Cereal in Bottles?

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Before i joined COM's I'd never heard of putting cereal in a bottle!
When my girls started getting hungrier, i gave them 'Hungry Baby' formula (basically just formula designed to be more filling).
There seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding cereal in bottles, as it could be a choking hazard.
Had any of you heard of doing it before??
Is it only the UK that has 'Hungry Baby' formula??
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?? - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

Both my kids had rice cereal in their bottles. Not to 'sleep longer' , but because they both had voracious appetites. I had asked the pediatrician when my son was on enfamil if I should switch him to Enfamil AR which was supposed to be for 'hungrier babies' and was told that AR meant 'added rice' starch. It was cheaper to add it myself- which is exactly what I did. I never heard of NOT adding cereal to a bottle until I joined COM, to be honest.
(and if I had another child, I'd more than likely do the same again if they were as 'hungry' as the first 2)
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Same here, I had never heard of not adding it to a bottle until here, nor did I realize that people were so adament about it being so bad. I can understand why some of the reasons to not do it are believable or taught/thought to be the one true right/wrong way to do it but (and I don't mean this offensively at all) some people can be convinced to buy the brooklyn bridge... so everything is believable by someone.



I, personally, don't think it's worth such an uproar. I know more people who were fed cereal in their bottles as young as 2 weeks than I know people who never had cereal in their bottle even once. And NO I am not saying just cause it was done in the past it means that it's the right thing - but there are so many people that I know personally that have had cereal in their bottle and not a single person I know who was a baby, has had a baby or knows a baby that has ever choked on cereal in a bottle.



My son is a crazy eater. I asked my doccy the same thing. He's on enfamil, should I try a different formula cause he was wanting a bottle more and more and more... and she said to just buy the rice cereal myself, add it myself, it should be enough extra in it to give him what he was needing.



Sleeping longer was never an issue. I was more interested in him being satisfied at the end of his bottle instead of wanting 2 bottles just to throw up half of one. 1 scoop of cereal and it was enough to satisfy his hearty healthy appetite.



As for the choking hazard I always thought the same thing as Mary said earlier. The amount I put in, disolves. There's not nearly enough thickness to it for him to have an issue suckling it and the consitency is not any different than if it were just formula in his bottle. I can understand a choking hazard if the nipple hole was TOO big, there was enough cereal in it to be a thick consistency or it's not mixed well enough for there to be chunks. But I would have to say that puree, finger foods, baby cookies, cheerios etc are more of a choking hazard - not to mention probably more babies are left alone to eat those things without supervision - or even just with moms back turned at the sink.



That's my take on the whole cereal in a bottle thing lol

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Megan - posted on 06/27/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

I think you're right Mary about improved sleeping being subjective.
Going off topic a little, but, my theory on sleeping (from my experience anyway) is that it's more about the mothers state of mind then the childs.
I'm convinced that my eldest was such a nightmare with sleep (and other things!) because she could sense that i didn't really know what the hell i was doing! lol!
I think i got so panicked about things that she could sense it at that made her nervous and therefore she cried!
With my 2nd i was SO much more laid back and felt WAY more confident and she was an angel in comparison!
Perhaps that's not how it is for everyone, but that's my theory on it!
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Of the subject again too but iu just have to agree with you. People always say "oh you have such a calm and well behaved baby- mine was never like that" Well she is too little to discipline so i have to say i think they take thier behavior cues mostly from mom and dad. I was proud of her for everything she did - and being a new mom and only child she was the only baby i had to go off of. When she bumps her head... she looks to see how I react before she decides to panic or not. And when she slept 5 hours straight i thought... WOW she slept ALL NIGHT! What a big girl! I didn't know i was supposed to expect more or different. Plus i had prepared myself for a colicy crying night terror... so i swaddled and breastfed and had a sling and a swing and a white noise machine from the get go. She had her "moments" but amazingly she was the first baby in either side of our families EVER to not have colic. Coincidentaly she is the only one who got the "happiest baby on the block" treatment from birth.



I think your outlook on things has a huge affect on how your baby "acts"- Plus a crying baby seems way worse if you (mom & dad) are panicking and dont have any tools to help it.

