Cereal in Bottle

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Hi, just wondering if any of you moms was adding cereal to the bottle , if so how much and how often? I tried to do it but the nipple hole was too small then my father made it too big with a hot needle and it jsut made the baby choke up a little....i tried feeding her the cereal with a spoon and it all just came right out lol is it too soon for that? she is such a good eater (formula wise) that i feel like maybe some cereal would help fill her up...i dunno, any comments would be appreciated! thanks!!!!


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Charlette - posted on 09/09/2009




Dorothy has acid reflux also. I began spoon feeding her rice cereal around 5pm daily, but also put cereal in a bottle for her bedtime bottle. We began this at 3 weeks old. Now she is eating rice cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, peas, peaches, and sweet potatoes with a spoon along with her nighttime rice or oatmeal bottle. She is doing awesome. She has been sleeping all night for quite some time, and she doesn't spit up nearly as much when she has solids. I would say it's your call, just be careful. It works for me.

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hey, you should never put cereal in a bottle, its way dangerous and it stops the learning!! The whole point behind feeding a baby with a spoon is to teach them to eat, they will resist at first until they learn to push back with there tongue, it never works at first and more often then not its all over them rather than being in them. Take the time to feed your child, its a bonding expience!! one that should be fun for you and baby!

Adriene - posted on 09/08/2009




I agree with the others. Cereal in the bottle is a choking risk. If your baby isn't at least 6 months old there is not need to suppliment with cereal or other solids. The formula gives her all she needs at this point.

Tracy Anne - posted on 09/08/2009




No, no, no, no no!

Never ever put solids of any kind into a baby's bottle.

Persevre with the spoon. It takes them a little while to get the hang of it, but they all do in the end.

Amber - posted on 09/04/2009




I use the playtex drop in style of bottles and they actually sell a nipple for cereal it's called the "Y" cut.

Mary Lynn - posted on 09/04/2009




we still put cereal in my son's bottle b/c he has reflux and the doctor recommended it. He recommened to put 1/2 teaspoon of cereal per ounce, but we are putting a little more now because he was spitting it up. We use avent bottles and they have a variable-flow nipple that we use that works great. You can find them at babies r us.

Alexa - posted on 09/03/2009




hey, my son was about two and a half months old when i started giving him cereal in a bottle and he loved it. he stopped being hungry so much and it helped him sleep through the night. i gave him one cereal bottle in the morning and one at night and when i got the okay from the doctor to spoon feed him i stopped the cereal bottles and now he gets fruit and a regular formula bottle in the morning and a veggie and a formula bottle at night. its really up to you cuz you know your baby best, but i wouldn't recommend giving him cereal bottle for more than two months.

Judit - posted on 09/03/2009




Hi Maria! My son is 4month old, a pretty hungry baby, but doesn't take more then 150ml at once, so i put a scoop of babyrice to he's formula( scooper provided with sma formula), normally around lunctime and at night feeds! Seems to help! I also tried the cereal, but that blocks the teet!!

MELISSA - posted on 09/03/2009




Many friends and family members told me to add cereal to my sons bottle but after research I found that it can clog the bottle hole and if made bigger then they will of course choke because too much is coming out too fast. From what articles have said if you are trying to feed the baby cereal and the push the food or spoon out with their tongue then they are not quite ready for the cereal yet. This shows that they still do not have full control of their tongue and will not be able to push the cereal to the back of their mouth to swallow. I would say if she does not take it again then maybe wait another week or two and try again but do not add to the bottle. Every baby has different rates at which they learn so you just have to leave it up to your baby to tell you she is ready.

Stephanie - posted on 09/02/2009




Our doc thought that our son had reflux because he would spit up 5 or 6 times (fairly large amounts) after each feeding, so she got us starting Micah on rice cereal at just over 3 months. The first couple of feedings were crazy messy!!! But after a week or so, he was opening his mouth wide for the spoon and he eats like a champ! Plus, he rarely spits up anymore, and when he does, it is just a tiny, normal amount... it saved us from having to put our son on medication! Chances are we would not have started Micah on cereal so early if it weren't doctor recommended... perhaps chat with your doctor again or find a new doctor that doesn't give such dangerous advice!

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Thanks for the advice, the reason why i tried cereal in the bottle was bc for my first the doctor told me to do it bc she had acid reflux. i will try to give it to her with a spoon for now. thanks!

Ezgi - posted on 09/02/2009




hi maria its very dangerus putting serial in the bootle, i think you should keep try give serial with spoon , she needs to learn eating with spoon, othervise it could be difficult for you next months!

Lucy - posted on 09/02/2009




It is advised to never ever put cereal in a bottle because of the risk of choking you have experienced. If she isn't able to take it off a spoon sucessfully i would say she isn't ready for solids. I live in the UK and no one here adds cereal to a bottle because such a big thing is made of the choking risk. From being on here it seems in other countries it's the norm.

What makes you think she needs filling up? Is milk nnot satisfying her anymore?

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