To introduce cereal to an infant, first assess whether the baby is ready for solid food. When the baby is ready, mix one tablespoon of baby cereal with four tablespoons of breast milk or formula. Help the baby to sit upright and then offer the cereal with a small spoon.
Babies grow rapidly and are normally ready for solid foods between 4 and 6 months. Some babies benefit from an iron-rich cereal that compensates for iron deficiencies that many infants experience in the middle of the first year. Babies who have difficulty with reflux may benefit from consuming the cereal from a bottle.