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.
Rice cereal became his daily meal and I researched to find the best brand to serve him. One day after opening a new box, I realized it was barely half full, just like every box I’d opened before. 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. Not only was it easy it do and much more affordable, it was my son’s first exposure to me cooking for him.
As Kenya progressed to eating a wider variety of foods, I started adding 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 less expensive 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!
Homemade Oatmeal Cereal for Babies
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (aka 5 minute oats)
- Place oats in a food processor, pulse for 15 to 30 seconds or until finely ground.
- 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
- 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.
- Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.*