 months. Again, I didn't use the rice. And my son typically gave me about 6 hours at night between feedings, so that was great for me if I could get him down around the same time I was going to bed.

My OPINION on putting cereal in a bottle... I work in a daycare, we call it "The Lazy Mom Method." You still have to take time out of your schedule to make and feed the child a bottle, use that time instead to spoon feed the baby. In my opinion it will make breaking the baby of a bottle easier because they already know of another food source.

Anyways, good luck!

Sally - posted on 11/18/2008

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please dont put baby rice in her bottle as a mother of 4 i never did this i spoke with my health visitor dont get me wrong im not one of these mothers that do every thin by the book as some things are aload of crap but this is some thing you do need to follow the rules on i feed all mine on solids at 4 months if you start any earlyer than that it can give your child long term digestive problems that are very painful for an adult so think how painful that is for a child just think carefuly before YOU dicide to or not

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Hi,

Just new to this site and I have read all these replies. Some are quite scary, I have to admit. Please dont put solids in a bottle, if you are going to start feeding your child, its vital that you feed them with a spoon or a beaker. As a first time mum, everything is new and really difficult, I know that very well, and every mother here seems to have a different opinion and every child is different. Listen to your child, if she is getting about 5 feeds a day (not inc theons during the night) and still hungry and over 16 weeks, then of course try some solids. BUT before 16 weeks babies should not be fed anything but milk. This is because it take 4 months for the lining in the gut to develop and for the kidneys to mature enough to cope with the waste products from solid food. If you start before you could risk damage to the digestive system.

With the whole sleeping longer issue, well all babies sleep through when THEY are mentally able to do so and when THEY take enough food throughout the day to last them at night. In the night, is she waking due to hunger definately? Could it be that she sleeps too much during the day? Personally I can see that its very easy just to always presume that food is the cure for everything, but i think you have to look at all aspects of your daughters daily routine. If she is feeding well during the day and not looking hungry all the time, then its probably not hunger thats causing her to wake at night. I hope this answer helps, I know its hard when you have constant broken sleep, but just trying to stuff her belly as full as possible is not sensible and you could be overlooking something else. Blessings to you and your daughter xxx

Wendy - posted on 11/17/2008

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You dont say how old Grace is.

If you think she is not satisfied with her bottle I would ask your health visitor to reccomend another formula.

As a mum of 6 (eldest 22 youngest 4) who breast fed all of them including twins, adding cereal to formula was something I never did.

I did have to give extra special formula to youngest my son (twin) as he shook and needed high energy formula but only for a short while.

If you really want to give cereal I would say try a couple of runny spoonfuls midday, that way you know if she takes it and if it causes a stomach upset, in some cases it may, you are not up all night trying to work out why.

Good luck with your decision.

But remember your health visitor is there for you, but she should never be pushy.

Let me know how you get on.

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I don't know about rice cereal in the formula helping baby to sleep better, but it sure kept Mandy from spitting up as often as she did before the rice cereal in the formula. We added about half a scoop (the one that comes in the formula can) to every four ounces of mixed formula. The nipple didn't get clogged, because the formula wasn't thickened. The doctor never said anything was wrong with doing it. I heard from my in-laws that it helped keep baby's from spitting up a lot. I think it helped Mandy's digestive system switch to solids easier. I don't recall if it helped her sleep better.

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Amen Emily! Let's be a helpful comminity of Moms. HEAR everyone and LISTEN to whom you choose. Let's teach our children to respect one another...by example=)

Jaime - posted on 11/17/2008

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I started my son on rice cereal in his bottle at about a month in a half! And yes, it helped him sleep better! Remember, not all babies are the same. Now I'm spoon feeding him sine 20 Oct.. Not every feeding just once or twice a day and his Dr said that's fine!! I feed him Gerber Rice cereal.. Flavors inclue, Rice and Apple, Bananas and Mixed Fruit and he absolutely loves it!!

Monique - posted on 11/17/2008

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Hi Elizabeth, I am a mother of 3 sons and i spooned fed them at the age of 4 month's. You must just remember that all baby's are not the same and therefor you have to make the disision, but i will say that time's have change and therefor you will have to be carfull. How old is your baby?

