Feeding your baby is confusing! When we first started giving solids we were so nervous. We didn’t want to make the wrong move and give our baby the wrong baby food.
So what kind of baby oatmeal should you start with? Can I give my baby rolled oats? What about steel cut oats?
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We wanted to start adding more substance to their diets so we decided it was time to start baby oatmeal.
So what oatmeal should you be giving your baby? Baby oatmeal? Rolled Oats? Steel Cut oats? Rice cereal?
I am embarrassed to admit before kids I didn’t know the difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats. A lot of baby books recommend old-fashioned rolled oats, but I wanted to find out for myself.
After some research I found steel cut oats are less processed. Both are from oat groats, but steel cut oats are chopped into thick pieces while rolled oats are steamed then rolled/flaked to flatten.
Baby oats are simply steamed and flaked into a thinner piece of oat. The main difference is in the level of processing. Overall, there is not a large difference in the nutritional value, but many people suggest steel cut oats are slightly more nutritious because they are the least processed.
Pros of Steel Cut Oats
- Less processed
- May have a lower glycemic index, but this is debated
- Higher in calories compared to old-fashioned rolled oats
- Less sugar (but this is minimal 1g versus 0g)
Cons of Steel Cut Oats
- Take longer to cook
- May be thicker in texture
What Type of Oatmeal We Use:
It becomes a personal preference whether you choose to use steel cut oats versus old-fashioned rolled oats. We use Bob’s Red Mill organic steel cut oats and organic rolled oats. We also recently found Little Duck Organics Mighty Oats and we love this as a cereal option. Cereal and/or oatmeal is important in a baby’s diet because it’s a great source of iron.
Here is a super easy recipe I used for Izzy’s first oatmeal!
Save money by making your baby’s oatmeal at home. You can also avoid added preservatives by using organic steel cut oats or rolled oats.
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1/4 cup breastmilk or formula
Bring the water to boil in saucepan.
Add the steel cut oats.
Turn the heat to simmer and stir occasionally.
Cook for 15-20 minutes.
The longer you cook the oats the creamer they will become.
Take off heat and mix in breastmilk/formula.
Cool before serving.
If you are worried about the texture you can blend the dry steel cut oats to a powder before you cook. Additionally, you can blend the cooked mixture with your favorite fruit to create a sweet fruit oatmeal puree. Keeps in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in a tightly sealed jar.
What is your favorite fruit to add to your baby’s oatmeal?
Disclosure: Google can be your best friend and your worst enemy as a new mommy. There are so many opinions and theories out there! I believe you should do what is best for your baby and before you start any new food talk to your pediatrician. This blog is not meant to replace medical advice (disclosure). I am just a mom who loves to research healthy living options and share them with my friends.