Nutrition Q & A
Should I Add Cereal to My Baby’s Bottle?
Despite a popular misconception, putting cereal in your baby’s bottle won’t help her sleep through the night. In fact, you should never feed a baby solid foods from a bottle with large nipple holes or from an “infant feeder.” These can make her choke and will not teach her to eat from a spoon.
When your baby is four to six months old, you can start feeding her with a spoon. Your baby will be ready to eat from a spoon when she:
- Holds her head up and sits with support
- Shows interest in foods
- Opens her mouth when you offer a spoon and closes her lips over it
- Keeps food in her mouth and can swallow it
- Turns her head away when she is full.
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