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CERELAC Infant Cereals FAQs

Here are some common questions and answers about CERELAC baby cereals

CERELAC Baby Cereal Range
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When to feed CERELAC to your baby?
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CERELAC Baby Rice – Recommended from 4 months of age and when your baby is developmentally ready to start solid foods
CERELAC Oats & Wheat with Prune – Recommended from 6 months of age
CERELAC Multigrain with Pear – Recommended from 6 months of age
CERELAC Multigrain with Banana and Apple – Recommended from 6 months of age

Where to buy CERELAC?
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CERELAC can be purchased from grocery, selected pharmacies and online via Amazon

How to prepare CERELAC?
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CERELAC BABY RICE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Wash your hands before preparing your baby’s food. Make sure all utensils (spoon, bowl) are thoroughly clean.  Boil clean drinking water for 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Measure 60mL and pour lukewarm water^ into your baby’s bowl. Add 15g of CERELAC approx. 1.5 AU tablespoons. Stir until the cereal is a smooth consistency and feed immediately using a clean spoon. Discard any uneaten portion.

^ Water can be substituted with baby’s usual milk if desired. When prepared with breast milk, it may become more watery. Reduce quantity of breast milk added to achieve desired consistency.

Extra nutrients will be provided if made up with breast milk or infant formula.

 

CERELAC MULTIGRAIN WITH PEAR, CERELAC MULTIGRAIN WITH BANANA & APPLE, CERELAC OATS & WHEAT, CERELAC OATS & WHEAT WITH PRUNE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS 

Wash your hands before preparing your baby’s food. Make sure all utensils (spoon, bowl) are thoroughly clean.  Boil clean drinking water for 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Measure 90mL and pour lukewarm water^ into your baby’s bowl. Add 21g of CERELAC approx. 2.5 AU tablespoons. Stir until the cereal is a smooth consistency and feed immediately with a clean spoon. Discard any uneaten portion.

^ Water can be substituted with baby’s usual milk if desired. When prepared with breast milk, it may become more watery. Reduce quantity of breast milk added to achieve desired consistency.

Extra nutrients will be provided if made 

What is CERELAC made of?
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Please click on links below to find the ingredients for the CERELAC product range:

CERELAC Baby Rice 
CERELAC Oats & Wheat with Prune 
CERELAC Multigrain with Pear 
CERELAC Multigrain with Banana & Apple

When can I start using CERELAC products?
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CERELAC Baby Rice – Recommended from 4 months of age and when your baby is developmentally ready to start solid foods
CERELAC Oats & Wheat with Prune – Recommended from 6 months of age
CERELAC Multigrain with Pear – Recommended from 6 months of age
CERELAC Multigrain with Banana and Apple – Recommended from 6 months of age

Why are CERELAC infant cereals an important part of the baby’s diet?
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They offer an appropriate gentle taste and texture and contains added iron and vitamin C to help support babies growth and development. CERELAC infant cereals are the ideal foundation of an early diet and should be consumed as part of a varied diet. Nestlé CERELAC is a nutritionally adapted complementary food made especially for your baby

What makes CERELAC different to other Infant Cereals?
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Nestlé CERELAC Infant Cereals are the only infant cereals in Australia to contain probiotics. CERELAC is also made with a special technology called CHE (Cereals Hydrolysed Enzymatically) which breaks down carbohydrates into smaller components. Contact our Careline for more information.

Where does the sugar come from? I see sugars present in the Nutritional Information Panel?
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Baby Rice and Oats & Wheat variants – CERELAC is made with a special technology called CHE (Cereals Hydrolysed Enzymatically) which breaks down carbohydrates into smaller components. During this CHE process, sugars are produced when the complex carbohydrates are ‘chopped’ up into smaller components. Note: all available carbohydrates when digested in the body, form simple sugars.


Oats & Wheat with Prune, Multigrain with Pear, and Multigrain with Banana & Apple variants – A combination of the CHE process as above, as well as fruit sugars (from the prune, pear, banana and apple).

Why do I have to use the Rice cereal first and not the other varieties?
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A rice-based infant cereal has been a long-standing tradition as one of the first foods of an infant’s diet. Its smooth texture and mild flavour make it stage and age appropriate and therefore suitable for an infant’s introduction to solids before a diverse and complex range of foods are introduced later in their diet

Is it OK to give my baby less or more than the suggested serving size on pack?
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All infants vary and your baby will let you know if they require more or less. It is important to note the nutritional information provided on pack reflects the recommended serve size. If your baby is eating less, the nutritional benefits of the product will also be lower.


