Baby cereals, also known as rice cereals, often get a bad reputation. It’s basically just powder that you mix up with either water or breast milk depending on the cereal in question and the age of your child.
While many mothers would never introduce their baby to this kind of cereals, other moms swear by them. It’s important to note that some children are super picky and these rice cereals have been lifesavers. Take this mom for example:
My baby really digs these cereals. While he’s open to trying other foods, it’s great that even when he’s sick or simply not in the mood for anything else, he will always eat those cereals. It’s great to have them on hand, so when he gets sick, he will have something to eat.
Let’s look at some of the negative arguments and our responses.
- Breastmilk and formula are better for your baby as they are richer in iron, vitamins, and minerals. We can’t argue with that and we also agree that the cereals shouldn’t replace breast milk. The cereals should serve as a phase between the milk and more solids.
- Fresh is always best. Yes, we agree, but how many babies will eat fruits and vegetables right off the bat? Well, you may be one of the lucky ones, but many babies will push them away due to taste, texture and simply being picky. The sweeter rice cereals will give them not only something in their tummies but also vitamins and minerals. While parents should always offer fresh first, it’s a great backup solution.
- Rice cereals are simply not healthy. We can agree with this if you were planning on only giving your baby rice cereals. But using it as a breakfast or as an occasional meal when your baby is sick and wants nothing else, it could be a lifesaver.
Let’s look at some of the positive arguments.
- It’s inexpensive. During a time where everything ends up on the floor anyway, it’s a great solution to not have a starving baby.
- It’s not too hard to digest. During these earlier months, your baby’s body goes through many changes. However, rice cereals are only harder to digest if you introduce them way too early, like before six months.
- It introduces your baby to new flavors and textures: Some of the cereals, like the Nestle Gerber one we’ve featured below, changes in texture and in flavors as your child gets older. The starter one is smooth and creamy, but everything above 12 months is a bit more grainy, has pieces of oats and fruits, and has more complex flavors, like cherry and blueberry.
One of the ones we’ve found to be good is the Baby Gourmet Creamy Brown Rice. It’s organic and whole grain, and it’s dairy free, gluten free, and is an excellent source of iron and B vitamin.Click on the photo for the price on Amazon.
This is the Nestle Gerber. The example below is from 6 months, but these continue up until 12 months. However, some people continue to use them for their kids up until 2 or 3 years old. In this one, you’ll get probiotics, iron, B vitamins, vitamins E and C, zinc and calcium. Click on the photo for the price on Amazon.
Do you give your baby rice cereals? What’s your take on them? Leave your positive responses below to help new moms make an educated choice for their baby.