When is the right time to start putting cereal in his formula?

Maegan - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 months old and he still gets hungry every 2-3 hours. I dont want to be over feeding him. Is this time when i start putting cereal in his formula to help him stay fuller longer? Any suggestions?

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Kris - posted on 12/08/2012

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As long as you mix the cereal and formula/milk/water the right way, it's perfectly fine. Add just enough cereal to make it kind of a sticky water(if that makes sense). They can also choke if you make the hole in the nipple too big, and if you use the cereal nipple on a formula bottle. As long as you're careful and pay attention, your baby should be just fine. Mine were, as was my husband.

Elaina - posted on 01/23/2010

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YOU ARE NEVER SUPPOSSED TO PUT CEREAL IN A BOTTLE. THE BABY CAN CHOKE. Apparently you guys don't pay attention to what doctors or articles say and you never are suppossed to widen the whole on a nipple. Here's a question for you does your son sleep through the night or just wake up once to eat? Because if he's still eating every 2-3 hours that's normal. My sons 4 months old and he sleeps through the night most nights and he eats 7 to 8 4oz bottles during the day and takes about two naps. It also hasn't been proven that putting cereal in a bottle makes them sleep through the night it just keeps them fuller longer because it's harder to digest.

Traci - posted on 01/19/2010

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Ive read it can be dangerous putting it in the bottle, so i would say if you're gonna do it, definately spoon feed!! I feel 3 months is really early. My dr actually told me to wait till 6 months and that its perfectly healthy to do, there is no reason to rush it! Ive always fed my daughter every 3 hours, occasionally a little earlier then that, but for the most part every 3 hours. I think the 6 months is a Canadian thing (im Canadian) and im pretty sure ive read in American stuff they say 4 or 5 months. Whenever you decide to do it just watch your babies signs. I let my daughter try cereal shortly after 5 months and she would swallow a little but most of it got pushed right back out. Which is very normal if your babies not ready for the cereal, when they're younger their tongue literally doesn't know how to work to swallow it!! So i waited a couple weeks and tried again, a little at a time, and we were all good!! But personal opinion i would delay cereal as long as possible because it is so much easier bringing bottles when you go out then bottles and cereal, bowl & spoon!! Oh for simpler times!! lol

Nicole - posted on 01/19/2010

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Hi Maegan. I'm a mother of five and at that age is just about the time when i add cereal to my children's feed and it really help in keeping them fuller longer and even promotes them sleeping longer through the night. but start off with the rice cereal which is plain and won't usually have any allergic effects if you baby is sensitive to foods. If you are intoducing cereal you should also introduce water as well to help with their bowel movement.

Megan - posted on 01/18/2010

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people that say it is bad are just ignorant. you cant make a bunched decision like that and lump all babies together and just say it is bad in general. i did it with my son and he progressed perfectly. all the milestones and he was eating baby food fruits and veggies at the age he was supposed to and developing at the right speed. at thirteen months he is eating veggies and fruit and all the recommended things for babies his age and just last month he stopped with the bottle completely and falls asleep on his own when i put his in his crib awake at bedtime.
so in all reality the answer is, you need to make the right decision for your child and that will be the right answer. if putting oatmeal in his bottle fills him up more because it has more of a substance than go for it and if as a result he sleeps longer or stays fuller longer then great.
my little guy ate like a champ while i fed him cereal with his bottle, and obesity only happens if the babies parents are not feeding them the appropriate things apart from a cereal bottle. you cannot blame the fact that a child is obese on the simple fact that oatmeal was added to the bottle.

Megan - posted on 01/18/2010

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oh ya and you have take some really sharp scissors and cut the nipple hole just a bit bigger and it will flow through better. my sons especially liked it, after the day it took him to get used to it, that the milk flowed out faster.

Megan - posted on 01/18/2010

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it is not exactly a fix for keeping them fuller longer it is just more filling. so it really just depends. my son was 4 months when i had to start taking anti biotics and my milk dried up so i had to switch to formula and i have been putting oatmeal in his bottle since then. it sweetens the taste a bit because formula has such a bad taste compared to breast milk and he has been a happy healthy boy ever since. i take a baby spoon and put two baby spoon fulls per ounce and that has always worked for me.

