Starting Baby on Solid Foods – Top 5 First Foods for Baby: Oatmeal –
Better than Rice
Oatmeal is a great first grain for introducing to your baby and may be a better starter cereal than rice as it is less constipating and many babies have been found to prefer the taste of oats over rice cereal. Oats are high in fiber, calcium, protein and even some B vitamins. Oats also contain approximately 2 mg of iron per cup.
Oats (Oatmeal) are very easy to shop for and you won’t have to spend hours reading the labels of oatmeal products. Unless you are buying a flavored oatmeal, including those with fruits and nuts, oatmeal that is found in those canisters on the grocer’s shelves are 100% natural oats. Your decision comes down to what type of oats you should buy: steel cut, rolled, quick cook or instant.
If you are going to make baby’s oatmeal cereal/porridge at home from scratch, choose either steel cut oats or rolled oats. The less cutting and processing of the oats means more nutrients in the tummy. You can grind the oats down into a powder and make a really lovely and smooth oatmeal cereal for your baby. As your baby grows and becomes accustomed to textures, there is no limit to the types of cereals you can make with oats; think of yogurt and blueberries mixed into oatmeal or scrapings of dates, pinch of cinnamon and applesauce.
** Please consult with your baby’s pediatrician about the possible need for an iron fortified cereal.
** Always consult with your baby’s pediatrician about introducing solid foods and feeding your baby **
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