When should I introduce cereal to my baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth.
But by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding..
What cereal is safe for babies?
You can choose a single-grain infant cereal, such as rice, oat, or barley, or a multi-grain option that combines two or more. If you choose cereal as your baby’s first food, it’s a good idea to include grains other than rice so that your baby isn’t only ingesting rice cereal at every meal.
What is the safest baby cereal?
Baby cereal made from oats, barley or quinoa (4 to 5 mg iron per ¼ cup) Alternate brown rice cereal with these nutritious options. All of these cereals are low in arsenic, iron-fortified and easy to prepare.
What happens if you give a baby rice cereal too early?
Before the fourth month, a baby’s tender digestive system simply isn’t equipped to handle solid foods of any sort. In fact, feeding solids too early can lead to problems with food allergies, pulmonary difficulties (from inhaling tiny bits of cereal into their lungs), constipation and other tummy troubles.
Should I start my baby on rice cereal or oatmeal?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends oatmeal cereal for babies with acid reflux. Because of the possible arsenic exposure with rice cereal, experts believe oatmeal is the safer choice. It’s also wheat-free, so won’t irritate your baby’s stomach if she is sensitive or allergic to gluten.