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I decided that I wanted to start Miss Trinity with rice for her first food, so I cooked up some brown rice with water and I am going to puree it for her. So I put it in the fridge to cool before I mix it with some already refrigerated ebm in the blender, but then I was wondering about reheating. I assume that microwaving is either totally out of the question or at the very least it is less than ideal, so how would I reheat it?? Perhaps put in a baggie in a bowl of warm water like I would the ebm?? Any thoughts??
 

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How old is your DD? If she's over 6 months, I'd just put the rice infront of her and let her go to town. Thats what we did with my DS starting around 6.5 monthsish and now he eats everything (12+ months), it took him a couple months to get the finger work down, but hes an old pro now<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I never mixed ebm with baby food- you can just puree the rice with water for spoon feeding, or let her self feed with cold cooked rice that hasn't had anything done to it.
 

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I agree- just give her the rice. No need to liquefy it. If she's ready for solids, she's ready for self-feeding cooked rice.<br><br>
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First of all, you don't need to warm it for baby. Babies can eat cool foods.<br><br><br>
Secondly, rice spoils very quickly so I would only use it for at most 3 days. If you do reheat it, only reheat what you are using and then toss what baby does not eat. Do not reheat and reheat again. You are asking for bacteria and food poisoning. I don't see why you cannot heat it in the micro if you are careful to stir it afterward and let it cool down.<br><br>
Third, many babies are not ready for solid rice so pureeing is ok but again do not keep it for a long time. I think a better way would be to grind the dry rice and then warm some water each time you want to make it. Add the warm water to a bit of the ground rice, just like making instant oatmeal. You can also add some pureed fruit.<br><br>
Many babies are not ready for actual solids, like real rice, but enjoy purees a great deal. One is not better than the other in terms of feeding solids. It is just what baby is ready for. She can be ready for solids but not ready for self feeding cooked rice. I know that my 9 mos is still gagging and choking on solid solids but enjoys purees a great deal. She will get there. They all take their own time to develop the right tools to chew.
 

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If you really want to reheat it, you could put it in the oven, covered, for 15 or 20 min, put it in a bottle and warm it in water, or stick it in the micro for just a few secs (the reason they say never to microwave breast milk is because it destroys a lot of the nutrition and you don't want to do that to a primary food source, but since this is minor and supplemental, no big deal). But, please don't reheat in plastic! Babies are so much more sensitive to chemicals, and heating plastic (especially a baggie) increases the amount and rate of chemicals leeched by the food.<br><br>
I have to add though, I'm with the whole rice contingency. First foods are about exploring different tastes and textures, not about consuming calories. They already have the perfect food on tap! And a little brown basmati dumped on the high chair tray makes for an exciting sensory experience for little hands and mouths! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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