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Did You Feed Your Baby Cereal?

Did your blood level rise a little just reading this post title? I never knew this simple question could be so controversial. But when Owen was just about four months old this was the hottest debate on his BabyCenter Birth Club. Granted this particular message board is filled with drama all the time so the baby cereal controversy was simply the fuel of the month.

But it got ugly for awhile. There were those that stood firm that babies should not eat any solids until six months. Rallying against them were moms who started feeding their babies at four months, many with the support of their pediatrician. Then there were those whose baby’s first food was going to be avocado because, according to many, baby cereal has no nutritional value and some even stood behind the report that rice cereal causes obesity later in life.

I don’t blame the moms for getting into such a huff about this topic. Underlying all the heated debate was the simple fact that, as parents, we want to give our babies the best possible start in the world. I just wish that the moms weren’t beating each other up about what is ultimately a personal decision and one that I think has no right or wrong direction. Because really there are going to be a million food-related decisions that we’ll have to make throughout our children’s lives. This is just the first and I guarantee in a few years many of those moms will laugh about the drama (probably while feeding their 3rd child hot dogs as her first food – wink!).

I’m not going to get into what I personally decided to do – you can read it on my post When do you feed babies their first foods? But I am going to share this awesome baby oatmeal recipe that I love from fave baby cookbook author, Annabel Karmel.  I add all kinds of fun variations to it and, at 8 months, Owen is loving is “baby cereal.”

 Baby cereal - pear and apricot oatmealMy favorite oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 6 dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 large pear, peeled and chopped

Put the milk, oatmeal and chopped apricots into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Puree with chopped pear using a handheld electric blender.

A recent variation I did was replaced the apricots and pear with strawberries and apple. I put everything in the saucepan and cooked until the apples were softened then pureed.

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