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How young can you start adding cereal to bottle to help keep baby fuller and sleep through the night?

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Asked by madsmom314 at 12:35 AM on Jun. 21, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Cereal won't make your baby sleep through the night. And you're not supposed to add cereal to the bottle unless your baby has reflux issues (that can only be diagnosed by a doctor).

    Babies sleep through the night when they are ready. No amount of food in their bellies will make them do it.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 12:44 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • A dr will tell you to start giving a baby ceral at 4 months however if your baby is getting hungry faster than it should be you may need to start giving it ceral earlier. to be honest I started at about 6 weeks with one of mine and i just put a tbl spoon for every 2 ounces. However it is not good to feed then with a feeder but to keep it thin and just to keep them fuller or to help with spitting up ot is perfectly safe to give it to them in a bottle and you are not lazy.

    Answer by abbibaileylily at 12:44 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • I did it and it didnt work! It didnt work at all! It actually makes them get less milk which has fat in it and takes longer to digest. Rice breaks down into pure sugar very quickly so they get hungry again quickly. Stick with the bottle. My baby girl is 6months and still doesnt sleep from 8pm to 8pm. Usually she sleeps from 8 to 4. Thats 8hrs so I guess that would be through the night

    Your baby will decide when he is developmently ready to not require those calories during the night. It all about the calories and them getting enough.

    Dont bother with cereal. Honestly, it does nothing

    Answer by HunnysFarAway at 12:51 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • cereal won't help your baby sleep through the night. Sleeping through the night is a milestone all babies reach at different ages and you shouldn't try to rush it.
    Futhermore, babies also need to eat regularly through the night in order for them to grow and thrive properly.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:52 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • Babies cannot digest cereal until they are about 4-6 months old so they should not have anything but breast milk or formula until that time. Babies don't usually sleep through the night. They are growing and developing so quickly they will eat around the clock and wake up at night for a feeding. I know it is exhausting and no fun but it is part of parenting. Allergies are linked to giving cereal too soon. Rice cereal has almost no nutritional value other than the added iron. It is not much different than giving a baby sugar and is linked to sky rocketing diabetes rates in children. Do what you like but remember your child has to live with the consequences of what you do so please consult with a competent doctor and do your own research. Your baby deserves the best and if that means a little less sleep for the next month or two so be it. Being a good parent is tough but it is worth it if the kids are happy and healthy

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:55 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • We started the cereal in the bottle at around 8wks and it seems to help us. Our little girl is such a great baby she sleeps from 10 until 7 or 8 but it does depend on the baby every baby is different.

    Answer by danyelle02 at 12:57 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • We have been putting cereal in her bottle since she was about 8 weeks to try to help with reflux but it did nothing so we stopped and now she is on medicine for the reflux and that has been great. We do put a tablespoon of rice cereal in her night time bottle and she sleeps from 9pm till anywhere around 5:30-8:15 (depending on if she actually took a nap during the day or not). But she has been sleeping through the night since 4 weeks (it just was not always during the night-time hours, day and night confusion). 6 hours straight in a row is considered sleeping through the night.

    Answer by vickwu at 1:15 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • Never... Putting cereal in a bottle is a huge no no! It is a choking hazard. The very earliest you should feed an infant solids is 4 months for Formula Fed infants. But it is highly recommended to wait until 6 months.
    You should only feed a baby food (including cereal) with a spoon!
    Feeding solids too early can lead to tummy troubles and a fussy baby that is MORE likely to wake up.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:20 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • Never... Putting cereal in a bottle is a huge no no! It is a choking hazard 

    This is not true my sister dd aspirates her formula had swallow studies done and the feeding therapist and the Dr told her to thicken the formula with simply thick or cereal now do I think it will make your baby sleep all night no not if they aren't ready and you should not give anything but formula or breastmilk until 6 months


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:21 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • As many have told you....cereal doesn't make them sleep.

    Neither does anything else...they do it when THEY are ready and what WE do has absolutely no bearing on it...although it may make us feel better to do something.

    More sleep is lost over getting infants to sleep than would be if we all let them sleep as they will.

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:11 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

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