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i've heard that gerber box cereals arent really all that nutritious for babies, and it's better to make your own. i ground up some oatmeal in a food processor but my ped says it doesnt have enough iron. is this true. what other cereals should i try?
 

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There's really no reason to give cereal. I never did, I just did soft ground-up meats for iron and let her eat all the veggies and fruits she wanted. Egg yolks are good for iron too. Cereal is very hard to digest, unless it's highly refined in which case it's nutritionally deficient and constipating too. Personally I think cereal should be the *last* food introduced. Also, the iron in cereal is an additive, and there are doubts about its bioavailability.
 

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ITA with spughy. egg yolk and avocado and veggies are great first foods. cereal is also a little iffy, b/c you have to spoon-feed the baby and they can't regulate it at all. cutting food into tiny pieces can not only give the child the ability to self-regulate, but it also clues you into whether or not they are ready to eat solids (watch for that pincer grasp!)
 

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Cereals are not a good "starter" food. Dd's first cereal was puffed rice (like rice krispies) that she fed herself.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I've never really done cereals myself, but if your baby is breastfeeding (not sure if you are or not) you shouldn't have an issue with iron.<br><br>
My first foods for the kids have typically been avocados or bananas. Also, we don't spoon-feed as it's easier for the child to self-regulate if they're self-feeding. (If they're unable to self-feed, they shouldn't be eating, IMO). DD (11 months in one day) is just now beginning to eat and is attempting self-spoon feeding on her own. Otherwise she just shoves it in her mouth! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
But, to answer your question, perhaps other iron-rich foods would best serve your needs if that's a concern...instead of cereal.
 

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I agree that cereals aren't the greatest of starter foods. When we did get around to doing cereal (and it wasn't until I was ready to mess around with giving them b'fast which was close to a year) I just gave them some of my oatmeal in the morning. While commercial baby cereals are iron fortified it's a very poorly absorbed form of iron that tends to cause more constipation then anything. It can also interfere with iron absorption from natural sources such as breastmilk. Here's a great link on <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/first-foods.html" target="_blank">first foods.</a>
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: to all of the above
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Cereals are not a good "starter" food. Dd's first cereal was puffed rice (like rice krispies) that she fed herself.<br><br>
-Angela</div>
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Those are just about the most highly processed food you could eat!
 

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When she is ready of course...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She is only 3 months right now and is totally a milkie baby...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Those are just about the most highly processed food you could eat!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Yeah, not the most nutritious thing around. But I had a kid who A. would only self feed B. wouldn't get messy (AT ALL) and C. wasn't really interested in food. It was far more for entertainment than nutrition. Out of the one box we bought I'd be shocked if she ate more than 1/3 cup over the whole time we had it.... Probably much closer to a few tablespoons total...<br><br>
-Angela
 
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