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#1 *mylittleprince*

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

Is it possible to make your own baby rice cereal and add iron?

I have friends who have a thermomix so think you can grind the rice in there but not sure how you could add iron?

#2 tick

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:15 PM

Why do you want to add iron?  I wouldn't!  I wouldn't do rice cereal either mind you ..... If you're looking for a organic/brown rice cereal though they are certainly available from some of the healthfood type stores or the more fancy supermarkets.

#3 ~chiquita~

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

Most baby rice cereals have added iron in them.

#4 ChunkyChook

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

My mum is celiac and just grinds hers in a coffee grinder and puts it in a pot on the stove to make her 'porridge' for breaky.

#5 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:20 PM

Why start with rice? It is not a high nutrient food and I've never understood why it is such a popular first food.

You'd have to be careful grinding the rice in the tmx as you could easily end up with flour and how that would translate to porridge I'm not sure.

#6 it'stime

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

I'm with Balzac. Rice is high gi and not particularly nutritious on its own.

It would start with some pureed veges that are relatively mild in taste.

#7 tick

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:23 PM

QUOTE (Balzac @ 29/12/2012, 06:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why start with rice? It is not a high nutrient food and I've never understood why it is such a popular first food.

Totally agree!  It's high GI, low everything else .....

I'm into baby-led solids but if I were mush-feeding I'd probably start with avocado or banana or something, mixed with some breastmilk if needed to make it a bit more runny.

ETA: actually probably pureed pumpkin or something might be a better starting place.  I dunno!  But vegies have much more going for them than rice original.gif

Edited by tick, 29 December 2012 - 05:30 PM.

#8 lucky 2

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:24 PM

Perhaps look to food sources of iron, ie breast milk, the iron is the most bioavailable, it continues to be present in breast milk but as baby starts to eat more and more, you can add iron rich food sources, ie meat, egg yolks.
I used a lot of legumes in the early months before introducing red meat. Whilst continuing to breast feed.
Of course formula contains iron, in higher amounts because it is not easily absorbed compared to the iron in breast milk.
All the best.

re brown rice, I cant see anything wrong with it, that's what I used (well cooked and added to other foods, this was in the days before blw was promoted), it may be high GI but it is nutrient rich and has a role to play in a normal diet if you want.
That porridge sounds yummy and very nutritious.
I used to serve dd quinoa porridge or oats, rice cereal or cooked rice.

#9 namie

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

I started with rice cereal with DS1 and it caused constipation so we moved straight on to mushy vegies.

I didn't bother with rice cereal at all with DS1 and couldn't even be bothered mushing vegies, we just loosely followed baby led weaning. It may just be an age thing, but DS2 is a much better eater than DS1. He's less fussy and has better utensil control than DS1 did at the same age.

When we have a third, I'm going to skip the mush and rice cereal again and go with baby led weaning.

#10 Fright bat

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:51 PM

QUOTE (**myboys** @ 29/12/2012, 06:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm with Balzac. Rice is high gi and not particularly nutritious on its own.

Tell that to the billions of people who eat it (and little else) daily and thrive!

ETA (because the above is not useful to the OP) - in many rice eating countries, the family rice is just boiled until its a bit softer and then mushed between a mothers fingers before being fed to baby by hand (often with some veggies/lentils/meat stirred through). You don't need to buy commercial rice cereal, and only babies whose mothers were nutrient deprived in pregnancy benefit from additional supplemental iron in things like rice cereal.

Edited by MsN, 29 December 2012 - 05:53 PM.

#11 José

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

For those who have asked why start with rice cereal, I was told recently by child health nurse that's what I should do.

#12 namie

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

QUOTE (feliz6 @ 29/12/2012, 06:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those who have asked why start with rice cereal, I was told recently by child health nurse that's what I should do.

I was too, both times. But after it didn't work for DS1 I started trying other things and found he was happier to try them and they didn't constipate.

My advice is to try what works for you and your baby. If you find rice cereal goes down well and baby is happy, then great. If you think your baby isn't happy, switch tactics, try something new.

#13 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

My child health nurse told me to use orange juice and baked beans with my 6 month old.  She was kicking it old school wink.gif.

