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Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

No: Despite what some grandmothers will say, cereal feeding has not been proven to help babies sleep better. It can lead to constipation or overfeeding, though, and possibly food allergies if given prior to 4 months. ...Read more

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What is the first food for babies-- white rice cereal?

What is the first food for babies-- white rice cereal?

A common choice: Rice cereal is a common early solid due to its low frequency of allergic reactions.The actual first solid may be something mashed up from the dinner table. I encourage parents to only try the common staple foods they normally use. ...Read more

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Which is better for babies: BeechNut or Gerber rice cereal?

Which is better for babies: BeechNut or Gerber rice cereal?

Cannot endorse: We are not able to specifically endorse one brand over another. That being said, most mainstream products are similar. Organic products are likely superior in quality and nutritional value ...Read more

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Is rice cereal the best first food for babies? Or can I start with fruits and vegetables?

Is rice cereal the best first food for babies? Or can I start with fruits and vegetables?

Start with Rice: Rice cereal is a better choice to start with because it is very easy to digest and less likey to cause GI upset or allergies. ...Read more

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At what point, if at all, do babies generally stop eating rice cereal?

At what point, if at all, do babies generally stop eating rice cereal?

Varies.: I'd stop it right away if there is constipation, otherwise whenever the child can handle grain rice. Or when you find a grain you like better. ...Read more

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Rice allergy with infant? Is that ok since whiteout says rice cereal is bad anyway?

Rice allergy with infant? Is that ok since whiteout says rice cereal is bad anyway?

RICE ALLERGY?: Among the cereals when first intruducing solid foods, rice cereal is the safest. Mothers are advised to give cereals one by one to avoid allergy especially to wheat. During diarrhea, we give rice cereal to the diet. ...Read more

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Is it possible that baby rice cereal can cause some type of allergy in some babies? 7 month old baby couldn't poop until i took him off of baby cereal

Is it possible that baby rice cereal can cause some type of allergy in some babies? 7 month old baby couldn't poop until i took him off of baby cereal

Constipating foods: You will find that rice cereal, bananas and apple sauce are often constipating foods. It is not an allergic effect. Loosening foods include juices like apple or prune and various fruits like peaches or prunes. ...Read more

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At what age can you start adding rice cereal to a baby's bottle at night?

At what age can you start adding rice cereal to a baby's bottle at night?

Dont need to: No need to add rice to baby's bottle unless it is for a medical reason like reflux. Starting baby foods, that is feeding rice cereal watered down with breast milk or formula and feeding it with a spoon can begin at 4 to 6mo of age. ...Read more

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My 6 mo old is on formula/baby food. Should I put rice cereal in bottle before bed? Is it bad for teeth for him to wake up and eat at night?

My 6 mo old is on formula/baby food.  Should I put rice cereal in bottle before bed?  Is it bad for teeth for him to wake up and eat at night?

Bad habits: A baby should be taught to eat waking up, and never when going to bed. Cereal in the bottle has never produced a proven benefit on university study. If you teach a baby to include eating as a bedtime ritual, expect 4X the number of sleep issues than those without. ...Read more

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