Quoting Xandirs Mommy:" my aunt is a pedi dr and i called her and asked about the cereal. the only reason she said one scoop ... [snip!] ... cuz it was like he wasnt getting full. as soon as he would finish one he would want another but i tried to space them out."
Well no offense to your aunt, but that is very dangerous.
#1. You can cause your childís allergies. . .
While no one agrees completely on what it is that actually causes allergies
, we do have enough research to see certain connections. One, very well documented connection to serious allergies is when a baby has been exposed to the allergen too early. Putting cereal in your babyís bottle, even rice cereal, can cause allergies.
#2. Choking hazard
Some infants do not fully have their swallowing reflex fully developed at birth. Sucking cereal from a bottle can cause a choking hazard. . .and babies have actually died this way. Choking on cereal from a bottle certainly isnít a common cause of death. . .but why do it when it is linked to something like choking?
#3. Digestive Issues
There is a connection between babies who have solids too early and digestive problems. The fact of the matter is that baby tummies are designed to take in breastmilk. When you canít breastfeed, thereís formula which mimics breastmilk
. Baby tummies are not designed to take in solids, and itís not surprising that they malfunction when forced to do what theyíre not designed to do.
One key factor in obesity is infant feeding
. Infants are born with a self regulatory ability to take in only what they need. By feeding on demand and following a babyís cues, you are essentially helping them form habits of eating when hungry and eating until they feel full. This sets them up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. But when you add cereal to a bottle, it bypasses their system and essentially they take in more calories than they need.
#5. It Doesnít Work!!!
There is no scientific evidence to support the notion that babyís sleep better with cereal in their bottles. The truth is, babies are designed to wake frequently at night
. Dealing with sleep deprivation is part of the parenting