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Will putting cereal in my 9 months old bottle help him sleep through the night?

Vanessa - posted on 10/03/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )




My 9 month old son will not sleep through the night yet. He wakes up just about every 3-4 hours looking for a bottle... I have been co-sleeping since he was born and I am thinking of trying to move him into his own room and his own crib but I would like to get him sleeping through the night first. During the day he is awesome, he eats solids and drinks a little juice water mixture out of a cup and he takes 2 naps during the day. He usually goes to sleep at bedtime with a bottle and I have tried other ways to get him to go to sleep but the bottle is the only thing that works... could he even really be hungry in the middle of the night? He wont take a paci or anything, he just really wants a bottle and once I give it to him he is straight back to sleep... the co-sleeping is really putting a hurt on my relationship with my husband as well as my sleep. Help!


Christy - posted on 10/13/2011




Strictly from experience, no it doesn't. Cereal + milk/formula = CEMENT. No joke. I laughed when I first read this and did it anyway. Ended up being true, again in my case. I would also not allow your child at this point to co sleep, put his butt in his own bed and let him cry a little, (not too long, like no more than 30-40 minutes) before feeding again. BOTH my kids (now 3 and 4) woke up every 4 hrs to eat something until they turned 12 or 13 months old.

Melissa - posted on 10/13/2011




no its a myth...he is waking out of habit! It will take a few nights of crying and or hanging out with the little guy while he cries but he can break the habit....just stop feeding him. Read up on different sleep training methods and do it NOW....the longer you wait the harder it gets as they get older and teething and other things wake them!!!!!! My son woke out of habit we would wake him at 11pm, before we went to bed, feed again then he was good.

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It is a myth that giving solids will help them sleep more at night. Putting cereal in a bottle is outdated advice and can cause choking among other problems. If he's waking and is not soothed by anything else, then chances are he's still hungry and needs that. Every child is different. My first woke very frequently as an infant and didn't sleep through the night until 18 months. Do your research and consult your pediatrician.

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Bonnie - posted on 10/03/2011




Your child is 9 months, old enough that if you are going to give rice cereal (which is the best to start with) it should be with a spoon. Putting it in the bottle is a choking hazard. There is no reason to put it in the bottle.


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Sammy - posted on 10/13/2011




giving a baby cereal in a bottle actually doesn't help the baby sleep through the night. If he's waking often in the night try feeding him some cereal with a spoon or some baby food right before bed and then lay him down. Thats what seemed to work for my son and now he sleeps all night. If he isn't feed right before going to bed he usually wakes up 2 or 3 times a night hungry.

User - posted on 10/06/2011




I would strongly recommend reading the book Save Our Sleep. I put my four and a half month old on those routines and I had him sleeping through the night in his own cot in just a week (he was in his own cot the whole night by the first night, he did still wake twice though) when up until then he had been co-sleeping and waking every 3-4 hours. I also found that he was far more inclined to wake when sleeping next time me. And teaching your child to self-settle is a huge factor aswell, letting him protest cry is not a bad thing, it's just him protesting to having to put himself to sleep.

Vanessa - posted on 10/04/2011




Thanks guys! I decided to not try the cereal in a bottle thing, I certainly dont want him to choke! I guess i'll just wait it out.

Stifler's - posted on 10/04/2011




Nope. Hang in there until he can drink his own bottle and then leave a sippy cup of water in the cot so he can have that if he wakes during the night. It worked for me.

Alicia - posted on 10/03/2011




please dont give your son rice cereal in the bottle. odds are the bottle youre trying to give it to him in is the last night bottle. why not just feed him from a spoon? and not cause the choking hazard. babies arent meant to lie down when eating solids. also my daughter was a bottle baby, she loved them to sleep and woke up multiple times a night for a bottle. by 9 months she was mostly on solids except the bottle before nap, and the one before bed. i noticed that eating solids kept her full longer and she stopped waking up in the middle of the night for food. babies may still wake up but if you rush right to them with a bottle, they will never learn how to self soothe. do you let him whine/cry a little before getting him a bottle? when my daughter woke up i would give her 5 minutes to try and put herself back to sleep and 9/10 times she did without a bottle! also if you want to move him to his crib. move him. just keep a baby monitor in your room. :) good luck!

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My girls were only waking once in a 12 hour night at 3 months.... 2 weeks (approx) before starting solids (slept through at 6 months, for a month.... then again at 14 months for good). My son didn't sleep through the night other than a handful of rare times until he was 2. In MY personal experiences.... solids and sleep have zero connection. My experiences are not everyone else's though.

I wouldn't put cereal in a bottle though. We eat our solids, not drink them. ;)

Belinda - posted on 10/03/2011




Generally feeding a child cereal before bed will not help him to sleep through the night, children have to know how to put themselves back to sleep during periods of partial arousal (which everyone experiences). If you are concerned about him getting enough to eat to hold him over at night, try to make sure that he eats enough during the day. Also I believe that he can have yogurt and cheese at this age (although check with your doctor), the protein will fill him up for longer. Once you know that he is getting enough nutrition you can consider other options for teaching him to put himself back to sleep.

Generally if 9 month old children are healthy, have no medical issues and are at healthy weights, there should be no reason for them to eat every 3-4 hours at night.

Vanessa - posted on 10/03/2011




@Markita McCutcheon Thank you for the advice, i'm going to run out and get some cereal which kind would you suggest? the rice one or the oatmeal one?

Markita - posted on 10/03/2011




I believe it would help. When my daughter went through that I started the cereal in the milk. I started a bedtime routine with a warm bath and all the Johnsons night time products. The bubble bath, the shampoo, baby wash, and I would swap up with the lotion and the massage gel. She loved it and usually fell right to sleep. Sometimes with her bottle and some nights without. I really do think you should try the bath routine and adding cereal. I also recommend to do everything possible to stop the co-sleeping. Our daughter got the flu when she was 1. She couldnt breath at all so we let her sleep with us for about 1 week, When she was better we tried putting her back into her crib and she never slept in it again. Now we have her in her own bed but she still wakes up about 3 times a week and ends up in our bed. We didnt get her into her own room until she was almost 5. Hopefully my advice helped and I wish you all the best.

Vanessa - posted on 10/03/2011




I tried giving him water and he wont even take it, he really wants his formula and last night for the first time I tried giving him less and i thought it was going to work but he woke right back up after he realized there wasnt anymore in the bottle...

Karen - posted on 10/03/2011




cereal in his bottle will not fill him up - at 9 months if you want to try cereal , give it to him by spoon after his last bottle of the evening before going to bed. the bottle sounds like its just a comfort/habit now, although some babies do still get hungry in the night. i would suggest slowly weening the bottles at night but lowering the amount in them one at a time by an oz every couple of nights or even by subing the milk in one for some water. he may not wake up if he's getting water

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