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Does my baby need to have teeth to eat cereals?

36 doctors weighed in
22 doctors agree

In brief: No

Not if the cereal is soft or "runny".

In brief: No

Not if the cereal is soft or "runny".
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Sonja Garden
Be sure cereal is soft and if there are larger pieces they are it small. Babies should always take small bites.
Dr. Thomas Yash
Babies have been gumming Cheerios for years. It is a good finger food. Helps with dexterity.
Dr. Michael Farr
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Nope

It's the same as edentulous (toothless) adults eating.
They can gum the food. Best stick to soft foods that are easily "gumable". Almost all of the baby foods account for this.

In brief: Nope

It's the same as edentulous (toothless) adults eating.
They can gum the food. Best stick to soft foods that are easily "gumable". Almost all of the baby foods account for this.
Dr. Michael Farr
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
They are not chunky so they can swallow them without problems.
Dr. William Moore
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

No. The first 8 teeth that a child gets in the first 15 months of life are not for chewing anyway.
Cereal, pureed fruits and vegetables, and then soft finger foods can be safely ingested before any teeth are present. Ask your doctor about how they prefer to progress through foods in the first year of life. Teeth are not necessary for starting cereal!

In brief: No

No. The first 8 teeth that a child gets in the first 15 months of life are not for chewing anyway.
Cereal, pureed fruits and vegetables, and then soft finger foods can be safely ingested before any teeth are present. Ask your doctor about how they prefer to progress through foods in the first year of life. Teeth are not necessary for starting cereal!
Dr. William Moore
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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

As long as the cereal is a softer texture it should be fine.
It may be worth discussing your childs nutrition with their doctor to set up a good timeline to introduce new foods.

In brief: No

As long as the cereal is a softer texture it should be fine.
It may be worth discussing your childs nutrition with their doctor to set up a good timeline to introduce new foods.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dr. Eyal Simchi
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Dr. David Mjos
Dentistry

In brief: Teeth not necessary

Babies can eat softer food without teeth.
Many adults eat everything without any teeth.

In brief: Teeth not necessary

Babies can eat softer food without teeth.
Many adults eat everything without any teeth.
Dr. David Mjos
Dr. David Mjos
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Babies can eat baby foods and baby cereals, properly prepared so not to be too thick, even if the babies have no teeth.

In brief: No

Babies can eat baby foods and baby cereals, properly prepared so not to be too thick, even if the babies have no teeth.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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