Maha has started her 6th month. She is kind off feeling bored with Ragi porridge, so i was thinking for a alternate for that which is tasty and at the same time filling. Amma told to give raw banana powder porridge. We bought firm big raw plantain from the market yesterday, now it is drying in the sun. I think that powder will be ready within couple of days. Dont worry will share that recipe soon.
One alternate done. I have heard that oats are really a good food to introduce your baby when is has crossed her 6 month. Oats are a very healthy grain and makes a great first food for your babies. So i decided to try that and consulted with my ped. He told that if your baby eats it you can give it. Few days back, i decided to make oats porridge, to make it more healthy and more tasty i added some apples in it. I added some clean cinnamon powder which i bought during my last visit to chennai in nuts & spices shop. I added a touch of it to see whether maha likes it. To my surprise she loved it. Cinnamon not only gives a lovely aroma to the porridge, it also helps in digestion.
After my success in this porridge with maha, yesterday i made the same porridge with pear and added some cardamom powder to it. She loved it too. I recommend you to add some spices to your baby food that makes the food more aromatic and your baby will love that, i think. SO SPICE UP YOUR BABY FOODS..They are really good for your babies…
Things to remember:
1)I used instant oats, since that is the only oats available in my place. If you can get steel cut oats, then they are highly recommended.
2)You could add any fruits in this porridge which your baby loves.
3)Adding cinnamon is optional. You can leave it or simply add any other spices like cardamom,
4) If you are afraid, whether oats / oatmeal cause constipation in babies. In my opinion and experience, oats / oatmeal wont cause constipation.
5)Puree the oats porridge finely or to the texture you like to feed your baby.
6)If your apples are too sweet and you find your porridge to be sweet enough. Then dont add any sugar.
7) I am not feeding oats daily to maha. I give ragi porridge one day, the next day i feed raw banana powder porridge(recipe soon), then the next day i give her oats porridge. So she doesn’t feel bored with the same food.
8)I recommend you to start oatmeal on 6th month of your baby.
How to introduce solid food to your baby:
How to sterilize baby feeding bowls:
by sterilizing the bowls and spoons which you are going to feed your
baby. Take the bowl and spoon in a large saucepan, cover it with water
and bring them to a boil. Boil it rapidly for 5 mins. Now you can turn
the heat off and leave them stay in the hot water till use.
How to make porridge:
Oats – 1.5 tblspn
Apple – 1/2 a big apple
Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp
Water – 1/2 cup or adjust
Start by peeling and chopping 1/2 a apple into small pieces.
Take a clean sauce pan, in which you cook your babies food. Add oats, chopped apple, cinnamon and clean water in it.
Put the saucepan on stove and cook it for 3 to 4 mins on a low flame till the oats is completely cooked.
Now take it off the stove and let it cool a bit. Pour the whole mix in a blender and make into a smooth puree.
Pour the porridge on to clean sterlized bowls and feed your baby. You
can pour this into feeding bottle and feed your baby. I cut a bigger
hole in my feeding bottle nipple and feed my baby, this way it is easy
|Take all your ingredients|
|I used half a sweet apple for this porridge|
|Peel the apple|
|Now take a clean sauce pan|
|Add in oats|
|Add in the water|
|Throw in a touch of cinnamon powder|
|Put the whole thing on stove|
|Cook till the oats is done|
|Let it cool a bit|
|Take a blender|
|Add the oats mixture|
|Now it is time for taste test|
|Pour into clean bowl and feed your baby..|