Baby rice cereal is a way to supplement the nutrition you receive from breast milk or formula feeding. Talk to your pediatrician before adding any solid foods to your baby’s diet, as you can evaluate if your 3-month-old is ready to start eating different foods. Buy a set of cups and spoons if not already a little and make sure you have plenty of bibs and wipes for cleaning. A 3-month-old feeding can be a messy process.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
- Things You’ll Need
- Patovic seat or food
- Bib or cloth
- rice cereal 1 tablespoon
- 3 to 5 tablespoons breast milk or formula
Tips & Warnings
- Evaluate your 3-month-old solid food by searching for the following indicators. Your baby should have developed some control over your head, for example, you can hold it erect for a period of time. The tongue-thrust reflex and a protective mechanism to prevent a young child from ingesting non-edible objects, you should be here.
- Practice feeding before using the actual rice cereal. Place the baby in his hammock or feeding chair and secure his bib. Place a baby spoon gently over your lips to allow it to feel the texture. He grabbed the spoon with his hands, put it in his mouth and explore this new territory.
- Keep feeding simple and short by being prepared before placing your baby in your chair.
- Mix rice cereal with breast milk or regular formula to your baby’s. A good ratio to follow is one tablespoon of cereal for every three to five tablespoons of liquid. You want the consistency that runny and easy for your baby to swallow.
- Secure your baby in your chair and place a bib around your neck. Put a small amount of rice cereal in the spoon and gently push the spoon into the baby’s mouth. You can run the spoon along the inner cheek to help prevent the cereal from spilling or leaking through the mouth.
- Continue feeding until the rice cereal disappears or while your baby will accept the cereal. Use the bib or a cloth to wipe away any spills or messes.
Add a small amount of rice cereal to your baby’s bottle if she initially rejects the spoon. Start with one teaspoon per ounce of liquid. You can gradually increase the amount to a tablespoon per ounce as your 3-month-old gets used to the taste and texture.