It’s week three of her weaning adventure and Lily has had a much more successful week than the last. She has been doing much better with the spoon and we’ve increased her intake of solids to twice daily now, to include a little late morning breakfast, as well as her usual mid-afternoon lunch.
Breakfast can be a difficult one to get right for babies but if you have some staple items in the pantry, it shouldn't prove too much of a problem. Homemade baby cereal is a perfect first food for babies and is an absolute essential to have in the freezer in little portions. It can be served alone to begin with during the early days of weaning, or it can be combined with any fruit or vegetable for an energy boosting meal. It may also be used later during weaning to help thicken sauces or soups.
You can pick up lots of different types of baby cereal in the shops but this basic method for a homemade baby cereal is something I've been doing for years. It’s much less expensive than pre-packaged varieties and your baby should get more nutrients as your homemade version will not contain any additives or fillers that may also cause allergies.
The following recipe is interchangeable with both porridge oats and brown rice. I always buy organic and chose brown rice over white, and steel cut oats as opposed to rolled oats. Essentially both of these are much less processed and are therefore more nutritionally sound. You can pick up both oats and brown rice in any store and they shouldn't cost you too much. Both are jam-packed with nutrients and high in fibre.
Homemade Baby Cereal - makes 8 portions:
1/2 cup organic brown rice or 1 cup organic steel cut oats
4 cups water
For a perfect heart-warming and satisfying breakfast just heat through one or more of the frozen cubes/ refrigerated pots, and add your baby’s usual formula or breast milk. Hey presto! A delicious breakfast that your baby will love. You can also experiment by adding different fruit purees to the porridge as your little one tries new flavours.
Lily also had her first try of avocado, which she absolutely loved! To prepare, I simply blended the avocado using my Baby Nutribullet with a little bit of water, using about ¼ cup to 1 avocado. I then froze the mix into little portions. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight as it doesn’t need heated through and add a little splash of milk before serving.
In my last blog I wrote about the Baby Brush teething wipes, which you can find here.
I thought these were a great little product. Lily enjoyed the sensation of the little wipe, which fitted nicely over my finger, moving in and around her gums. As well as removing any little milk or puree particles, they seemed to soothe her sore gums. We’ll continue to use these on a daily basis until her first teeth erupt through the gums, then we’ll move onto the chewable brush, which she should be able to use herself.