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When do you add cereal to babies bottle?

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Asked by lindalou1969 at 9:25 PM on Apr. 25, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • you dont if you want to give cereal. mix it in a bowl with the formula thin enough for them to swallow and not choke i started my daughter on cereal when she was like two months. but never but i never put it in her bottle

    Answer by jodi205 at 9:27 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • never, you are supposed to start spoon feeding it to them between 4-6 months depending if you BF or FF.

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 9:31 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • jodi said thin it down in a bowl with formula or breastmilk whichever you use and spoon feed it. My daughter was 3 months because she wanted over 12 onces of formula to go down for the night and her stomach couldnt handle it where a small amount of cereal and she would sleep well.

    Answer by ChasingSam at 9:32 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • My daughter was 3 weeks. I know they say not to but she's ALWAYS hungry. It seems like with the cereal added she's fuller longer and not as fussy. I don't give too much, and it doesn't seem to make her gassy. Every baby's different though. It may not work for some.

    Answer by jmpeskie at 9:32 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • Putting it in the bottle is not something that you do at any certain time. It's usually only done under a doctor's guidance, most likely for reflux.

    If you want to introduce cereal, mix it in a bowl and use a spoon. (and then that is usually not recommended to be done until 4-6 months)

    If the reason you're considering it because the baby is always hungry, then feed the baby more often. More formula or more breastmilk. Always feed on demand during the infancy.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 9:37 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • my ds pedi. told us not to give him cereal in his bottle it can cause over feeding, put the cereal in a bowl and spoon feed him, they have to learn to eat off of a spoon. This was at his 6 mon. appt.

    Answer by ProudMomma9-08 at 9:42 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • Never. Read this article before you do: Baby Bottles and Cereal

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against adding cereal to the bottle. You will find lots of moms who gave baby cereal in the bottle (for reflux, or because they wanted to) and their baby is now "fine". Just because their baby did not have a negative reaction does not mean that your baby won't.


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 9:43 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • Never. You can start solids after at LEAST 6 months. No ifs, buts, or "some babies are different"s about it. When you start, use a spoon or finger foods. Never put anything but milk or water in a bottle. I'd recommend skipping those useless baby cereals anyway. It's just flakey artificial iron and preservatives.

    Answer by jus1jess at 10:09 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • DONT EVER put cereal in a baby's bottle!! It can lead to overeating and choking!! Between 4-6 months you can put cereal in a small bowl and mix it with breastmilk or formula. Make sure it's more watery at first and gradually add more cereal, making it thicker, throughout the next couple days :) Good luck, messy but fun!

    Answer by mamie2shoes at 10:10 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • Never. It's a major choking hazard and the AAP recommends against solids. No solids until 4-6 months for formula fed babies, and no solids until 6 months for breastfed babies. If you're feeding the baby expressed breast milk, do NOT feed the baby cereal at all. It's rough on their tummies and infants cannot digest grains until they're closer to two years old.

    Answer by Gruntlings at 10:17 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

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