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    DS's doctor told us to start him on cereal when he is 4 months because he eats SO much so tomorrow is the big day. Gonna see if he wants any. Right now, he eats between 8-10oz each feeding except for his late night feeding where he only takes 4-5.

    So how much do I give him? How much formula do I mix it with?
    How many times per day do I offer it to him if he likes it?
    Bottle or bowl?
    Does it matter which cereal? I have rice, whole wheat & oatmeal (all Gerber).

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    It has zero nutritional value and only empty calories and could increase the potential of a grain allergy later on. I didn't do and would not recommend it. It can and often does also lead to constipation, crankiness, and increased reflux.He also does not NEED it.
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    All I have read so far is to never put it in a bottle, always feed with a spoon.
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    I dont know to much but from other research I have done on my own I also learned to not give it in a bottle def out of a bowl. I know a lot of people that have given there children cereal I will give it to my child if hes not getting enough food from milk. It can help them sleep long over night as well. Alot of my gfs have only fed their little ones in the evening. Your the momma you know what your little one needs.
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    At the Ped's advice, I gave my little girl Earth's Best Oatmeal Cereal (found it at Target). I bought one of those Y-Cut Dr Brown nipples and mixed as advised in her formula. She tolerated it for a month maybe, than lost interest. I never forced her and we completely gave up on it. Her Ped said it was fine to mix it in the bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calee0815 View Post
    I dont know to much but from other research I have done on my own I also learned to not give it in a bottle def out of a bowl. I know a lot of people that have given there children cereal I will give it to my child if hes not getting enough food from milk. It can help them sleep long over night as well. Alot of my gfs have only fed their little ones in the evening. Your the momma you know what your little one needs.
    The cereal has nothing to do with nutrition and should not be used as a substitute if your child isn't getting enough food. It is mainly to practice for solids. They should be getting enough formula or breast milk to fill them up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calee0815 View Post
    I dont know to much but from other research I have done on my own I also learned to not give it in a bottle def out of a bowl. I know a lot of people that have given there children cereal I will give it to my child if hes not getting enough food from milk. It can help them sleep long over night as well. Alot of my gfs have only fed their little ones in the evening. Your the momma you know what your little one needs.
    Any food before a year is solely for practice and should not be used for a lack of nutrition. Nutrition comes from BM or formula alone before a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by His*PITA* View Post
    The cereal has nothing to do with nutrition and should not be used as a substitute if your child isn't getting enough food. It is mainly to practice for solids. They should be getting enough formula or breast milk to fill them up.
    I wasn't referring to it being "nutritious" but it does add more calories into the babies diet and help with sleeping that's mainly what I was referring to.
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    Oh my goodness big boy eats a lot! I just poured some in a bowl and poured formula in there to make it so it wasn't so thick but you don't want to make it soupy either. I just kind of eyeballed it. I only started T with eating it before bedtime. Then when he got bigger like a couple months I started doing it two to three times a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calee0815 View Post
    I wasn't referring to it being "nutritious" but it does add more calories into the babies diet and help with sleeping that's mainly what I was referring to.
    There is actually very little legit research that says it helps them sleep longer, most of that is myths.
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