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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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