(Closed) Rice Cereal for Babies

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m still pregnant, so we obviously aren’t feeding our baby solids yet, but we plan on making our own brown rice cereal rather than buying processed cereal.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did, but Addie never really took to.  If you ever try the stuff, you’ll understand why.  Blech!  It’s awful!  As our doctor explained it, rice cereal is usually just to “practice” eating anyway, so you can definitely skip it, if you want to.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

We fed Dirty Delete the processed oatmeal and the processed rice.  She only really ate it for a month or so before she refused it and wanted only veggies, so a lot of it went to waste.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

bananas were, and still are one of addies favorites.   i am sure he would appreciate that a lot more than rice cereal.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My daughter will be 5 months on the 24th of this week and had her first taste of food last week. We’ve started consistantly giving her solids every evening this week. We skipped rice all together because I don’t see much nutritional value in it. I found this article interesting and thought it might help with your decision too  http://www.pediatricnews.com/article/S0031-398X%2809%2970296-6/fulltext We may introduce oatmeal at some point but her first foods have been pears and bananas. I also tried her with applesauce and she wasn’t too thrilled with it so we’ll try again at a later date. In my opinion every child is different and its hard to say what will work best for yours but for my child I just didn’t think it was necessary. Then again I’m doing things a little less traditionally anyways. I really wanted to try baby-led weaning with my daughter but felt she was ready for food before the 6 month guideline so I’m doing my own modified version. I’ll hold a big piece of soft banana and let her gum it, and I mash up pears but not as finely as a puree. We’ll be doing similar things with the other foods we plan to introduce in the next few weeks. I definitely don’t want her getting used to just sucking food down without chewing right before I plan on giving her some finger foods.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We did start giving it to him in his bottle at 5 months, out of pure desperation and praying that it would help him sleep longer at night. Once I realized that brown rice cereal was available, I switched him to that. 

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Prior to a couple weeks ago I was all about listening to whatever my pediatrician recommended, but I recently went to my chiropracter who informed me that infants do not have the digestive enzymes to appropriately break down rice and grains typically until they are over a year old.  I thought it was a bunch of baloney because why would the pediatrician recommend it, and it not be developmentally appropriate…so I came home and researched it, and much to my surprise many of the articles I found seem to indicate that is the truth.  So when I get to the point of introducing solid foods to the baby, I will not be introducing rice cereals.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I gave my son white rice cereal because the bottle wasn’t filling him up anymore around 5 months. He’s a perfect weight =) and healthy almost 7 year old now. I don’t usually listen to things like that video… I already know every single thing were eating or even breathing is bad for us lol. While it doesn’t help the baby much it doesn’t hurt them either and it’s a good step from liquid to solid. To each their own =)

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Rice cereal is not harmful to baby. And, it, and oat cereal are recommened by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as foods the immature infant tummy CAN handle. They are not meant to provide 100% nutrition, as baby is still on formula or breast milk at this time, the same as whatever solids one introduces do not provide 100% nutritition. The Academy has considered recently whether to change the introduction of “starches” until later due to the noted recent obesity epidemic– however babies have been eating broken down rice and oatmeal cereals MANY years before the obesity issue. One could think there is a small chance of link– but is more likely to be the combination of later things such as french fries, TV/screen time, video games, and (PROCESSED!) chicken nuggets our toddlers eat until they are 20.  Otherwise, solids, starting with baby food vegetables are recommended to be introduced one food per week (so you can monitor for any allergies), with fruits and sweeter things introduced later. Good luck. =o)

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are not introducing solids until 6 months even though DS has been showing an interest in food for the past few weeks (He’s around your son’s age, 4.5 months). Since he has food allergies we will be introducing rice cereal as rice is one of the least likely foods for him to be allergic to. His pedicatric GI doctor then recommended to follow with yellow veggies, gluten-free oatmeal, and fruits. He said to stay away from green veggies like peas and legumes until closer to a year since they are more likely to cause a problem. I know this is rather specific to us and our needs and most babies do not have a problem with what type of solids they are given, but this is what we will be doing. I will also be making all of DS’s food, including his rice cereal as an extra precaution (I was always going to make it anyway, but even more so now). 

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