New Mom Secrets: I Put Cereal in My Baby's Bottle


It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets—we won't tell.


This Week's Secret:

I put cereal in my baby's bottle. I know the doctors advise against it nowadays but I did it with my first when he was two months old and he was fine, and I plan on doing it again with my next one. — anonymous


If you formula-feed, have you ever put cereal in your baby's bottle?

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We all have secrets and opinions—so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation nonjudgmental!

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nily nily

I did it with both of my kids and they are fine I dont see nothing wrong with it. They are healty and good. If fact I still doing it with my 13 months old baby boy. He LOVE'S it milk alone wasnt enough for him and he had a bad reflux with formula alone when he was little and that keep him from trowing up each formula I gave him. The ped said it was fine for him. A small amount of course.

auror... aurorabunny

Infant sleep and bedtime cereal - Macknin ML, Medendorp SV, Maier MC. Department of Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH 44195-5045.

We studied whether feeding infants rice cereal before bedtime promotes their sleeping through the night. One hundred six infants were randomly assigned to begin bedtime cereal feeding (1 tablespoon per ounce in a bottle) at 5 weeks or at 4 months of age. Caretakers recorded the infant's sleep from age 4 to 21 weeks for one 24-hour period per week. Sleeping through the night was defined as sleeping at least 8 consecutive hours, with the majority of time being between the hours of midnight and 6 AM. The results were also reviewed changing the requirement from 8 hours to 6 hours.


There was no statistically significant trend or a consistent tendency of one group to have a higher proportion of sleepers than the other. Therefore, feeding infants rice cereal in the bottle before bedtime does not appear to make much difference in their sleeping through the night. NIH Medical Library - Study on Infant Sleep & Bedtime Cereal

auror... aurorabunny

Cereal does not usually need to be put in your baby's bottle unless your baby's doctor specifically suggests it. Despite popular belief, adding cereal or other solid foods to your baby's diet will not help your baby sleep through the night. Your baby may have a hard time learning to eat from a spoon, if she gets used to taking solid foods in a bottle. Giving cereal before 4 to 6 months may also increase the risk of food allergies. Harvard Medical School - 2 Month Old Baby Care

auror... aurorabunny

Experts like Dr. Alan Greene, M.D. believe that the sucking and swallowing actions are not fully coordinated in some children, which can lead to pulmonary

problems because they can inhale small amounts of rice cereal in their lungs.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I'd also like to point out that this wouldn't be an anonymous confession if people didn't KNOW it was wrong.

Becca... BeccasSky

i supplemented  my daughter's formula with cereal when she was 6 weeks old. This was 17 years ago and she had zero problems. She was eating so much formula at one sitting and it still wasn't satisfying her for long.  She was hungry so i fed her. My mother suggested it as she did the same with me 20 years before. My son born 14 years ago was satisfied with only breast milk until i started introducing solids at around 4 months. I recently had another child and he is ravenous. Taking so much formula it was making him spill out and over. I  just started supplementing his formula feedings with cereal. I have to add here that my daughter only breastfed a couple of times...she wouldn't take.  My newest addition was in the NICU for two weeks and I had a problem getting my milk in a decent amount so I only was able to supply 2oz at a pump until he was able to take from the breast. My supply has increased with Fenugreek and diet but he still needs formula supplementation. My second child solely breastfed until he started eating solids.  Maybe breastfeeding helps satisfy a baby's hunger for longer? I don't know but my point is that all babies are different and to use absolutes like "i would NEVER "or "i ALWAYS" is ridiculous. If your baby is hungry then feed him. That's my take on it.

momto... momtobe3209

The parents that did this and their children choked or died, they did it too thick. Its not suppose to be thick. We did it and you couldnt even tell it was in there. I mean we did like a teaspon to 6 oz...and it did help him stay filled longer. We did this at 4 months when he was drinking totall of 35 oz.

Everyone has such different advice and what not. Even drs give different advice!

armyw... armywife009

I just want to say that I see no problem with it. You people need not judge other moms for what they do with their kids. If you don't like it, then get over it or don't read posts like this. My mom did it with all of us. You just have to watch them carefully when feeding. Geez there are some prudes on here.

sodapple sodapple

i did but i waited till she was 5 months to do that, and yet it didn't make her sleep any longer =-(

hanna... hannahsmom18

I SO did that with my daughter! Her doctor suggested it because she was constantly eating and constantly throwing up. It's only a choking hasard if you get too big a nipple or put too much in there at once. Someone said there is no proof it helps them feel full or sleep better? My daughter is proof. Never a problem after we started with the cereal, and never needed to medicate her either. When it comes to medication or a little cereal, I think the cereal wins out every time with me.

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