Homemade Baby Cereal

I did it!  I made rice cereal for my baby boy 🙂  I really wanted to wait until he was 6 months old to start him on solids but at around 5 months old I realized he wasn’t going to make it.  He still seemed pretty satisfied from nursing but he was watching us eat and drink like a hawk!  When we eat, he watches each bite go into our mouths with his mouth open like a little baby bird.  I decided that, for Valentine’s Day, he would get to try cereal for the first time…and he’s 5 1/2 months old so it’s not too far off from 6 months.  To make it even more special and more nutritious I wanted to make his cereal so I set out to find a method.

I didn’t do extensive research because, well, how many ways could people tell you to make rice into a powder?  I clicked on one of the first sites I saw and read the section on cereal.  If you would like to make your own cereal for your little one, visit this site: Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food.  So exciting…fresh, homemade, whole grain cereal for my baby…and any excuse to go to Trader Joe’s to buy groceries is a plus in my book!  Yes, the only ingredient needed besides water is brown rice, but I came home with 3 full grocery bags 😉

I chose to go with an organic brown basmati rice and followed the directions for rice cereal using “powder”.  I poured a bunch of rice into my mini food processor – maybe a bit too much.  You should probably work in batches of about 1/2 cup.  If I had worked in smaller batches, and had just kept at it, the other step I did probably wouldn’t have been necessary.  The step I added was to pull out my small sifter and I would grind the rice for awhile in the mini food processor and then dump it into the sifter over a bowl, sift, dump larger pieces back into the food processor, grind some more, sift, grind, sift, grind…I probably ended up with about 1 1/2 cups of powder.

This morning, I prepared him a bowl.  Here is how (according to the site mentioned above):

Ingredients:

1/4 c. rice powder
1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil in saucepan.  Add the rice powder while whisking constantly.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes; whisking frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and scoop a small amount into a bowl and store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge.
  4. Add in breast milk, formula, or fruit, if desired.  Serve warm.

Since this was my baby boy’s first solids, I stuck with 1 1/2 Tbsp. of cereal and 1 Tbsp. of cold breast milk (the cereal was still really hot so the cold breast milk cooled it off nicely).

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hubby strapped our baby boy into the highchair, put on an appropriate bib for the occasion and we were ready to go!

First bite…

…and the reaction…

Yeaaahhh, not the reaction I was looking for after the love and work I had put into this!  That’s o.k. though – it’s new…let’s try another bite.

This face made me chuckle 😀

Maybe I should have gone with plain brown rice instead of basmati.  Maybe the texture was off for him (it was a bit coarse).  Maybe it’s just new and we need to keep trying.  Maybe my baby boy just wants some darn brand-name, processed, plain ol’ rice cereal like his brother and sister had 😉

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