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Rice Cakes

So far, rice cakes are the only food stuff that break my somewhat sniffy 'if I wouldn't eat them, I'm not giving them to my baby' rule. God, but they honk…
Anyway, as long as you don't breathe in when you open the bag then rice cakes are useful for taking out with you as they don't make much mess. I take them out in a dinky little Tupperware pot that I bought for my purees, haw haw.
I buy Cow & Gate ones which are especially for babies and have extra vitamins added and don't contain added salt etc etc but I'd be interested to know if it'd be cheaper or somehow better to get adult 'no-salt' ones. Of course, they wouldn't fit in my baby-sized plastic pots…
If we are in the house I put hummus or cream cheese on them, which Babybear licks off/sticks up her nose/rubs into her hair before sucking the rice cake to death.
I can't think that there's much to recommend them nutritionally, other than if you are trying to avoid gluten which I appreciate a lot of people are. I just give her them because they are tidy. Does that make me a bad mother, I ask you?

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13 Responses to “Rice Cakes”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I started giving Alex organic rice cakes from Boots (salt/gluten free). He likes them with avocado/soft cheese/mashed banana on them. I do not mind them; I think they are OK as a snack.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ricecakes, wow, Archie just loved it. I just gave him half an adult one and he chewed on it during our whole meal. this is the first time he has taken more than one bite on anything (I'm not counting nibbling on nectarines as it's not really chewing). It's not very messy, so absolutely brilliant!!! I almost cried when he started chewing on it as soon as I gave it to him (also first time).
    I actually like ricecakes myself, but would normally buy the caramel ones. These were plain with no salt and buy one get one free in Morrisons. The only thing is “they may contain traces of milk and sesame”.
    I don't eat anything which is fortified with vitamins and minerals myself (don't ask, it's a principle thing and I am boycoting Kellog's & Nestle, but I bet they haven't noticed!!), so won't give my boy baby ricecakes but these work just as well.
    Anyway I'm a very proud mummy…

  3. Anonymous says:

    how deeply fab, archiesmummy. sorry i hadn't noticed these comments before, i think something's been a bit funky with the blogware thingie.
    thanks ella and archiesmummy, your comments have been noted, although i still think rice cakes stink. i've been boycotting nestle for about twenty years, depressingly they seem to be doing okay without me.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Boomer had some rice cakes for lunch today, me and her. She has had them before but more as a fun thing to drop. But today she was really digging the cakes, it was perhapes the light scrape of pesto on top that made them intresting today.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm sure Angelcake will manage fine once she's really in the swing of this eating lark, but I think ricecakes are not possibly not a great starter food for a novice of only 2 weeks' experience.
    Angelcake shoved the entire baby ricecake into her mouth, chewed it into millions of little polystyrene balls, opened her mouth in confusion, inhaled, gagged, then vomited!
    She was unperturbed by the affair, but I was at my friend's house and had just finished explaining how excited I was about this BLW lark to a sceptical-looking woman.
    I always suspected ricecakes were evil,…

  6. Anonymous says:

    oh the poor wee thing… isn't it astonishing how un-bothered they are by these things? poor you as well, did you get a fright?

  7. Anonymous says:

    although i was more embarassed than anything else…a wee bit of gagging i could have explained away confidently with a smile, but was rather unprepared for that!!
    anyway, 3 weeks on angelcake seems to have developed a bit more and just wolfed down 3 mini rice cakes with minimal gagging (and a minor snowstorm scattering the floor!).

  8. Anonymous says:

    Umm, I feel like the world's worst mummy today. The Weeble has been downing pieces of rusk with abandon, yesterday he ate a whole one, and I was so proud! Then today I read that lots of rusks have a high sugar content. So I check the [[famous brand name]] rusk – almost 30% sugar!!!!!
    So now I feel terrible and as though his little teeth will decay and fall out overnight – added to which, of course, I've just realised I forgot to (try to) brush them this evening…
    Have any of you ladies tried any sugarfree rusks at all? Or should I just sack it and try the (ugh ugh yeuk) rice cakes on him?

  9. Anonymous says:

    No wonder The Weeble was loving them, they sound delicious. Ach well, you live and learn, as they say.
    I haven't tried the sugarfree rusks but Babybear really does like her rice cakes. I buy the plain ones, but you can get Organix (ie highly expensix) apple flavoured ones which are actually very nice. Babybear likes the Organix Moon Biscuits. They're sweetened with grape juice, so they are sweet, but it's not straight sugar. What difference that makes I am not exactly sure… but she likes them.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the tip on the Moon Biscuits, Aitch. According to The Weeble, they aren't as easily munched as the tooth-rotting rusks, but they do have an excellent boomerang shape, good for hurling across Ye Olde Overpriced Gastropub. And then my mother sneaked him a rusk, which he inhaled.
    Revenge was mine this evening, when Grandma babysat. He learned how to flick banana off the spoon at her. She still had banana in her hair when we got home, ho ho ho…

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have tried Bruno on rice cake – we start BLW officially on Monday. He loves them but then I eat them with butter on… unsalted of course!

  12. kay says:

    My 10 month old baby now wont eat anything BUT ricecakes….i’ve tried topping them with everything I can think of but she doesnt play ball unless theyre plain. Any tips for BLW when they dont seem to want to eat?

    • Aitch says:

      Not really, it’s a pretty common stage around that age, seems to be a combination of teething pain and just the general assertion of will, where they go from thinking ‘woooh, what’s this?’ to ‘oh, i’m not fussed for that’. Bear in mind the sore gums, so if she’s using them as a teether you could try cold celery as well, mine liked that, and don’t react, really, just keep eating meals together and wait til she comes round.

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