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Oatmeal for 5 month baby

My doc told that my baby girl can start eating some cereal, so I put a little bit once in the morning and once at night in her bottle. Shaked well before feed her. So far it's been 2 weeks now, doesn't show anything different. Is that normal?

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Asked by Lucy124 at 3:59 AM on Jul. 12, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • What is supposed to change?
    Did he tell you to put it in their bottle? Try spoon feeding.

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 4:00 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Right now, she eats in every 3.5 - 4 hours, I thought oatmeal would make it last longer. Doc didn't say in bottle or spoon, shouldn't I put into bottle?

    Comment by Lucy124 (original poster) at 4:03 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • No, she is old enough you can do a spoon. That's about the age you start feeding like that anyway.

    She may just have a big appetite. My daughter has a HUGE appetite. I always feed her until she gets full, she's right where she is supposed to be developmentally too.

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 4:06 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Your daughter is probably ready to eat with a spoon. Mix the baby food with your breast milk or formula. For right now, the goal of feeding her solid food is to teach her how to eat it, not to get nutrition from it, so don't stress over how much she eats or doesn't eat. She needs to learn how to eat off a spoon and that will take some practice. Good luck!

    Answer by getrealmama at 4:10 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Cereal in the bottle is a choking hazard. Please stop now. Cereal was recently shown to disrupt sleep patterns. Keep in mind that solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know little about).Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many now recommend skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breastmilk (or formula). Then baked sweet potato, oatmeal, pumpkin, pureed peas, etc. Jarred baby food tastes awful, is expensive, and you never really know what is in it. Be sure to avoid the allergy trigger foods. This is not a complete list: before age 1, no soy, dairy, wheat, citrus, egg white, strawberries; before age 2 no honey, chocolate, nuts.
    Two great books /websites on feeding babies, with differing philosophies, Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:19 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • i would def try it with a spoon. it will take some pratice. she is so young though that i would not worry about it if you missed a "meal" of it. all babies are different, some sleep better with a full tummy, and some it does not matter. gl!

    Answer by rileymommy at 6:45 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • I was always told rice cereal should be first. Did your Dr. specify what kind?

    Answer by elizabr at 8:13 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • : cereal in baby formula is usually used to either 1: help the baby gain weight better or 2: keep the baby full longer. Cereal is put into milk when the baby starts to go through milk like water goes through a pipe. Its for the little chunka munkas that love to eat :) !

    Answer by b.germany at 8:50 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Cereal does NOTHING for babies because 1. They can't digest it 2. It might make them full for a bit longer but it does nothing for their calorie takes the place of the calories in breastmilk or formula and can make them overeat to compensate. 3. Putting cereal in a bottle changes the viscosity and can clog the nipple and when the baby sucks harder it can suddenly unclog and cause choking. Oatmeal is just going to create poop. That's all. Rice cereal does the same thing only the ridiculous overload of iron constipates.

    A baby has failsafes against solids until they have developed digestive maturity. They should have lost the tongue thrust reflex which is designed to push solids out (spoon feeding purees bypasses this important mechanism), they should be able to manipulate food with their tongue and move it to the back of their throat to swallow (purees are sucked in not manipulated ...

    Answer by amileegirl at 11:18 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • ...which bypasses the gag reflex that is designed to expel solids), they should be able to bring food to their own mouths. Babies who are spoon fed or cereal fed by bottle don't know their own limits -- again this can cause overeating or an oversensitive gag reflex making it difficult for them to learn to eat pieces of chunky foods.

    If you give a baby a small morsel of food and they push it out with their tongue they aren't ready. If they do manage to accidentally swallow, it comes out the same way it went in. Mushy foods only LOOK digested because they went in mashed. This is why food before one is just for fun and experience, not nutrition. All calories must come from formula or breastmilk.

    The reason they used to give babies cereals was for iron content because the formula of the day didn't have any and non-breastmilk iron is hard to absorb. Today's formulas are iron fortified. Bfed babies don't need it

    Answer by amileegirl at 11:23 AM on Jul. 12, 2010

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