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How can I get my 6 1/2 mo old to like eating cereal?

I've tried both oatmeal and rice cereals and also have mixed in applesauce and bananas in each, but she's still not that interested.

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Asked by Jen371 at 11:34 AM on Jan. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Try one of her favorite veggies in it. or making it with fruit juice.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:37 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Actually rice cereal do nothing but to fill them up more. So there is no big deal if she does not get cereal at all. As long as she is eating the fruits and veggies are the best.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • You could just skip the cereal and try some other foods, there is very little nutrition in cereal, just iron and you could give vitamins with iron if that's a concern

    Answer by TarraJoy at 11:38 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • she's still young. its a new thing to her.

    try fruit, try veggies.

    but take it one at a time in case of allergies.

    Answer by hypermamaz at 11:41 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Give it a week and try again... it may be flavor she doesn't like or it may be the consistency/texture. Experiment with different thicknesses All babies are different, she may never like it or she just might not be ready for it quite yet. (=

    Answer by Krysden at 11:51 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I know most people really push cereals, but it's not because they actually need it. It's primarily to try to fill them up. Babies don't HAVE to eat cereal, so if she doesn't like it, just give her other things she does like.

    Answer by jessradtke at 12:12 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • You don't need to. Offer a fruit or vegetable instead. In a couple of months your baby can eat cheerios and other cereals that are fortified and don't taste so gross. If you really want them to have a little grain, though, just add a little to a fruit or veggie puree.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 12:13 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Have you tasted it? Solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know little about).Many nutritionists now recommend skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breastmilk (or formula). Then baked sweet potato, oatmeal, pumpkin, pureed peas, etc. Jarred baby food tastes awful, is expensive, and you never really know what is in it. Be sure to avoid the allergy trigger foods. This is not a complete list: before age 1, no soy, dairy, wheat, citrus, egg white, strawberries; before age 2 no honey, chocolate, nuts.
    Two great books /websites on feeding babies, with differing philosophies, Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food You should be able to find them at your local library

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:31 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Cereal is pretty gross and really not necessary. It is just a huge amount of iron (most of which isn't bioavailable anyway) and there are other foods your baby can get it from. We never gave it to our son. Try food that tastes better.

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 1:04 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Thanks everyone that answered my question. :)

    Answer by Jen371 at 2:05 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

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