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To rice or not to rice

  1. Mrs. Pickles

    kiwi / 584 posts

    Thanks everyone for your insight!

    With DS 1 we started rice at 4months and he did very well so I'm just seeing what the options will be for DS 2,
    I totally agree about arsenic in rice it's so scary that's why i'll probably go the oatmeal route if our ped says ok but I'm interested in starting with veggies first so I'll speak with him about that
    DS 2 definitely watches us when we eat and has a lot of interest in what we are doing, he has great head control and likes to sit up with less tongue thrusting going on

  2. ElbieKay

    pomegranate / 3226 posts

    We skipped baby cereals. Started with purees at 5mos. And bread. My 5mo would maul an entire piece of multigrain bread while my husband cheered and I nervously hoped he didn't choke.

    He turned 19mo today, and this morning he asked for bread and butter for breakfast.

  3. littlejoy

    pomegranate / 3375 posts

    @Mrs. Pickles: Your plan of oatmeal sounds good! We skipped cereals, since we didn't introduce food until 7 months, and did BLW. BUT, if we had done it, we would have done the oatmeal, as it has nutritional value.

    If your doctor is supportive, you could also mix veggies with the oatmeal.

  4. SweetiePie

    honeydew / 7463 posts

    Things like this that are so polarizing and no "right or wrong" answer, I honestly just follow my ped's lead. She said we should introduce at 4-5 months (based on his existing "eating" habits, weight, interest in our food, head control, etc) and really said we could do anything in terms of cereal vs fruit vs veggies.
    I think cereals are more to get them used to the idea, it's bland, gentle, etc. If I remember correctly we did try oatmeal or a multigrain cereal at first. He didn't care for it. I tried squash the next time and he gobbled it. He was never into oatmeal or cereals but I think that's because he just loves food and flavor and said "gimme the good stuff, mama!"
    You really can't go wrong. When something has so many answers and opinions, I take comfort in knowing I can't really mess it up

  5. daniellemybelle

    cantaloupe / 6669 posts

    We started with sweet potato puree. I think oatmeal was next. We did feed her rice a little bit at one point. I'm not against it and I think it's overly vilified but there are a lot of other purees that are more nutritious than rice cereal.

  6. Raindrop

    grapefruit / 4731 posts

    We get the oatmeal cereal only because we make rice porridge at home (boiling normal rice with lots of water till it's super soft) to feed him. We are Asian and I grew up on rice porridge as a baby.


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