When Kenya was a baby the first solid my pediatrician told me to feed him was rice cereal, a natural first choice for babies which is incredibly simple for parents to prepare. Hubby and I were so excited for this day to arrive that we set aside an entire Saturday morning to document every last second of our babies first bite. His expressions tasting, moving the food around in his mouth, and finally swallowing was absolutely priceless.
One day after opening a new box and realizing it was barely half full I thought to myself, why am I spending $4 for a box of rice cereal when I can easily make it homemade for pennies per serving? And so I did.
As Kenya progressed to eating a wider variety of foods, I added oatmeal cereal to his repertoire as well. It's amazing to me how much more fresh homemade cereals taste compared to what is sold in stores for new eaters (not to mention how much more inexpensive they are). All you need to do is puree old fashioned oats in a blender or food processor and add water. It's that simple.
So the next time you're at the grocery and reach for that container of overpriced oatmeal cereal, remember that you probably already have the one ingredient you need to make it for your baby right in your pantry!
Accompaniments: * Breast milk or formula can be added to thin the mixture