Skipping rice cereal?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Rice Cereal
    Skip it! : (22 votes)
    96 %
    It's necessary! : (0 votes)
    Other : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
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    6644 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    You most definately can skip it. Just introduce 1 food at a time and wait 3 days before introducing new foods.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

     

    Cory_loves_this_girl:  Yup, you can skip it. DD had to have a bit of rice cereal in her bottles when she was smaller due to severe reflux, but other than that she hasn’t had it. We started with homemade purees and some blw (small pieces of banana, bread, pretty much anything we’re having that doesn’t need to be overly chewed).

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    We started with homemade purrees mixed with a little bit of oatmeal cereal. I bought cereal and mixed it with the purees to give it a thicker texture. DS seemed to like it better than runny purees (and it was much easier to feed it to him because it didn’t drip off the spoon), but it’s definitely not necessary.

    We started with apple and pear purree, and quickly introduced mashed banana, avacado and sweet potato. I didn’t wait 3 days before introducing new foods, I just kept adding them. There are no food allergies on either side of our family, so I wasn’t worried.

    Now DS is almost 7 months and he eats tons of food (all homemade). I started to coursely blend instead of purree, and I’ve eliminated most of the cereal. He eats apple, pear, banana, avacado, sweet potato, carrots, butternut squash, zuccini, green beans, peas, prunes, peaches, mango…etc. I also give him bites of anything I’m eating that is soft. He is a wonderful eater and loves to try new food!

    Just remember, formula/breastmilk should still make up the majority of their diet and calories at that age. Eating right now is just for practice. So don’t stress too much if she doesn’t eat a full meal or doesn’t like something. Just keep trying!

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Yeah, skip rice cereal. My doc also suggests skipping the “new food and wait a couple days” advice unless you have allergies, but I’d take your own peds advice on that. 

    Post # 6
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    6644 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

     

    ExcitedScaredBee:  You still should be waiting 3 days, there are no allergries on both our sides but allergeries can develop even if not in the family. That is why it is recommended.

    Post # 7
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I would go by  your pediatrician’s recommendations. 

    Post # 10
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    1021 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Sassygrn:  Our Ped said we didn’t have to. Her only rule was “no honey until 1 year.” To each their own 🙂

    Post # 11
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    6859 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Cory_loves_this_girl:  You can always call the office with your follow up questions.  But if you really don’t like your pediatrician, my first order of business would be to make a change.  It’s so important to have someone you trust.

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

     

    weddingmaven:  I agree with changing peds.  We finally changed for ped after almost of 2 years because the one we had was not very good

     

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Another vote for skipping the rice cereal. It seems to be more of an old-school recommendation (My MIL was shocked when I wasn’t going to give DD any).

    We started with avocado. I’m a big believer that real foods are better.. and rice cereal seems to processed for my liking, and lacking in nutritional value!

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    PLEASE SKIP IT!!  Recent studies are attributing grain cereal use to the increase in food allergies and obesity in the united states.  These cereals are full of emptyn calories that give your baby a big sugar high and then they crash.  Real food all the way.  Go mama!

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