Andrea - posted on 11/17/2008

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From a nutritionist stand point babies digestive systems really aren't ready until 6 mo and even now they are recommending starting with a veg or fruit rather than rice cereal. I made all my food for my first baby and she is the best eater to this day at two yrs old. It is ALOT easier than you think and healthier...

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Hi Elizabeth, Congratulations on your daughter. I am the mother of 3 daughters and 1 son....also 6 grandchildren. My children were given rice ceral around the age of 3-4 months is a bottle with the nipple made larger. I never laid them down in a crib with the bottle, so I never had a choking problem. They slept better and longer at night, I feel because it satisfied their hunger. None of my children have any allergies, none had a problem with ear infections, all are very healthy grown adults. My grandchildren have also been given cereal at night with no problems.

You do as you feel comfortable doing. You will learn your babies wants and needs as she grows. Just be patient with her and always give her your love.

Krystal - posted on 11/17/2008

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I as a mother never gave my son cereal in a baby bottle, I would always spoon feed him. And it shouldn't matter when you give it to him... if he's able to swallow it; you should be alright. Just make sure he gets plenty of fluids along with it.



And when it comes to opinions, yeah; we do have that right, but we should never make it blunt. Especially if that blunt opinion can cause madness among us mothers. We will raise our children the way we want; and not based off of doctors/other mothers approvals.

Christine - posted on 11/17/2008

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There's so much controversy about this because so many people are saying "I did it, and my child's fine."
BUT... putting cereal in bottles, and giving cereal at a very young age runs counter to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's not just one doctor, it's the entire medical establishment.

Read this for more information:
http://www.drgreene.com/21_861.html

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If a doctor says you should or shouldn't put cereal in your babies bottle, it doesn't mean that's the truth! From a medical standpoint, babies are capable of digesting cereal when they are 2 weeks old! I have four children. Two I bottle fed, two I breastfed. With the ones I bottle fed, I put rice cereal in their bottles when they were around 2-3 months old. And they were fine! I don't know how much it made them sleep better at night, but if it's something you want to try, do it! Most doctors only know what they're taught in medical school... sometimes a mother's experience is a lot more reliable than what a doctor thinks is right.

Mahala - posted on 11/17/2008

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I too started putting cereal in my little ones bottles at aroung 3 months as well. I did ask my doctor before I did it with my first. There was never a problem at all and they all seemed much more satisfied and not hungry all the time. However, this is your decision and your baby, There is a lot of advice out there but ultimately it is your choice. Good luck hon. I am sure that everything will be just fine.

Sharni - posted on 11/17/2008

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Hi Elizabeth,

My, you have set a cat among the pigeons with such an innocent request too! Well I hope from all this you can find a little advice that works for you. The best advice I was ever given was to listen to what people have to offer then you get to dicide what is worth listening to and throw the rest away! I have four children from 6ys - 9mths and all were different. 6yo was breast fed to 5 mths and a very hungry boy so had Farex rice cereal from 6weeks (first a tiny sprinkle in his bottle then on a spoon soon after) he slept fine though I recall he was a settled bub anyway. My #2 a petit girl was on the bottle by 3mths and did every thing early including solids. So called "Professional" advice from the clinic told me I was getting all wrong. though I don't know how that helps a young Mum when all it does is upset you.... My third and fourth children were born 7lb 4oz but also both fast growing, hungry boys. I was not able to satisfy their appetites so Cereal again from 6-10 weeks just a little. The truth is your baby is going to be your best teacher.. you are both wearing L plates so try and learn... your common sense will prevail. Any caring Mother will do what is best for both your Bub and Yourself together! Good luck and enjoy your little girl.

Nicole - posted on 11/17/2008

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I started my son (now 5 months) on solids, including veggies and fruit along with oatmeal instead of the rice cereal when he was almost 3 months. I didn't do it because of sleep, since he's slept through the night when he was just 5 weeks old. However, he is a power eater and constantly hungry and milk even like 10 oz does not keep him happy for more then an hour. I think that as along as you introduce food slowly and watch for any sign of allergic reactions, you can do it as early as you'd like. They say feed with a spoon because babies need to learn to eat off a spoon anyway and also for choking. One thing you should know about sleeping through the night, while feeding solids may help, it's acutally a maturity factor in the brain that causes them to sleep through the night. Hope that helps. Good luck with your sweet baby!

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