Rice cereal

Lysa - posted on 04/16/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My dauther is 5 moths 2 weeks old.. I have given rice cereal to her for the past month.She doesn't like it what so ever and I keep giving it to her. Just recently I have started her on carrots. She loves it.. I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions on what I should do? Should I keep giving her cereal every morning even though she hates it or take it away from her and just give her carrots since she loves them? What should I do?

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Catherine - posted on 05/15/2009

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The cereal has no nutritional value. Save the space in her tummy for breastmilk/formula.

Amanda - posted on 05/14/2009

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Keep offering it but dont force it. if you stop offering particular food you could end up with a picky child. you never know when one day she may like it!

You can also try other grains and even cheerios soaked in formula or bm if she is ready for stuff like that. My baby loves the soy and pear cereal made by heinz, it is a bit thicker than the rice so you may want to try that out.

Melissa - posted on 05/14/2009

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Avocodos are a great first food and so many other ones my son loves peas and squash I just recommend trying vegetables before fruit due to them developing a sweet tooth.

Mel - posted on 05/13/2009

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no no, dont give cereal mine hated it to she screamed as if someone was hurting her! she has been eating since 3 months and her dietician wanted her having cereal every morning for breakfast but we just told them we were giving it to her. its unfair to upset baby stick to the pureed fruits and vegies and home made if you can, so you can add cheese, cream or unsalted butter for taste. also try her with rusks with spreads on, cheese spread, butter, peanut butter things like that these are the main foods i was told at that age

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2009

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If you do stop the cereal, just try to supplement it in another meaningful way. The baby cereal is a source of iron...so just try to give her foods which give her iron as well :)

Sybil - posted on 04/17/2009

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you can do the cereal and mix in a fruit in the morning...i do that for my son, i think the cereal alone is just to get them used to eating so like the other mother said you don't have to just give her the rice...my son is 7 months now and i started just giving him oatmeal and mixing fruit in for the morning anda veggie at night

January - posted on 04/17/2009

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You can also dry Gerber Oatmeal in a jar, with apples and bananas. My daughter loves it and thats what she eats almost every morning. Its just premade already. But it is a little thick so it may take her a minute to get use to it!

Lysa - posted on 04/17/2009

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I tried mixing it with Apple and banana sauce she still refuses to eat it.. I spoke with the doctor he told me that if she doesn't want to eat it, not to force it on her.. keep giving her formula and carrots for a few day then switch ro a different vegetable or fruit.. she's be fine!

thank you all for your suggestions!

Jessica - posted on 04/17/2009

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I would suggest putting some applesauce into the cereal, she will more than likely love it if it has some more flavor! My baby hated it as well when I first fed it to her, so I tried this and she loves it, now she's almost 11 months old and I mix different types of fruits in with her cereal and she eats it all up!

January - posted on 04/17/2009

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My daughter is 6 months old. I started her on solids at 4 months. She was not fond of the rice cereal at all, so I bought her oatmeal. She absolutely loves the oatmeal with bananas. I was always told to mix cereal with formula because they still need the nutrition from the formula and the calories. You can also mix all of the rice cereals or oatmeals with any of the jarred fruit after you mix it with the formula. My daughter loves fruit! I always use Gerber, i've tried other brands of solids and she doesn't eat them as well. Good luck!

Cynthia - posted on 04/16/2009

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i have found the barley cereal was a great alternative and is quite flavorful. my little one gulps it up. He is 7 months and loves all the rest of the veggies I've introduced; yams, carrots, squash, mashed potato( no milk or butter), next are peas. yum, yum. you'd have to feed her night and day carrots to have her turn orange, I don't think you need to worry. good luck.

Lysa - posted on 04/16/2009

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Yeah I think that i'm just gunna stop giving her cereal.. She doesn't like it, I'm not going to force it on her. I even tried to mix it with jars of banana and apples.. she still will not eat it.. So I'm gunna keep giving her Carrots and hope that she doesn't turn orange! : ) !!

Rebecca - posted on 04/16/2009

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Have you tried oatmeal or the cereal that has bits of apples? I mix the cereal with juice (100% only) once in a while and my kids have enjoyed that. You can even mix it with formula or put some cereal in with the carrots. Or you can not do rice cereal period.

Emily - posted on 04/16/2009

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I figured that you weren't giving her too much :) I did find it interesting that carrots can actually turn a baby orange. Some babies really like sweet potatoes and squash too.

Lysa - posted on 04/16/2009

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I only give her a bit of Carrots at lunch time.. then about 3-4 ounces of formula. It fills her up until supper time.. Thanks for the response!

Emily - posted on 04/16/2009

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THere is no reason to give her the rice cereal. It is not very nutritious and she obviously doesnt' like it. She might like regular brown rice cooled and mushed with slight ricy texture though. Watch out about feeding her lots of carrots, though! My cousin turned orange when he was a baby because my aunt and uncle gave him too much. There wasn't a problem but they freaked out for a while until the doctor siad, "Too much carrots!"

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