Home > Babies and Toddlers > Health and Safety > General Care and Hygiene > A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More

Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE

|

A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More

7 of 11
baby eating solid food

Infant Cereal


What's Out: Adding cereal to an infant's bottle or diet to help her gain weight or feel full longer between feedings

What's In: Feeding an infant a strictly liquid diet of breast milk or infant formula until age 6 months, unless otherwise directed by the baby's pediatrician

Why? The practice of adding cereal to a baby's bottle has been around for decades, but today's pediatricians advise against it because it can lead to overfeeding your tot. The AAP says that babies instinctively know how much breast milk or formula to consume by liquid volume, and it's easy for them to "overdose" on calories when you switch them to solid foods too soon. Feeding cereal to infants before baby reaches 4 to 6 months can also lead to food allergies, digestive issues, and even gagging or inhaling food into their lungs. Doctors generally say that babies are ready to eat cereal and other solid foods when they're ready to take food from a spoon — usually around age 6 months.

Next: Baby Powder

highlights

Vote Now for the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards
Voting is open now through May 3 for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards — the only national book awards program where the winning author, illustrator, and books of the year are selected by young readers. Encourage your child to vote for his favorites today!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

8 Products to Help Your Family Go Plastic-Free
How can you minimize your family's exposure to harmful chemicals and lessen your impact on the environment? Try swapping out some of your everyday plastic products with these non-plastic alternatives.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks