My son is 16 weeks old should i start him on cereal bottles??????

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They do get more than just "fun" out of foods in the first year. Its called practice. The amount of food a baby should eat is no where near the amount that should have any nutritional impact on their diets. They should get the majority of their nutrition from breastmilk or formula until a year old. If they eat mainly food before a year, they are eating too much.

Joy - posted on 01/15/2012

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Ok well after reading all these, just go ask your doctor. I was told to start my son on foods at 4 months and he does just fine and babies get more than just "fun" out of their foods the first year. Something like this, since you can't get a straight answer you can use, should be brought up to your doctor because they are the ones that know what they are doing.

Lara - posted on 01/15/2012

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Sorry, I just remembered that my doctor said that people start on cereal around this time not only for developmental reasons with the spoon, but also because their iron levels start to decrease. If you buy cereal make sure it is iron fortified.

Lara - posted on 01/15/2012

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I just took my daughter to her 4 month check-up and the doctor said we could go ahead and start on cereal if we wanted. She said that unless it is for a health issue (like reflux or in premature babies), not to do cereal in a bottle. She explained to me that the cereal won't really serve to be a nutritional aid, but more of a developmental time of learning due to the spoon. Also, she said to start with vegetables first after the cereal (about 2 weeks later) so that the babies don't get a sweet tooth from eating fruit early. I guess research shows (I haven't done any so I can prove it... haha!) that babies that start on fruit try to reject vegetables because they are bland. I am in the same boat as you in knowing whether I should start cereal or not. Is your son your first? Good luck!! :)

Joy - posted on 01/15/2012

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This is just my opinion. I go with my gut. Both my sons have had issues with formula. My first boy, 6 years ago, was throwing up the formula every time he ate. I didn't take him to the doctor because we had no insurance and the hospital didn't help much at all. So I switched him to soy and added rice cereal to his bottles to help his stomach. He was about a month old when I started that. My second son, who is 4 months old, had severe diarrhea. I didn't know this was a sign of a milk allergy yet being that his doctor wouldn't see him for another month, and this was when he was about 2 months old. I started rice cereal in his bottles to tighten that up a bit. Now he won't have his bottle any other way, even after I switched him to soy. And his doctor is completely fine with it. I do what my husband says. Go with your gut. But to minimize a choking hazard, use enough to thicken it, no more. And I found that warming the bottle helps dissolve the rice, also reducing the choking hazard. What worked for me: Parent's Choice stage 3, fast, nipple. Half teaspoon per ounce of water. Warmed up. Have not had any issues what so ever. And he loves the fast flow. It is about the same as the slow flow with plain formula. Talk to your doctor if you are still unsure.

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Keista - posted on 08/26/2013

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my son is 16 weeks and I give him a cereal bottle every night. we call it his night night bottle. he loves it!

Sarahann - posted on 01/17/2012

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this is my third child and with my first child i started cereal by now once a day.i startad it becaus they where not getting full from just my breast milk. from what i can remember their dr was the one who said it was ok.shorty after i started them on veggies.my oldest son was always so hungrey and by the end of his 4th month of life he was eating half a jar of the smallest baby food a day. my problem is i a not sure if i should start cereal now or just wait untill my baby seems not satifed with just breast milk.it was easy to tell with my other two that they needed more. my son seems fine right now with just breast milk. i gess i will wait to see what his dr says at his next vist. just wanted some feed back from all you moms out there thanks!

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Cereal in a bottle is a major choking hazard.

Also, a child should not be started on solids until at least 6 months. They have very sensitive stomachs and solids too early can cause life long problems with their digestive tract. Up until a year, the majority of intake should still be breastmilk or formula. Food before one is just for fun.

Karen - posted on 01/15/2012

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Cereal in bottles is a major choking hazard. There are also some studies that show a link between cereal in bottles to weight issues in adulthood. Sometimes a doctor will recommend it for medical reasons (most common one is severe reflux) and unless it is under doctor supervision/recommendation I would not recommend it at all.

Medic - posted on 01/14/2012

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You should never put cereal in babies bottles. Cereal is a waste of food anyways, all it is; is empty calories. If he shows signs of being ready for food then start with some fresh mashed up fruits or veggies.

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