Are you planning to wean your baby soon? Have you started looking for healthy foods that will make a perfect new and introductory food for your infant? Is your baby over six months now and have you thought about including oats in her diet?
If you would like to know more about oats and when to introduce your little one to them, scroll down and read below.
When Can Babies Eat Oats?
Once your infant crosses the sixth month mark, you can start introducing her to new foods. While foods and vegetables often make it to the list, another healthy and nutrition rich food that can make a perfect first food is oats.
Health Benefits Of Oats For Babies:
Here is a quick look at some of the health benefits that oats offer:
- Oats is a form of whole-grain food that retains the entire goodness of grains even after cooking.
- Oats are rich in fiber. It is a great way to soothe your baby’s digestive system and prevent any issues with constipation or bowel inconsistency.
- A one-fourth cup of oat
- Once your baby is about six months old, it is important to start on solids to help provide your baby’s growing needs of zinc and iron. Oats is the perfect food source to do just that.
Before You Introduce Oats, Remember:
As with any new food that you will introduce to your baby, it is important that you speak to your pediatrician and take a confirmation first.
- Your baby’s digestive system must be able to digest the new food that you will introduce. It is important that you wait for at least six months after birth before introducing solids to your baby. Till the sixth month, your baby should be fed exclusively on breast milk.
- Introducing foods to your baby earlier than six months can cause allergies and even increase the risk of diarrhea.
- Whenever you introduce food to your baby, check that your baby can hold up her head and know how to chew.
Types Of Oats You Can Feed Your Baby:
Here are the types of oats that you can safely buy for your baby:
- Baby food oatmeal that is available in the ground form, almost like a rice cereal, and has to be mixed with milk, breast milk or water.
- Regular oatmeal that has to be cooked and made into a puree like consistency that your baby can easily have.
- Instant oatmeal that is already cut up and takes just a minute to be cooked.
- Rolled oats oatmeal that has to be cooked in boiling water first for at least five to six minutes.
- Steel cut oatmeal that is not easily found but is known to be the most delicious tasting of all oats types.
Make sure you do not buy flavored oats, as they contain added sugar.
Oats Recipes For Your Baby:
Here are a few very quick, delicious, healthy and filling recipes for oats that will be perfect for your baby’s introductory meal:
1. Oats And Water Recipe:
You Will Need:
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 ¼th cup water
- Place the water in a pan and then add the oats.
- Keep stirring continuously and let the water start to boil.
- Once the water starts bubbling, turn off the heat and cover the pan. The lid will allow the oats to cook further in the heat of the water. Keep it covered for at least the next ten minutes or so.
- Once done, remove the lid and add some milk or breast milk.
- Mix well and check that the consistency is not too thick or liquid. It should be pureed.
- Serve it to your baby once the mix is warm.
2. Oatmeal And Apple Cereal:
You Will Need:
- 1 apple
- ¼thcup ground oats
- ¾th cup water
- Peel off the apple and cut it up into smaller pieces.
- Place the apple pieces and the ground oats in a pan of water.
- Turn on the heat and let the mix come to a boil. Cover with a lid and let it simmer. Keep checking in between to make sure the apple turns soft and the oats are cooked.
- Keep stirring the mix continuously and mash the apples once they start to get soft.
- Once done, remove from heat and set aside.
- Add some milk or breast milk and mix it well. Let it cool to room temperature before serving to your baby.
3. Yummy Oatmeal Finger Food:
Make sure your baby is at least eight months of age before you offer this delicious oats recipe that also contains eggs.
You Will Need:
- 1 cup of cooked oatmeal
- 2 egg yolks
- ¼thcup of any cooked vegetables or fruits that your baby likes
- 1 tsp olive oil
- In a pan, start heating the olive oil.
- In the meanwhile, beat up the eggs in a separate bowl.
- Add the oatmeal and the choice of fruits or vegetables to the pan once the oil is hot. Add the whisked eggs to the same mix.
- Keep stirring and cooking gently to make a scramble. The yolks should be cooked completely, and the oats should be soft too.
- If you want, you can also add a little butter on the top before you serve. Let the oats cool down at room temperature before you serve it to your baby.
Try out these delicious oats recipes to help improve your baby’s health and palate.
When did you introduce oats to your little one? Do you have a special recipe to share? Tell us below.