Traditionally, mothers have been advised to start their babies off with plain white rice cereal when they are ready to eat solids. After all, it’s a mild-flavoured, iron-rich, and easy-to-digest meal. When your baby is born, they have a reserve of iron that starts to deplete by the time they are 6 months old. This is only if they are breastfed. The formula contains iron, so it’s not as much of a concern if you’re feeding your baby formula.
Now, when it comes to cereals, there’s nothing better than making these at home. That way, you can ensure it’s healthy and free of chemicals and preservatives. In addition, cereal powder can be made and stored in an airtight container, making it easier for you to quickly whip together your baby's meal. Here are 5 cereal powders you can make at home.
Rice Cereal Powder
Wash white rice and basmati rice and soak for 6 hours. Then spread it out on a white cloth and allow it to dry. When done, dry roast on a medium flame. Grind into a powder when completely cooled. Sieve and store.
Banana Cereal Powder
Peel a raw banana and slice it. Spread the slices on a white cloth and dry them in the sun. Once crispy, store in an airtight container for about three days. Then dry grind the slices, sieve and store. You can use 1 measure of rice cereal powder with 2 measures of banana cereal powder when preparing the cereal.
Oatmeal Cereal Powder
Dry grind oats into a powder, sieve and store.
Mixed Grains Cereal Powder
You will need 1 cup basmati rice, ¼ cup gram dal, ¼ cup moong dal, 10 peanuts, 10 almonds. Dry roast the ingredients separately and let them cool. Then grind them to a powder, sieve and store.
Wheat Cereal Powder
You will need ½ cup whole wheat, 10 peanuts and 10 almonds. Dry roast the ingredients separately and let them cool. Then grind them to a powder, sieve and store.
Now making your baby's cereal is easier than ever. Add 2 teaspoons of any cereal powder to one glass of milk or water and mix. Add rock sugar or salt as required. Boil this mix, constantly stirring till it becomes a smooth paste (around 5 minutes). If your baby likes ghee, you can add a spoon of ghee too. A pinch of cardamom powder will also give it a good flavour.
You can also use vegetable puree with rice and oatmeal cereal to give your baby some variety. So enjoy making these delicious and creamy cereals, and watch your baby slurp them up!
Author Bio: Prapti Chauhan is a professor of Genetics in Bangalore. She has contributed to several online research papers. However, she passionately develops content on pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, the benefits of cord blood banking, umbilical cord lining, and more.