Cereal In Bottels

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Felisha - January 30

when did your doc approve cereal in bottles?

 

Steph - January 30

Never. There's no reason to put cereal in a bottle unless the baby needs his/her food thicked due to reflex.

 

Steph - January 30

BTW, it does not help them sleep longer and if you plan to give your lo cereal, it needs to be spoon fed.

 

Kara H. - January 30

Yep - totally unnecessary. Only for reflux babies. Other people do it, but they are basically filling their babies bellies with cereal they can't process. It will just sit there until it gets pushed thru the intestines. If your baby is waking up for feedings, he is still in that early rapid growth period. You DO NOT want to deny him calories now. He won't be a tiny little baby for long, so even though you are tired, in the not so distant future you will look back and miss those quiet snuggle times shared between the two of you at 3 am. (I know you are rolling your eyes right now - I did too at commens like that just a few short months ago. It goes so fast)

 

Felisha - January 30

well just for you information i am not curious for the reason to get better sleep or to make her sleep through the night. i have many friends and family that put cereal in bottels and their babies never had any problems. and what is the difference between adding cereal to bottels and sppon feeding? i dont see one

 

Felisha - January 30

and btw i am perfectly fine with getting up in the middle of the night to feed her i am not a selfish mother. anything she needs i give her always

 

BriannasMummy - January 30

Actually on Friday when i took my 7 week old dd to the doc. He was telling me how its a huge no no to put cereal in a bottle. He said there is no reason to do it at all, and that its like Kara H said, it will just sit there until its gets pushed through because a baby that young, cannot digest it properly. 4 months is when he told me to start.. with only the rice cereal and then at 6 months she can start out with the veggies. With my first dd I didnt put cereal in her bottle, and I tried doing it spoon fed at 4 months, didnt work out so well even then.. her body just wasnt ready for it. I love my 3 am feedings with Ka__sidy.. makes me sad to think i wont always get the chance to hold her like that. Anyway.. dont want to make this the "never ending" post.. Im rambling!! ~Kristin~

 

Kara H. - January 30

Felisha - The difference between putting it in the bottle and spoon feeding, is that spoon feeding is a skill that the baby needs to develop. Putting cereal in a bottle doesn't help the baby developmentally at all. Cereal actually brings very little nutritionally into the babies diet. Babies really don't nutritionally need any solids at all until they are 1 yr old, but they do need to develop the ablility to learn to eat from a spoon (and eventually self feed) which is why we start solids at 4-6 months.

 

kris313 - January 30

How old is your lo? My nephew started getting cereal in his bottle at 3 months - per his doctor's instructions. He wasn't old enough to manage spoon feedings and was taking too many bottles, too much liquid was causing other problems. So he got 1 tablespoon of cereal in his bottle twice a day until he could be spoon fed.

 

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