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How to Add Cereal to a Baby's Diet

At around 4 months of age, your baby should be ready to try fortified infant cereal. Pediatrician Ashanti Woods of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore recommends that you offer 1 to 2 teaspoons of the cereal, mixed with 4 ounces of breast milk or formula, at one meal each day. "Initially, the consistency of the rice cereal should be thin, but it's OK to allow the consistency to become thicker and fuller as the baby gets older," he explains. The cereal can be mixed into a bottle, but more interaction occurs when it's served from a bowl, he adds.

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