Move over, Rice Cereal…we have a new favorite in the house!
Apparently Abigail got the memo that Oatmeal “Warms your Heart and Soul” because she absolutely LOVES it…
The best part about feeding Abby something new this weekend was that Travis was home and able to enjoy the entire experience with us. That’s one of the many reasons why the weekend is so great – it’s really nice for me to be able to sit back and observe my two loves enjoying one another so much…
I know I’m biased, but that clip makes me smile every time I see it.
Anyway, Oatmeal (like Rice Cereal) was a cinch to make at home…
1/4 cup oats (NOT instant or Quick Cook)
3/4 cup – 1 cup water (I used 1 cup)
1. Grind oats into a powder using a food processor (or Magic Bullet!)
2. Bring liquid to boil in saucepan – add the oatmeal powder while stirring constantly
3. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly until cooked
4. Mix in formula or breast milk if desired and serve warm
Before I share a few more pictures, I wanted to address one more item that I failed to mention in original post on Starting Solids. I received a bunch of great feedback and one item that came up a few times was constipation when starting with single-grain foods (fun topic, right? especially for all you non-parent readers of my blog…I promise you’ll find this helpful someday!!!). Anyway, Abigail’s pediatrician mentioned this might be a problem as well and that the best way to deal with it is to introduce a sippy cup filled with water. It took quite a few attempts for her to figure the sucker out, but she eventually got it (so don’t give up right away! Just keep trying!)…
She still needs help holding the sippy cup, but at least she’s figured out that something comes out when she sucks on it. Progress! What’s most important to note here is that while she went one whole day without doing the doo-doo (which is a crazy long time for our little one), she’s been “back on track” for 3 days straight. I’m not 100% sure if we can thank the water for that, but something’s working (it might have something to do with the fact that Oatmeal has more fiber?)!
OK…now that we’ve got that covered, here are a few more pics of our fun adventure with Oatmeal.
Up next: Barley Cereal
Here are some resources for you if you’d like to learn more about Starting Solids:
- Starting Solids (General Guidelines)
- PDF: Sample Schedule for Starting Solids
- Storing Baby Food (using ice cube trays)
Have fun and as always, let me know if you have any questions!