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cereal in the bottle

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3 years ago
I was told by my WIC provider not to put cereal in the baby's bottle because "they won't realize they are full." Question is, does any one know actual cons of doing this?

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3 years ago
i wouldnt do it only because theyneed the nutrients from their formula and not to fill up on cereal..i do put one teaspoonin a 6oz bottle tho for my 4month old because i find it helps w.her reflux
3 years ago
I put a tablespoon of cereal in my 5 month old daughter's 8 oz bottle that she takes right before bed. She was spitting up in her sleep and now she hardly ever does. I don't put it in her bottles during the day. My doc said that for bigger babies(my daughter is in the 97%) that he would be concerned about them gaining too much weight if you put cereal in every bottle. I don't think it is a problem for smaller babies, though.
3 years ago
I was always told one of the biggest reasons is that it fills them up, before their brain can tell them they are full. The biggest con is that it can lead to obesity. An occasional bottle isn't going to do any harm but if you do this for every bottle it can have serious side effects. I would listen to your doctor, he will know what is best for your child, and they should be able to tell you over the phone.
3 years ago
My pediatrician said not to put cereal in her bottle at all. He said she should only get cereal from a spoon. I started giving it to her at 4 months old and she always did really well with it. Here is an article from Parenting.com What you've heard: It's okay to put infant cereal in your baby's bottleThe truth: It's not advised except in rare instances, such as when a baby has severe reflux and isn't getting enough calories to grow. "We're not talking about mildly spitty or gassy babies," says Jennifer Shu, M.D., coauthor of Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed With Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup (out August 2007 at aap.org). Even in the tough cases, first check with your doctor about other options, such as supplementing with extra formula or trying medication, like antacids."Babies know how much they need to drink based on volume, so upping the calories in the bottle can cause them to overfeed and become overweight," says Dr. Shu.As for giving infant cereal at bedtime to help your baby sleep longer, studies show that it doesn't work. Bottom line: If your baby's old enough to digest solids (between 4 and 6 months), she should be getting them from a spoon.
3 years ago
I strongly advise not to put cereal in your baby's bottle.  Not only is it an issue of becoming full too fast, or becoming over weight, you can also increase the chances of ear infections.  Pediatricians say that it can led to twice as many ear infections.  My advice do what OliviasMom81 said and spoon feed your baby.  Spoon feeding your baby can also help you determine wether she's ready or not to even eat cereal.  If you still does the sucking motion with her tongue and not properly swallow the cereal, then she's not ready anyway.  Hope this helps, good luck!

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