DS had rice cereal only because someone gave me a box and we used it mostly to thicken the purees I made for him (DH liked to feed him). DD hasn't had any rice cereal and very little puréed food. At 9 months she's loves to eat what we are eating!
We don't do rice cereal either. We don't do any purees or spoonfeeding. What you are doing is fine :)
OMG, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Ladies !!!!
You all have confirmed by beliefs and boosted my confidence ! I feel like a powerful go getter mommy again !!!
It's so wonderful to have other mommies with the same ideas and beliefs as me.
To reply to manitobamommy, the DC said they "HAVE" to feed her rice cereal or else they won't get paid by the USDA.....what ever happened to the parents rights and decisions ??? I'm standing firm on this one and not letting them make decisions about my child for me.
Anywho, thank you all again ! This is such a wonderful blessing and wonderful site to go to for support !
God Bless !!!!
I am actually very opposed to feeding babies grains. From the research I have done (and I can post the link to several studies if you are interested) babies don't have the pancreatic amylase to digest any grains until AT LEAST 8 months of age. Add in the fact that ALL rice has arsenic in it and it just seems like a poor first choice. We did avocado first and then banana. Bananas are a great first food because they actually have amylase in them! I think you are very wise to question rice cereal as a first food!:clap
We never gave her rice cereal or "baby" food of any kind. We just gave her soft stuff she could "gum" or suck or lick or whatever. :) They learn the gag reflux quickly when they are allowed to handle their own food. Mind gagged plenty of times but never choked on her food.
We watched her very very closely though as she was learning.
We bought rice cereal but our babies didn't like it. It's processed crap, I believe with the main goal of rice cereal is to make the companies lots of money.
Re the daycare. Keep repeating to yourself "I'm the mom, I'm the mom". You are paying them for crying out loud, they need to feed your LO what YOU want not what THEY want.