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My 16 week old just started cereal in his bottle. How often is he supposed to have it? And, how much do you put in a 6oz feeding? He loves it and screams his head off if he has a bottle w/just milk.

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Asked by fkaye at 1:49 PM on Sep. 17, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You are aware that people are going to attack you on this that you are not supposed to put food in the bottle. I did about a tsp or two in each one. You will be able to tell though because of the BM if they dont go like normal then lay back on it if he keeps going then you can add three tsp. but really you want to be careful cause they can go from normal to constipated and that is horrible trust me ;)

    Answer by agriffinmom4 at 1:53 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • oops meant to put tbl.sp

    Answer by agriffinmom4 at 1:54 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • You arent actually supposed to. Its a choking hazard and can lead to obesity.

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 1:56 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • if plain formula isn't filling him up it doesnt hurt to put cereal in each bottle as long as it doesnt cause him to get constipated nor spit up more then normal. My son had severe acid reflux as an infant and the doctor had me do it. If a baby is hungry they are hungry. You feed them what fills them. Don't let book biters on here tell you otherwise.

    Answer by wildwiccan83 at 1:56 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Since baby is 16 weeks if you feel you HAVE to feed solids, it should be done by spoon only.

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 1:57 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • You give him milk more times a day. Cereal in his bottle at 4 months is just causing leaky gut and possible anemia. He should have no food until at least 6 months. If he can't eat food off a spoon or he has to have his food in liquid form, he is too young to eat. You should just skip cereal. Give him more milk at closer intervals.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 1:58 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • You shouldn't be putting food in the bottle at all and babies shouldn't really start solids until they are about 6 months old. 16 weeks is too early. The purpose of feeding them cereal is to get them used to eating something with texture from a spoon. You can start feeding them cereal (from a spoon- not in the bottle) when they start showing other signs of readiness... I highly recommend the book "Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense" by Ellyn Satter. It helps establish good feeding habits when they are infants so they have good feeding habits as children and adults. Our baby has been eating mostly food from our table (not baby food) since she was about 8 months old.

    Answer by MomsOfTwinGirls at 1:59 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • @WildWiccan83:It's medical fact. Go what you want, but, don't come whining when you r kids are constipated, obese, have IBS or any slew of other ailments.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:02 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Talk to your Dr.

    Answer by tiger_tatted1 at 2:05 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • i agree with the ladies that said dont put it in the bottle. the cereal has no nutritional value and is meant to help baby learn to eat. if he wants to eat cereal feed it on a spoon.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 2:06 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

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