What are the different porridge’s we can give to a baby above 6 months and their recipes?
Now that your baby is 6 months old, they’ve got enough nutrients from the breast milk and got to begin consuming solids along with the breast milk. Porridges have always been considered the best for a 6-month-old. Porridge can be made with different base ingredients such as oats, rice, ragi or barley which are all of great nutritional value to your child.
It helps boost metabolism and instantly gives your little one the energy for their ongoing mischief. Now wondering the kinds of porridges, you can feed your baby above 6 months of age? Here are the variety of porridges you can feed them:
• Rice Porridge: Rice is a great source of carbohydrates and vitamins for babies. Broken rice, made with breast milk or formula milk can be given to your child as porridge.
• Cereal Porridge: Porridge can also be made from a variety of single-grain cereals like wheat, millet, barley, oats, etc. These cereals are mostly dried and powdered together or separately, to make gruel.
You can add a variety of fruits and vegetables to these cereals and rice to prepare different kinds of porridges too.
RECIPES OF PORRIDGE:
1. Rice Porridge: This porridge will be high in fibre and great to improve digestion.
Parboiled rice – 2 tbsp or Rice oat – 2 tbsp
Water – 1.5 cups
Step by step instructions to make: Cook the dried rice in a pan until it gets partially puffy – you can avoid this and instead can use handmade rice cereal. Use a blender to pound the rice into a powder and store any additional powder for later use in a sealed shut holder.
For now, take the required measure of powder in a similar pan and add some water to it. Ensure that there are no lumps created and cook it on a moderate flame for around 5 minutes. Feed it warm to your kid.
2. Grain Apple and Banana Porridge:
Grain dry oat powder – 2 tbsp
Apple – 1 little measured apple
Banana – 1 little
Breastmilk or formula milk – ¼ cup
Water – 1 cup
Step by step instructions to Make: De-seed the apples and strip the banana, and puree them with little water. Add grained oats to a pan and continue stirring with water being added to it. After cooking it for ten minutes, add the fruit blend to that. mix well and cook for 3 additional minutes-after it chills off, includes breast milk or formula milk when required.
3. Oats Porridge: Oats being great in fibre content helps in the improvement of the stomach related framework.
Homemade oats Cereal – ¼ cup
Water – ¾ cup
Breastmilk/Formula milk – ¼ cup
Dates syrup/any jaggery alternative to adding sweetness – 1 to 2 tbsp (optional)
Step by step instructions to Make: Take the mix in a pan and add a quarter cup of water while whisking it well. Cook the porridge for five minutes until it thickens and add milk whenever required. Chill it off and serve it warm with formula or breastmilk when required.
4. Ragi Porridge
Crisp ragi – ½ cup
Jaggery – 2 tbsp.
Cooking: Wash and clean the ragi. Soak it in clean water for a night. The following morning blend the soaked ragi into a mixer. Take some water in a dish. Add the pureed ragi to it and let it cook. When it is done, take it off the heat. In some water, break down the jaggery. Blend the cooked ragi and the jaggery syrup together to make porridge.
5. Apple and Oats Porridge
Peeled and chopped apples- 1
Cereal oats- 3 tablespoons
Breast milk/Formula (for children under the age of 12 months)
Cow’s milk (for children over the age of 12 months)
How to cook: In a saucepan, boil water and cook the oats in it. Now take a pressure cooker, and steam the apples. Next, take a blender, puree the apples after they are cooked. Mix the cooked oats and the pureed apples. Add the breast milk or cow’s milk to get the consistency that you need. Serve it to your child warm.
Porridge is one of the best dishes to cook for children, as it is both easy to cook and highly nutritious. Porridge for babies that are 6 months old is a common first-meal as it is rarely rejected by children. You can enjoy eating porridge yourself with your baby. So why not? Happy Feeding.
1. Porridge is a great option for any child above 6 months of age.
2. All sorts of rice and cereal porridges could be given to your little one.
3. You can cook combinations in it by adding vegetable or fruits.
4. It could be a plain rice or ragi porridge or an apple oats porridge.