My Baby Doesn’t Like Cereal
What happens if your baby doesn’t like cereal?
Don’t worry it’s not the end of the world.
Sometimes, you have to start off very slow when it comes to introducing your baby to new foods. It’s a gradual process.
It’s very important that you start off introducing your baby to new foods one at a time. Besides, there are other solid foods out there that your baby can actually grow accustomed to.
Cereal doesn’t need to be the first main solid food that your baby has. But, if you do want your baby to eventually find love for cereal then there are ways to do that.
Keep in mind that your baby is 6 months or younger, you don’t need to feed them any solid food.
1. Your Baby Craves Nutrition
Sadly, cereal is not all that great for babies if you’re talking about nutrition. It’s actually traditional to give your baby rice cereal as their first solid food.
The reason for that being is because it has iron in it.
But the same can’t be said for commercial cereals.
Commercial cereals will last for years on the grocery shelves because they have all the germ and bran stripped out from it. Besides, commercial cereals contain a lot of sugar.
Although they may taste good, it wouldn’t be considered a healthy choice for your baby.
And as a mother, you should want your baby to be exposed to only healthy foods.
It might not be such a bad thing if your baby doesn’t like cereal. But if you absolutely want your baby to enjoy eating cereal, at least consider starting your baby off with the healthy cereals first.
2. Add Fruits and Veggies
If you’ve tried everything and your baby still doesn’t like cereal, maybe that’s a sign you should move on to other options.
You can never go wrong with fruits and vegetables!
Many doctors actually prefer babies to consume fruits and vegetables over anything else. Fruits and vegetables are known to be a terrific choice for your baby.
Fruits, such as avocados, are rich in oils and nutrients.
Maybe giving your baby something sweet like sweet potato can motivate them more. Besides, sweet potatoes contain vitamin A and they taste amazing.
It’s true; most babies do prefer sweeter fruits than vegetables. However, it might be better to introduce them to vegetables first.
Let them develop a taste for vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., then introduce them to fruits.
3. Practice the “4-Day Wait” Rule
When you’re introducing new foods to your baby, make sure that you’re introducing the foods one at a time
If you’re introducing your baby to foods all at once, your baby won’t be able to tell the difference between each food. That’s why you should follow the “four-day wait” rule.
The “four-day wait rule” gives your baby enough time to develop a taste for each food. So if you really want your baby to focus on cereal, continue to introduce your baby to cereal until they can get a sense of how it looks and what it tastes like.
Also, by introducing your baby to new food over the span of several days, you’ll be able to take a more accurate analysis of your baby’s reaction to the food.
4. Don’t Force Interest
It’s hard when you want your baby to try something new. It’s also hard when you want your baby to try something new and they’re not finding a liking to it.
However, it’s very important not to try and force your baby to like something they don’t like.
The only thing forcing it will lead to is both you and your baby becoming miserable.
If your baby is not liking the cereal, do not give it to them.
First, they may not be ready for it.
Second, the cereal could be upsetting their stomach.
Always trust your baby. That is the most important thing you can do as a mother. Because there could be a good reason why your baby isn’t interested in cereal.
5. Explore Foods Better Than Cereal
Some pediatricians say that rice cereal isn’t always the best option when you are trying to start your baby on solid.
But don’t be discouraged!
There are plenty of healthier options that are rich in iron and nutrients to feed your baby.
Below are some other healthy foods:
- Red meat
- Dark poultry
- Egg yolks
- Baby cereal made from oats
6. More About Rice Cereal
Although rice cereal contains iron, it’s a kind of iron that doesn’t absorb well.
However, the iron found in some of the meats listed above is easy to absorb. Non-heme iron, which is found in rice cereal, is hard to absorb. But not only is non-heme iron found in rice cereal, it’s also found in beans, lentils, enriched pasta, left greens, dried fruits, etc.
If you want your baby’s growth and development to continue successfully, your baby will eventually need 11 milligrams of iron per day.
It is very important to know the wants and needs of your baby.
If you notice your baby doesn’t like something, move forward accordingly with that valuable information.
You can never force your baby to like something. Your baby has to learn to love something first before you can force it on them.
Remember. If your baby doesn’t like cereal, that’s totally a-okay! There are other foods out there that your baby can learn to love instead.
This is a learning curve for both you and your baby. Besides, there is no rush.
Your baby will show signs of readiness for solids around 6 months. The first solid you introduce to your baby does not have to be cereal.