Cereal for Sleep?

You may hear from friends and family that giving your baby a small amount of cereal in a bottle of breast milk or formula will help him sleep longer at night. But there’s no evidence that suggests this is true.

More importantly, a baby not developmentally ready for cereal could gag or inhale the thicker mixture into his lungs.

Babies do not need solid foods until 6 months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. It’s best to wait on solids until the digestive and immune systems are mature enough to handle them.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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