Oatmeal for Babies – Baby Foode


This Baby Oatmeal Cereal is filled with both Omega-3s + Antioxidants and is a great basic cereal for baby. This homemade baby cereal has only 3 ingredients and takes 5 minutes to make! Omegas and Antioxidants are among the greatest nutrients for optimal infant and child development. Baby food for 4 months and up – stage 1 baby food!

Oatmeal for Babies

A smooth and creamy oat cereal for baby doesn’t have to come from a box. No way!

This 3 ingredient oatmeal baby cereal is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, protein, calcium and manganese and takes only 5 minutes to make!

That’s right! In 5 minutes you can have a stash of freezer-ready oatmeal baby cereal. Yes, it can be that easy!

Reasons to Love this Baby Oatmeal

  • baby food for 4 months and up
  • stage 1 baby food
  • can also be served for baby-led weaning
  • 1 main ingredient, plus 2 easy add-ins
  • easy to make – less than 10 minutes
  • can serve alone or with baby’s favorite puree
  • creamy and smooth
  • homemade
  • freezer-friendly
  • healthy – full of essential nutrients for a growing baby
  • easy to flavor – 9 great combos below
Ingredients for oatmeal for babies spread on a cutting board.

Ingredients

  • Oats: are a great source of two different types of fiber, which help keep your little ones’ digestive tract going strong. Oats are also packed with antioxidants, manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, zinc and vitamin B1. They also help stabilize blood sugar as well as support baby’s cardiovascular health.
  • Chia Seeds: are high in antioxidants, omega 3-fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium, potassium and magnesium. They are great for digestive health, building healthy and strong bones as well as overall heart health. We are going to add in a big pinch to this recipe, but you can leave them out if you prefer.
  • Hemp Seeds: are high in protein, fiber, GLAs, manganese and vitamin E. Hemp seeds are great for aiding digestive health and promoting a healthy heart. You can leave these out if you prefer or add in ground flax seeds instead.
Small white bowl filled with oatmeal for baby.

Health Benefits of Oatmeal

Homemade oatmeal cereal is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals for a growing baby.

  • packed with two different types of fiber
  • great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for brain, eyes and organ development
  • has essential antioxidants that are essential for eliminating the hazards of free-radicals

Types of Oats

The only difference between the 3 main types of oats – steel-cut, rolled and instant, is how much the oat grout is processed. The result of this process is different textures of oats with varying cooking times.

  • Steel-Cut Oats: is the least processed of the oats and they retain more fiber than rolled or instant. Steel-cut oats are a great option if you are going to blend your oats into a smooth puree for baby. Since it is thicker and chewier oat, it is best to serve to babies 11 months and older if not blending.
  • Rolled or Old-Fashioned Oats: Also known as old-fashioned or whole oats, rolled oats are flat and pre-cooked and dried. While they don’t have as much fiber as steel-cut oats, they are however the most versatile. Rolled oats are extremely easy to blend into a smooth puree, served cold as a finger food, and they can easily be served to toddlers.
  • Instant Oats: are the more processed of the three oats and cook very quickly. While you can certainly use instant oats to make a baby cereal, since they aren’t as nutrient dense I would recommend the other two oat varieties first.

Gluten-Free Oats: all oats are naturally gluten-free, but they may be processed on machinery that also processes wheat. If you are looking to introduce baby to gluten-free oats, then make sure you look for a brand that is labeled as Gluten-Free. This is my favorite brand of Gluten-Free Oats.

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