Sarah - posted on 06/27/2009

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I think you're right Mary about improved sleeping being subjective.
Going off topic a little, but, my theory on sleeping (from my experience anyway) is that it's more about the mothers state of mind then the childs.
I'm convinced that my eldest was such a nightmare with sleep (and other things!) because she could sense that i didn't really know what the hell i was doing! lol!
I think i got so panicked about things that she could sense it at that made her nervous and therefore she cried!
With my 2nd i was SO much more laid back and felt WAY more confident and she was an angel in comparison!
Perhaps that's not how it is for everyone, but that's my theory on it!
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Mary - posted on 06/27/2009

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Funnily enough, the Enfamil rep, along with a registered dietician, stopped by my unit the other night, so I asked them about some of these issues. While not called hungry baby formula, they do have something that is essentially just that. It has rice starch added to it...the purpose being to thicken the consistency for those babies with reflux, and the added carbs are also thought to satisfy those "hungier" babies. It is basically the manufacturer's equivalent of adding rice cereal to a bottle...but the amount & thickness is just more well controlled than mommy doing it at home.



Of course, they both were adamant that cereal should never be added to a bottle. However, one of the things they gave me was a copy of some double blind study comparing differnt types of formula and how it fared for issues such as reflux and sleep patterns. Their purpose in doing that was of course, to show how the research supports their claims that their product is the best on the market for these issue. Won't bore you with all the details, but I found it fascinating that one of the contol groups was cereal added to a bottle!!! (breastfed was a control group as well). If it was really such a harmful thing for babies, would a group of researchers allow parents to knowing continue utilizing such a practice (& publish those results of said child-endangering parents)? Not sure. BTW, the results weren't all to riveting in my opinion, and really, a parent's perception of improved sleeping is such a subjective thing anyway, not sure how accurately one can 'measure' it. Although formula companies try to maintain a "breast is best BUT" personna, I can tell you that the breastfed contol group seemed to fair poorly in the sleep department!. Nobody told my Molly that her breastfed self shouldn't be sleeping through the night (for the most part) by 3.5 months, thank God!

Megan - posted on 06/26/2009

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I haven't heard of that formula... but i BF so i wouldnt really know. I just know of similac and enfimil. I know back in the day (when our grandmas had our parents) It was common to put baby cereal or pablum in bottles to help babies sleep longer. But it is a choking hazard and also a weight issue. Babies will eat a lot more cereal than need when it comes out of a bottle especially if they are thirsty. So it can be linked to overweight babies- and overweight babies can become overweight kids and so on. My pediatrician says it is an absolute NO-NO! He says you would not blend up a hamburger and drink it out of a bottle as an adult so you shouldn't do it with your kids and all real food including cereal should be spoon fed. That said, i think parents who do it need to get advice specifically from their pediatrician. My understanding is that this is just a hold over from the "olden days" and we know better now.

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Yeh. I had someone in England ask me when I was going to start giving mine tea. He told me that his daughter used to drink milky tea from a bottle when she was a year old and they used to add sugar. I know thats a bit off topic, but it does prove that strange things in bottles is not just an American thing.



Back on topic. I have assumed that cereal is baby rice for some time. Am I correct or have I been giving my ten pence on something completely different?

Abby - posted on 06/24/2009

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Quoting Alison:

I don't think putting cereal in a bottle is so bad in itself providing it doesn't reduce the amount of milk they drink because it is not very nutritious in itself. I have seen some other suspect looking bottles though. All kinds colours and consistencies. I even saw a mother tipping babyfood into the bottle and adding sugar to it. No I'm not judging, but I would never let anyone come within a mile of my child trying to offer him that nasty looking mixture.



i've seen people put milkshake and cold tea in a baby's bottle. in my opinion bottles are for milk and water only. cam hasnt had a bottle since he was 6 months old, he has water and milk out of a beaker and at meal times he has water out of a proper cup!

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I don't think putting cereal in a bottle is so bad in itself providing it doesn't reduce the amount of milk they drink because it is not very nutritious in itself. I have seen some other suspect looking bottles though. All kinds colours and consistencies. I even saw a mother tipping babyfood into the bottle and adding sugar to it. No I'm not judging, but I would never let anyone come within a mile of my child trying to offer him that nasty looking mixture.

Sara - posted on 06/24/2009

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There's no question that a sedentary lifestyle (video games, TV, McDonalds, etc) is a larger problem when it comes to childhood obesity. But, what the research is saying is that by putting cereal in an infants bottle, you are helping them learn to override their natural feelings of fullness which will lead to overeating when they are older. I think there's some merit to that, and if a child already has a genetic predisposition for obesity, then that's a recipe for disaster.



As far as comments made about people that are obese/have eating disorders/overeat, there's lots of reasons for that, sure. No one believes that cereal is the bottle is the sole reason why they are fat now, but like Amie said it's about teaching healthy eating habits to your child. I have struggled with weight my whole life and it's something that I don't want to pass onto my daughter. I'm trying to be mindful of following her eating cues so that she doesn't learn to overeat/eat until she's stuffed. I think that's legitimate...unless you've struggled with your weight seriously, I don't think you can know how that feels.

Sarah - posted on 06/24/2009

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I think the whole obesity reason for not giving babies solids before 6 months is a bit weird really. Personally, i think that with all the media coverage about childhood obesity 'they' had to be seen as taking measures to prevent it and so they added it to the other reasons for waiting until after 6 months.
I could be wrong of course! but that's the way i see it.
I think so long as your kids are eating healthy the majority of the time, and are getting enough excercise then obesity won't be much of a problem.
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Ez - posted on 06/23/2009

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I'd heard of it here in Aus, but I don't think it's as prevalent as it seems to be in the US. I personally know of only 2 mums who have done it. We do have 'Hungry Baby' formula here too.
As for cereal in bottles being a choking hazard, that may be a legitimate concern but I see the bigger problem to be food/texture confusion that may develop through this habit. Babies need to learn to move solid food to the back of their mouths and SWALLOW, not suck in through a bottle. IMO if a parent thinks their baby needs cereal it should be fed off a spoon. The only exception to this is if it's due to reflux and therefore medically indicated.

?? - posted on 06/23/2009

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Sorry I worded that wrong! Oops...



Only 1 of my doctors (I've moved quite a bit too) are from Canada and she was my first ever doctor. Every other doctor I've had is from another country.



I meant to say every other doctor I have had, got their education from another country! Some of them were born Canadian, but went to another country to study/become a doctor, and then returned after they were done their education. And some of them are actually from other countries!



And I absolutely agree with you Amie, if I were to become a doctor, I'd go to a third world country to help too!



Anyways....... back on subject!

My apologies to Sarah for going on a side-track of the subject!

Amie - posted on 06/23/2009

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hahaha.. ok again Jo ~ I've heard from a few in my area that a lot of the doctors coming out of our universities are going to the states or abroad. They apparently make better money in the states? I dunno. For the ones going abroad a lot of them are going to third world countries to help. I think that's a good reason to go. =)

Amie - posted on 06/23/2009

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Ok getting back on topic...
Jo ~ I agree with you on the obesity aspect. I believe it's more of an issue of everything that happens at home, than it is what is put in a bottle. Good eating habits and lots of exercise are key factors in this. My own kids eat a balanced diet (with the odd junk food treat) and get plenty of exercise. With it being summer they are making up for being cooped indoors all winter. =)
As for babies being fat... they are supposed to be pudgy! I actually know a person who put her 9 month old on a diet because she was "fat". I felt like strangling the woman. Her baby was healthy and looked like a normal baby. She was by no means "fat".
I have seen obese babies though. I do believe that is the parents fault. It's bad eating habits totally I believe in that aspect. I don't know if they ever put cereal in the bottles but you can tell they were not healthy. If a baby has trouble rolling over at 10 months because they are so round and can barely hold themselves up.. then yes that baby is obese. I highly doubt though that it was just because they put cereal in a bottle or not.

?? - posted on 06/23/2009

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Amie, yes I do! I always wondered where the hell the Canadian doctors go hahaha Only 1 of my doctors (I've moved quite a bit too) are from Canada and she was my first ever doctor. Every other doctor I've had is from another country. I have 3 doctors right now because that's how this stupid hospital area works.



I wouldn't mind a Canadian doctor lol my brother is a doctor but he's a kinesiologist (I hate spelling that stupid word) so unless they consider pregnancy a sport... I don't think he'd be too helpful hahaha he is also a dietician, fitness trainer and weight trainer - he knows food and protiens and vitamins and all that junk. I think I'm gonna ask him what he thinks about all of this. See what he has to say, if he thinks putting cereal in a bottle is bad for baby.

?? - posted on 06/23/2009

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I'd also like to add, Gabriel didn't have cereal in his bottle until a week after he was 6 months, he started puree at 5 months because he was hungry all the time and I had no clue what was going to fill him up. I tried giving him another bottle, he would throw up half of one. I tried giving him puree, he was still hungry. I talked to my dr about changing formula's and she told me to put some cereal in his bottle. And my son is definitely not fat lol he's got some baby chub but every baby does. He's a big boy but every man in my family and his daddys family are big.



I'm sure I will get a lot of slack for this comment but here goes - I think a lot of the people with these health issues, obesity, over-eating/eating disorders etc need an excuse/a reason/a link to something other than their own mind to blame it on. I think anyone who can honestly think their obesity, health issues, eating disorders are a sole link to them having cereal in their bottles have MUCH bigger issues than they are willing to admit let alone deal with.



Childhood obesity can be linked to having a stroller instead of making your child walk, candy, cookies, staying inside to play instead of going to the park, watching TV, video games, mcdonalds... those are things I can see and believe but cereal in the bottle or 'solids' before 6 months, I wouldn't be so fast to jump on the boat of believers there.



For me, all the research these experts do, it doesn't mean that much to me because my son isn't in the study and there are so many variables to all these studies. Each variable is different than it is in my sons life that it seems ridiculous to put so much trust in a study about something where each individuals life/family/etc are absolutely essential to take into consideration to come to any sort of conclusion. I trust my instincts, talk to my doctor and go with what makes sense for my baby than listen to all of the possibilities of a maybe of a chance of a 1 in 10000 occurances that every researcher and their dog puts forth lol



Research has done A LOT of good for A LOT of people, but, it also opens A LOT of doors to A LOT of pointless/useless/unnecessary facts and figures that leads to confusion, wasted time and energy.



And finally a side note - I've seen some women on here, actually post that they were going to ignore their doctors advice about their child because of someone posting an article and it said the opposite of what the doctor said. I think that is wrong. Learning and reading information is one thing but taking the word of an article over what your doctor says, is unbelievable to me.

Amie - posted on 06/23/2009

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Jennifer, I think the studies are mostly about teaching them bad eating habits and how it will affect them later in life. I've never actually read any of them all the way through myself though. I do what I do and yes some don't agree with me.

Jo, I'm in Canada too. Do you find it that there are a lot of doctors where you are too that aren't Canadian born? My very first doctor has been the only one who was Canadian from birth. My 2nd was from somewhere in Europe. My 3rd was the same. (don't remember which countries) The one I have now is from Germany originally. ~ I have moved a lot. lol.

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Quoting Sara:


But they are finding that their may be a link between health issues/obesity/overeating and introducing solids too early. Here's a link to an interesting article if you want to find out more about it...



http://www.drgreene.com/21_861.html





I've heard that too...but once again, there's a 'link to' and 'research study about' just about everything.
I tend to believe that if solids were going to make children fat, they'd BE fat after they ate them....not 'fat' in the years to come later. I'd sooner believe that childhood obesity was linked to cookies, candy and video games before 'solids' in infancy - but that's just me (and my 4 year old that wears size 5T - 6T pants for the length, but fit's perfectly in a 3T waist - and my 2 year old wearing 3T pants for length but fits in her 12 month waist clothes. - neither of my kids get sweets unless it's a very special occasion, and they're way to young to be sedentary).

I don't know. I'm just more of a 'go with your instinct' kind of person and not so much of a 'read the new directions' kind of person. If I believed or gave absolute credit to everything I have read - I'd be too scared to have children. LOL!
**disclaimer**
(no offense was intended in this reply _I'm talking about ME and no one else - nor do I recommend being 'like' me!)
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?? - posted on 06/23/2009

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I'm not in the US lol I'm in Canada and 2 of my doctors do work in Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, the other doctor solely works in Canada but the other 2, which includes the one that told me to use a bit of cereal does seasonal work in Canada (during our summer) & Australia (during our winter).



I believe my doctor also did most of her training in Australia and England... I want to say England but I might be wrong! I'm about 85% sure it was England, and 100% sure on Aus lol



So I'm not too sure if it could be categorized as a US thing or not? From my experience it's not lol

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2009

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Seems to be a bit of a US thing. I think that's where the arguments come in because US doctors say it's ok but UK doctors don't (or it's just not widely practised)
I always think you should listen to your doc/health visitor so i think we're all just doing what we've been advised. if that makes sense!! :)

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in the uk it is known as a choking hazard and i dont think it'll ever be recommended. they thought cam had reflux and gave him gaviscon(turned out to be hideous colic) but none of my h/v or dr ever mentioned it! but i think in the us it's done as a bedtime thingy! x

Amie - posted on 06/23/2009

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I didn't realize what a widely used method this was until I joined CoM's. I had heard of it and didn't agree with it even before. After all it does say on the containers to not do it! If it's there, it's there for a reason.
As for the sleep issue. Here is the most common occurrence... oh my baby doesn't sleep through the night I'll put cereal in his formula. After a few days baby starts sleeping ok again. Has nothing to do with the cereal but more to do with the fact it was a growth spurt and the spurt has run it's course. But oh no.. voila it worked for mine so many say. Wish I could remember which websites I was reading these on but it made a lot of sense. If you look at the main page, the ones asking about the cereal in the bottle usually have babies anywhere from 2 months to 6 months old.
I have no idea what hungry baby formula is though. Well I do now but had never heard of it before CoM's. Probably because my kids never used it. When our toddler was 3 1/2 months her doctor suggested starting her on cereal but like Joy's doctor she said DO NOT PUT IT IN HER BOTTLE. LOL! I couldn't help but giggle at her she was so intense about it. I never would have crossed my mind to do it anyways but I thought it was cute.
Like so many things though I do not doubt for a minute that the reason there are nipples designed specifically for cereal in bottles is because it was becoming such a common practice that "they" who make these decisions wanted to find a way to make it safer... and of course make a few bucks. Holy run on sentence. lol. For babies with reflux, ok I can understand to a certain point. But is there not medicine designed for babies to to help with this? I'm sure there is. I've never had to deal with it though so I don't know much about it. Even at that though those type of specialty bottles should be handed out by the doctors so only the babies who need them get them. Maybe then it won't be such common practice. But then again there are people who don't buy them and just cut the hole larger on their regular bottles.

~Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2009

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Both my kids had rice cereal in their bottles. Not to 'sleep longer' , but because they both had voracious appetites. I had asked the pediatrician when my son was on enfamil if I should switch him to Enfamil AR which was supposed to be for 'hungrier babies' and was told that AR meant 'added rice' starch. It was cheaper to add it myself- which is exactly what I did. I never heard of NOT adding cereal to a bottle until I joined COM, to be honest.
(and if I had another child, I'd more than likely do the same again if they were as 'hungry' as the first 2)
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Gotta say I wholeheartedly agree with Joy on the sleep thing...I really believe that at 7months, if the girl is waking up at 3am b/c she's hungry, she's entitled. She's probably in a bit of a growth spurt, and needs the extra calories, and that's why I'm here! We have fed on demand since birth, and some days she goes longer than others between feeds, and some days she eats more than others. This has remained true even with the into to solids at 6 months...her intake varies from day to day, depending on her needs.



I probably should have clarified in my earlier post that the hubby didn't ask me about this until after we had started her on cereal...he's not one to try something new on his own like that w/o running it by me 1st. I'm guessing he hasn't, since I told him I didn't think it would make any difference in how long she slept. Again, it just doesn't make sense to me nutritionally that this would help, but I have a lot of friends who swear by it.

