Age: Gluten-free grains 6 months + grains with gluten 7 months + porridge from whole grain flour 6 months + porridge from whole grains 9 months +
Grains are among the first foods that you can offer your baby. You can start with gluten-free homemade grain porridge, and after the age of 7 months you can also offer grains with gluten if there are no other preconditions to postpone its introduction.
Gluten-free grains are: buckwheat, millet, rice, corn, quinoa, and amaranth.
Grains with gluten are: wheat, barley, oats, and rye.
Homemade grain porridge
There are some peculiarities in the preparation of the porridge, which you should consider. Grains should be:
- first soaked in water with a spoonful of yogurt,
- then rinsed well,
- and only after that cooked.
Keep this in mind when preparing baby food as well as when cooking grains for you. And also, if your baby is younger than 9 month you should prepare the porridge from homemade whole grain flour. Read more about how to properly cook homemade grain porridge here.
How to flavor it
The ready porridge can be combined with a variety of seasonal fruits or vegetables and whatever else suits your baby taste well. If you`ve just started with the solid food introduction, add the fruits boiled in steam or in a little water (5 minutes of cooking is enough). The exception is made for bananas and avocado, which are offered raw from the beginning. When preparing fruit porridge, you can add a tiny amount of coconut oil; add ghee or butter to the porridge with vegetables. This will contribute to the full absorption of the nutrients.
Now, here are my daughter’s favorite combinations:
- Amaranth with banana and figs
- Millet with banana and apricots
- Buckwheat with banana and apple
- Quinoa with avocado and banana
- Oatmeal with banana, peach and plums
- Rye nuts with yogurt, banana and pear
- Rice nuts with bananas and plums
- Corn meal with carrots and banana
As you can see, the banana is always present, simply because my daughter refuses to eat fruit snacks if it`s absent as a taste. But you can safely experiment with the tastes by trusting your imagination and being guided by the preferences of your child.