Making your own baby food may sound daunting, but it’s really easy and not that time-consuming. I’ve found that I love making J’s food for him! Not only do I know exactly what goes in the food, but it saves me money. As he’s grown older, I’ve found that I really look forward to experimenting with new recipes. I love being able to just open the freezer and pull out a meal that I know is nutritious and yummy. As an added bonus, it has encouraged me to cook healthier meals for the whole family.
If you wish to start off with some type of cereal for your baby’s first food, you can easily make your own.
Brown Rice Cereal
We started with brown rice cereal and it’s super easy to make. All you need is a small bag of brown rice. Throw it in the blender and grind it up until it’s fine. Then just store the rice in a tupperware bowl. To make the cereal, you’ll need 1/4 c of the ground rice and 1 c of water. Boil the water in a saucepan, then add the rice. Whisking constantly, simmer for about 10 minutes. Add breastmilk or formula until it reaches the desired consistency.
Just like you did with the rice, grind your oatmeal in a blender until fine (do not use instant oatmeal) and store it in a tupperware bowl. To make a batch of cereal, boil 3/4 c water and add 1/4 c of the ground oats. Whisking constantly, simmer for about 10 minutes. Add breastmilk or formula until it reaches the desired consistency.
Again, ground your barley in a blender and store it in a tupperware bowl. When you’re ready to make a batch of cereal, boil 1 c of water and add 1/4 c ground barley. Whisking constantly, simmer for about 10 minutes. Add breastmilk or formula until it reaches the desired consistency.
Another of our favorites is quinoa, but we didn’t introduce it until he was a little older. To make this cereal, boil 2 c of water and add 1 c of quinoa flakes. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Like the other cereals, feel free to add breastmilk or formula.
I got all of these recipes from Wholesome Baby Food. This is my favorite go-to website for baby food. But remember, you don’t have to start with cereal! Check out this Wholesome Baby Food page for other ideas for first foods.