Rice Cereal

Kimberly - posted on 10/30/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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How much rice cereal are you supposed to add to the bottle? I have heard anywhere from 1 tsp to a few tbsp?? Do you need to warm it up? Can you give them the same amount of formula that they normally eat with the rice cereal added?? Help!!

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User - posted on 11/12/2008

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It depends on what you're comfortable with really. I've added 1 tbsp to my 3-month old's bottle. but in all honesty, if she's past 3 months...you're probably better off feeding her 1-2 tbsp of the cereal first then give her a few oz of formula/breastmilk. she'll let you know when she's full.



Good luck (she's a cutie)

Rachelle - posted on 11/11/2008

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I have been adding rice cereal to my son's formula bottles since he was about 2 months. I add 2 Tbsp. to 8 oz. of formula, shake it up, and then heat it in the bottle warmer. I only give this to him for his last feed before night time. He has been sleeping 7-9 hours a night since I started this. It really does help them sleep better as the cereal takes longer to digest so they don't wake up hungry as quickly. My doctor said this was absolutely fine. I also use a "fast" nipple as the thicker liquid didn't want to go through the slower nipples.

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Michelle - posted on 11/12/2008

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I've never heard a professional recommendation to add cereal to an infant's bottle except in some extreme cases of acid reflux. This question is best answered by your babys doctor

Katrina - posted on 11/11/2008

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I fix the regular bottle of formula...when he's eaten down to about 2 oz, I add a 1/2 tablespoon cereal. I change nipples as well, to the ones intended for thicker liquids.

Susan - posted on 11/11/2008

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I add rice cereal to my son's bottles - at first it was to start him on the cereal plus he was premature and it helps with his reflux - I make the same size bottle as normal and add about 1 1/2 tbsp of cereal then shake it to mix it up - yes, I heat it as well to room temperature as I store the pre-made formula in the fridge.

Heidi - posted on 11/07/2008

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I feed my 2 month old cereal by spoon. She gets 1 tbsp in the morning and one at dinnertime. We started because she is on soy (milk allergy) and was extremely constipated. The oatmeal cereal added just enough fibre to her diet to solve the problem. I've heard of people giving it in the bottle but it can get stuck in the nipple. You might need a stage 2 nipple. Good luck.

Holly Emma - posted on 11/07/2008

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Ive heard many times your not suppose to add rice cereal to the bottle of formula. i feed my girl (10 months) 3 or 4 tbsp of rice cereal add milk to thicken it up then some fruits and veggies, about an hour to 2 hours later shes ready for a 4-7 ounce bottle then nap time.

Nikki - posted on 11/06/2008

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I also started giving my son cereal in a bottle because I wanted him to sleep longer, then I went to see the pedi and she said not to do that because it wasn't enough to make a difference and the thickened breastmilk or formula could cause him not to want the thinner, plain kind. I started giving him cereal from a spoon at 3 1/2 months due to his acid reflux and he has done fine since.

Kimberly - posted on 11/04/2008

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I would recommend feeding cereal w/ a spoon, and not in the bottle. I waited until my son was 6 months before starting cereal, per my dr. recommendation. Then I started once per day about 1 TB of rice cereal mixed with 3 TB breastmilk.

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Technically you are not supposed to ever put anything solid or thick (like cereal) into a bottle. It becomes a choking hazard. Did your pediatrician recommend this??

Veronica - posted on 11/03/2008

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It depend on how old the baby is. If the baby is younger than 4 months I would say no more than 1 1/2 tsp. But if the baby is older you can make it a little thicker and make the nipple hole larger.

Kara - posted on 11/02/2008

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Do not add it to the bottle. This could potentially delay your babies development. Give it with a spoon starting at 4 months.

Jocelyn - posted on 11/02/2008

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I started to add rice cereal to my son's night time bottle at 2 months. I added 2 Tbsp. to a 6 ounce bottle. I feel like it helped him sleep longer at night. It could be a myth, but it worked for me.

Nikki - posted on 11/02/2008

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who told you to do that? um, I started my son on solids with baby rice cereal at 6 months and mixed breastmilk in to thicken it (then I gave up and just used cooled- boiled water) if your doctor or nurse said to then I'd talk to them again, other wise you start off with a teaspoon at first and then build up, and when they get used to it you can start to add banana or somthing to it.

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i never really added cereal to the bottle (at least not a lot) but i add it to the infant food... fruit, veggies, not bananas.

but warm the formula or BMilk as usual and then add the cereal. add as much as you like with out making it oat meal. I had to go up to the stage 2 nippies and if it was too thin Lilly would choke. But like I said I only add it to the infant foods (or purred food i make) now b/c it makes less mess.

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