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    Default Substitutes to Rice Cereal?

    I started giving my 5mo DS a small amount of rice cereal mixed with his usual prepared formula, (maybe half a table spoon total once mixed) before his bottle once a day and he seems to be taking it okay, just wanting to slowly wean him onto solids.

    What else could I start trying him on without too much waste? I don't want to buy the puréed food pouches and such because if he is only eating a tiny amount to get him used to it, that's a whole lot wasted.

    Sorry if this doesn't make much sense, I'm kinda clueless as a FTM aha n.n"


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    We ditched the rice cereal after one go with it and changed to baby porridge (raffetys) it's much finer than normal porridge and much tastier than rice cerial.

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    I started my DD on solids just before she hit 6mnths. I used to give her mashed banana (you could just mash a bit of the end and eat the rest yourself). I also used to cook meals in the slow cooker. Throw some oats, water, diced apple and cinnamon in a slow cooker for the day then use the potato masher to squish it all up. It is soft enough for them to manage and she had no problems with it. Cooking like that means you can freeze it into small portions (like in an ice cube tray) so there is minimal wastage. Plus, I could eat everything I fed her and it tasted good so I just ate the rest if she didn't like it.

    If they are ready for solids babies can handle small soft lumps from the start. It doesn't necessarily have to be pureed. You just have to watch them with every new food to be sure they can manage it ok and don't have a reaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil M View Post
    We ditched the rice cereal after one go with it and changed to baby porridge (raffetys) it's much finer than normal porridge and much tastier than rice cerial.
    Do you just get that from the grocery store? He doesn't seem to like the taste of the rice cereal aha.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tildy View Post
    I started my DD on solids just before she hit 6mnths. I used to give her mashed banana (you could just mash a bit of the end and eat the rest yourself). I also used to cook meals in the slow cooker. Throw some oats, water, diced apple and cinnamon in a slow cooker for the day then use the potato masher to squish it all up. It is soft enough for them to manage and she had no problems with it. Cooking like that means you can freeze it into small portions (like in an ice cube tray) so there is minimal wastage. Plus, I could eat everything I fed her and it tasted good so I just ate the rest if she didn't like it.

    If they are ready for solids babies can handle small soft lumps from the start. It doesn't necessarily have to be pureed. You just have to watch them with every new food to be sure they can manage it ok and don't have a reaction.
    That probably explains why my mama gave me ice trays in my baby shower hamper xD thanks for your tips! :3


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    I actually used organic weetbix. I initially started with half a weetbix and a fair bit of milk. I would make it really mushy, then as they got used to the consistency would put less and less milk in.

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    If you're still wanting the ease and consistency of a rice cereal OP, you could try Nestle's 'Cerealac', (not sure of the spelling) it has a wheat cereal that you could use as your 'base' and then introduce your vegies and fruits etc into it. You can just put boiled water in it, if you didn't want to add the formula. A box tends to last a while for one baby and you can keep it in an airtight container to keep it fresh like normal cereals.

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    You can try making quinoa porridge - a lot more nutrients than rice - I just bought organic quinoa puffs from the health food shop ( looks like tiny rice bubbles!) and just mix with formula and add mashed pear or banana and gave him loaded spoons (we did baby led weaning which I highly recommend!)

    Also start giving him thick cut cucumber sticks to suck on - great for learning to pick things up and self feeding plus if they are cold will help with teething - I used to dip mine in goats yogurt or hummus

    Also at that age try offer solids after his formula as you do not want him filling up before his milk as that is far more important at this age!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BatmansMama View Post
    Do you just get that from the grocery store? He doesn't seem to like the taste of the rice cereal aha.


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