Nikki - posted on 01/18/2010

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you should never put it into the bottle thats a choking hazard and they need to distinguish between milk and food. You can spoon feed them instead. On another note babies only eat to what they are hungry, you cannot over feed them they know when they are full, how much formula are you feeding him every feeding?? my son was eating around 6-8 ounces every 2-3 hours at that age at 4 months he jumped to 12 ounces and thats when we introduced solids, yes everyone says you should wait til 6 months but every baby is different and has different needs and my son obviously needed something other then liquid

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I didn't read the other responses so this may or may not be redundant but there is NEVER a right time to put cereal in a baby's formula. It is highly unrecommended. Also, you should know that at around 3 months all babies go through a significant growth spurt. So please just continue with formula and feed your baby when he's hungry. He needs the nutrients that is in the formula. He doesn't need his belly filled with the crap that is baby cereal. That stuff has very little nutrition and may make your baby more full but will not provide him with what he really needs to grow and develop.

Rhiannon - posted on 01/18/2010

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I've never put cereal in a bottle. We started spoon feeding it to our son at 4 months, and haven't started anything with my daughter yet. She's 4 months 2 morrow. Good luck with this post though! I've seen some woman on here get pretty hysterical over this, so tell 'em where to get off if you cop too much! Do what's right for you and good luck with your son!

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2010

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hiya i started putting cereal in a bowl with formula milk feeding it to my son with a spoon at 4 months, i tried baby rice to begin with but my son never liked it. i hope this helps

Kendra - posted on 01/17/2010

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He may be going through a growth spurt, they do that around that age. I would talk to your doctor before doing anything because there are certain milestones that your baby should meet before you give him solids. What ever you do PLEASE don't put cereal in his bottle!!

Heather - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son is 11 months old. I started putting cereal in his bottle right around 4-5 months old. I only gave him a cereal bottle before bed to keep him from waking up hungry in the middle of the night. I only did that for about a month and then started spoon feeding him cereal. Tip: To prevent the cereal from getting stuck get a medium or fast flow nipple.

Jennifer - posted on 01/16/2010

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Babies can become obese from you putting cereal in their bottle.....I didnt give my son cereal until he was about 4 months old. You start off with just a little and mix it with BM or formula. Then 5 months is fruits, and 6 months is veggies...some babies can start sooner if they are ready....a key sign that they are not is pushing the cereal out with their tongue.

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i put cereal in my sons bottle one time when he was like 5 or 6 months old. i didnt like it though so i never did it again. i get WIC and they tell u not to do that, but my friend said she did it all the time. well i tried it, and it got stuck in the nipple so i made the hole bigger but he wasnt used to it and was like it up cause it was thicker. some moms do it and others dont. i didnt like it though so i always fed it to him myself. i guess its your choice but around 6 months. i didnt like to though.

Michelle - posted on 01/16/2010

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We never did cereal in the bottle because a friend of mine did it and her son didn't want to learn to eat spoon fed food because he was getting full enough on his bottle. We started my son on spoon fed cereal when he was just past three months, and he loved it!

Tanna - posted on 01/15/2010

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I agree with Jackie... You can start with cereal but rather spoon feed it to your little one. As a teacher I picked up that some children will also not want to eat solids if they are getting formula that keeps them fuller in their milk... start with a couple of spoons at a time... very diluted, good luck :-)

JACLYN - posted on 01/15/2010

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hi my name is jackie and i have a 4 year old daughter i started giving her cereal when she was three months but i did not put it in the bottle i spoon feed it to her. i found it to be better if u spoon feed them rather then put it in the bottle and it get all stuck in the nipple.

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2010

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hey my name is ashley i am a single mother of a 2 1/2 yr old i started putting cereal in my sons formula right about when he was 3 to 4 months old and it helped out a lot he started sleeping longer and feeding time was less frequent

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