Starting your baby on solid foods can be a fun adventure. After months of watching you eat, she’s mimicking you and attempting to grab the spoon out your hand to give this solid food thing a try. We are here to answer a few common concerns & questions about feeding your infant her first cereals.
Why are grains a good first solid food choice?
Rice cereal has been a choice for many hundreds of years for babies first cereal. It’s easy to digest & unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Feeding solids to infants at a young age is for practice & to introduce your baby to a variety of tastes & textures.
Is it true that if I don’t start feeding solids at a young age, food aversions are possible?
We personally believe this to be true thru personal experience. It is not so much just feeding solids, its what you are giving your baby. By introducing a variety of flavors & textures, by the time your infant is 1 year of age and ready to replace her milk with solid food meals, she will be more accepting to a healthier variety of foods. Whereas, if you waited, your baby may be resistant & you may be inclined to give her foods with a “better flavor” such as highly processed cheerios, macaroni & cheese or pizza.
When do I start feeding baby cereal?
There is no set time when a baby is ready for solids, however, most will start between 4-6 months. Your baby does not need to be sitting up on her own, but she does need to be able to chew and swallow. It is not recommended to start any earlier then 4 months of age. Up until this point, infants will have a tongue trust reflex & will push anything out their mouths. With this reflex, it will also cause her to gag on solids. Your baby will also show interest in foods. She will watch you eat, try to grab the food off your plate and will have a keen interest on tasting things.
What’s the best cereal to start with?
The best cereals are single grain.
How often should I feed my baby cereal?
To start, feed your baby a 1-2 tablespoons per day & work your way up as her needs increase. You will not want to replace any meals until your infant is at least 12 months of age
How do I make baby cereal?
Cereal can be made with formula, water or breastmilk. You will want a runny texture until your baby is 6-8 months of age. Otherwise she may gag if the texture is too thick. It takes very little cereal to liquid to make a runny consistency. Start with a teaspoon and add in liquid.
Should I expect any changes to her bowel movements?
When changes are made, your baby may experience different bowel movements. She may become constipated. This is not nessercarily sign of an allergic reaction, this is likely your infants body adjusting to change. However, if she does continue to experience issues, discontinue use & speak to your pediatrician.
What does an allergic reaction to cereal look like?
Symptom can appear within minutes or hours. Common reactions include, red patches on the skin, hives, eczema or swelling. Your baby may also experience abdominal pains or diarrhea.
What type of spoon should I use for feeding my baby?
There are many types of spoons on the market for solid food feeding. We personally love your basic plastic spoon that’s BPA free, toxic color free & has a long handle. Holle & Hipp both make wonderful spoons for babies feeding time. These spoons are inexpensive, dishwasher safe & last forever. Not to mention they have ZERO toxic chemicals. If you are looking for a more environmentally friendly option, Pacific Baby products has a wonderful bamboo spoon.
Is organic baby cereal really better?
Absolutely!! And we do not say that lightly. Grain products are one of the most heavily toxicated foods on earth. Most are GMO’s, heavily treated with pesticides & fertilizers. Organic cereals will not contain anymore then what you see on the ingredient list. Cereals from Europe will have the highest quality grains available.