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    Default Why should I feed cereal?

    Aidan is 7 months old. He started solids at 6 months and enjoys a variety of veggies and fruits. I made the decision not to start him on cereal, but lately I feel as though I may have made a mistake.

    I attend a weekly play date every Wednesday. All 10 moms have started their babies on solids--they ALL started with cereal. I asked why...their response, "because that's what all the books say to do." Fair enough. But when I tell them that Aidan has skipped cereal I feel like a friggin' leper. Everything I have read states that cereal isn't a must.

    So I guess my question (after my long rant) is...is it okay that I didn't start with cereal? Should I be concerned with Aidan's iron intake? I feed him veggies and fruits that contain iron. He also eats chicken.

    TIA for the advice.

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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    You want me to tell you that you don't need cereal? I'll do you one better. It's totally not needed and neither is anything else at this age!!! How many of those other mothers are still EBF? Because you could skip meal all day and night and it won't make a bit of difference! Your baby is getting everything he needs from you!

    Cereal is highly processed, had verly little nutritional value except the iron they add to it and why waste time making and feeding your baby mush?
    I can't think of one good reason!
    Isn that enough? Let me know if you need anymore!
    DJ got all his extra iron at that age from watermelon. If you are worried have you Pedi check his iron at your next well baby appointment!

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    Thanks for the response. I know what I am doing is right...I guess it's easy to second guess yourself when EVERYONE around you is doing the opposite. Oh well...I guess the positive is...I don't have to deal with a constipated baby.

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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aidan's mom View Post
    Thanks for the response. I know what I am doing is right...I guess it's easy to second guess yourself when EVERYONE around you is doing the opposite. Oh well...I guess the positive is...I don't have to deal with a constipated baby.
    Or make it or buy it or DEAL with it....

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    I have been surrounded by people who look at me like I have two heads all my life - you get used to it! Imagine when I came to visit the family with my bag of cloth dipes....

    Good luck mama. Shelly has a fine way of putting things in one great nutshell!!!! Keep it up - never second guess yourself
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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Number3 View Post
    Good luck mama. Shelly has a fine way of putting things in one great nutshell!!!! Keep it up - never second guess yourself
    She does, doesn't she? Thanks for the support!

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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    plus, (and im not sure where i read this or the Exact number) but only like 14% of the iron in cereals is even absorbed by your baby! also, a (fullterm) baby has enough iron stored to last 6 months W/O any Additional iron being added...now that iron will not last forever and ever but veggies and chicken are not fortified with iron....so they are a much better natural source...
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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    I'm not to that stage yet (son is 3 months) but my best friend never did cereal with her two babies and that is my plan as well. As pp mentioned it doesn't have much to offer the baby and instead you could be feeding banana, avocado, mushed up veggies, etc. with lots of vitamins and other healthy things! You can find a book that says just about everything when it comes to raising kids... Go with your gut, it sounds like you're a great mom. And maybe you can teach your playdate moms something??

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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    Here's an interesting article from askdrsears.com.

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000.asp

    It doesn't say you shouldn't feed cereal, but it did say this "Cereals are often suggested as a way to fill baby up, lengthening the interval between feedings, and even sleeping longer at night. This "filler fallacy" is an unwise feeding pattern. Cereal is not nearly as nutritious as breastmilk or formula. Besides, this practice rarely works. "

    It does says bananas are the perfect first food, and also suggests rice cereal. Interesting stuff!

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    Default Re: Why should I feed cereal?

    Here's one more... says "Cereal is not at all necessary"

    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...rst-foods.html

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