Oatmeal is considered to be good for babies, it has the least allergic reactions as compared to other cereal and staples. You can introduce oatmeal to your babies, as and when your baby reaches 6 months of age.
Some of the health benefits of Oatmeal for babies include high in energy, easy to digest, improves the immune system, good supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and not the least, of course, acts as a natural laxative.
How to cook:
1 table spoon oats
half cup water
3 - 4 raisins (natural sweetner)
Boil diced apples, raisins and oats in a small amount of water.
Keep stirring and bring it to boil. Oats must be boiled thoroughly (for at least 15 minutes) before serving. Also, make sure to add enough water when cooking .
Cool the mixture and grind it in the food processor to turn it almost into a puree.
Instead of apple you can add different kinds of fruits and vegetables like pear, carrots etc. And instead of raisins you can add Prunes.
Prunes are easy to digest. Babies transitioning to solid food often suffer bouts of constipation, and the mild laxative power and high fiber content of prunes help counteract this. Prunes are also a good source of potassium and vitamins A and C. WholesomeBabyFood.com states that they are a low allergy risk. Many babies like the sweet taste of fruit as a first food and take to it quickly.
Do not add fruit or vegetable for the first time:
When you’re giving oatmeal to your baby for the first time, make sure that you don’t add any fruit or vegetable or herb to the oatmeal. Remember that the first time you feed is like a test dose to the baby, only to note whether or not your baby is allergic to oats. You can add herbs and vegetable to oatmeal later on, to make it interesting.