I don't think rice is a useful food for babies and it is well known for causing constipation.  IMO there are other foods just as available in Australia as rice than can be useful as a first food.

#14 Fright bat

Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:38 AM

QUOTE (Balzac @ 29/12/2012, 09:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
IMO there are other foods just as available in Australia as rice than can be useful as a first food.

Sure. That's fine and probably true. Besides rice cereal tastes gross.

All I objected to was the claim that rice had no nutritional value, which is clearly untrue. Rice is usually not high GI either (unless you are eating 'sticky' rice varieties). Most white rices are medium GI, and most brown rices are low GI.

I'm always perplexed by the rice hate and I suspect it's merely part of the mostly unfounded carb hate.

We never gave our babies JUST rice at any point, either as a first food or later. But it was certainly among the first foods they were eating, because WE like rice, and they just ate what we eat (slightly modified to exclude salt and 'hot' spices.

#15 Eirinn

Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:57 AM

You can grind your own brown rice (or millet, barley, etc) with a stick blender and bowl attachment. Then cook with water to make your own porridge. This is what I gave to my kids for breakfast when they were babies. I waited until six months and used partial BLW, so no need to add iron. If you really want to supplement iron, you can buy baby iron drops I believe, but I wouldn't recommend it.

#16 SuboptimallyPooks

Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:07 AM

OP, just grind it up, don't stress about the iron.

Rice cereal is yummy for a baby, they have plain tastes. Other grains too. Some things agree with some babies more than others in those early days.

I often mixed in other foods to the rice cereal or other cereal to introduce small amounts of different yummy things, or to thicken up stuff like stewed fruit.

Or I did what MsN said, which was to cook our own food til it's a little softer and squish it together and offer him that.

Now DS is 10 months old and feeds himself pretty much everything we eat, except I haven't offered him shellfish or peanuts just yet. So it seems that feeding him mush and rice cereal hasn't harmed him. Although he does eat hot chips and yoghurt and didn't like my sushi. He just gets normal everyday bogan food, no organic stuff, nothing from the health food shop, just your regular stuff off the shelf at Woolies. Oh, and baby food out the jar has been great too. So I'm probably a terrible mother.

#17 ubermum

Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:43 AM

I don't bother. I usually blw, but want to get this one established eating quickly because I am starting full time work. She refuses a bottle so needs to eat. Anyway, she is eating mushed up fruit and veg and occasionally some rice if we are eating it, but not much because it constipates her. I haven't used rice cereal since my first.

#18 podg

Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:48 AM

Mushed up fruit or veg here, not too mushed either. Last night was roasted sweet potato, carrot and zucchini. Once he's in a high chair (currently occupied by Miss nearly-2) he'll be BLW.

Once I tasted rice cereal, I never went back.

Same with those awful later jar foods... and the early ones use sweetness to get veges in. I've never found I've needed to.

#19 SuboptimallyPooks

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

The sweetness thing makes sense to me. Doesn't breastmilk taste sweet? I used to stir a bit of jarred fruit purée or formula into DS's veg, especially if something he hasn't tried before, and he would gobble it up, then I just gradually reduced it down and now there is not a thing he won't eat. There is nothing wrong with sweetness.

Babies tastes are different to ours. Just because you find rice cereal repulsive means nothing to them. Last night DS ate heaps of cucumber slices, some plain white rice left over from my lunch, half an apricot and some plain white fish (I had mine in batter) for tea. He was alternating bites between the apricot and fish. That is my idea of a crap meal, but he was in piggy pig heaven.

#20 Franni

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:14 AM

My Pead told me to start on cooked pears, I had rice cereal in cupboard and occasionally used it to thicken puréed food.

#21 podg

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:39 AM

I do use 'sweet' veg as opposed to bitter ones or mainly sweet with a small amount of bitter, I just think marketing something as 'spinach, pumpkin and lamb' when it is mostly apple puree is not right.

#22 Fat Amy

Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:11 PM

I thought that the main reason they suggest to start on rice cereal over fruit or veg is that nearly no one will have allergies to rice.

#23 lucky 2

Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:41 PM

Hi Above rubies, the latest Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines (NHMRC Feb 2013) now recommend starting food in any order but you are right, there aren't too many babies who react to rice (some though).

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