I've see this question on forums a lot, "How can I get my baby to sleep?" And usually at least...
I've see this question on forums a lot, "How can I get my baby to sleep?" And usually at least one or two well-meaning mamas answer, "Give him some cereal in a bottle." baby bottleThese mamas are just trying to help and I've had friends ask me if it's ok to add a little cereal to their baby's bottle as well. It's hard to say where this theory started but I can tell you, that not only is it false but it's also unhealthy and unsafe. The Cleveland Clinic, one of the worlds top hospitals completed a study about babies and cereal and found that cereal is absolutely not a helpful sleep aid. All cereal will do, is feed your baby's tummy. The hospital also reports that cereal taken in a bottle has been know to cause choking. Another major issue with giving your baby cereal in a bottle is baby tooth decay; an issue more likely to occur if you allow your baby to fall asleep while drinking formula, juice, or cereal from a bottle. Better ways to get your little guy to sleep include soft lighting, soothing music, breastfeeding, and cuddling. All of these are way more enjoyable bedtime activities, for both you and your baby, than cereal in a bottle.

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