Baby Food Cereal Table

 

Going from breast milk to some solid food begins about 4 to 6 months. Although it is generally recommended to continue breast milk for one year, solid foods can be introduced at 4 to 6 months. High potassium foods are beneficial during this period as well as throughout childhood, but other factors may be more important at times.

Some advise introducing only one food at a time, using it for two weeks before introducing another. This allows the mother to see if the food is tolerated or if there is a problem. Some feel the order does not matter in which foods are introduced. Others recommend starting with those foods that only rarely give problems. Those who recommend starting with one food and gradually bringing in other foods often recommend starting with cereal, giving first rice, then oatmeal and then barley. As the baby gets a greater variety of foods to eat, he will be able to get a healthy potassium intake.

The baby will be physically capable of eating solid food when she is able to control head movement and sit with support. The way to tell when your baby is ready for more solid food is by watching her behavior. If she leans forward with the mouth open it is an indication that she is hungry. When satisfied she leans back.

More good advice about starting baby food can be found at http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/food/nutrition/nutrition/life_stages/hgic4100.html. The USDA has a list of publications on infant nutrition and health at http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/pubs/bibs/gen/infnut.pdf.

In the table all the foods are baby food cereals and yogurt.

The weights all are grams except for the potassium and sodium, which are milligrams. The calories, protein, total fat, carbohydrate, sugar, fiber, potassium and sodium values given are for 100 grams of food.

The serving size and weight for a baby differs from 100 grams, so we have listed the serving weight and the common measurement that corresponds to that weight.

K is potassium. Na is sodium. 

Except for the potassium to sodium ratio and the amount of potassium per serving (which we calculated), the source of data is: 

USDA National Nutrient Database Standard Reference – Release 22

 

Food

Serving Wt

Serving Size

Calories

Protein

Total Fat

Carb'drt 

Fiber

Sugar

Potassium

Sodium

Ratio K:Na

K per Serving

Cereal, barley, dry

2.3

1 tbsp

365

11.1

3.4

75.3

8.2

3.1

395

47

8.4

9

Cereal, whole wheat, with apples, dry

15

.5 oz

402

12.6

4.8

77.1

12.2

22.2

516

25

20.6

77

Cereal, mixed, dry

2.5

1 tbsp

379

12.2

4.4

73.3

7.5

0.87

437

39

11.2

11

Cereal, mixed, with bananas, dry

2.5

1 tbsp

391

10.7

4.6

77.1

7.8

6.68

668

118

5.7

17

Cereal, mixed, with applesauce and bananas, strained

28.35

1 oz

82

1.2

0.5

17.9

1.2

7.79

41

2

20.5

12

Cereal, oatmeal, dry

3.18

1 tbsp

399

13.07

8

69.65

9

3.84

420

5

84

13

Cereal, oatmeal, with bananas, dry

2.5

1 tbsp

393

12

6

73.4

5.2

13.75

731

119

6.1

18

Cereal, oatmeal, with applesauce and bananas, strained

113

1 jar

74

1.3

0.7

15.4

0.8

10.49

47

2

23.5

13

Cereal, oatmeal, with honey, dry

2.4

1 tbsp

391

13.5

7

69.3

   

259

47

5.5

6

Cereal, rice, dry

2.5

1 tbsp

391

7.1

4.9

77.6

0.5

0.12

385

32

12

10

Cereal, rice, with mixed fruit, junior

15

1 tbsp

82

0.9

0.2

18.3

0.6

10.5

50

10

5

8

Cereal, high protein, with apple and orange, dry

2.4

1 tbsp

374

25.4

6.5

57.6

7.1

 

1330

104

12.8

32

Cereal, rice, with bananas, dry

2.5

1 tbsp

404

8.7

4.2

79.9

1

16.7

769

96

8

19

Cereal, barley, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

84

3.73

3.26

9.94

0.6

5.1

151

43

3.5

43

Cereal, high protein, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

111

8.7

3.8

11.6

   

349

49

7.1

99

Cereal, mixed, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

96

4.14

3.38

12.3

0.8

4.78

166

42

4

47

Cereal, mixed, with bananas, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

86

3.82

3.46

10

0.4

5.9

178

48

3.7

50

Cereal, oatmeal, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

116

5

4.1

15.3

1.1

 

204

46

4.4

58

Cereal, oatmeal, with bananas, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

86

3.82

3.46

10

0.4

5.9

178

48

3.7

50

Cereal, oatmeal, with honey, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

115

5

3.9

15.3

   

170

49

3.5

48

Cereal, rice, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

85

3.45

3.38

10.31

0

4.87

151

42

3.6

43

Cereal, mixed, with honey, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

115

5

3.6

15.9

   

171

48

3.6

48

Cereal, high protein, with apple and orange, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

112

6.9

3.9

13.4

   

346

58

6

98

Cereal, rice, with bananas, prepared with whole milk

28.35

1 oz

86

3.57

3.32

10.49

0.1

6.13

180

47

3.8

51

Yogurt, whole milk, with fruit, multigrain cereal and added DHA

30.5

1 oz

98

3.4

3.53

13.22

0.3

11.46

149

41

3.6

45

Yogurt, whole milk, with fruit, multigrain cereal and added iron

30.5

1 oz

92

3.05

3.08

13

0.6

11.46

143

38

3.8

44

Cereal, brown rice, dry, instant

3.7

1 tbsp

404

8.7

3

85.65

6.5

0.92

386

12

32.2

14