When Can Baby Eat Cheerios?

Cheerios are a great finger food, however, your baby should hit a few milestones before you hand them this tasty treat. How do you know when you baby is ready?


Most experts agree that babies between 9 and 12 months will show signs that they are ready to snack on cheerios. According Cheerios, there are key milestones before they are ready, including:

  1. Mastered the art of chewing, even without teeth.
  2. Can use the “pincer grasp” and can pick up small objects.
  3. Can sit up without support.

If your baby checks these boxes, then he or she is likely ready to eat Cheerio.

5 Ways to Give Your Baby Cheerios

So you have decided that it’s time for your baby to have Cheerios. You may want to switch up how you serve your baby or toddler this wholesome snack to mix it up and keep them interested.

1. Cheerio Necklace

Cheerio Necklace For BabyPhoto: Anne-Marie Loves

This mom hack is a game changer. Make this adorable Cheerio necklace before heading out to the grocery store or target. Slip around the baby’s neck to ensure a peaceful, quiet shopping experience for you. The Cheerio necklace is a great solution for babies who want to snack with self-sufficiency but cannot stop dropping the snack cup.

2. Yogurt Covered Cheerios

Yogurt Covered Cheerios for BabyPhoto: This Is Life After Single

Such an easy and healthy little snack. With only 2 ingredients – Cheerios and yogurt, you
can whip this snack up in a breeze. We love that’s its served cold with may ease teething pain, which is pretty common around the time your baby will start eating Cheerios.

3. Cheerio Fishing

Cheerio Fishing for BabiesPhoto: Nate And Rachel

Babies love this sensory and edible activity we call, Cheerios fishing. Fill up any shallow container with water and pour in the cheerios. Let the baby used their fine motor skills to pick up and eat the cheerios. Snack and quiet playtime all in one, where do I sign up!? Obviously, this activity requires adult supervision.

4. Toddler Trail Mix

Toddler Cheerios Trail Mix
Photo: 123 ChaChaCha

Toddler trail mix is the ingenious combination of cheerios, yogurt drops, and puffs. It is a healthy combination of snacks perfect for little fingers. You can also add fun color combinations to mix things up for your little one.

5. Peanut Butter, Cheerios & Banana Sushi

Cheerios Banana Sushi for ToddlerPhoto: Ready Set Eat

This easy, no-bake recipe is sure to delight your toddler. Trim ends from banana. Spread peanut butter over outside of banana. Roll in crushed Cheerios (Multi-grain, Gluten Free, Frosted, Honey Nut, or even Chocolate). Cut into 6 pieces. Serve with chocolate sauce, if desired. Happy snacking!

What are the Benefits of Cheerios?

To start, let’s talk about the benefits of Cheerios.

Cheerios are filled with whole grains. In fact they can provide a toddler with ⅔ daily servings of whole grain and while containing only 1 gram of sugar.

Whole grains, like the ones contained in Cheerios, include a hearty supply of carbohydrates for energy, good source of vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll, which acts as a natural laxative, easily digestible.

In the past few years, cereal has gotten a bad rap. But in a 2012 US News article, according to Elaine Kolish, Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative’s vice president and director, “[cereal] companies have been steadily boosting the amounts of whole grain and fiber in kids’ cereals, and sugar helps in ‘making those ingredients more palatable,’ she says. “Calling these products not nutritious is simply wrong,” when they are “chock full of vitamins and minerals for kids and they’re only 130 calories tops” per serving, she says.

Another draw for parents to give their baby Cheerios is that they are easy to throw into a container and into your diaper bag for on the go trips like doctor appointments and park dates. Or even try one of our fun recipes we have featured above.

They help developmentally to hone in the pincer grasp with forefinger and thumb. Plus, they can be fun to play with!

The Risks of Cheerios

The main risk that you should be concerned with is choking, however the good news is that Cheerios had a high ranking of safe foods in a recent study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

As Jane E Brody, a writer from The New York Times, shares in his article Simple Strategies for a Choke-Proof Home:  “Anything bite-size or larger, or any food or object that does not melt or break down easily, can obstruct a baby’s windpipe if it is accidentally inhaled instead of swallowed. Thus, Cheerios are safe for babies starting to feed themselves.”

Are Your Ready for Cheerios?

As the parent, you’ll have to trust your gut and know when you are comfortable to start giving your baby Cheerios. Talk with your pediatrician if you still have concerns.


Liz Coyle

Liz is a Scottsdale-based writer and mom of two young children and one not so young Boston Terrier. She is a lover of cooking, travel, and any activities she can do with the kids. She loves to share her experiences of being a high-strung, type a mom in an imperfect world.

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