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Can I skip rice cereal/oatmeal/whole grains for my 6 month old and go straight to veggies & fruits?

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Dr. Gary Snead
ADHD & Autism

In brief: Yes

The common recommendation is to start with cereals, specifically rice cereal.
That said, there is no reason to require that as the first step. You could start with a vegetable, preferably yellow/orange type, or with a fruit. But include the cereals in the advancement of the diet, don't skip them altogether. By 6 months, the baby should get 2 servings daily of each, cereal, fruit, vegetable.

In brief: Yes

The common recommendation is to start with cereals, specifically rice cereal.
That said, there is no reason to require that as the first step. You could start with a vegetable, preferably yellow/orange type, or with a fruit. But include the cereals in the advancement of the diet, don't skip them altogether. By 6 months, the baby should get 2 servings daily of each, cereal, fruit, vegetable.
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine

In brief: No

Cereal is part of;weaning.

In brief: No

Cereal is part of;weaning.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

There is no perfect pattern to start infant solids.
Each item may trigger a vomiting/diarrhea or other reaction that may require hospital care, but most kids don't. Cereals are good 1st foods with low risk of allergy. One item at a time separated by 4 or more days allows you to assess food reactions. Offer food items based on what you feed your family rather than the interesting names on jars.

In brief: Yes

There is no perfect pattern to start infant solids.
Each item may trigger a vomiting/diarrhea or other reaction that may require hospital care, but most kids don't. Cereals are good 1st foods with low risk of allergy. One item at a time separated by 4 or more days allows you to assess food reactions. Offer food items based on what you feed your family rather than the interesting names on jars.
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