The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for babies for about 6 months. Water and juice should not be given to a baby without the recommendation of a physician.
Infants cannot digest infant cereal before they are about 6 months old, yet many parents routinely add rice cereal to an infant’s bottle. Infant cereal should not be added to a baby’s bottle unless it is specifically recommended by a physician for a medical reason, such as reflux. In addition to increasing the likelihood of choking on the thickened liquid, doing so before 4 months of age can possibly trigger a food allergy later on and is a poor practice that can contribute to overfeeding, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.