Easy, fresh & nutritious homemade baby cereal recipes – your baby will love it!
Leave the pasty boxed stuff behind and make these tasty Homemade Baby Cereal Recipes for your baby. There’s nothing as healthy or as wholesome and fresh as homemade baby cereals made from whole grains.
While the recommended age for starting solid foods is generally 6 months of age, many babies start solids between 4 and 6 months of age. These recipes are appropriate for this age range.
Did you know that baby’s first food does not have to be a commercial infant rice cereal? Many pediatric resources are acknowledging the fact that avocado, banana and sweet potato make great first foods for baby.
Dr. Frank Greer, from the Committee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics recently noted in an interview that “Rice cereal has traditionally been the first complementary food given to American infants, but “Complementary foods introduced to infants should be based on their nutrient requirements and the nutrient density of foods, not on traditional practices that have no scientific basis.”
“Rice cereal is a less than perfect choice for the first complementary food given to infants. Rice cereal is low in protein and high in carbohydrates. It is often mixed with varying amounts of breast milk or formula. Although most brands of formula now have added iron, zinc, and vitamins, iron is poorly absorbed—only about 7.8% of intake is incorporated into red blood cells.” – Read to learn about the new thinking from the AAP.
“For most babies it does not matter what the first solid foods are. By tradition, single-grain cereals are usually introduced first. However, there is no medical evidence that introducing solid foods in any particular order has an advantage for your baby.” Source: 09/2008 – (Copyright © 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics)
Always use brown rice when making homemade cereals, it’s just more nutritious!
What type of Rice do I use for Homemade Baby Rice Cereals?
The type of brown rice that you would want to use for cereals would ideally be a short-grain brown rice. Short-grain rice cooks up more soft than does long or medium grain rice. The only caveat is that it may become sticky and “pasty” when pureed so keep an watch over the rice when cooking and pureeing/blending it. You
may use a blend of any type of rice that you like; ensure that it is whole grain however.
Brown jasmine rice and plain brown rice make a nice blend for cereals as do basmati and plain brown rice. If you find that your baby does not like this blend, then consider switching to the plain brown rice type until the palate has become used to solid foods
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