wanting / trying to start rice cereal...help?

Lauren - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 6 months in January and we are trying to start her on rice cereal. She is showing signs of being ready (interested in what we are eating, breastmilk not filling her up, etc.) but doesn't seem to like the cereal. She is still on breastmilk (both nursing and drinking from a bottle) and would much rather have that than to sit and eat. She will take a few bites but makes a face and won't eat anymore. We have been at it for 2-3 weeks now. Any suggestions? Right now we are just trying it once a day at supper time before giving her a bottle/nursing her.

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Amanda - posted on 01/04/2010

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You can try another type of single grain cereal, like barley or oatmeal! I had to switch to oatmeal because it was constipating her too much

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Chelsea - posted on 01/06/2010

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Mix 4ounces formula/breastmilk with a scoop about a table spoon of rice cereal

Chelsea - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter did the same exact thing at first. I would usually give her both cereal and her bottle while sitting at her highchair. I would give her a couple bites of cereal and then bottle and keep alternating. I think at first they do not understand that it fills up their tummy. Now my daughter gets SO excited to eat. I started mixing some first foods fruits and veggies in with her cereal to add some flavor. It is so plain. She loves it. Good luck and keep on trying!

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010

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you should try adding a little Karo syrup if that doesn't work she is old enough to star on baby food veggies and spread them out give it a few weeks till you start another my baby loves carrots!

Jess - posted on 01/06/2010

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some stores sell feeder bottles that have a nipple opening big enough to allow the rice cereal through. Also, my boys always like the cereal better when I mixed it with their formula. Try mixing the cereal with breast milk and keep the consistance to more of a liquid to help her get the hand of eating without getting tired.

I hope that helps!

Paige - posted on 01/06/2010

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I for one say BRAVO for waiting first off... and rice cereal is easier on the digestive system than any other type of grain. If you can mix it in a soupy texture and let her dinkin it off the spoon, then do so, and you have to be persistant. Remember also when you start with solids (gerber has organic stage 1, I just throw stuff in the food processor) if you do fruit first it will be much more difficult to get them to eat their veggies, and when you start with veggies, start with non-green (greens are gassy) I wouldn't suggest any additive like sugar unless you want to deal with issues down the line like weight and oral decay. Good luck!

Vicki - posted on 01/05/2010

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There's no law that says cereal is compulsory. Maybe just let her play with family food (safer choices, such as steamed vege) and see what she likes?

Lani - posted on 01/05/2010

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My little boy is five months old and hes been on cerel and baby food for a whole month he wasnt too fond of the cereal at first but if u mix a little bit of baby food or e ven sugar she will like the taste alotmore, thats what i did when i first started him. It wont hurt he i check into it. And my little boy eats two servings of baby food mixed with ceral a day and girl he just loves to eat with a spoon now.

Iysha - posted on 01/05/2010

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I warmed up some formula then mixed in some rice cereal like it said in the "first feed" directions and gave it to my daughter about half an hour before her regular feeding so she wouldn't be extremely hungry. I tried to make it fun with big smiles and excited sounds for her. Then when she was done with the serving, I gave her a whole bottle. Now, she will take it without a problem.

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My little guy wouldn't eat it either until I started mixing it with Baby White Grape Juice. I made it really thin at first and over time thickened it up. He loves it with the juice and refuses it with formula. Give it a whirl........

Amber - posted on 01/05/2010

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I have a daughter that just turned 6 months. Have you ever thought about mybe mixing any baby food with it? And have you mybe thought it might be to think for her?

Brandy - posted on 01/05/2010

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I started mine off on cereal and fruit mixed together. I can tell if I have too much cereal because she refuses to eat it. I mix more fruit with it & she eats it up. We also bought the rice with apples cereal and she likes it! Good luck!

LAVINIA - posted on 01/05/2010

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I've been giving my son rice creal since he was 4 months. Mostly because he is a big boy 27 inches long and over17 lbs at 4 months. But he eats creal and lil bit of fruit in the morning and at night. Try holding out till she is really hungry, then try giving it to her. at that point she might actually try it and like it. Once they get use to the rotuine of creal first breast milk next they will eat that creal to get to breastmilk. Also She will let you know if she has had enough cereal. My son starts to shake his head and go for my breast when he is finished. Hope this helps

Kristen - posted on 01/05/2010

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my baby wouldnt eat it either so i was fixing it with her formula. he enjoyed th at so i tried again and still he didnt like it but he seems to like it in his pureed fruits. i dont put much in it though.

Erin - posted on 01/04/2010

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My first daughter wouldn't eat rice cereal at all but loved all the pureed vegetables. My younger daughter (5 1/2 months) will eat as much rice cereal as we can give her. All babies are different and you just have to try a few things to find out what works for you and them I think.

Jenny - posted on 01/04/2010

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My baby girl didn't want to eat cereal either. Tried making it different ways but she still wouldn't take it. So we just started giving her baby food(Gerbers 1ST foods) and she loves that. She has it at lunch followed by breasmilk to wash it down. Solids are solids, as long as shes ready for them I figure she don't need the rice cereal if she doesn't like it.

Nikki - posted on 01/04/2010

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I also have today started my 5 1/2 month old on rice cereal.
I only mixed 1 teaspoon of cereal with 2 teaspoons of cooled boiled water, then heated in the microwave for 15 seconds just to make it similar temp to body temp.
My little one gagged and spat out a couple of mouthfuls, but also managed to swallow a couple as well.
I have been told by my older sister (who has 7 children) that perservance is the key when introducing solids.
I also read in a phamplet given out by health nurses here in Australia that the average feeding of a 6 month old child is about 1/2 teaspoon in the beginning, and to offer solids as a supplement to breatsmilk for the first couple of months, ie after feeding, until baby adjusts then the baby will eventually look forward to the solid food.

Hope this helps you out a little

Joanne - posted on 01/04/2010

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Hi Nicole was the same at the beggining and I was advised to try heating it up and it went down a treat the next day! I use the box of rice and mix 1 spoon of rice to 8 spoons of babymilk

All the best for 2010
xJOx

Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2010

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My little guy is 5 1/2 months and we've been giving rice cereal for about 2 weeks. Some days he likes it and some days he really doesnt. Try giving it in the morning while shes rested and feeling ready for the day. Sometimes bedtime is not a good time especially if they've had a busy day..

Kate - posted on 01/04/2010

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I hav also just started my baby on solids however she doesnt seem to like rice cereal either. i tasted it my self and personall;y thought the texture was gross so I tried mixing it with pureed apple or pear so the texture isnt as rough and she seems to like it more. she only has 2 teaspoons made up. i dont think u really need to worry it is a big thing going from just a liquid diet to solids. try making it funny, by u eating and saying...."yum yum" i think makes them want to eat it, or even let them hold the spoon with u so they feel lik they have a little control...hope this helps.. good luck

Lauren - posted on 01/03/2010

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Also, how much should I be mixing? Right now we are just doing 1 tsp cereal with 4-5 tsp breastmilk....

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