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When can you start putting cereal in the bottle?

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Asked by WhitneyMommyOf2 at 3:14 AM on Nov. 27, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It was a little different with each baby - I had four. Usually somewhere about 3 months but only a teeny tiny little bit to start with. Ask your doctor for further advice on this one.

    Answer by raynestar at 3:58 AM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Cereal in the bottle is a choking hazard, and should only be done for physiological reasons.solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know nothing about). Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many are now recommending skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breast milk (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 fantastic books on feeding babies, with slightly differing philosophies are Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food. Check them out of the library. Both websites have great information:

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:28 AM on Nov. 27, 2010


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    Answer by rkoloms at 6:28 AM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • I agree that cereal should never be put in the bottle. Formula is all a baby needs for months.

    Answer by elizabr at 7:41 AM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • I agree as well. I will admit that I tried it ONCE, it didn't even really work, the cereal would just get caught up in the nipple and then my son couldn't drink anything form it because it was blocked. But also, it creates a different texture to the formula or BM and you don't want that. When it comes time then to feed your child it could be more difficult. Elizabr is right, formula is all your baby needs for months! :)

    Answer by DCNYmommy at 8:39 AM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Never! Babies don't actually need cereal at all. Studies have proven it doesn't make them sleep better at night. Cereal is hard to digest, causes constipation, and can harm the digestive system. It was invented to get iron in babies before they figured out a way to get get iron in formula. Iron is in an easy to digest form in breastmilk. It's now recommended that both formula fed and breastfed babies hold off on solids until 6 mo. Babies can then feed themselves fork mashed, healthy foods. There is no need for commercial baby foods.


    Answer by Gailll at 10:11 AM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Never. Solids can be introduced once baby is 6 mos, and always via spoon or self feed, never in a bottle.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 12:51 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • cereal should only be fed off of a spoon imo. they do make special "cereal" nipples though for babies with such bad reflux and only when directed to do so by a pediatrician. you can start whenever you feel your baby is ready, not when the opinions of these women online or anyone else tell you it's right.

    Answer by tnm786 at 5:13 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • NEV ER!!!

    Answer by wood1980 at 5:46 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

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