How to prepare & store infant cereal

  • Infant cereal is typically the first solid food Supported Sitters try.
  • For your baby's first cereal feeding, mix 1 tablespoon of cereal with 4-5 tbsp. breastmilk or infant formula.
  • Feed infant cereal using a spoon, never from a bottle, unless instructed by your pediatrician.
  • Store cereal in a cool, dry place and use within 30 days after opening.

The first solid food typically introduced to babies at this stage is single-grain infant cereals, because it’s easy to digest and an excellent source of Iron.

Preparing infant cereal
To begin, mix about 1 tablespoon of infant cereal with 4-5 tbsp. of breastmilk or infant formula. Using breastmilk or formula that your baby is used to will help with a new flavor introduction. Your baby’s first bite of “solids” should be runny—closer to a milk consistency. If she’s okay with that texture, try gradually reducing breastmilk or formula to make the cereal thicker.

Warming infant cereal
Warm prepared cereal at 50% power in a microwave for 15-30 seconds, and then stir to even out the temperature. Remember to always test the temperature before feeding.

Feeding infant cereal
For her first taste of infant cereal, put a dab of it onto her lip with a soft, infant spoon. When you put a little food into her mouth, don’t be surprised if it pops right back out onto her tongue. It’s a natural reflex, and eventually she’ll swallow more than she spits out.

Storing infant cereal
Store your baby’s cereal in a cool, dry place and use within 30 days of opening.

Top Tip

Always feed cereal from a spoon instead of a bottle to help develop her feeding skills unless directed by your pediatrician.

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