Oats/Oatmeal is an ideal food for babies as it is rich in fiber, proteins, and vitamins. Its a satisfying food for babies and toddlers, also oats are versatile as that can be fit easily to sweet or savory recipes such as porridge, pancake, cookies, khichdi, smoothies and so much more!! There is no doubt that oats are good for babies, but you may have some other questions in mind like ‘when can I introduce oats to my baby’, ‘what are the health benefits of oats’ and ‘how to select oats for baby food’ etc. Here is a post that answers all your questions about oats for babies with delicious oats meal cereal and porridge!!!
When can my Baby eats oats and oats meal?
Homemade Oatmeal cereal and porridge is fine to introduce to your baby from 4 months to 6 months. Please remember that the current recommendations for starting baby on solid foods is 6 months. Oatmeal cereal may be a better starter cereal than rice as it is less constipating and many babies prefer the taste of oats. When you introduce Oats to your baby, start with plain oats porridge. Once the baby is doing good with it, you can combine with other foods or fruit purees.
Health Benefits of Oats for Babies :
There is a myth that giving oats to babies may cause weight loss, that’s untrue. Read the nutritional benefits of oats below to know the facts.
Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber which helps & prevents constipation in babies.
Contains protein, magnesium, zinc, iron and essential B-vitamins. Hence its a balanced food for growing babies.
Eating antioxidants rich whole grain like oats reduces inflammation and cut down heart problems in babies and kids.
Promotes good sleep in babies as it contains melatonin that can help your baby sleep. Give a bowl of oatmeal in the evening to get your baby sleepy!
Helps to boost the immune system as it has a unique fiber called beta-glucan which prevents your baby from getting sick.
Oats is an energy food for babies as its full of good carbs that keep your baby energized throughout a day.
What are the types of oats available?
There are different types of oats available in the market. They all taste different and have different nutritional value, also the cooking time varies depending on the type of oats used. Steel cut oats and rolled oats tops the list in terms of health benefits and hence its best for babies!
- OATS GROATS
- STEEL CUT OATS – good for babies
- ROLLED OATS – good for babies
- QUICK COOKING OATS
How to select and store Oats for Baby Food
Water amount and cooking time vary depends on the type of oats. Check package instructions for the cooking time before buying.
Read the ingredients given in the package before buying oats. Avoid flavored or added sugar/salt oats for baby food as they are less in nutrition.
Buying organic oats is preferable for babies, if available.
Store oats in a cool and dry place.
Recipes to homemade oats meal cereal and porridge:
Rolled Oats: 1 cups
Water : 1/4 cup
Homemade Oats cereal : 1 tsp for porridge
- Take a cup of rolled oats, roast it in pan on medium heat till oats should get light brown here and there.
- allow it to cool down. Transfer it to mixer jar. Make fine powder.
- Take a 1/4 cup of water with 1 tsp of oats cereals. Mix with no lumps.
- Cook it on medium heat, stir it without leaving hands for 5-7 mins.
- Serve to your baby. After 6 months means, you can add cinnamon powder, fruit puree to it.
Homemade oats cereal:
For Oats porridge: