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Iridescent - posted on 10/16/2011

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Liz, that's fine, and I understand your view. The same can be said for recalled slings, expired car seats, and antique cribs though. Most people have never had an issue. But some have, and have lost their babies as a result. It is a risk.

Karla - posted on 10/16/2011

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I find it disturbing that so many doctors are giving advice to start cereal so young - I was getting more up to date feeding advice 25 years ago!



I’ll add that when my first was born I had a friend whose daughter was just a month older than mine and we went to the same family doctor. He recommended she start solids at about 4 month – when I asked him about it for my daughter, he said I didn’t need to; there was a difference, her baby was formula fed and lactose intolerant, and mine was breast fed and doing wonderfully. I appreciated his adjustment to differing situations. Then as I read more about starting solids, I discovered cereal is not the best first food anyway.



I started my kids on bananas and sweet potatoes, and the kids were anywhere from 6 or 8 months old when they started on solid food.

Candice - posted on 10/16/2011

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I was told I was nuts not to start solids at 2 weeks by the dude's crazy aunt.Cereal in bottle from birth as well. (hell no!) I think I just hope people would be smart enough to ignore bullshit antiquated/dangerous advice. I find using being a first time parent is a crap excuse for not for not having any kind of parental instinct. I was raised by idiot wolves and I just knew what to do with my little. Pardon me if I don't make sense, I might still have Warrior Dash mud clogging my brain.

Jodi - posted on 10/15/2011

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I hate it when I hear people talking about "fattening up" their babies. Honestly, unless they are FTT (ie not gaining ANY weight and dropping off their curve), they don't need "fattening up", they probably weren't meant to be chubby babies. Taylah was the skinniest baby I ever saw, and that was just the way she was meant to be. I never felt the need to "fatten her up" and neither did her pediatrician.

Iridescent - posted on 10/15/2011

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We were also told to put cereal in the bottle. The reason cereal in the bottle is a choking hazard for a young infant is because it is thick - same risk for ThickIt. What they did not tell us that as few as 2 servings of rice cereal (infant servings) can cause arsenic poisoning.



Our pediatrician told us to add rice cereal (1 teaspoon per 2 ounces). She also started our daughter on Zantac and changed her formula to Nutramigen. When we went to Mayo Clinic, they increased the rice cereal to one tablespoon per ounce ("make the spoon stand up in it") in the bottle to help control her reflux. Honestly, it didn't help. It just wore her out so bad trying to eat that she was starving as a result.



Cereal and any other baby foods are lower calorie than formula, regardless of type, for the weight. In addition, they require more digestive enzymes and ability than formula and due to their semi-solid nature, they take longer to pass from the stomach to the intestine. So people that claim they give their babies food too young "because they're hungry" or "because they need to gain weight" it's BS. 1 - they get fewer calories per day as a result. 2 - they need the calories, which is why they are indicating hunger. They do not need food stopping up their guts and causing constipation from the start. All that new weight? It's called poop.

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I was told to put cereal in their bottles so I did. I had to stop nursing because I wasn't producing milk after the first 8 weeks or so with all of my boys. I was able to breastfeed my daughter part time till she was about 6 months. My body just couldn't keep up.

It did help with my daughters reflux and it did help my youngest (or I should say it helped me) because all he wanted to do was eat. I don't think I would do anything different. My kids never really ate pureed food for very long either and they started solids between 3-4 months.

Kids are different and families are different. If someone is getting this advice from a doctor its for a reason (most of the time). In some cases it does help reflux and I would rather do that then put a infant on a daily medicine. My youngest was 4 pounds 14 ounces because my placenta failed to do its job and he was starving. He needed "fattening up" and when my breast milk dried up and high calorie formula wasn't enough I had to try something.

My older son has always been underweight and probably always will be. When he was an infant I was scared because he wasn't gaining weight so we tried cereal. When we realized that it wasn't making a difference he got it anyway because he liked it but I started spoon feeding instead.

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Mom came back and said she started giving baby bananas followed by formula...instead of cereal in the bottle. :)

Sherri - posted on 10/16/2011

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I never put cereal in their bottles however, I did start them on solids for my first at 12wks because he needed to cut down the amt. of calories he was intaking. My middle one at 4mo's as he wanted food in the worst way and was not content with just bottles anymore and the same with my 3rd. We will see what nature has in store for #4.

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I put cereal in my 3 of my kids bottles and nothing bad happened them. My oldest is going to be 8 in 2 weeks and she is healthy and beautiful. My 5 year old is a bottomless pit and never stops eating but is considered under weight. My 1 year old doesn't ever slow down and never has. Most of the kids I know have had cereal in their bottle at about 4 months and they are thriving just as much as the kids who didn't. It really doesn't make any difference as far as I've seen.

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I agree Jodi. I had a hard time explaining to people when Eliza was a baby that she was FINE, thank you very much.

Stifler's - posted on 10/15/2011

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I had Logan on thickened formula and it didn't do anything for his reflux just made him constipated. I switched him to normal milk and fed him farex in a bowl with a spoon and the effect was the same. A lot of people I know are like "i'm going to start them on food to fatten them up" makes me wonder where they got their info.

Brittany - posted on 10/15/2011

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I did read the original post and I know this was not in there but, I NEVER EVER EVER put my child to bed with a bottle. I know some say you can put some water in there and give it to them. My kidos never had a bottle in their beds.

Stifler's - posted on 10/15/2011

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Renae is a big fat nearly 5 month old and she can't sit up by herself yet. I tried to give her a rusk yesterday and she wouldn't even chew on it but she will mung on our fingers when we hold her and try to eat the playmat. Weird.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/15/2011

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Oh, and my friend son (2 months younger than my own son) had his first tooth by 3 months. That would be awfully young to start solids. He could not even sit up by himself yet.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/15/2011

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I started at 6 months with both my children. My son loved it. My daughter would only occasionally take some. By 7 months she was a pro.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/15/2011

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Well, If I was suppose to wait until my daughter cut her very first tooth, it would have been when she was 1 year old. She is 1yr 6 months, and is JUST getting her 5th tooth in.

Katherine - posted on 10/15/2011

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Oh and yes, the mother with the 2 week old putting the cereal in a bottle. Not good.

Jodi's right, we've seen it all.







One more thing to add: It does seem like she is looking for honest advice.

Katherine - posted on 10/15/2011

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You aren't supposed to start solids until around 8 months. It gets me how people are trying to shove FOOD down their babies throats.
Do some research ya know?

Jurnee - posted on 10/15/2011

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I never put cereal in a bottle, but actually my grandsons pediatrician had my daughter put some rice cereal in his bottle becuase of his reflux. It worked and he didnt need to use any medications. I think the mom in this thread is honestly lookingfor advice, I wouldnt advise cereal in a bottle, and honestly Im surprised that so many people do that.

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Yeah, the OP comes across as a good mom that is trying to do the right thing and is willing to listen to others' opinion. It's the advice that some people are giving that makes me cringe.

Brittany - posted on 10/15/2011

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I, personally, never gave my kids cereal in the bottle. I did try mixing cereal with breast milk when Caoleb was a baby but, he always seemed to have a hard time getting it out.

We were living in a different state and the Pediatrician we had was my husband pediatrician when he was born. She told me that once the child has teeth you can give them "soft" solids. Things like steamed veggies, breads, Cheerios, potatoes, cooked crumbled ground beef, ect ect. That is what I did with my two oldest and when I had Rauri I asked our new Pediatrician about this and he told me the same thing. Once teeth are there you can give them "soft" solid food. So I started solids between 4 and 6 months. They all did just fine. They had breast milk for a full year and then went on to cows milk.

Every child is different and this is why some kids can eat solids earlier then other children.. There is nothing wrong with the child or the parent just, when they child is ready. If you had the child a steamed carrot and he has a hard time with it then he is not ready for solid foods. It is a trial process.

Weren't we all inexperienced with our first kid? I know I tried a lot of things with Caoleb that I never did with my other children because, it did not work for us. Children do not come with an instruction manual.

Michelle - posted on 10/15/2011

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I know, I just shake my head and refrain from commenting. It's easier that way :-)

Jodi - posted on 10/15/2011

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Oh she HAD to be a troll, surely???

And you get used to it Michelle. You kind of become immune to most of the stupid questions.

Michelle - posted on 10/15/2011

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That's nothing. The lady who posts asking if hopping up and down or playing with her child can cause a miscarriage is a lot worse. It's very frustrating moderating that page. I would love to just delete the "stupid" questions but some people don't have anyone else to discuss things with.

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She said her doctor told her to do this, so I feel bad for her. Her doctor must be really old-fashioned.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/15/2011

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Well, it sounds like this momma is trying to get help. It sounded to me like she was very thankful for the advice, and didn't seem hardcore on the cereal in a bottle. She admitted to being a young and new mom, sounds like she appreciated all the advice.

Stifler's - posted on 10/15/2011

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The worst bit is the people who agree with the OP and start saying they fed their kid cereal/put cereal in the bottle at some outrageously young age.

Jodi - posted on 10/15/2011

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I've seen worse on CoM than a 5 month old getting cereal in a bottle. Like the lady who was giving her baby cereal at 2 weeks old because he was hungry. No shit. If you think that post is worth saying "Oh My" about, stick around for a couple of years. Nothing will surprise you then.

Medic - posted on 10/14/2011

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I LOVE that saying and I don't even know why.... I guess its better than "shit or get off the pot"....I had actually never heard it until I got my fire certs and a friend got me the cookie jar. I really wasn't picking on you....just responding. It sucks you are so defensive...this is supposed to be FUN!!

Carolee - posted on 10/14/2011

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All I was saying was that there are certain threads that I stay away from because some people (a lot of people) won't even try to see things from a different point of view on certain subjects. I know it's a debating forum. I've been a part of it for a long time. Just because I chose to state that I intend to leave this thread does not mean I "can't stand the heat" (I absolutely hate that saying). It means I'm chosing not to figuratively bash my head against the wall while trying to debate something that I know a lot of people will never change their mind on.

I wrote what I was thinking. I knew better, and am very sorry (to myself, not anyone else) that I posted in the first place.

(The only reason I'm replying is because I absolutely detest that saying. I know it's a debating forum. I joined on purpose!)

Medic - posted on 10/14/2011

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Well this is a debating forum.....it is kind of a "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the cookie jar" forum.....Yes I realize that quote is odd....but its from a fireman cookie jar.

Carolee - posted on 10/14/2011

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I knew this was one I should have stayed out of, so I'm backing out now.

Medic - posted on 10/14/2011

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Even if her child does have a swallowing disorder its called thickit.....they use it for stroke patients also.

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My girls actually started solids at 3.5 months, but I still have the same opinion of that post as you two. ;)

Firebird - posted on 10/14/2011

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I didn't even start feeding my daughter solids until she was almost 8 months old..... so yea, that's my opinion on that thread. lol

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