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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gmarose gmarose

i was told many years ago (my son is 31 this April) to do so because he was taking too many bottles and not getting satisfied. I was told by a pediatrician to do it. It would  take a bottle and still be hungry so we had to start this at 2 weeks old!! but it was rice infant cereal and only a couple of teaspoons

WisNana WisNana

I did it with all three of my children. 2 of them were breastfed. Or should I say bottle fed breast milk, after 4or five months. I could'nt take the teeth.  just mix a little in and shake well. never leave baby with a bottle in bed no matter what is in it.

Rana Leon

I put cereal in my baby's bottle, she is 2 months, and has reflux. I was advised to do it by our family doctor and by the health unit. It really seems to help. I wish I had done it sooner. I was one of those who said no to begin with. I am an experienced mom. This is my 4th child and I never done it with the other three. Now let me clarify I do not put the cereal in so that she will sleep. I do it so that her belly does not hurt all the time. She used to cry for hours at a time, from feeding to feeding. Also, we tried the Previcid without the cereal, but she needs both the medicine and the cereal(along with plenty of gas drops, as needed). I say every baby is different and if the cereal helps your baby then by all means do it (with caution, of course).

Tyrek Johnson

We've done it with all the kids. It started with the doctor telling us to put the rice cereal @ 2 months with my niece (who it started with) because she wasn't getting full enough. We did it every since time we feed her. 5 kids later, 5 years old, 4 years, and two 2 year olds and a 1 year old and all are alive and healthy and they LOVED IT!

nonmember avatar cephisso

Our baby has severe reflux and they mentioned it, outside of all the dramatic denouncements there have been many cases where the baby hasn't developed the restarint to keep from inhaling while drinking. Getting something solid in the lungs can cause respiratory issues including distress.

beka83 beka83

my son was never satisfied. I would put 2tsp in his 4 oz bottle at night and he slept GREAT not up every hour. I held him and burped him afterward and never let him fall asleep with it in his mouth. He is 6 years old and doing great!

nonmember avatar Mariposa0248

Anyone ever read the labels on enfamil ar and that night time formula?

The AR stands for Added Rice starch. Rice starch is used in these formulas as a thickening agent.

We found rice cereal to do the same thing but was cheaper than these "specialty" formulas.

nonmember avatar Hayley

I made the mistake of giving my baby girl too much rice cereal and she was becoming constipated. I was doing it every feeding but now I limit to her first bottle and her last. Rice cereal is a life saver. My daughter was never full before adding rice cereal to her formula. Ever since then she is full and happier. And she even started sleeping through the night since then for a full twelve hours. Seven at night to seven in the morning. You are the mom and do what you got to do to make your baby happy and healthy.

bree90 bree90

I hate to say it an no im not being judgmental because i did formula feed my first born because i was stupid. I have since breastfed my following 2 daughters. My son who i ff had so many problems he projectile threw up was always sick and had horrible gas and NEVER slept . My daughters both breast fed almost never throw up never have gas and very rarely get sick And both slept very well. And i wish that i had more help and was more educated about breastfeeding i regret not sticking it out for my son who still has horrible ear infections and my daughters never had a single one. Now i know all babies are diffrent but from my life experience formula is the problem .

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