Starting on cereal...your favorites and advice

Melissa - posted on 07/25/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I am starting my 4 month old on cereal. I was curious about any favorite brands you might have as well as flavors (rice, oat, ect) and advice on how to get them eat it.

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Heather - posted on 07/25/2009

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Since he's just starting...start him with plain rice cereal. I use the gerber with DHA its in a can. it cost like a dollar more but you get the same amount thats in the small box...and its much better for them. And mix it with formula not water. They tend to go for it better if its a familiar taste and smell :)

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Melissa - posted on 07/29/2009

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Thanks ladies for the help. She likes the rice cereal. Next we are going to try some Beechnut Oatmeal and see how that goes since I had a coupon for it. I do have some cookbooks on making your own baby food. Her ped does not want her to start on anything but cereals for another 2 months so I am just going to make some things I can freeze ahead. I bought some beautiful squash and zucchini I hope she will enjoy later.

Rebekah - posted on 07/25/2009

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Earth's Best Organic is great. Started on rice without trouble and moved onto oat and eventually multigrain. Bananas are a great first food, but can constipate (great for firming up stools tho!). Try out Fresh Baby Trays if you want to make your own baby foods after trying out cereal. The cubes are 1 oz each, which makes for good portion control. They have a baby food recipe book that is great too!

Julie - posted on 07/25/2009

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I used Earths Best Organic. Started my daughter on rice but she had constipation issues so our ped advised a switch to oat. My husband and I had high hopes of making our own food which is amazing if it suits you. I found that Earths Best was a tad cheaper than organic gerber, but then again some time has passed so I could be daydreaming that lol!

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Start with rice cereal. Easier to digest. Then move on to oatmeal, then maybe barley (which my son never liked). I always bought Gerber. My son liked it mixed with formula and babyfood. Or, you can make it with fruit juice when he is older and that helps sweeten it. Start out with it pretty thin and you can gradually thicken it up as he gets older and has the mashing techinque mastered. Very small baby spoons and small bites.

Kelly - posted on 07/25/2009

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Baby rice is good to start off with, mixed with formula or breast milk. I'd do it quite thin to start with, just to get them used to a different texture. If they cope ok with that, gradually make it a little thicker, then maybe start to add flavours. Banana is nice as it mushes down to a nice consistency and tastes great! As my daughter got older, I started her on Wheatabix and she loves it! As she learnt to cope with the texture, I started adding things to that too. Her favourite breakfast is a wheat biscuit soaked in hot water (just to make it mushy), then a chilled yogurt mixed in with it - obviously check the temperature but it should end up lovely and warm. Chopped fruit and cereal always goes down well, as does fruit and yogurt or fromage frais. With spoons, any plastic one should be fine - metal ones can damage their teeth. I find angled spoons are easier to use too.

Brandy - posted on 07/25/2009

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Any of the baby spoons you find should be ok, the ones I always used were the metal with the soft plastic coating. Just make sure you start out with a thinner mixture since your baby's not used to swallowing anything besides liquids and introduce the foods slowly. When you start feeding your child more solid foods and introducing new things to them it's the perfect time to watch for food allergies. That's why it's so important to introduce things one at a time since not every child is the same. As far as organic versus non-organic that's a personal choice. Look at the labels and figure out what you feel is best for your family and of course your budget as well.

Grace - posted on 07/25/2009

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My daughter had trouble with the rice cereal causing constipation. I mixed it with dry formula and apple juice. She loved it! I also mixed a box of rice with a box of wheat and that helped a lot.

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Just don't start with Rice as it is the sweetest and some parents have a harder time mixing once the little ones get used to it.

Stevie - posted on 07/25/2009

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we have two types of spoons and the first type we used is awesome they are metal ones with some kind of plasic kinda coat on it that if the food is too hot it changes color love them and now we just have some awesome plasitc ones too that work awesome now we know how hot and he eats more i got them both at walmart and i kinda thought about getting some organic baby food not cereal but never did not really something that was of major importance to me but i would do it the same and treat it all the same way until you know what your baby likes and how they handle it and whatnot

Melissa - posted on 07/25/2009

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What kind of spoon should I use? She has rubber coated metal and plastic ones. I ask because she just started teething. Anyone try organic brands?

Brandy - posted on 07/25/2009

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Introduce him slowly to different foods. Since you know the formula agrees with his system use the plain rice cereal mixed with formula first (he'll like the taste better than mixing it with water). When you start him on baby food you can mix it with some baby food as well. Just try to introduce the foods slowly and watch for his reactions to them.

Stevie - posted on 07/25/2009

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i started rice cereal on my son when he was 3 months and i got the big box the little boxes are nothing anymore and we also gave him stage 1 gerber fruits and stuff but mix with formula my doc said to do 2tbs of cereal for a few days and then start adding more if they handle it well but dont get anything that has more than one thing in with it until you know they arent allergic to one or the other such as apples and pears or some such thing try only one thing at a time for a day or two and then go crazy persay

Cari - posted on 07/25/2009

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I started my 3 month old on Gerber rice cereal and mixed it with his formula. He loves it but if yours does not you can mix a stage 1 baby food fruit with it. You can try oatmeal but he is now 6 months and I just moved him up to Gerber Oatmeal and bananas. Oatmeal is a little thicker than rice so I would try rice first. Hope this helps!!

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