when do you stop feeding your baby rice cereal?
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Mbali - posted on 10/22/2012
I’m a first time mom and my son is now 35 months old . His not much of a eater but his eating pattern has changed and his appetite has increased. Is it wrong to continue feeding him his bby cereal ? I usually mix it daily sometimes I cook him home made porridge or jungle oats every mornings. His eating his solids very well but he wont take anything else besides the mentioned in the mornings.
Jessica - posted on 03/26/2010
We started at 2 months with both are children and with our oldest who is now 19 months, we stopped giving her the rice in her formula once she turned one and went to whole milk. My son who is 5 months is still having formula and rice and we won't stop his until he also turns 12 months old. That way we know he is getting full and enough to eat. :)
Julie - posted on 03/25/2010
We stopped rice cereal when my son could eat other foods instead. His doctor suggested egg yolks for some extra iron (which he needed for a while) so I would scramble egg yolks for him (and the whites for myself) for breakfast and he loved it! We didn't do this every day. Also when I was weening him we would sit down and I would feed him a banana so he still got his mom time in the morning but we weren't nursing, so the banana has become a fixed part of his breakfast time. I would say as soon as your kid is ready to eat other more nutritious foods cut out the rice cereal.
Tracy - posted on 03/25/2010
I gave it to my daughter as a breakfast choice (once or twice a week) until she was about 18 or 20 months old. She really liked it, and I would mix it with apple juice and water to make it taste a little better. I always gave her something else with it like yogurt or fresh fruits. It is a great thing to have when they get diarrhea because it is mild and will help stop the hungries without making the diarrhea worse.
Kristin - posted on 03/25/2010
I started them at about 5-6 months. I fed my boys a whole variety of the baby cereals until they got good at chewing/gumming up other foods. When they started showing a preference for things like Chex, Cheerios, and other more "grown up" cereals, about 1 year, I quit giving it to them.
Sarah-Anne - posted on 03/25/2010
we started my daughter on rice cereal at 4 months, by 5 we had switched to other single grains like barley and oatmeal for a bit of variety. she just turned 1 on the 20th and still eats the whole grain and mixed grain cereals for breakfast almost every day.
Melissa - posted on 03/25/2010
We started it at 4 1/2 months, and at 5 1/2 months switched to a healthier cereal, my 9 month old is now getting mixed grain or whole grain, depending on what I buy. My dr. said the rice cereal had nothing to offer nutritionally. So I use the more oatmeal like cereals which have more nutrition. My son has some every morning mixed with his fruit puree. But I don't know when I will stop giving it to him. I think it is good to have the grain in his diet, but he has cheerios at other meals. I will probably give it to him for breakfast up until he decides he doesn't want it. It is healthy, and fairly inexpensive, I don't see any reason to stop giving it to my son, unless he stops eating it.
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