Who knew it was possible, and even easy, to make homemade baby cereal?

Easy, fresh & nutritious homemade baby cereal recipes – your baby will love it!

Leave the pasty boxed stuff behind and make these tasty Homemade Baby Cereal Recipes for your baby. There’s nothing as healthy or as wholesome and fresh as homemade baby cereals made from whole grains.

While the recommended age for starting solid foods is generally 6 months of age, many babies start solids between 4 and 6 months of age. These recipes are appropriate for this age range.

Dr. Frank Greer, from the Committee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics recently noted in an interview that “Rice cereal has traditionally been the first complementary food given to American infants, but “Complementary foods introduced to infants should be based on their nutrient requirements and the nutrient density of foods, not on traditional practices that have no scientific basis.”

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“Rice cereal is a less than perfect choice for the first complementary food given to infants. Rice cereal is low in protein and high in carbohydrates. It is often mixed with varying amounts of breast milk or formula. Although most brands of formula now have added iron, zinc, and vitamins, iron is poorly absorbed—only about 7.8% of intake is incorporated into red blood cells.” – Read Rice Cereal Can Wait to learn about the new thinking from the AAP.

“For most babies it does not matter what the first solid foods are. By tradition, single-grain cereals are usually introduced first. However, there is no medical evidence that introducing solid foods in any particular order has an advantage for your baby.” Source: 09/2008 – Starting Solid Foods (Copyright © 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics)

Always use brown rice when making homemade cereals, it’s just more nutritious!

What type of Rice do I use for Homemade Baby Rice Cereals?

Rice Cereal using “powder” for babies 4 to 6 months +  Homemade baby cereal

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Rice Cereal with whole rice for babies 4 to 6 months +  Homemade baby cereal

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May be frozen but upon thawing, may turn a bit rubbery.


Oatmeal Cereal for babies 4 to 6 months +  Homemade baby cereal

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Barley Cereal for babies 4 to 6 months +for babies 6 to 8 months +  Homemade baby cerealHomemade baby cereal

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Do I Need to Cook the Rice “Powder” Before I Serve it?

You need to cook the rice-oatmeal-barley powder prior to serving because when you make your own cereal(s) you are taking a whole grain and grinding it into a powder. This powder should be cooked because the grains were not cooked prior to your processing them into a powder. This powder would not be easily digested if left in its “raw” state.

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Why Doesn’t Commercial Baby Cereal Need to be Cooked?

The reason that you don’t “cook” commercial baby cereal is that commercial baby cereal is precooked and then dehydrated. Commercial baby cereal is most often made from grain that has been processed and then milled into a flour. You notice this difference when you dump out some “flakes” of commercial cereal(s) and also when you mix up some commercial cereal and find a thin pasty substance in the bowl.

Can Homemade Baby Cereal be Stored in the Refrigerator?

Homemade Baby Cereal may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours maximum. As with thawing frozen homemade baby cereal, you may find the texture changes. Simply warm the baby cereal and then add liquid of your choice, as needed, to reconstitute to a texture your baby prefers.

Can Homemade Baby Cereals be Frozen?

Yes, you may freeze homemade cereal. You would use the ice cube tray method (or whatever method of freezing you currently use) as you would for other baby food purees. It tends to be easier to grind and then store the uncooked grains and simply cook a day’s worth as you go. It often happens that when you thaw the cereal, it becomes rubbery and does not reconstitute well. We do hear from parentswho have great luck in freezing cereal. You may want to try freezing a few portions and see how it works for you.

Storing Grains You Have Ground for Homemade Baby Cereal:

Grains that you have ground should be stored in an airtight container in a dry area of your cupboard or in the refrigerator. Whole grains may be stored for several months in a cool dry place. If the temperature becomes extremely warm in your home, you may wish to store the grains in the refrigerator.

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Milled whole grains, such as rice flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour and the like, should be stored in an air tight container and preferably in your refrigerator. You can store them in a cool dry place however ensure that you check on the status of the grains if you use them infrequently. Since these are whole grain flours, the natural oils that come from the grain may become rancid without refrigeration. When purchasing any type of milled whole grain, it’s always best to buy smaller quantities to ensure that your whole grains are used prior to them going rancid.

Grains for CerealsRice Oatmeal Barley Buckwheat/Kasha Kamut Millet Pasta Quinoa


Baked Apple Cereal for babies 6 to 8 months + Homemade baby cereal

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Mixed Grain Cereals and More for babies 6 to 8 months + Homemade baby cereal

30 Minute Cream of Grain Cereal

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Optional: Add sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, blueberries, peaches and/or nut milk (consult your pediatrician about the use of nut milk prior to using it.). From: http://www.keats.com/news/w96meal.html

Oatie Banana Cereal for babies 8 to 10 months Homemade baby cereal

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Rice Breakfast Pudding for babies 6 to 8 months + Homemade baby cereal

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Pastina and Bananas for babies 8 to 10 months  Homemade baby cereal

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**A few sources do say to not introduce wheat until after 1, 2 or even 3 years old. The majorities of sources however indicate and agree that wheat may be introduced around the age of 8-9 months old. It is best to wait to introduce wheat until you are certain that your infant has no reactions to rice, oats or barley. Consult your baby’s pediatrician. Visit Wheat for Your Baby topic to learn more about Wheat, Gluten and Babies

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