My mother is a nurse and with my niece she said that it was ok to mix the cereal in with her formula in very small amounts my niece's doctor also said the same, I would try it this way while also spoon feeding it to your baby
THE NURSE IS RIGHT ABOUT THIS. THE RESON BEHIND THIS IS THAT WHEN YOU GIVE IT TO THEM ON THE BOTTLE YOU ARE REALLY NOT GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO START FEELING TEXTURE WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO START SWITCHING FROM BOTTLE TO SOLIDS. IT WILL ONLY DELAY THEM. AND SECOND OF ALL, YOU CAN REALLY ADD UP THE CALORIES YOU ARE FEEDING THEM IF YOU ARE GIVING THE BABY THAT MIX.
listen to your doctor they know more about that stuff
I agree with thedude. If your just starting your baby off with cereal than don't make it to thick. Make it runny at first so he/she can drink it off the spoon. It's amazing how full they get with just a few mouth fulls.
Bottles can cause indigestion, digestive issues, gas, etc...so, if your nurse said to use the spoon, she's on the right track!
My boys are long past that stage now, but it sounds like you had good advice form your nurse already :)
I've always mixed a little bit of cereal in with my daughters formula from the time she was 3 weeks due to acid reflux. It helped keep it down. But when it came time to start her on solids, I used a spoon. They have a feeder out that is like a bottle, but the nipple part is shaped like a spoon. It's supposed to help with the transition. I used one for the first couple of feedings, then she was ready for the regular spoon. All-in-all it's better to just use the spoon for the reasons thedude mentioned and also developmental reasons!