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I've been looking at baby food recipes and am determined to make all Remy's food. It seems so easy and cheaper than jarred food. Tyler Florence is suppose to have a great book of babyfood recipes. But upon my search, I found an article about cereal in general and how its not good to feed baby ANY cereal until baby has gotten molars which is after 1 year old. Tell me what you ladies think about it. Makes me think about just going right to veggies. Once we have mastered all veggies then start fruit. It kind of all makes sense to me....
I know that cereals don't have much nutritional value, but they are a good source of iron. I also like to use cereals to help get them used to the whole solid food experience. I mix them with breastmilk so I feel there is some value. Usually at 6 months babies aren't eating meats, so I feel that iron from cereals is important. The iron in fruits/veggies is low. There are some veggies that are high in iron, but not recommended until 8 months or so due to nitrates.
I see nothing wrong with cereals and it's easy to start with. I'm definitely going to check with my pedi on the rice cereal - that's concerning.
We haven't done cereal with either child and don't plan to with Jo. Now, when my kids get older (aka: 9-10 months), I don't have a problem with some goldfish as part of a more nutrient-rich diet. But they are also still nursing at that age and getting what they need from me. The food is a bonus. But I don't see the point of spoon-feeding watery cereal to my kids. I am too lazy for that anyway. Lol. Toss some bananas and sweet potato chunks on their tray and let them have a blast
That's a pretty interesting article, thanks for posting. We were planning on skipping the grains in the early stages of solids anyway. I actually didn't know that about the amylase, which is a pretty reasonable argument for not feeding infants cereals. But anyway, while there may be some arguments against cereals, they do provide iron and typically infants are still receiving breast milk or formula at that point, so they aren't as deprived of nutrition as she's making them out to be.
Avocados, sweet potatoes and bananas were my daughter's first food, I just mixed them with my milk and she loved them... But honestly, she never liked any of the cereals.. If she did, I might have fed her cereal more often, she was so tiny and a very picky eater so I just wanted her to eat ANY food to gain weight. Not sure about this time though.. Will wait and see when baby is ready for solids.
Are you talking about hard cereals (like cheerios) or soft cereal (like oatmeal)?? I imagine you mean hard cereals, but they break down so easily-barely any chewing necessary. Babies are good at mashing up food well before they have teeth. You should be able to give them at least some solids. Free baby food recipes here