However, you may find the suggested serving size for CERELAC a little too much if this is your baby’s first solid food. You only need to start with around half to one teaspoon once or twice a day, slowly increasing the quantity to two to three tablespoons as your baby progresses. To get all the great benefits of CERELAC (such as supporting the immune system with Iron and Vitamin C), you can meet the recommended serve over a couple of meals throughout the day as part of a varied diet. You can also find great recipes on our website with CERELAC. If you need further guidance or are concerned about your baby’s eating, we recommend you consult your health care professional.

Can I mix CERELAC infant cereals with breast milk?
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Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to mix CERELAC with baby’s usual milk as they are used to this taste and may learn to accept new tastes and textures more readily. Note that if prepared with breast milk, the cereal may become more watery as the enzymes in breast milk can start breaking down the cereal.

Can I alter the amount of cereal or liquid based on my child's preferences / textures?
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The ratio of liquid to cereal has been developed to ensure appropriate texture and consistency. Also keep in mind that the nutrition information has been devised from the recommended serve size i.e. 15g cereal for CERELAC Baby Rice and 21g cereal for all other CERELAC varieties, so by altering the amount of cereal you are altering the nutrients your child will receive.

What is the shelf life of Nestlé CERELAC Infant Cereals once the package is opened?
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Close the pack tightly after use, store in a cool dry place and use within 30 days after opening the package.

Are Nestlé CERELAC Infant Cereals iron-fortified?
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Yes. All Nestlé Baby Cereals are a good source of iron providing on average a minimum of 50% of an infant’s iron requirements in one serve.

What type of iron is used in your baby cereals?
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The iron in our CERELAC range is ferrous fumarate

Can I carry on with rice cereal past 6 months or do I need to swap?
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There are no issues feeding the rice cereal to an infant aged >6 months. However, please be aware that for the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) for iron will differ for an infant 6+ months compared to a younger infant. The RDI for a young infant <6 months is 3mg/day, whereas for an older infant >6 months, the RDI is 9mg/day.

Can I continue to feed my toddler (past 12 months) with Nestlé CERELAC Infant cereals?
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At this age your toddler should be on a diet similar to that of the rest of the family. If they are still transitioning to the family diet, and still enjoy the great taste of CERELAC, then you can choose to feed your toddler with CERELAC Infant Cereals in addition to other whole foods. However, please be aware that for the added vitamins and minerals the RDI intake will differ for a toddler as compared to a younger infant.

Why is there a difference in the teaspoon size in the preparation instructions between AU and NZ?
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Australian tablespoons have a 20mL volume whereas New Zealand tablespoons have a 15mL volume.

Are CERELAC products suitable for vegetarians / vegans?
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CERELAC infant cereals are suitable for vegetarian but not suitable for vegans as there may be cross contact with milk in the production process. If you are considering a vegan diet for your child, please speak to your doctor or an accredited practicing dietitian first.

At what time of day should I start off giving my baby cereal?
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Infant cereals are designed to be a complementary food. Nestlé recommends 1-2 feeds per day and you can provide it at any time. Mid-morning is a good time to introduce new foods though, as you can monitor your infant's tolerance throughout the day. 

What is iron?
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Iron is a key mineral that supports the functioning of your baby's immune system and assists in carrying oxygen around the body. Enjoy CERELAC as part of a varied diet. 

What is vitamin C?
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Vitamin C is a key antioxidant that helps to body absorb iron and assists with immune system functions. Enjoy CERELAC as part of a varied diet.

What is vitamin B6?
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Vitamin B6 is a key vitamin that contributes to growth and development and assists in immune-system functions. Enjoy CERELAC as part of a varied diet.

Is the CERELAC range halal?
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This product is not halal certified. 

If I use Infant formula with probiotics and CERELAC with probiotics, is there any risk my child consuming too many probiotics?
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No.

How should I store the product?
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We recommend you close the pack tightly after use and store in a cool dry place

Can I store the prepared product in the fridge?
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We don't recommend storage of prepared product. Please prepare and feed immediately and do not keep unfinished portion to avoid microbial risks in prepared products. Always follow the label instructions. 

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