Baby''s First Foods - Cereal

How is it February already?
Is it just me or did the last few months fly by?
I blame it on the baby fog.
Z has grown so much in the last few weeks. And somehow, already, we are ready to start teaching him about food.  He's always had a good appetite, even when he wasn't gaining weight, he was eating. And lately it seems like hes ready for more.  I know theres so much debate out there on baby food, 4 months or 6 months, homemade or store bought, organic or not, Baby led weaning or purees? It can make your head spin!

I have always started when they seem ready, and I like to make my own baby food.  I'm not against store bought options, but I like the control over what goes into their food, and I find that there's not a whole lot of options out there flavor wise.
Its actually a whole lot easier than you would think to make your own baby-food. All it takes, is a little bit of time on the weekend to make enough for the week, or you can make it as you go.
One of the very first foods I always start my kid son is Oat Cereal.  I use my magic bullet to grind the oats and it takes almost no time.

Oat Cereal
Use your blender or food processor to grind rolled oats into a fine powder.                                                  
Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and gradually add 2 Tbsp of the oat powder.  Whisking constantly simmer   for about 10 minutes.  You can add breast-milk or formula to the cooked oatmeal to thin it out a little more if you want.   

We recently gave Z his very first cereal, and he was a huge fan.
I love watching my babies as they experience new things like eating.  His facial expressions alone showed me how fun it was, never mind the fact that he cried when it was all gone!
I'm so excited to start teaching him about flavors and textures.  I cant wait to get to know his tastes, and watch him, as he experiences yummy things like blueberries and pasta.

How did you introduce foods to your children? What were/are their favorites?



1 comment:

  1. I was really nervous about the transition from formula only to solids, he loves the puree baby food, but everyone suggested to try the Gerber Graduates, Puff's and Lil' Crunchies, I was sooooo worried that he would choke, in fact we broke up the tiny little puffs when we first gave them to him, but now he's eating solids like a champ! I think the Gerber Puffs were a great little snack to teach them to chew, because after mastering those, he can eat just about anything! He's even picking things up now and feeding himself!

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