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Should I feed my baby cereal?

Last Updated: 14th June, 2020

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There certainly are reasons why baby cereal is a logical choice for first food. It's generally easy to digest and iron-fortified which most babies need. It is also considered to be a low-allergen food (particularly rice cereal). 4? However, these needs can also be met via naturally iron-rich foods.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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Should I start my baby on cereal or vegetables?

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How much baby food should a 6 month old eat?

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Can I feed my baby cereal at night?

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