Baby cereal at 4 months: how to get your baby started

Getting ready to give your little one baby cereal, if all the signs are there such as: Growing appetite. they seem hungry, even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day. Your baby needs to be able to keep their head in a steady, upright position. Chewing motions. Your baby's mouth and tongue develop in sync with their digestive system. To start solids, they should be able to move food to the back of their mouth and swallow.
Mix 1 tablespoon of a single-grain, iron-fortified baby cereal with 4 tablespoons (60 milliliters) of breast milk or formula. Many parents start with oatmeal, barley or rice cereal. Don't serve it from a bottle. Instead, help your baby sit upright and offer the cereal with a small spoon once or twice a day. Once your baby gets the hang of swallowing runny cereal, mix it with less liquid and gradually increase the amount you offer.

Moms Expertise
    I agree with this completely! The only thing I'd add is that you don't have to buy commercial baby cereal. We made our own by grinding up uncooked brown rice in a blender and then just cooking it with twice as much water on the stove for 10 minutes. It was really easy and super cheap! I think I made 64oz of baby cereal for $0.99! You could do the same with oatmeal or barley - just adjust the amount of water accordingly.

    Once cooked It's best to store it in the fridge for up to a week. You can freeze it once it's cooked, but it may be a bit rubbery when thawed. Adding a bit of breastmilk/formula to it helps though. I actually liked the rubbery texture when we started avery on finger foods. She could pick it up easier then the mushy stuff.
    I have a food mill and baby blender that I use for making home made baby food and a few freeze trays to help with meal portions .
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