Fruit as a first food for baby, rather than cereal
My doctor started my six-month-old daughter on fruits instead of rice cereal. This seems odd to me. What do you think?Question:
It should be fine to start your baby with fruit as your doctor recommends. I would advise that it soon be followed by an iron-fortified cereal. Your baby will need the iron, and the balance of nutrients that it provides. You can serve the fruit with the cereal. The vitamin C in the fruit will help enhance the absorption of iron from the cereal.
Cereal is often offered as a first food for several reasons. One, the need for supplemental iron in a baby's diet begins at around age four to six months, when their birth stores of iron are becoming depleted. An iron-fortified rice cereal supplies this critical nutrient.
Secondly, a rice cereal, mixed with breast milk or formula, has a nice balance of calories from protein, carbohydrate and fat.Answer: