Up until the age of six months, babies should be exclusively fed formula or breast milk to satisfy their hunger, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to West Virginia University Extension Service, dry rice cereal is often the first solid food introduced to babies because it is the least likely to cause allergic reactions. If you are offering your baby rice cereal for the first time, keep in mind that the introduction of solid foods is a slow process that requires patience and careful attention to any signs of allergic reaction.
Pour 1 tbsp. of rice cereal into a small bowl. Add 4 to 5 tbsp. of baby formula or breast milk to the rice cereal in the bowl.
Blend the rice cereal and milk together with a plastic or rubber-coated baby-feeding spoon. The consistency of the rice cereal should have a watery consistency. If the rice cereal is too thick, add more milk.
Sit your baby upright in a feeding chair or high chair. Secure a bib, loosely around your baby’s neck to protect her clothing from cereal stains.
Dip the spoon into the rice cereal and fill it half-full. Lift the spoon up to your baby’s mouth and move it gently along the outside of his lips.
Wait for your baby to open her lips and slide the spoon gently into her mouth. Remove the spoon from her mouth when she takes the food with her lips and tongue.
Continue the process of filling the spoon and inserting into your baby’s mouth when he swallows and opens-up for more. Follow the rice cereal feeding with a bottle of formula or breast milk to wash it down.