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United States
January 19, 2010 9:10pm CST
HOW OLD WAS YOUR BABY WHEN YOU STARTED PUTTING CERAL IN THE BOTTLE? WE HAVE A NEW BABY IN OUR FAMILY AND SHE WILL NOT SLEEP BUT 2 HOURS AND ITS'S NIGHT AND DAY SHE IS A MONTH OLD NOW AND I FEEL THAT SHE IS NOT GETTING FULL SHE IS DRINKING 8oz o forumla evey 2-3 hours so i told my daugther-in-law to call the doctor and see what he say's and she did she said not to give the baby anything but forumla until she is 6 months old but she did weight 10lbs. 2 oz what do all my friends on my lots have to say help
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7 responses
• United States
20 Jan 10
I would definately follow the doctors orders. My doctor told us to not give anything but formula until 4 months. It can be very unsafe to give a baby anything other than thier exact formula until they are ready. Your baby will have to have proper neck control, as well as the ability to move the food to the back of his/her mouth before you can even consider giving anything thicker than the normal formula. Please be careful with this decision, as you may end up with a very sick baby, or worse. I understand you are tired and your baby is not sleeping well, but it is worth it to keep a helathy baby. It will get better, I promise.
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@dmrone (751)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Hi, craftyhomebody! I listened to the doctors with my first two children and they stayed hungry all the time. I was going through formula like it was water. When i brought my third child home from the hospital that very day i started feeding her rice cereal. I also did this very same thing with the rest of my children. The reason for the rice is because a child maybe allergic to the oatmeal. The cereal helped my other children to sleep through the night, and helped keep them full. I say feed the baby some rice cereal.
• United States
20 Jan 10
Though they don't recommend to start unless there is an issue so soon on cereal even rice because their digestive systems are not mature enough at a newborn age.
@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
20 Jan 10
okay, but if you are going to do it. only put VERY VERY little and don't do it every single bottle. maybe the second to last before bedtime. remember nature does things for a reason. notice that a baby doesn't have teeth. they don't get that until a bit later. but then again, if you notice.....their digestive system is also more developed to take more things. then they get other teeth, but still not their full ones..what is it 4 or 5...7? anyway, they still should be careful at that age with certain kinds of foods cause no full molars yet. so you see, the teeth is very much a part of your digestive system and natures way of giving parents a guide of what to feed, when to feed and how much. they shouldn't be able to eat EVERYTHING untill like about 8 or 9! so, watch out with the cereal . the best thing to do is listen to your doctors. they took you guys this far.
@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
Your doctor is right, cereals are given to babies when they are six months and up, and cereals are not put in a feeding bottle otherwise it is placed in a small bowl then mix with warm water, this is being done when starting to wean the baby. A month old baby usually gets hungry after every 3 hours, it's just normal. However, you can alternately give water and her infant formula. You should consult a pediatrician so you don't worry too much.
• United States
21 Jan 10
Do not put cereal in her bottle. It is not needed at this age or ever! The fact that it will help baby sleep is a myth. You should always follow your doctor's orders!!!
• United States
20 Jan 10
Hey, Follow doctors orders first. My baby is 2 months now and at 1 month we started putting cereal in her bottle due to the fact she wouldnt gain weight. She weighed 7lbs 7 oz when she was born but then dropped to 6lbs 8 oz. They told us more milk less water. And when we did that, and added cereal to the bottle she got back up to 7 lbs 6 oz. It was either she gain weight or she'll be put back in the hospital. Parents will tell you put cereal in the bottle it wont hurt them, well my little girl is good and healthy bc of it and she goes back to the doctor the 27th to weigh in. Hopefully she a good 8 or 9 lbs. But go by what the doctor says. These are just peoples opinions. MOST of the time, dr's can never tell you wrong.
@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
20 Jan 10
kids have to practice healthy eating habits right from the start, even in the womb. that is the parents responsibility. the eating habits that baby has now, he will carry on with her until she goes to school and beyond. HA! in schools, it is worse. they say that they are doing things for kids and nutrition in school. on the other hand, i don't believe them. it would be a surprise for everyone to hear what my kids have served at their schools. i wouldn't serve some of that stuff to a stray cat. at school, parents can't REALLY control their kids eating choices. that's why it has to be in bread. so that they practice healthy balanced eating right from the start. the doctor knows a little bit about what they are talking about. she should listen to her doctors on the formula thing. a babies digestive system is not developed enough to process certain things. don't worry you may think she is not getting enough, but she is. ALL babies do that. All parents worry about them not getting enough, and are very tired at night. try other methods to get baby to sleep through the night. warm bath closer to bed time. maybe you will just have to go through this phase unfortunately, as part of parenting. the getting up through the night thing won't last but 1-2 more months. another thing you can try is adjusting your sleep hours to your babies. when my daughter was born, she slept through the night. she just ate a WHOLE lot throughout the day to make up for it. I stayed up all night being on the computer. come on to mylot and post while you wait for baby. we will keep you company.
• United States
20 Jan 10
For one 8oz of formula is ALOT for a newborn!!! My kids drank the standard 3-4oz every 2-3 hours. I would be concerned that the baby is drinking too much. 8oz every 2 hours is too much! That's alot for a newborn to drink & where could baby put such an amount!?!? I had 2 big babies & one was 10lb11oz & 24in & he did not eat that much that young none of mine did. They don't know when they are full always but if they've been burped and have drank their 3-4oz bottle and are content then no more until they are hungry again in the 2-3 hrs. If baby is not satisfied with 3-4oz I would call the Dr for further advice. And most Dr's do not recommend baby cereal til they are 6mo's old unless there is a problem that deems them to start earlier. IT"S NORMAL TO BE UP EVERY 2 HOURS! They do not sleep thru the night til they are 6-12 weeks old and that depends on the baby. My kids slept thru the night by the time they were 2months old.