Rice Cereal

Heather - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I have twin girls and I am just starting rice cereal. They really hate everything about it. As soon as they see the spoon they start freaking out. I know they are ready for it, anyone have any ideas to make things easier for all of us???

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Renee - posted on 05/07/2009

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First if your doctor says to introduce cereal and when then you should listen to them.



Are you using the small plastic coated spoons? I know in the beginning James didn't eat off any but those. How far are they from starting fruits according to your doctor? After I could start fruits I started with applesauce and just mixed a little in the cereal. Only thing is introducing one at a time to see what allergies they have.

Heather - posted on 05/07/2009

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I went for the baby oatmeal instead my daughter liked it much better and it was easier for her to digest. I also began with mixing it with a bit of the gerber first stages fruits. She would gobble it up and cry for more.

Dulce Nina - posted on 05/07/2009

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Try to mix with their milk... My daughter, 5 months and 3 weeks has also started with her first solid food, carrots and a bit of baby rice mixed with her milk... took her three days before she enjoyed. They will be fine :)

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i hate rice cereals, have you ever tried them? there are such nice fruit purees, baby cereals etc, try them. i started my twin boys on fruit and veg purees, they loved it. they are more smooth than the powdered stuff.

Rosemarie - posted on 05/06/2009

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Both of my kids were like that! My doctor came up with the idea and he told me to buy the "add water" cereals and make it with the water. Then he suggested I put a little bit of the formula from the bottle that they would get after the cereal into the bowl and mix it up. It helped the cereal have a more familiar taste and made it taste not so yucky. My kids would just eat it all up this way! With my youngest one, I found the texture of the spoon I use to feed him with makes a big difference. The ones that are smaller and have plastic coloured coating seem to work best for him.

Kris - posted on 05/06/2009

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My daughter hated the plain rice cereal. She loves the Rice Cereal with Apple or the Barley. Also I started her on her veggies that she loves. I still give her her milk and water. She's 5 1/2 months old. Try giving her the other rice cereals or try to do it later if they don't respond to it at first.

Mel - posted on 05/06/2009

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same thing happened with mine! she hated rice cereal from about 3-6 months she would just start screaming when we tried to put the spoon near her mouth. i would suggest giving other foods such as pureed fruits and vegies. my daughters dietician hassled us to make sure we were giving rice cereal for break fast every morning from about 3 months but we just thought there was no reaso to keep upsetting her and just gave her other foods. ours has a sweet tooth big time

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My son hated rice cereal. We switched to oat cereal and served it with some mushed up bananas or cooked pears. I bought an organic blend that has no soy or dairy.

One trick I did in the beginning was thicken it enough so I could put it on the end of my finger, as he would always suck on my finger...

Tanja - posted on 05/04/2009

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There are really no reasons why they should have rice cereal, depending on their age maybe put some in the bottle, keep in mind rice cereal is very fattening. If they are over 4 months of age you can certainly replace the rice cereal and start them with some of the lower calorie veggies, stay to stick with the greens, it will help them from developing a sweet tooth. =) many doctors recommend puttin them on cereal if they have acid reflux or need to put on weight but for nutritional values they really do not need it, and no it is not a choking hazard......what they refer too is that if you give the rice cereal to a younger baby with the bottle and lay them down and they should spit up then they have a higher chance of aspirating on it of course du to it being thicker, so yes talk to your doctor about that as well. I would just try a veggie instead and they are much tastier =) Good luck

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Quoting Cheryl:

Why would you give your baby prune juice anything?



She may be dealing with constipation issues.  I know when my son was about 3 months he was miserably constipated and my pediatrician suggested one ounce of infant prune juice (which is just 100% pure juice) mixed with 4 ounces of water.  We only had to do it a few times and the problem corrected itself. 

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Quoting Amy:

If they're under 6 months of age, they shouldn't be having cereal anyway, and especially not in a bottle. It's a choking hazard. The AAP website has the current recommendations.

Cereal is nutritionally void, and has no flavor. If they're over 6 months of age, you can start them with fruits and veggies instead, and they might like that a lot better. You can even give them super-soft steamed veggies, and soft fruits like banana and avocado, that they can feed to themselves. It's messy, but some kids just prefer to do it themselves. As long as what you give them is easily smooshable, it's no more of a choking hazard than purees, so as long as you don't let them eat unattended they should be good to go.


