Make your own homemade rice cereal to feed your baby! Easy recipe!
I bought a box of rice cereal when Miss Magoo was a baby. However, I found that I couldn’t get her to eat it. She wasn’t a picky baby, but when it came to rice cereal, nothing would get her to eat it- not even mixing it with fruits. She hated the stuff. So I decided to try a taste. Baby rice cereal is disgusting.
After trying her awful cereal, I decided not to buy it again, but to try and make it myself. I know that store bought rice cereal is iron fortified, and homemade rice cereal wouldn’t have the added iron, but I also realized that it was the iron that made the store bought rice cereal taste so bad.
I’m sure for babies that have been fed formula, the iron taste is normal, but for a breastfed baby, it’s pretty strong. So if you use this cereal, just remember that your baby isn’t going to be getting extra iron, so you may want to focus on some iron rich foods. However, since breast milk is considered by most sources to be all that is actually necessary for a baby during the first year, I don’t worry about it too much.
So does this homemade rice cereal taste better than the store bought?
Here is Baby Girl’s reaction to trying it the first time.
- 1/2 Cup Brown Rice
- 2 Cups Water
- In a small pot bring water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, in a blender, blend dry rice for about 30-60 seconds, until it's a cornmeal consistency.
- Add rice and then reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes, until rice is no longer chewy.
- Cool before serving. Add breastmilk or formula until desired consistency is reached.
Makes several servings. It will depend on how much you're feeding.
The remaining servings will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Just microwave for a few seconds to reheat, stir well, and make sure to check the temperature before feeding.
You can also freeze leftovers for longer in an ice cube tray.
This rice cereal is ready in about 15 minutes, and it’s super easy, so you could definitely make a fresh batch every day if you wanted to.
Do or did your kids like rice cereal? If so, what do you usually mix with it?
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