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I asked my pediatrician about this when my son was a few months old. Like lots of other Moms, several people had told me to put cereal in his bottle to help him sleep longer. Here's what my doctor told me: Joy, go get a hamburger, fries and a shake. Grind up the burger and fries and mix with the shake and then try to suck it through a straw." Long story short, according to that pediatrician, my regular pediatrician, the WIC nutritionist and 2 lactation specialists, putting cereal in a baby's bottle is a big NO NO! I did try it maybe once or twice, just to see if it would have any effect on his sleep. It didn't. Also, I realized that I shouldn't be trying to get my son to sleep longer because there is a reason he would wake so often for a feeding. That's just how babies are, it's part of it. Not all babies are meant to sleep through the night at any specific time. I think a lot of Moms just get tired from getting up so often, the lack of sleep, wanting to get back to some kind of normal sleep patern for themselves. This is all understandable. But in my opinion, the day I became a Mom, I agreed to give up a huge chunk of my life, my body, my sleep, my comfort...it's my job to do what he needs, when he needs it. Even if that means getting up every two hours in the night. I don't hold it against other Moms for putting cereal in a bottle, mostly because I don't walk in their shoes. I don't feel like I have a right to judge any Mom for her decisions because they all come out of love. The cereal in the bottle thing is basically an old wives tale, but some still believe it and apparently, it seems to work for some. It's like the rum on the gums thing for teething. Does it work? Probably. Is it healthy to give a baby alcohol...ummm no. Did generations of women do it? Yes. Does the cereal in a bottle work for some moms? Yes. Is it healthy to give a baby food before they are able to digest it? Probably not. Have generations of women done it with no problems? Yes. But again, I can only walk in my shoes, not another mother's.

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id never heard of it either! i said that many times on here that i had wished i had known about it for my daughter. she slept just fine but she aspirated thin liquids from birth to 7 months so she had an ng tube put in, if ony i had done research myself and put cereal in the bottle, not only would she have been fine and not aspirated drinking it but she would never have had the tube in, not been scared of the bottle, and would now be eating and drinking perfectly. i know aspiration is rare but at least i will know if i ever see any of my friends go thru it or if i have problems with another baby.

i dont agree with doing it for no reason but i think its perfectly fine to do it to help the baby sleep longer, or if the baby is hungry and you dont want to start them on solids yet, or for reflux babies. personally i think if it was dangerous there would not be doctors recommending it

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To be honest, I'm not sure why putting cereal in the bottle is so popular around here. It usually says right on the box not to put it in the bottle. If you go to the manufacturers websites - like Gerber - it also says that cereal in a bottle is a choking hazard for a healthy baby. Of course, most everyone still seems to recommend it - I know my mom said she put cereal in bottles.

Sara - posted on 06/23/2009

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Honestly, unless there is a medical reason like reflux, I do not agree with it. Cereal is supposed to help your child with their oral motor skills and putting cereal in the bottle defeats the purpose. I would never give it to a small baby, and I would never put cereal in my daughter's bottle.

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Hi, Sarah!

I think putting a bit of cereal in the nighttime bottle is somewhat common here in the states. Not initially an option for me, as the girl is still breastfed, but on the 2 nights/week that I go in at 7pm, the hubby is giving her a bottle of pumped breastmilk, and he as asked me about that (since his mom keeps telling him it would make her sleep longer). Actually, it's not much of an issue...she USUALLY sleeps from 8p-5:30ish, so I'm not sure how much longer we can expect her to go. It's maybe only once a week that she might wake up in the 3am range & be hungry.

Nutritionally, it just doesn't make sense to me, although lots of moms swear by it. Breastmilk/formula is predominantly protein & fat, so that should hold them longer, as opposed to rice cereal, which is a carb, & should be burned up faster, and cause a quicker drop in blood sugar. However, it seems to work for lots of people, so what do I know?? I don't think it should pose too much of a choking hazard in an older (>5 month) old infant, as a small amount of cereal dissolves in the liquid, and should only make it just a tad thicker. The nipple of the bottle shouldn't be big enough to allow any chunks through, should it?

Not an expert on formula since I haven't had to use any - yet. If we've made it through this long, I should be able to hold out the full year (I HATE pumping, esp at work!!), but I've never heard of 'Hungry Baby' formula, so it might just be in the UK. I'm thinking the moms here who use formula might be knowledgeable about that.

I should ask John if he has tried cereal in the bottle on the nights I'm not here...I try to let them do their own thing....it's typically a little different from me, but the bottom line is, she's always happy & healthy when I come home in the am, so I've learned to keep my mouth shut, as it makes for a much happier marriage, lol!

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We have hungry baby formula here in Ireland too,I used it with my daughter(many moons ago!!),and she loved it! Never heard of cereal in bottles before,that must be a new thing,I imagine it must be a choking hazard alright.Different strokes for different folks! I don't think I'd try it myself personally though. :)

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