Actually, the AAP says solids can be introduced as early as 4-6 months, depending on the readiness of the child.  Some aren't ready until older, while others are more than ready at 4 months.  Our doctor did tell us not to put cereal in the bottle though.  The way he put it, in order for it to be of use at all, you'd have to put so much in that you may as well just spoon feed.  If you put so little in that it still flows easily from the nipple, then you haven't "thickened" it at all.   I also agree about letting them do it themselves.  My son would make huge messes where maybe 1/3 would actually get into his mouth, but he learned about texture and had fun playing in it til I couldn't stand it anymore and had to grab a spoon here and there lol

Cassie - posted on 05/04/2009

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Cereal is not recommended until a child is 4-6 months of age but should be closer to 6 months. If you feel it is necessary to give your child cereal before that time, you shouldn't mix it with juice. You really shouldn't be giving your child juice at all really. Unless as a special and rare treat. Juice has so much sugar. Breastmilk, formula or water are really the only things to mix with the cereal other than mixing in pureed fruits or veggies. Juice really should be avoided due to all of the sugars. Just my opinion.

Heather - posted on 05/04/2009

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Thanks for all your help everyone. I will just keep trying new things with them. The prune juice mixture helped some.

Holly - posted on 05/04/2009

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I would add the juice instead of water or plain formula. If you are using a metal spoon, they might just not like the metal. try a plastic coated baby spoon or one that is shaped like a plane or some animal, or try playing the plane going into the hanger / train pulling into station with sound effects and all - just to make it a little more fun and interesting for them

Jeanne - posted on 05/04/2009

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If they don`t want it....stop for a few days and try again. Mix their cereal with either milk or formula (whatever you are using) instead of water...it could make all the difference. If this doesn`t work, you can introduce veggies and then fruit. Once you have introduced the fruit you can mix it into the cereal and hide it that way.

Karen - posted on 05/04/2009

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If she is under 6 months dont worry about the cereal. They are getting all they need with formula and/or breast milk. Of course some put it in the bottle. Babies tastebuds are very sensitive. Every new thing we tried was interesting. Funny faces and clamped mouth. But be patient and they will take it when they are ready. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2009

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Their doctors and yourself will no best when to start them. Especially if they just aren't getting full .
Yeah try those spoons you can get them at the dollar store.
(in my are you can, No sure about yours)

Heather - posted on 05/04/2009

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I don't want to put it in their bottles. They are on a prune juice/formula mixture as well. I was thinking of mixing the cereal with that instead of just plain formula. (Since they always, ALWAYS finish those bottles.) My co-worker also said to try using the spoons that people use to give out samples at the grocery store, since they are so tiny. I may see if I can find those too. They are 3 months old (and their doctor said to start them on the cereal).

User - posted on 05/04/2009

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My daughter HATES the flavor of cereal by itself, but I mix it with fruit, and now, she can't get enough.

When she started on it, rather than using a spoon, I dipped her pacifier into it and let her suck the cereal off of it - it was a concept she was used to, so it went over a little better.

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In addition to the AAP, even baby cereal manufacturers say not to put rice cereal in the bottle: http://www.gerber.com/Products/Single_Gr...

Some babies simply aren't ready to take solids from a spoon. They need to be completely rid of the tongue thrust reflex. The only thing you can do is continue to offer a little bit at a time. They'll start to adjust to the spoon and the new food texture with time, but no need to force the issue. For what it's worth, I didn't do rice cereal with my son (have you tasted it? its gross!). We went straight to fruits and veggies when he was 6 months.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2009

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It's only a table spoon lol...
and considering he ate 10 ounces at the time,. You hardly notice it was in there
It was for tasting ...

Amy - posted on 05/04/2009

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According to the AAP, it is a choking hazard. Some pediatricians are not always current on the recommendations.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2009

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It's not a choking hazard if you put it in with their bottle with formula or breast milk.
His pediatrcian told me to do that , he was about 4 months old at the time.

Amy - posted on 05/04/2009

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If they're under 6 months of age, they shouldn't be having cereal anyway, and especially not in a bottle. It's a choking hazard. The AAP website has the current recommendations.

Cereal is nutritionally void, and has no flavor. If they're over 6 months of age, you can start them with fruits and veggies instead, and they might like that a lot better. You can even give them super-soft steamed veggies, and soft fruits like banana and avocado, that they can feed to themselves. It's messy, but some kids just prefer to do it themselves. As long as what you give them is easily smooshable, it's no more of a choking hazard than purees, so as long as you don't let them eat unattended they should be good to go.

Sara - posted on 05/04/2009

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My daughter didn't care much for Rice Cereal (can't blame her, it tastes like cardboard), so I only gave it to her for a week or so then moved on to stage one veggies, which she liked much better. I don't think that you have to give them the cereal if they are old enough, you can skip it.

Also, don't put the cereal in their bottles. Cereal has very little nutritional value and it's real purpose is to help them develop their oral motor skills. Putting it in a bottle really undermines that purpose.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2009

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How old are they?



If they are under 4 months of age try putting a table spoon or so in their bottle to help them get use to the taste.

If they are older, Maybe they just don't feel conftorable with the spoon just yet.

Try putting them in the highchair and putting the cereal on the table part and let them go at it. See how they react with that.

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