Pros: Economical, easy to mix, most babies like it!
Cons: None, unless baby is unable to tolerate it.
We have been feeding our granddaughter Brooklyn Gerber Oatmeal and Rice cereals since she was about four months old. It is so easy to mix with her formula and she really enjoys each bite. We like it because the oatmeal and rice cereals have such a good nutritional value.
Gerber Oatmeal Cereal and Rice Cereal
Iron Iron is a very important mineral that your baby needs and one serving (1/4 cup) of Gerber Oatmeal and Rice cereals contain 45 percent of an infant's daily value of iron. Iron maintains the red blood cell count in blood and carries oxygen from the lungs to other parts of your baby's body.
Zinc Zinc is also an important mineral, one serving of Gerber Oatmeal and Rice cereals contain 20 percent of an infant's daily value of zinc. Zinc helps maintain growth, appetite and digestion.
Phosphorus One serving of Gerber Oatmeal cereal contains 15 percent daily value of an infant's daily value of phosphorus. One serving of Gerber Rice cereal contains 10 percent of an infant's daily value of phosphorus. Phosphorus helps to build bones and teeth.
Potassium One serving of Gerber Oatmeal cereal contains 50 mg of potassium. One serving of Gerber Rice cereal contains 20 mg of potassium. Potassium helps regulate acid-base balance, body-water balance and nerve function.
Although most pediatricians do not start infants on food at an early age, we have put rice cereal in Brooklyn's formula so she would go longer between feedings. Her formula was only lasting her for three hours and we had to get her in a better feeding pattern. Now that Brooklyn is over one year of age, we mix her rice and oatmeal cereal with 2% milk. She is able to tolerate this change in her diet.
The main point in mixing baby cereal with formula or milk, is to make sure the liquid is warm or at room temperature. This allows the cereal to mix thoroughly. Brooklyn's favorite fruit that she likes to eat with her cereal is bananas. Some other fruits that I give her with rice or oatmeal cereal is applesauce, apricots, plums, prunes, and pears. When she was first introduced to the cereals, I mixed it to a thin watery texture. Then we gradually increased the mixture until it was thicker and had more consistency. I have always felt that breakfast was the most important meal of the day and whenever Brooklyn eats a good breakfast, I do not worry if she is more picky over her other foods.
The nutrition facts for oatmeal cereal when serving size is 1/4 cup are:
Calories: 60 Total Fat: 1gram Sodium: 0mg Potassium: 50mg Total Carbohydrate: 10 gram Fiber: 1gram Sugars: 0gram Protein: 2gram The daily % value for infants 0-1 year are: Protein: 10% Vitamin A: 0% Vitamin C: 0% Calcium: 15% Iron:45% Vitamin E:15% Thiamin: 45% Riboflavin: 45% Niacin: 25% Phosphorus: 15% Zinc: 20% The daily values for a child from 1-4 years varies slightly.
The main ingredients in oatmeal cereal are oat flour, tri-and dicalcium Phosphate, soy oil-lecithin, tocopherols(vitamin E), electrolytic iron, zinc sulfate, niacinamide, riboflavin (vitamin B-2), and thiamin(vitamin B-1).
Gerber oatmeal cereal for babies comes in an eight ounce box. It sells for about $1.29. This box of cereal will last about two weeks if your baby is eating 1/4 cup daily. You can mix this cereal with formula, 2% milk, water or breast milk. The most important thing to remember is to discard any uneaten cereal. You can serve it at room temperature or warmed. If you heat your liquid in the microwave, please test the temperature before feeding your child. If it is your child's first feeding, I would mix one tablespoon of cereal to 4-5 tablespoons of liquid. You can decrease the liquid when your baby is able to tolerate thicker textures. You can also mix the cereal with Gerber juices as your baby is able to tolerate them.
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