When it comes to starting your baby on solid foods, you can’t go wrong with oatmeal. It is a very nutritious food that is gentle on your baby’s digestive system and packed full of nutrients. Here are five wonderful benefits of oatmeal you should consider when you start feeding your child solid foods.
1. High in Fiber and Nutrients
Oatmeal contains high amounts of fiber, magnesium, iron and zinc. As your baby grows, they will need to eat foods that contain more nutrients and vitamins than those just found in breast milk, formula and cow’s milk alone. Oatmeal is a great way to introduce textures because the oats are soft, but still retain their structure. Oatmeal's strong nutritional profile will aid in baby's growth and development.
2. Gentle on Digestion
It is recommended for babies to start solid foods when they reach six months of age. Oats are a single grain food that are easy on your baby’s digestive system. They help promote fullness and a healthy appetite while preventing gas.
3. Prevents Constipation
Many babies tend to experience constipation when they start new foods. Oatmeal is a fiber-rich food that acts as a natural laxative to help prevent constipation. The fiber in oatmeal adds bulk to their stools to make the bowel movement process easier and gentler.
4. Blends Well With Other Foods
You are not limited in how you prepare oatmeal for your baby. You can mix fruits, vegetables and other foods into it to make it more flavorful and exciting for your baby to enjoy. You can also use it to help with the introduction of other new solids, like mashed banana or mashed berry. We love this organic baby oatmeal, easily mixed with breast milk, formula, or water for a gentle transition to solids. You can also choose to serve oatmeal warm or cold. With such a fast prep time and so much flexibility, oats are an ideal everyday breakfast for your little.
5. Promotes Health
Oats contain high amounts of protein and other healthy ingredients that can help boost your child’s immunity and improve the condition and appearance of their hair and skin. It is also a good source of energy.
Rice Cereal versus Oatmeal:
Many parents are faced with a choice when deciding what is the best cereal to give to baby when they start the weaning process. We dive a bit into both sides of the arguments here. While you should always follow your pediatrician's advice for your baby, we help explain the benefits of rice cereal versus oatmeal for your baby.
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