When my baby was starting solids several months ago, I wasn’t sure whether she was going to take after her father with all the food sensitivities and allergies. We were very slow and careful in introducing solids, avoiding all the high-risk allergy food items as well as everything my husband was allergic to (which is a lot stuff), while continuing to breastfeed her for as long as possible.

That meant not giving her any gluten/wheat, dairy, nuts, eggs, soy, among other things. Seemed like a challenging task, but It actually wasn’t too hard to manage. Being married to my husband for almost six years now, I’m used to dealing with food allergies and have come up with plenty of yummy alternatives over the years.

One thing I did look for in particular was a gluten-free version of Cheerios. Cheerios is like the must-have snack for all babies/toddlers. It’s a simple bite-size finger food that babies with or without teeth can snack on. Unfortunately, Cheerios are made of oat which is likely to be contaminated with wheat. So I went online to look for alternatives and found something called Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s.

INGREDIENTS: Organic brown rice flour, organic corn flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pomegranate juice concentrate, sea salt. Produced in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts or soy.

I ordered them online from Amazon (sold $23 for 6 boxes) because hubby was going to be in the U.S. for a business trip and able to bring stuff back. I didn’t think I’d be able to find them in Shanghai…

…  but lo and behold, we were just at City’s Super yesterday (the one inside the IFC in Lujiazui) and saw them! They were sold for about 42 RMB ($6.50) per box, a 45% price mark up from Amazon!!  Nevertheless, it’s good to know that you can buy them here in Shanghai! I’ve met moms who’s babies/toddlers are gluten-intolerant and struggle with finding gluten-free foods in Shanghai. The selection of gluten-free cereals in most import stores are quite sparse and not consistently stocked. 

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    July 14 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I live in Shanghai and have just started a gluten free regimen. I would love to find a support group in Shanghai. Any suggestions? Also wondering if there is a dietician in the city to hold my hand through this!

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