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Old 04-10-2012, 08:33 PM   #11
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We have never really given cereal. It is unlikely that your daughter needs anything but breastmilk yet you could easily ebf her for several more months and then start introducing fruit and veggies. Lots of people skip puree too and follow a baby led weaning technique. Poppy is 16 months and still primarily nurses. Her choice not ours. We offer her a wide variety of food but she is mostly not interested.
My ped recommends introducing before 12 months for texture reasons. I don't plan on starting anything for another month or two

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Old 04-11-2012, 08:02 AM   #12
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What are the benefits? What's the purpose of doing grains first? Vs jumping into fruits veggies
My ped told us to start cereal first because it's fortified with iron. She said babies are born with the iron they need for about the first six months and after that need to get it from their food (if they are breast fed). We still haven't started solids (ds is 5 months). She recommended cereal and veggies or fruit to start at 6 months.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:07 AM   #13
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My LO is 8 months and I am not introducing grains until 12 mos. Early intro of grains can lead to gluten intolerance. Rice cereal has no nutritional value and EBF babies do not need extra iron. Currently, he doesn't eat enough to talk about, but he has tasted peppers, onions, beans, and apples.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:14 AM   #14
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My LO is 8 months and I am not introducing grains until 12 mos. Early intro of grains can lead to gluten intolerance. Rice cereal has no nutritional value and EBF babies do not need extra iron. Currently, he doesn't eat enough to talk about, but he has tasted peppers, onions, beans, and apples.
This. But my lo is 5 months. I've just started giving him bits of food. Cereal will/can constipate them as well. Food before one is just for fun. Their nutritional needs are met through breast milk. If you are really worried about iron deficiency, they make liquid vitamins for babies.

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What are the benefits? What's the purpose of doing grains first? Vs jumping into fruits veggies
Rice cereal really has no nutritional benefits. If you make it yourself then it won't have iron in it which is usually the only reason peds want babies eating it. But I'm not going to have my baby's first food be highly processed, white rice If you are worried about iron, then you can do meat, or iron supplements. But I have never worried about my kids' iron levels.

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My LO is 8 months and I am not introducing grains until 12 mos. Early intro of grains can lead to gluten intolerance. Rice cereal has no nutritional value and EBF babies do not need extra iron. Currently, he doesn't eat enough to talk about, but he has tasted peppers, onions, beans, and apples.
Yes, this is one of the big reasons, I'm holding off on grains too. Many family members have recently found out that they are intolerant to gluten. Many of their health problems have cleared up once they cut out gluten. So I'm not introducing grains as a first food, but fruits and veggies.

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This. But my lo is 5 months. I've just started giving him bits of food. Cereal will/can constipate them as well. Food before one is just for fun. Their nutritional needs are met through breast milk. If you are really worried about iron deficiency, they make liquid vitamins for babies.
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Gerber brown rice. But sparingly. Lots of veggies first, then fruits.
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Research shows that regardless of offering veggies or fruit first - most kids will always prefer the sweeter item (fruit). So it really doesn't matter

My daughter loved parsnips the most. I assume because it has a very strong flavor as opposed to most blander veggies.

And yes, cereal is highly controversial right now.
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thank you for this post! It was very helpful for me!
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Re: What brand rice cereal did you start on?

We started with bananas and moved to avocados. When I did introdue rice cereal (earths best organic) my poor baby got constipated. Now I give cereal only if it's mixed with prunes, pears, or anything I can add to offset the constipation the cereal causes
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I used black and decker chopper I think it was and it was great. used friuit juices for liquids.
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