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    Default The cereal dilemma

    My husband finds a way to suggest (DAILY) putting cereal in a bottle (with breastmilk) before bed so the baby will sleep through the night & won't wake up starving. I am not a big fan of the idea & have been adament about no cereal. He asks me why and I can't seem to come up with concrete reasons. The baby (3 months) has been sleeping through the night (at least 6 or 7 hours) for the last month, which I think is phenominal...He does wake up hungry (don't we all?) but my husband isn't even here so I don't understand why it's such a big deal to him DH keeps telling me that so and so (insert family member/friend here) put cereal in the bottle at (2 months, 3 months, whatever) & their kids turned out fine I have read that there isn't any real nutritional value to cereal, but other than that what can I tell my husband to get him to back off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*duggysmom View Post
    My husband finds a way to suggest (DAILY) putting cereal in a bottle (with breastmilk) before bed so the baby will sleep through the night & won't wake up starving. I am not a big fan of the idea & have been adament about no cereal. He asks me why and I can't seem to come up with concrete reasons. The baby (3 months) has been sleeping through the night (at least 6 or 7 hours) for the last month, which I think is phenominal...He does wake up hungry (don't we all?) but my husband isn't even here so I don't understand why it's such a big deal to him DH keeps telling me that so and so (insert family member/friend here) put cereal in the bottle at (2 months, 3 months, whatever) & their kids turned out fine I have read that there isn't any real nutritional value to cereal, but other than that what can I tell my husband to get him to back off?
    Cereal is a processed food. Any food that's in a box has to have preservatives in order to make it last long and in a box, otherwise how could manufacturers achieve such results?

    It's a not a whole food, period. In some infants these additives might upset their tummy. Plus, the grain that is used is stripped of all nutritional value in order to make it to the consistency a baby can chew it.

    Whole foods are better, for everyone. My personal choice is not eating cereal bc everytime i do, my body FEELS like it doesnt get anything out of it ( i feel blah for a while). But it's my personal choice. In all even cereals for grown ups arent as great as their advertising claims it to be. It's all in the marketing peeps
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    Default Re: The cereal dilemma

    Three months is quite young for any type of solid (cereal included). It can actually constipate your LO and/or upset his delicate digestive tract.

    As for your DH saying something every day, I would be willing to bet that someone is giving him an earful about how they gave their baby cereal, and it magically made him/her SSTN.

    When he starts that stuff about how so and so's baby had cereal at (insert month), you could always tell him that that's fine for their baby but that it's not happening for yours.

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    Default Re: The cereal dilemma

    I would add, aside from the good reasons not to give cereal provided by the pps, that cereal in a bottle is a choking hazard.

    Also, and this is just my opinion, once you have that hopefully final discussion with your dh, telling him all the wonderful reasons why you won't be giving cereal.... if it were me, I would also tell him end.of.discussion and that his constant nagging about it is reminding you of <insert annoying person's name here>.
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    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...dcalories.html

    Let's assume you put 2 tbsp of rice cereal in the bottle. That would be 20-30 calories. Let's bump that up to 4 tbsp, b/c I've heard of people putting 1tbsp per ounce, even though that seems totally gross to me. So 40-60 calories. Your husband can't honestly think that those extra 40-60 calories is going to magically make your baby sleep through the night, which he already is if he's sleeping 6-7 hours.

    And of course he wakes up hungry! He's a baby! It's kind of their thing you know?

    If he wants a personal anecdote, a good friend of mine works nights. When she first went back to work, her husband had a really hard time getting her to sleep without mom. Just wasn't having him, the pacifier, or anything besides the boob. They decided to try putting cereal in her bottle (which I advised against). Guess what? Not only did it not work (and they tried it for several nights), it gave her bad tummy aches.

    I went through this with my son's daycare for a little while, until they realized I wasn't budging. It makes me
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    I think that fact that it's a big fat choking hazard is a good one. I also pretty much pull the end of discussion line with stuff like that.

    This link has some pretty good one liners you can throw at him as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jeno View Post
    ...of course he wakes up hungry! He's a baby! It's kind of their thing you know?
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    Default Re: The cereal dilemma

    Yeah. Choking hazard and NOT recommended because it's a CHOKING hazard should really be enough.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: The cereal dilemma

    Follow your gut, you know it's not best and you also have more realistic expectations of how babies sleep. 6-7 hours/night is seriously awesome for sleep for a 3 month old. To me it actually sounds like you have a really good sleeper, lucky you!

    I get a lot of comments like this as well and I just completely dismiss them - it's very old fashioned and most doctors now advise strongly against it.

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