How to make your own baby oatmeal cereal
Many moms are going to organic homemade baby foods for their newest edition. This is because store-bought baby foods contain allergy triggers, preservatives, or chemicals your baby does not need. In an article published in 2011, it was found that Arsenic and toxic metals were found in baby foods. In a more recent article 2013, it was found that baby food consumers had a heavy amount of lead found in their brands of baby foods.
After many moms found how their babies reacted after being fed baby foods on the shelves, most switched to organic or rather making their own baby foods. It was found that 40 percent of babies who consumed certain brands of baby foods on the shelves had an allergic reaction to the chemicals in the product.
Sometimes it’s not the food itself that the child is allergic to, but the chemicals and additives that are put into the foods. Children’s bodies weren’t meant to digest and breakdown these foods. It’s unfortunate that children are even exposed to all these chemicals and toxins. The best thing anyone can do is just make their own foods and at least eliminate most of the chemicals that humans ingest.
Says Cindy L Gould, a certified Holistic Health Practitioner of Sacred Earth Aromatics. One mom took matters into her own hands when she noticed a black powder residue on the baby dish she had the cereal in. Heather Hyde of Arizona shares what she did to help her son.
- Organic Oatmeal (you can get gluten-free if you choose)
- Breast milk (or formula)
- Some fruit (optional
Grind the oatmeal. After grinding use 1/4 cup of oatmeal to 3/4 cup of water, depending on the thickness for the stage of baby. Simmer on medium low heat for about 10 minutes. After simmer, add breast milk (or formula). Once mixing, put into ice-cube trays and top off (optional) with fruit. This way there is a better idea on what ratio baby is getting. It took three batches to get two trays at half full. That’s roughly 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons. It works better if you double the recipe it doesn’t come out as thick. Heather used thick oats only because they were out of everything else. It cost .28 for 12 days if cereal.
We asked Heather why she went organic with her second child and she explained to us that at the time of her first child, formula and prepackaged foods were convenient, and she also didn’t really think it was “unhealthy”.
Why would baby food not be good for them?
So when Heather gave birth to her second child, she made a promise that she would be more diligent on breast-feeding since it’s healthier for the baby. After that all organic snowballed from there. However, at her second child’s 4 month checkup, the doctor gave her the green light to start on rice cereal.
So being the excited mommy I was I ran out bought rice cereal (big name brand) and all the goodies to go with it, New spoons, bowls etc. So that night I used one of my clear Tupperware little bitty containers for his first test run. At the end of the feeding I noticed a black powder residue. Eww, my dishes are clean! I thought to myself. So I tried cereal again the next night and same thing. Well this is not ok, so I decided to do some research. Turns out I’m not the only mommy that had noticed it, which this led to me finding out that all this iron fortified stuff that is pushed on babies isn’t as necessary as it makes it out to be since they don’t absorb it as much as they do the iron that is naturally in breast milk. With that door being opened I realized the shelf life of baby foods, which I never bothered to pay attention to before. I don’t want to eat something that can last that long shelf stable so why would I want to give that and all the preservatives to my little one whose gut and body’s bacteria are trying to develop? Being a stay home mommy I have no excuse to take 20 minutes of my day to make a week or two worth of healthy food. It’s just nice to know that what’s in it I’d what I choose not some random guess by a company that doesn’t have my baby’s best interest at heart.
Many moms who choose to make their own baby food, end up never switching back to jar baby food on the shelves. Some moms even feel that organic all the way is the best to go to avoid many toxins in products.
Do you use Organic products or make your own? Let us know!
Featured Article Photo Credit: Heather Hyde