When babies are ready for solids, their reactions to food can be funny or frustrating, as they experiment with tastes and play with their food, or downright refuse to eat it.
So what should you do if your medical care provider has said you can or should start rice cereal?
1. Wait longer
Food before one is just for fun and some babies are not ready to eat solids till 8-10 months. The World Health Organisation recommends waiting till at least 6 months of age to start solids.
Studies show that rice cereal increases the risk of diabetes and obesity. White rice cereal is essentially pure starch with synthetic nutrients added. It’s far healthier for your baby to start with natural foods such as vegetables or fruits.
3. Try baby led weaning
This involves skipping the purees and mashes and going straight to finger food. It lets your baby eat and try new tastes and textures in their own time as well as learn the skills they need to hold and bring food to their mouth. Your baby does not need any teeth to do baby led weaning.