When it comes to starting solids, many moms like to begin with baby cereals, and for good reason — their smooth texture and bland taste make them great first foods. But store bought baby cereal, while convenient, isn’t exactly cheap. Standard infant cereals cost around $.40 cents per ounce, and if you want organic, be prepared to pay even more! Organic baby cereals are closer to $.65 or $.70 per ounce.
So how can you enjoy all the benefits of baby cereal without the hefty price tag? Three words: make your own! Sure, making infant cereal requires a few more steps than, say, making mashed bananas 😉 But once you know the basics, you’ll find that it’s not difficult. And the best part? You can use these techniques to make baby cereals out of many types of grains.
Let’s get started!
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*Note: Store bought infant cereal is fortified with iron, a mineral that babies need much more of starting around 6 months of age. If you decide to use homemade baby cereals instead of the store bought varieties, talk to your pediatrician about whether your baby needs supplemental iron.
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