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Has Anyone Ever Heard of Putting Baby Food Besides Cereal in the Baby's Bottle?

I was watching a show last night about single parents and their struggles and was in shock when one mother poured a jar of baby sweet potatoes in her baby's bottle. I've never seen or heard of such a thing. To me it seems like it would just add on to extra calories and tooth decay. But then again on the other hand I realized that it's still the same diet that most people go by for their baby, just more convenient. Has anyone else ever tried it before? Please keep in mind that I DON'T plan on doing this.

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Wow, thanks so much to everyone that has responded! I simply had never heard about it before and just was a little curious (: my baby was pure breastfed for her first 6 months and I just now am starting to supplement her with some formula about once a day since I'm not producing enough to pump or keep up with her. I started giving her food though around 5 months and she knows how to eat well off of a spoon. She's now 7 months and I'm slowly switching her to sippy cups (: I agree that it does appear as a "lazy" way to feed your baby and it delays them from eating out of a spoon, but some of your guys feedback was really helpful as to understanding this. I agree that with babies who are constipated putting some prune baby food in the bottle would be okay (as long as the nipple was designed for it, such as a cereal nipple). The only harm I see that could come from it would be that it could delay the baby from eating from a spoon and would make it more difficult for baby to get her milk out of the bottle if the right nipple wasn't used. I don't plan on doing it though, but I have witnessed worse such as soda pop and chocolate milk being fed to some infants through their bottles.

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In my opinion, these moms that do this are not giving their child the opportunity to learn to EAT and sit at a table and grab foods with their chubby fingers. Yes it might be easier for the single moms, but they're putting their children behind others with more opportunities.

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I had an infant feeder when my baby's were baby's (In The 80's) and It was very convient when you are out and about, or in the car. There is nothing wrong with that, at home I used it until they could be spoon feed, no over weight baby's or tooth decay. The moms who are against this are uneducated, and uninformed, Jill doesn't sound like she believes in feeding a baby under a year old, everyone has an opinion, that is what this sight is used for. J.

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This is done in some parts of Europe and seems to have no ill effects. The biggest concern is putting babies to sleep with a bottle of anything other than water, as the bottle contents (even milk) do great damage to the teeth. Visit any pediatric dentist and you'll see the posters showing the damage that can be done.
Most pediatricians will not condone giving anything other than milk/formula to babies under about 4 months, because their stomachs and digestive systems can't process. After that however, they usually say it's OK to introduce very soft food one ingredient at a time.
Whether this soft food goes in via a spoon or a bottle is more a matter of culture than health. The biggest danger would appear to be leaving a baby un-supervised with a bottle, but you don't say that happened.

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In my opinion, these moms that do this are not giving their child the opportunity to learn to EAT and sit at a table and grab foods with their chubby fingers. Yes it might be easier for the single moms, but they're putting their children behind others with more opportunities.

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I put prune baby food in my daughters bottle to combat constipation. Then sometimes would put in other foods as well.

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I had an infant feeder when my baby's were baby's (In The 80's) and It was very convient when you are out and about, or in the car. There is nothing wrong with that, at home I used it until they could be spoon feed, no over weight baby's or tooth decay. The moms who are against this are uneducated, and uninformed, Jill doesn't sound like she believes in feeding a baby under a year old, everyone has an opinion, that is what this sight is used for. J.

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Never! That's the craziest/laziest thing I've heard of lately!!
You shouldn't put anything but formula/breastmilk in a bottle unless your pediatrician recommends adding single-grain cereal to help allieviate reflux. By putting baby food in a bottle, you make the baby have to suck much harder to get the food thereby increasing the chance for choking/aspirating. You also skip teaching the baby the important skill of eating from a spoon.

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wow! i read some of the responses, but not all.. I did this w/ cereal for all 3 of my kids... and I started them earlier so they'd sleep thru the nite. I would mix more fruits then anything so they wouldnt bind w/ just cereal alone & it kept things 'moving'..lol all 3 of my kids are fine.. they were spoon feeding by 5-6 mnths. by 8 months they were all together off a bottle and onto sippys or nuby cup. also by 8mnth they were eating mushy 'table' food if you will. real mash potatoes, soft meat(like mtballs) boiled carrots.. I would even do veggie soup and blend it in one of those bullet blenders. I personally think it's up to the parent and how the baby/child reacts or prefers things. My kids haven't had any adverse side effect. they're all healthy weight, eat with proper spoons/forks. can drink out of cups. no tooth decay. i think just alot of parents freak out nowadays.. lol

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I know many peds who advise to put cereal in bottles , which I don't like that to be honest and never did , but I've never heard of putting actual pureed food into a bottle , that just seems strange!

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Please don't do that! Milk, water or juice only in a bottle, please. No cereal, no food, and certainly no soda pop like one of my friends did. (I was totally horrified :( )

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I would not put any food, even cereal, in a bottle. They need to learn to use a spoon, and how to eat and swallow food properly, plus they could suck the food back and gag on it.

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Nope - that seems quite lazy to me. I mean, is it really that hard to spoon feed an infant? I am interested to see if anyone else has a reason to actually do that. Other than a medical issue - I can't see it.

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No. Food, including cereal, doesn't belong in a bottle. It's a choking hazard. If a baby is old enough for food, it should be fed to them on a spoon.

ive seen bottle shaped baby food feeders, the hole is just bigger to allow passage. ive never bought one, but really dont see a problem with it. There are a lot of things i dont enjoy about being a mother.....(tantrums, gooey poop, fevers, puke, doctor visits, potty training, screaming at night) but feeding my babies is NOT one of them. From breast, to spoon, to straw, to bibs and sippy cups, i LOVE feeding my babies. But i have seen mothers who prop bottles up on pillows so infants can suckle away i suppose it could be the same for this mushed food form too, and i guess they just dont love it like i do. there are many products that make things hands-free when it comes to parenting. I imagine the first year the infant swing came out there was contraversy about how lonely that must be to be rocked by a battery, but that would not have stopped me.

to each their own i suppose.

This is what I call a smoothie and I have put pureed foods in with my sons bottles using a large flow Nuk nipple. I have done this when he would not eat. I have also shaken it so the food blended well.

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This is what I call a smoothie and I have put pureed foods in with my sons bottles using a large flow Nuk nipple. I have done this when he would not eat. I have also shaken it so the food blended well. My son did have medical issues including reflux.

really you are not even suppose to put cereal in bottles because its a choking hazard, plus if they arent spoon fed enough they wont develop good jaw stregnth that they need latter for chewing.

Okay ladies, it is not being a bad or lazy parent to put sweet potatoes in a babies bottle. My son threw up every formula (we tried them all), goats milk and breast milk, he was not gaining any weight and was at the Peds office at least once a week being weighted and his formula changed and test run to see if there was some kind of blockage the Ped could not see. There was nothing wrong except he a thrower upper as we called him. I cannot tell you how many times a day we had to change his clothing, our clothing and how many burps rags were washed a day. He would take in 4 ounces and throw up 4 ounces and it did not matter what was in the bottle. We made the decision to feed him veggies off a spoon and he could not eat it fast enough, we then started putting sweet potatoes and carrots in his bottle so he would get some kind of calories and start to gain weight which finally happened after we did this and it helped he also keep some of the formula down, we went from throwing up the entire 4 ounces to throwing up 3 ounces.

No I never propped my child up with a bottle that is lazy parenting. Even after he was holding his own bottle I held him while he ate a bottle. If it had not been for putting the sweet potatoes and carrots in his bottle he would have weighted less at 5 months than he did when he was born. Thank God he finally stopped throwing up at a year. After giving your baby a bottle you should be using a soft wet washrag to remove the formula or whatever you are feeding them from their mouth and gums.

This was not my first baby or child I have 2 others plus I have raised another 17 working as a nanny and a drop off for unwanted kids in my area and I have done this with two other babies who were so big that formula and cereal only was not enough to fill them up and they cried from being hungry within 15 - 20 minutes of being fed a bottle. As long as you use common sense and hold them while they are being fed you should be okay. When I had my first daughter in 1981 they had a special feeding bottle called an Infafeeder that you put the baby food in and feed them just like their formula bottle and it had a plunger like thing to keep pushing the food up so they did not take in air and I still see these being sold at WalGreens and WalMart in the last couple of years.

I also think that everyone of us does something that all the other mothers would be against doing if we just shared everything on how we raised our children from newborn and up.

My advice is it is your child, you are responsible for them having a full tummy and you are the mother do what feels right and comfortable for you and your baby.

no! Why not just use a spoon????

This should never be done. Introducing solids to babies under 1 year if mostly for development/complimentary to their formula or breast milk. They really only need formula or breast to meet their nutritional needs for the first year of life. By putting it in the bottle you add needless calories, displace the nutrients of the formula or breast milk and delay your child's development to learn to eat different textures, which is really the only purpose of introducing the solids to children under a year.

***I am sorry if my answer was misleading. I, in fact do feel babies should be fed foods before 1 year old. My point was that they nutritionally do not NEED it. Mom's who are putting purees in the bottle think they are saving a step and adding to nutrition. But they are not saving a step because they are skipping the most important part of the purpose, which is to allow the baby to explore and learn.

I don't and would never!!!! Not even cereal in a bottle....not for the lazyness but it is a choking hazard. please don't do this.

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