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Do you have to feed a baby cereal?

Just wondering if a baby has to have cereal first or can you just start them on the first foods?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:59 PM on Mar. 22, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I give my dd cereal in her bottle....but as far as 'eatting' goes.....she had first foods first. and she loved them!
    TNT8687

    Answer by TNT8687 at 9:00 PM on Mar. 22, 2009

  • You can choose to feed a baby whatever you want. Your the parent. But I did feed my baby girl cereal. She loves her oatmeal w/fruit! The main reason they tell you to start with cereal because of the whole allergy thing.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:01 PM on Mar. 22, 2009

  • Cereal shouldn't be given in a bottle...choking risk....and no, you don't have to give it at all! Mashed avocado or banana are easy, healthy first foods.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 9:02 PM on Mar. 22, 2009

  • Cereal SHOULD be given in a bottle when the doctor says to do it because she is 3 weeks old and can't sleep....if you do it right then it's perfectly fine!!
    TNT8687

    Answer by TNT8687 at 9:05 PM on Mar. 22, 2009

  • You should start to introduce solids at 4 months, cereal is considered solids. Doctors recommend starting with cereal first. Not sure if you could start stage 1 baby food first.
    Actually, they make a stage 1 cereal mixed with fruit, but it's thicker.
    mamaada

    Answer by mamaada at 9:05 PM on Mar. 22, 2009

  • You do not need to start with cereal first. Other good first foods are, small bits of soft ripe banana, avocado, cooked sweet potato. Check out First Foods for Baby at http://www.llli.org/FAQ/firstfoods.html "Commercial, iron-fortified cereals are often the first foods served to babies who are not breastfeeding because they need the extra iron, but breastfed babies are rarely anemic as the iron in human milk is well-utilized. If there is concern about the baby's iron levels, a simple test can be done in the doctor's office."

    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 11:09 PM on Mar. 22, 2009

  • Unless baby is found to be iron deficient then there is no need for cereal.
    You can skip it and try regular foods when baby is ready.
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 12:27 AM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • "Cereal SHOULD be given in a bottle when the doctor says to do it because she is 3 weeks old and can't sleep....if you do it right then it's perfectly fine!! "

    On a doctor's orders...which are generally for reflux, not sleep....yes.

    But sleep happens or not no matter what you do. (We ran a poll on the breastfeeding moms group some time ago...overwhelmingly it was found that cereal made babies wake more rather than sleep more! Not scientific, I know...but interesting in light of the rampant belief that it makes babies sleep.)

    Babies sleep when THEY are ready to. What you do makes little difference.

    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:46 AM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • Cereal has almost no nutritional value, and the massive amounts of iron can be very constipating. We skipped cereal entirely, and we didn't start any other solids until 6 months. Babies don't NEED solids at all until they're a year old anyway. Before then it's just for fun and practice.
    Ati_13

    Answer by Ati_13 at 1:11 AM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • Not necessary.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 8:12 AM on Mar. 23, 2009

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