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Rice cereal and iron

Iron is an essential mineral for healthy growth and development for your baby. At birth they’ll have a natural supply of iron, but by six months it starts to run low so they need more iron from food.

Rice Cereal and Iron

Iron-fortified rice cereal is a great first food for babies. The New Zealand Ministry of Health food and nutrition guidelines along with other international guidelines (such as Australia and the UK) recommend iron-fortified baby cereals as first food options. Farex baby rice cereals are iron-fortified so they are an excellent way to boost your baby's iron intake. They can be prepared with baby's usual milk (breast milk or formula) for a familiar taste. Start with a smooth runny texture - perfect for those first foods. As baby gets older the texture can gradually be increased to a thicker, creamy texture. Small amounts of iron-fortified infant rice cereals can also be added to recipes such as cooked and pureed fruits and vegetables to thicken and help increase iron intake. 

All of the Farex dry infant cereal range are fortified with iron and are specially formulated for each important developmental stage. So once your baby is used to rice cereal and is 6 months or older, you can try some of the other infant cereals for more flavour and texture variety.

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I-na's Comment


I have tried every supermarket store after store you name it, I've been in there from all the South Auckland Supermarkets right up to CBD in Auckland searching for baby rice or farex for my baby boy, who loves eating baby cereal rice. I had to ring relatives in Australia if they could search for the products still after several stores they ended up with nothing.

What can I replace baby cereal rice & farex?
Am wanting to know when they will be available in stores?
Have they been discontinued?

I am still waiting for answers, can you please as I need a response ASAP.

Kind regards

Reply from The ForBaby team

Hi I-na,
We’re sorry to hear the trouble you’ve been having trying to get hold of our rice cereals, we are trying hard to get these back on shelves as soon as we can. In the meantime we have some articles to help guide you around alternative here. If you would like to share your phone number via private message or call us on 0800 222 936, we can pass your details onto our Dietitians who can give you a call if you would like to discuss further. 
Thanks, The ForBaby team.

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