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Am I feeding my baby the right things?

Am I feeding my baby the right things?

I recently read the QOD about babies getting enough Zinc (http://www.bundoo.com/qotd/zinc-sources/) and now I am wondering if my baby is getting the nutrients she needs? I have tried the single grain cereal but she does not seem to like it. She eats her formula and her baby foods, which is mostly veggies and fruits and some of the meat and veggies baby foods. Should I be pushing the cereals more?

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  1. Have you tried giving her the infant oatmeal cereal or an of the different flavors? Gerber makes banana with oatmeal and I think apple with rice cereal and I think some others I just can’t remember what they are. I also used to add a little bit of cinnamon to the oatmeal one as well and my girls both ate them until they were about 15 months.

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    1. No. I just used the single grain rice cereal and I didn’t mix anything with it. I will try that! Thanks Melissa. .

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  2. I am not sure how old your baby is, but it sounds like she is getting formula and food, which will cover most of her nutrition most likely. There are some single grain cereals that are fortified with iron and zinc but your best bet for zinc is meat and beans. If she is over 6 months, you can try finely ground beef, mashed beans, or even fortified dry cereals like puffs. Her formula will have a good amount of all nutrients; there is a bigger concern about zinc if your baby is exclusively breastfed. Hope this helps!

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    1. Hi Jill. She is almost 7 months. She does drink formula and we have moved to the jars of meats and veggies, step 2 foods. She just never really liked the cereal. That is good to know that she is still getting what she needs! I think I will give it a few more tries with Melissa’s ideas too. Thanks!!

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