can i mix cereal and juice?

Codie - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )




today i took my almost 5 month old to the ped for his shots. she told me to start him on oatmeal cereal bc it high in fiber and to mix it breastmilk, formula, or water and not to microwave ANYTHING. Can i also mix his cereal with juice? and as long as i mix it well and temp test it before i feed it to him, isn't microwaving his cereal ok?


Carolyn - posted on 11/02/2010




never microwave in plastic, and never microwave breastmilk. I personally use hot water to warm liquids. at 5 months though i would think maybe he is still a little young for juice. Your doc is aiming for fiber and not sugar. Baby cereals are made for babies and easily digestable, Juice not so much and it is usually soooooooo full of sugar. Personally wont be giving my son Juice for a long time and he is just about 5 months. Not sure why you wouldnt want to just use breastmilk/formula or water.

Amanda - posted on 11/04/2010




i used to use baby juice in my sons farex/rice cereal. he loved it, I found the cereal went very watery when mixed with bm

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The following is a summary of the Russian investigations published by the Atlantis Raising Educational Center in Portland, Oregon. Carcinogens were formed in virtually all foods tested. No test food was subjected to more microwaving than necessary to accomplish the purpose, i.e., cooking, thawing, or heating to insure sanitary ingestion. Here's a summary of some of the results:

a. Microwaving prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion caused formation of d-Nitrosodienthanolamines, a well-known carcinogen.

b. Microwaving milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids into carcinogens.

c. Thawing frozen fruits converted their glucoside and galactoside containing fractions into carcinogenic substances.

d. Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.

e. Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants, especially root vegetables. Decrease in nutritional value.

Russian researchers also reported a marked acceleration of structural degradation leading to a decreased food value of 60 to 90% in all foods tested. Among the changes observed were:

a. Deceased bio-availability of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics factors in all food tested.

b. Various kinds of damaged to many plant substances, such as alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides.

c. The degradation of nucleo-proteins in meats.

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I wouldn't start your baby on solids before six months of age. Doctors sometimes still push for it earlier than that but really it's not recommended anymore. My baby would only eat it mixed with breastmilk, which we would heat in a cup with hot water. She is 14 months old and still didn't have any juice though. Plenty of time for that.

Sarah - posted on 11/03/2010




Don't microwave it because it can get 'hot spots' in there than can burn his tender gums. It's also not recommended to give juice to babies. They don't need it, all it is is empty calories and sugar that can lead to dental decay and obesity. There is no benefit to juice at all. Breastmilk and formula hold vital nutrients that will help with brain, bone, eye, and muscle development. Hold off on the juice until babe is (at least) one year old (preferably longer).

Lisa - posted on 11/03/2010




I did the same with pureed fruit. But I didn't start my son on solids until 6 months, either. When I did, I didn't serve it hot. If he got breastmilk that I'd expressed, he got it at room/breast temp or even cold - he's never known it warmed. The same went with cereal. You don't have to heat it at all is the point, I guess.

Sarah - posted on 11/03/2010




I use pureed fruit like apple or pear when i cant be bothered to express (or when it just wont happen). my little one loves it this way but wont eat it if mixed with water or formula

Martha - posted on 11/03/2010




i did this...he wasnt a big fan of cereal and well who would at one point later on when he got mix it..and make it thicker..but sometimes for breakfast he would luv it when id do a bit of GOOD juice for him and some cereal...:) good luck..

Darylann - posted on 11/02/2010




My daughter refused cereal mixed with water. I could never let down to a pump to mix it with breast milk, So I did use juice/water to mix in her cereal. It was the only way she would eat it! I basically had to use trial and error to figure out what she would eat...eventually we got it figured out. I didn't microwave her food just because I feared she would only want it to be warm to eat and if we were ever out in public or someplace where I had no way of heating it up she would refuse her food. She never seemed to mind. Now that she is older and is eating solid food, warm and cold does play a part in what she wants to eat!

Sarah - posted on 11/02/2010




Ideally, it's best to wait until at least 6 months before introducing solids. There are other signs to look for. I mix w/ breast milk or formula for the nutritional aspects. I've also found that too much cereal (oatmeal or rice) constipates Clara. Mixing with juice may make your little one become accosome to sweet cereal... although breast milk (at least mine) is supper sweat. I don't heat anything she eats either. She's not particularly picky as long as she's being fed she's happy.

Brandi - posted on 11/02/2010




Make sure you microwave in a glass bowl and always test the temp...should be body temp or cooler! Don't microwave breastmilk, it destroys it. As for mixing with juice, that how I make my cereal for my LO! Sometimes expressing milk is just a pain to do. :-) Good Luck!

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