How To Make Oatmeal Cereal For Baby

Making Homemade Oatmeal Cereal is one of the most rewarding and easiest ways to feed your new baby. And after doing it, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered buying it at the store.

When my son, Kenya, was a baby the first solid my pediatrician told me to feed him was rice cereal. Rice cereal is a natural first food choice for babies and is incredibly simple for parents to prepare. My husband and I were so excited for our son’s first day eating solid food to arrive that we set aside an entire Saturday morning to document every last second, from his first bite to the inevitable mess that would follow. I’m so glad the footage exists, though the images of that day are indelibly printed in my brain. His expressions tasting, moving the food around in his mouth, and finally swallowing were absolutely priceless.

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After deciding to make rice cereal a regular part of his diet, I set out to locate the most appropriate brand for him to consume. After opening a brand-new box, I suddenly became aware that, like every other box I’d previously opened, this one was only about half full. I asked myself, “Why am I paying $4 for a box of rice cereal when I can easily make it at home for pennies per serving?” I could save a lot of money by making it myself. And so I did. In addition to how simple it was to prepare and how much less expensive it was, it was also the very first time that I cooked for my son.

I started giving Kenya oatmeal cereal as he progressed to eating a wider variety of foods. As he got older, he was able to eat a wider variety of foods. It never ceases to amaze me how much better fresh cereals made at home taste when compared to those sold in stores to people who are just starting to eat cereal (not to mention how much less expensive they are). Simply add some water to old-fashioned oats and puree them in a blender or food processor. That’s all there is to it. It can be summed up like this.

So the next time you’re at the grocery store and you reach for that container of overpriced oatmeal cereal, keep in mind that you probably already have the one ingredient you need to make it yourself for your baby right there in your pantry!

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Homemade Oatmeal Cereal for Babies ( makes 4-6 servings )

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 5 mins


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (aka 5 minute oats)
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Preparation

1. Place oats in a food processor, pulse for 15 to 30 seconds or until finely ground.

2. Store the oat powder in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer or in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.



To make 1 serving for a 5-9 month old baby



1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of the ground oats and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired.

2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.*

How Do You Make Oatmeal Cereal For Babies?

To make the mixture, combine 1 milliliter of cereal with 4 or 5 milliliters of either breast milk, formula, or water in a teaspoon measure. After that, combine one teaspoon of a pureed fruit or vegetable, as well as one teaspoon of baby food from a jar. To reduce the risk of choking, ensure that any strings or seeds are removed before mixing the ingredients together.

How To Make Baby Oatmeal Cereal With Formula

Put the oats in a blender and start it up. After securing the lid, begin grinding the oats on a low speed and gradually increase it until the oats resemble a flour-like powder. Put one tablespoon of the oat powder in a bowl that can withstand heat. After stirring in approximately 2 tablespoons of very hot water (or warm breastmilk or formula), add additional liquid as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.

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