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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happy... happymom1988


McKen... McKennasmama08

I put rice ceral in my daughters bottle starting at three weeks at the advice of the doctor because my daughter was taking 8 oz bottles every hour and would still cry for more. I only gave her two ceral bottles a day. One in the mourning and one at night, I put 1 teaspoon in a 6 oz bottle. I always used a bottle that had a medium flow nipple for the ceral because it would come out easier, but even with a slow flow nipple, there was never any danger of chocking because it was VERY watery and looked no differnt then just formula, other then it was a little darker in color. I must add that once my daughter turned 3 months I would just spoon feed her a slighty thicker amount, which she took just fine. She has no allergies, no health problems, and never had any problems taking the spoon. Matter of fact people were very impressed at how well she took the spoon at 3 months old. My daughter also went from sleeping from 4 hours a night to 8 hours a night at 3 weeks old, the same time she started the ceral.

catho... catholicmamamia

No, absolutely not! This is one of those outdated bits of parenting advice that is not only not helpful, but can be harmful.

Carri... Carringtonsmama

My son was 4 weeks old when I first gave him cereal. The doctors say now not too til they are 6 months old. However my son would act like hes starving right after eating plus he would only sleep a couple hours if that. Now he will sleep 4-5 hours at night if the bottle he gets right before I go to bed! It helps!

atowers atowers

Yep, I started giving my son a tsp of cereal per ounce of formula around 1 month old, maybe a little later.  he gets one bottle per night to help satisfy him.  he loves it and it helps us sleep better, before i was up so much with im that i was exhausted through the day and very cranky.  i was no good to him then.  now, he sleeps atleast 4 hours thru.  doctors don't always know what's best and i'm not saying that i do either so don't go judging on that.  and if you have a problem with this, simply move on.  i, and all the other cereal feeding moms, don't need your judgement because you're not perfect either.

wahm_... wahm_abbeyrose

my son is two and a half months, my doctor told me to feed him rice cereal in a spoon to help him sleep. we've been to two different doctors, and both have told me that. :S


LilRe... LilRed2130

I have to put cereal in my sons milk or else he throws it all up so yes i put cereal in my sons bottle every time.

pinkc... pinkcicle709

The reason we are told not to put cereal in a bottle is because .. a 5oz bottle has 100 calories. but a 5oz bottle with 2teaspoon of cereal is still a 5oz bottle but has more caloric value and does not fill a child anymore than a 5ox bottle without. It is proven that babies who are fed cereal in bottles throughout the first yr are FATTER than babies who did not.

Dusty... DustyQOTF

The Gi docotor my daughter goes too said to put in a tablespoon of cereal per once to help reflux.  It does help... and its used before any meds.. Doctors dont like putting babies on meds for reflux until a last resort so cereal if it helps will keep your child off of reflux meds... It also helps with gaining weight.. so they might also have you put it in for that too especially if theres a milk allergy and your child doesnt gain unless they are on a special diet...... My daughter was born 36 weeks and had problems with gaining weight so we were told to put her on neosure and add cereal for reflux and to also see a Gi specialist... He put her on Hypoallergenic formula and told us to add a tablespoon of cereal per once of formula. It actually has worked in her case.

LcMarie LcMarie

Enfamil makes a restfull formula that is food for 0-12 month old babies. I use it 1-2 times a night (usually around 10pm and 4am) and it digests more slowly so my 2 month old has been sleeping 5-6 hours at once durring the night with it for the past 3 weeks. It does make him a little constipated, though.

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