Dec 15, 2009
It's official. My friends are convinced I've gone off the frugality deep end!
Baby O (aka the Noob) had his 4-month checkup yesterday - and aside from weighing in at a WHOPPING 16lb, 9oz and 26 1/2 inches, most notable was that our pedi gave us the green light to get him started on solid foods!
The thought of paying $3.50 or more a box for the Gerber cereals was making me sick to my stomach...so I did a little poking around online, and discovered how EASY it is to make homemade baby cereal! The most helpful site I found was WholesomeBabyFood.com, they lay out recipes for oatmeal, barley and rice cereals and offer lots of good tips about choosing grains, storing cereal, and preparation. There are also some great recipes for mixed cereals!
Turns out all you need for easy, CHEAP baby cereal is your WHOLE grains (rolled oats, whole brown rice grains, whole barley), a food processer/blender/coffee grinder, and water! (a note: you should NOT use Instant oatmeal, and rolled oats are preferred over quick oats as they have been through less processing)
Homemade Infant Cereal
1/4 cup whole grains (rolled oats, brown rice or barley)
1 cup water
Grind 1/4 cup of your whole grains in the grinder/food processor. The end result should be powdery and smooth with no visible large pieces. While grinding, bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Once water is boiling, whisk in grain powder slowly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for appx 10 minutes. KEEP WHISKING!!! This will prevent it from clumping and burning.
Allow to cool, stir in breast milk, formula, or fruit as desired and to make cereal the desired consistency.
The cooked cereal can be stored in the fridge for up to 72 hours or frozen, so it's easy to make ahead of time. And of course, if you're already making hot whole grain cereal for your family, you can just puree your already-cooked breakfast for the baby!
Cost for an 8-oz box of Gerber cereal: $2.50 to 3.50 ($15-$21 for 42 oz)
Cost for a 42-oz canister of Rolled Oats from Price Rite: $1.79
Savings: $13.20 or more!