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adult cereals ok for babies?

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snoozealot Thu 08-Oct-09 10:30:40

hi i'm fairly new to the site so forgive me if this topic already covered. don't know about you but i've had so much conflicting advice from hv's and literature about what is and isn't safe for babies under 12 months (what happens at 12 months that suddenly makes everything ok anyway?)

my 10mo dd usually has porridge with whatever fruit i have going mixed in for breakfast but if i'm having bran flakes she "asks" for some. (naturally she gets some!) and i know lots of ppl say about them having weetabix etc but what about the added salt and sugar content?

in fact it's really the safe levels of salt i'm not sure of; literature says avoid it like the plague but then lots of baby recipes say to use butter and cheese and i assume these are salty?

any tips?

BornToFolk Thu 08-Oct-09 10:44:49

Lots of adult cereals have surprisingly high levels of salt and sugar.

Readybrek or porridge has none, weetabix is fairly low. Shreddies are fairly low too.

There's a really good comparison table that Which? did that shows salt and sugar content in a range of cereals. PDF doc on this page

DS has always had a thing for Bran Flakes too. I usually sprinkle a few on his porridge.

MrsJamin Thu 08-Oct-09 10:46:36

shredded wheat bitesize is brilliant for under 1's as there is no added anything, it's just wholewheat. the raisin type is just wholewheat and raisin so you can vary the taste a bit more.

edam Thu 08-Oct-09 10:58:43

darn! I was going to post the W? list because I was involved in the research. But BTF got in ahead of me. Still, nice to see someone found it useful. grin

Do check if it's been updated though, I worked on it a while back.

BornToFolk Thu 08-Oct-09 11:03:33

I have had many happy hours minutes perusing that report edam! I had a bit of a cereal obsession a while ago when I felt that DS should be having a bit more variety for his breakfast but after a brief flirtation with Shreddies, he's back on his beloved porridge.

edam Thu 08-Oct-09 11:33:05

Glad it provided a brief diversion. grin Sadly dh does not listen to a word I say and keeps buying sugary shite. Although ds is at least having rice pops atm rather than golden nuggets (dh's last purchase - if he's going to buy rubbish, why can't it be rubbish I actually like, huh?).

snoozealot Thu 08-Oct-09 13:46:31

wow that's great thanks for all your replies and info. dd will be spoilt for choice now. lol about the dh's attempts edam, but at least he shops..actually not sure what's worse!

edam Thu 08-Oct-09 13:55:43

Yeah, he shops, but the stuff he brings back...

Hulla Fri 09-Oct-09 11:15:42

I gave DD Oatibix yesterday. She isn't keen on porridge but wolfed these down. I tried one and noticed they were quite sweet. Sugar is the second ingredient after oats. I should have checked the box when I bought them.

Mini shredded wheat bites are good (Sainsburys sell their own version if you're avoiding Nestle).

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