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What are Some Different Types of Baby Cereal?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated Feb 27, 2024
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Baby cereal is usually the first solid food that a new baby enjoys. Normally, the use of baby cereal begins just as the weaning from mother’s milk or formula begins. While there are only a few basic types of baby cereal, there is also the option of purchasing commercially prepared cereals as well as making the baby cereal at home. Here is what you need to know about the various types of baby cereal.

In most cases, baby cereal is a good example of a single grain cereal. Just as there are a number of cereals for young people and adults that are built around one particular type of grain, the same is true for commercially produced baby cereal. One advantage is that it is easy to find cereal that does not include grain options that are not good for your baby. For example, if your baby does not tolerate corn based products well, it is possible to find other single grain cereals that do not contain even trace amounts of corn.

One popular choice of baby cereal is rice. Rice cereals for babies feature grains of rice that have been cooked and pulverized. The cereal rice is a good source of thiamin, an important B vitamin. At the same time, this type of baby food helps to add fiber to the baby’s diet, which is also essential. Commercially prepared rice cereals are normally packaged in small jars that contain no more than two servings.

Along with rice as an ingredient for baby cereal, oatmeal is also a popular option. Like rice based cereals, oatmeal cereal is finely ground, offers nutrients that the baby needs in order to grow, and also provides an excellent source of fiber in the diet. This type of baby cereal is also available in commercial versions and is generally sold in small jars.

For parents who wish to use baby cereal that is not full of a lot of additives, there is always the option of making the cereal at home. The process is not difficult and requires nothing more than a food processor or coffee grinder. The raw grain is ground into a fine powder that can be divided into single servings and stored until needed. In this form, the raw cereal grain will keep well for quite some time.

When needed, simply take out a single serving and dump the raw cereal grain into a small pot. Allow the grain to cook in a small amount of water. When the cereal is fully cooked, it can be served with a small amount of formula, providing the cereal with a taste that the baby is already familiar with. As the baby gets older and is able to tolerate more solid food, crushed slices of banana or pureed fruit may also be added to the baby cereal. Best of all, parents know exactly what is going into the baby cereal and can rest assured there is nothing in the cereal to cause the baby any type of discomfort.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGeek, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By farza — On Oct 23, 2013

Mother’s milk is the best food for your baby. It contains all the elements that your baby needs to grow (vitamins, essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, protein). You can feed grain flour enriched with iron to your child as the first solid food for your child. You can also feed your child with cerelac infant cereal which are available in different flavors, from the fourth month of your child’s birth after consulting with a pediatrician.

A good way to help your child to accept new flavors and textures is to feed your baby with gluten free flour cereals. You must simply dissolve several teaspoons of flour cereals (one to two tablespoons in the beginning) into a deep bowl and add water. This will help your child get enriched with iron.

Fruits and vegetables are essential nutrients for the balanced diet for your child. Provide cooked fruits and vegetables for your child. Make a puree of fruits like apples, bananas, apricot, peaches etc without adding sugar, and vegetables like zucchini, carrots, green beans without adding salt and feed your child.

By cupcake15 — On Jul 24, 2010

Sunshine31- I used to do that too. I would also make my own baby food with a food processor. I would chop up various vegetables and then puree them in a blender.

This way the baby food was natural and I would always use vegetables that were easier to digest. I would also boil some vegetables and when they soften I would put them in a blender to combine the vegetables. This was cheaper than buying baby food in a jar.

By sunshine31 — On Jul 24, 2010

I just want to add that I always used Gerber’s rice and oatmeal flavored cereal for my children. Sometimes I would add a jar of banana baby food to the cereal mix and my children loved it because it gave the cereal a sweeter taste.

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