When will he like cereal?

Jill - posted on 03/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Christian is almost 5 months and for 3 weeks now we've tried feeding him a little rice cereal in the evening. The only way he'll eat it is if we put some in his mouth and then give him a bottle to suck on...otherwise he'll just let it sit in his mouth and scream! I thought he would come around after a week or so, but he doesn't seem to be changing his attitude about it. Has anyone else experienced this, and any tips on how to change our routine so he may like it? The pediatrician told us to start feeding him rice cereal and to wait until 6 months to start with fruits or veggies...any advice would be great! Thanks! :)

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Chantal - posted on 03/30/2009

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What about trying a different single grain cereal to start? My daughter hated the rice cereals because they are so thick and sticky compared to the oat or wheat. I mixed it thinner than they suggest also so it wasn't such a strange consistancy to start with.

Kiisha - posted on 03/30/2009

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Have you put it in his bottle? Try to mix it with breastmilk or formula in his bottle, so he can get use to the taste. I started my little one on the Gerber Stage 1 and Rice cereal when he was about 5 months. We mixed the Rice Cereal with the baby food and he LOVES it! He rarely eats it plain. Have you tried to heat it up a little? Good Luck!

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Emily - posted on 04/02/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:



Quoting Emily:




Yuck! I tried that stuff once and I can't blame him for not liking it .









A babies taste buds are not as advanced as your own. the cereals are more about consistance then flavour. (he doesn't now yet the difference between sweet/sour /bitter) and should taste similar to the milk there getting as thats what is recommended you mix it with.





Yeah, only it doesn't taste like milk; it tastes like glue and has about the same nutritional content. Basically I was sying there is no reason to worry if he doesn't like it because it is not necessary.

Christine - posted on 04/02/2009

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My daughter would NOT eat cereal anyway we made it, so I quit trying and at 6 mos gave her fruits and veggies, it took her a little while to get used to eating, but now she's doing great! hth

Tricia - posted on 04/02/2009

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Rice cereal is entirely optional.  I mean, people lived for thousands of years before Gerber was invented.  :-)  Babies are pretty good at letting you know when they are developmentally ready for solid foods.  He's telling you that he's not ready yet, which is totally normal and totally fine.  Give it another week, and try again.  Or wait another couple of weeks past that and try giving him pureed carrots or banana (which are better nutrition than refined cereals anyway).  He'll let you know he's into the idea of solid foods by staring at everything you eat or trying to grab things off of your plate.  And I'm sure you've heard, breastmilk (or formula) is the only food babies NEED until they are around 12 months old.  Everything else up until then is just supplemental to get them used to eating.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/02/2009

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Quoting Emily:



Yuck! I tried that stuff once and I can't blame him for not liking it .





A babies taste buds are not as advanced as your own. the cereals are more about consistance then flavour. (he doesn't now yet the difference between sweet/sour /bitter) and should taste similar to the milk there getting as thats what is recommended you mix it with.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/02/2009

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sound like his not ready, or its to thick!



He'll let you now when his ready.



 

Lenora - posted on 04/01/2009

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My little girl was the same way. She would not eat it i try mising it was baby milk. But that did not work. So i just started her on stage i food. Do not but food in his bottle he will gain to much.

Emily - posted on 03/31/2009

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Yuck! I tried that stuff once and I can't blame him for not liking it . I would just stop til 6 months and then go strait to veggies.

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