Rice cereal is one of the most common first foods for babies. It is easy to digest, sits well, and doesn't carry the allergenic potential of other wheat-based cereals because it is gluten free. Make enough for your little one, or prepare a larger serving for the older children!
Grind rice into a powder, using either a food processor or blender.
Pour water into a small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil.
Add the rice powder into the boiling water, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds.
Cover the pot, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for 7–8 minutes, or until the rice is a smooth, thick consistency. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Let cool to lukewarm. Thin with breastmilk or formula to desired consistency. For a baby just starting solids, the cereal should be thin and run off the spoon easily.
Baby's First Foods
Rice, oatmeal, barley, and corn are all excellent grains that can be prepared into cereals. Beware, though, of cereals that may contain wheat. As a common allergen, wheat should not be introduced into your baby's diet until she's about 1 year old. Without risk factors, cereals including wheat can be introduced by 6–8 months.
¼ cup white or brown rice
1 cup water