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BareFootBabyMaker Due May 30 (boy); 2 kids; Springfield, Missouri 850 posts
Jan 7th '13

I never served it as "food" but both my kids had pretty bad reflux so their pedi suggested adding a tblspn to their bottles a cpl times a day (they were around 2 months). My babies were bf so I would just add it once in the morning and once at night. I'm pretty sure they have ready-made formula like that though.

Justine's Mama Due November 28 (boy); 1 child; Boynton Beach, Florida 1939 posts
Jan 7th '13

I just though every baby gets cereal at a point. I was unsure that's why I figured I would ask and get a bunch different responses from what moms have done.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
Jan 7th '13
Quoting I♡C.:" The hog wash is to give it at 6 months and not before that. You'll hear others even say it has no nutritional ... [snip!] ... view points on it all. Doctors suggest 4-6 months unless reflux happens, and then sometimes they suggest rice/oatmeal sooner."

The AAP has changed their recommendation to 6 months for solids. And it DOES have no nutritional value...it's iron fortified but babies get enough iron from formula and breastmilk. The iron is breastmilk is actually more readily absorbed. And you shouldn't be giving your baby solids to help them sleep through the night...babies should be waking up at night to eat. Formula/breastmilk contains much more nutrition and giving them rice cereal for that purpose just decreases the amount of formula/breastmilk they're getting - which should be their primary source of nutrition before age 1.



It's not about what "works" for one. It's about facts and who chooses to accept them and educate themselves and who doesn't...

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
Jan 7th '13
Quoting I♡C.:" I appreciate it. :) And I don't care what others think. We all raise our kids as we see fit. What works ... [snip!] ... as we see fit. What works for one, might not work for someone else. May God soften your heart as to not cut other moms down."

Umm yeah you pretty much invited that when you did it to everyone else in this thread by calling our input "hogwash". :P

Live-Laugh-Love 3 kids; Kitchener, ON, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 9193 posts
Jan 7th '13
Quoting I♡C.:" I appreciate it. :) And I don't care what others think. We all raise our kids as we see fit. What works ... [snip!] ... as we see fit. What works for one, might not work for someone else. May God soften your heart as to not cut other moms down."


May God soften my heart..hahah thanks for the laugh :)
Should have thought twice before throwing around your passive aggressive insults.

7Lisa7 Australia 736 posts
Jan 7th '13

4 months, I would not start them at a few weeks. I have heard of people starting at 3 months. My LO started at 4 months, (well 16 weeks actually which is just shy off 4 months) but now 2nd week in she is eating fruit and vegies more than cereal. She has 2 tablespoons around lunch time. Yesterday I gave her apple mixed with rice cereal for breakfast then sweet potato at lunch (2 solid meals). Today she is back to just 1 solid feed, I think giving her 2 was a bit much as she ended up skipping a few milk feeds. Always give formula or breastfeed before solids as that is more important.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49166 posts
Jan 7th '13
Quoting ♥ axel sean n me:" ds had severe reflux and i was told never in a bottle, only by spoon."


my DD has GERD but needs previcid...She has cronic ear infection im fighting tooth and nail for an ENT dr the urgent care told me they see signs of cronic ear infections

♥ The Prodigy Due March 3 (boy); 33 kids; Perth, Australia 5617 posts
Jan 10th '13
Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:" my DD has GERD but needs previcid...She has cronic ear infection im fighting tooth and nail for an ENT dr the urgent care told me they see signs of cronic ear infections "

oh no poor baby :( the spoonfed cereal did nothing to help anyway, he ended up getting put on losec (reflux meds) at 5 months. they refused to give him meds because he wasnt losing weight till i took him in there and showed them how much pain he was in, he literally screamed 24/7 before the losec.

BlueEyes30 2 kids; Minnesota 118 posts
Jan 10th '13

I disagree that it doesn't help babies sleep through the night, my son was a peanut and woke up every hour and a half to eat, my dr suggested rice cereal for dinner to help and it worked. He didn't sleep 8 hours straight, but he got more than one! If he didn't have cereal he'd wake up all night crying.



But like I said he was a peanut and the milk just wasn't enough, we started at 5 months with this routine. I agree though, if your baby isn't begging to eat or even refuses, don't push it its not like they NEED rice cereal to survive.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
Jan 10th '13

It's not that it doesn't help them sleep through the night...it's that babies SHOULD be waking up during the night to eat. You've now replaced nutritious breastmilk/formula with empty calories in order to make your child "full" so they'll sleep and therefore you can sleep.

BlueEyes30 2 kids; Minnesota 118 posts
Jan 10th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lizplustwo:</b>" It's not that it doesn't help them sleep through the night...it's that babies SHOULD be waking up during ... [snip!] ... breastmilk/formula with empty calories in order to make your child "full" so they'll sleep and therefore you can sleep."</blockquote>




I fully agree, but there comes a point when they wake up TOO much and it isn't about making them over full, it's about making them comfortable. I always offered him milk first, cereal second, if cereal is what makes him happy and comfortable enough that he can get good sleep, then I guess that's what his body needs. Also, it wasn't so I could get sleep, it was so he could, when a baby can't get more than and hour and a half sleep without waking up for that long, it's not exactly fun, they're miserable from being over tired and it turns into a vicious cycle. But this is what worked for us, it is not necessarily the case with everyone.



I do think that it shouldn't be the first option for people. I know so many people who are quick to offer cereal so they can cut back on milk to save money or time.

♥ The Prodigy Due March 3 (boy); 33 kids; Perth, Australia 5617 posts
Jan 11th '13
Quoting BlueEyes30:" I disagree that it doesn't help babies sleep through the night, my son was a peanut and woke up every ... [snip!] ... I agree though, if your baby isn't begging to eat or even refuses, don't push it its not like they NEED rice cereal to survive."

well my lo was on rice cereal young like i said for reflux and hes now 8 months and on solids and it never changed his sleeping habits he still wakes up every 3 hrs

BlueEyes30 2 kids; Minnesota 118 posts
Jan 11th '13
Quoting Sami&Baby Silas:" <blockquote><b>Quoting ♥ axel sean n me:</b>" well my lo was on rice cereal young ... [snip!] ... the night but now that he eats solids and cereal he wakes at least once a night. Cereal and food messed up his sleeping habits"


Every baby is soooo different - especially when it comes to sleeping! My first slept through the night from like the 3rd night he was home, my second, not until he was about 13 months! But my milk never came in as good with the second and he didn't care for formula as much so I think that had something to do with it. I feel bad for the acid reflux mom's though, my nephew was really bad and there was NOTHING my sister could do to make that guy happy! It made me want to cry listening to him in so much pain :(