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Should I feed my baby cereal?
Last Updated: 14th June, 2020
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Consequently, is it OK not to give baby cereal?
Don't feed your baby rice cereal—or any other solid food—prior to six months of age. Babies should be exclusively breastfed or given formula (or a combination of breast milk and formula) for the first six months of life.
Secondly, how long should baby eat cereal before other foods? 6 months
Additionally, how many times a day should I feed my baby rice cereal?
Broadly, most babies eat:
- 4 to 6 months: 3 to 4 tablespoons of cereal once a day, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of a vegetable and fruit 1 or 2 times a day.
- 7 months: 3 to 4 tablespoons of cereal once a day, 2 to 3 tablespoons of a vegetable and fruit twice a day, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of a meat and protein food once a day.
Should babies eat rice cereal or oatmeal first?
For years rice cereal was the go-to first food for infants. It's bland, well-tolerated and easy to prepare. This is especially important for breastfed babies because they haven't been exposed to iron-fortified formula. Oatmeal cereal is also bland like rice but has a slightly nutty taste.