Angie - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )
My son is 5 months old and I've been trying to feed him rice cereal for about a month now. He absolutely does not like it. I've tried playing with the time of day I feed it to him (morning, afternoon, night), before, after or in the middle of a bottle, the consistency of the cereal (from soupy to thicker), but Spencer just does not want to eat it. At night he'll cry, in the morning he'll tolerate a bite, in the afternoon it's hit or miss. It doesn't matter if I do it before, during or after a bottle or the consistency. He knows how to move the cereal to the back of his throat w/ his tongue and swallow, so I know it's not that he isn't ready. I decided to try a gerber fruit (banana and apple dessert) just as an experiment. He absolutely loves it!! So I decided I'd try to trick him and mix the fruit with the cereal and he wanted nothing to do with it. Does anyone know if they recommend starting with cereal because it's easier on the tummy or because they need the nutrients from the cereal? Is it ok to skip over the cereal and go straight to fruits and veggies? It's been a week since I started him on the fruit and he hasn't had any bad reactions.