Tips for introducing single-grain, iron-fortified cereals
Iron-enriched baby cereals not only contain iron, but other vitamins and minerals as well.
Start with cereals containing only one type of grain (e.g. rice or barley). At the beginning, choose cereals containing no fruit, vegetables, or other additions. Introduce one new food at a time and wait 2 or 3 days between each food to note any allergic reaction. Avoid cereals containing sugar. To prepare the cereal, use infant formula, following instructions on the product label. Serving cereal or any other food in a baby bottle is not recommended. Start by mixing 3 to 5 mL (½ to
1 teaspoon) of dry cereal with liquid and give it to your baby. If she readily accepts it, continue until she is satisfied, adapting to her appetite. Gradually increase the quantity over time.
Once your baby is eating iron-rich foods at least twice a day and has a varied diet, you can introduce other grain products. If your baby accepts different textures, offer her foods like toasts, pita bread, tortillas, breadsticks, unsalted crackers, unsweetened oat ring cereal, and all types of pasta. It is best to choose whole-grain products as they contain more fibre and may help your baby have regular bowel movements.