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CERELAC FAQs

1. When can I start using CERELAC products?

Cereals
CERELAC Rice – Recommended from 4 months and when your baby is developmentally ready to start solid foods.
CERELAC Oats – Recommended from 6 months.
CERELAC Oats with Prune – Recommended from 6 months.
CERELAC Muesli with Pear – Recommended from 8 months.
CERELAC Muesli with Banana and Apple – Recommended from 8 months.

Pouch
CERELAC Banana & Apple Puree - Recommended from 4 months and when your baby is developmentally ready to start solid foods.
CERELAC Apple Puree - Recommended from 4 months and when your baby is developmentally ready to start solid foods.
CERELAC Apple & Mango Puree - Recommended from 6 months.
CERELAC Apple & Peach Puree - Recommended from 6 months.

Nutripuffs
CERELAC Banana & Strawberry Nutripuffs - Recommended from 1 year of age
CERELAC Tomato & Onion Nutripuffs - Recommended from 1 year of age

2. Why are CERELAC infant cereals an important part of the baby’s diet?
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 growing baby.

3. What makes CERELAC different to other Infant Cereals?
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.

4. What is Bifidus BL?
A probiotic similar to those found in the digestive system of breastfed babies.

5. Where does the sugar come from? I see sugars present in the Nutritional Information Panel?
Rice and Oat variants – There is no added sugar in our product, the sugars in CERELAC Rice and Oat infant cereals result from the CHE (Cereals Hydrolysed Enzymatically) process. CHE breaks down carbohydrates into smaller components for baby’s developing tummy. 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 with Prune, Muesli with Pear, and Muesli with Banana & Apple variants – A combination of the CHE process as above, as well as fruit sugars (from the prune, pear, banana and apple).

6. Why do I have to use the Rice cereal first and not the other varieties?
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 blandness 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.

7. Why do I have to use CERELAC Banana & Apple Puree and CERELAC Apple Puree first and not other variants?
Its smooth texture and simple flavours 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.

8. Is it OK to give my baby less or more than the suggested serving size on pack?
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. 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.

9. Can I mix CERELAC infant cereals with breast milk?
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.

10. Can I alter the amount of cereal or liquid based on my childs preferences / textures?
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 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.

11. What is the shelf life of Nestlé CERELAC Infant Cereals once the package is opened?
We recommend for optimal freshness, that the contents be used within 30 days after opening the package.

12. What is the shelf life of Nestlé CERELAC puree’s once the package is opened?
We recommend for optimal freshness, that the contents be used within 24 hours after opening.

13. What is the shelf life of Nestlé CERELAC Nutripuffs once the package is opened?
We recommend for optimal freshness, that the contents be used within 1 month after opening.

14. Are Nestlé CERELAC Infant Cereals iron-fortified?
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.

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

16. Can I carry on with rice cereal past 6 months or do I need to swap to the Oat?
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.

17. Can I continue to feed my toddler (past 12 months) with Nestlé CERELAC Infant cereals?
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.

18. Why is there a difference in the teaspoon size in the preparation instructions between AU and NZ?
Australia tablespoons have a 20ml volume whereas NZ tablespoons have a 15 ml volume.

19. Are CERELAC products suitable for vegetarians / vegans?
CERELAC infant cereals are suitable for vegetarian but not suitable for vegans as they contain cross contact with milk.
CERELAC Pouch are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
CERELAC Nutripuffs are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.