How much rice cereal for babies first feeding

When Can You Start Feeding Your Baby Rice Cereal

Adding solid foods to your baby’s diet is a big milestone, and you may be wondering when to begin the process and what foods to start with. In the past, single grain infant cereals have been the traditional first choice when transitioning to solid foods, with rice cereal being one of the more popular ones. These days, though it is still OK to start with cereal, experts say that there is no evidence that introducing foods in a certain order provides any advantage for your baby (though babies do tend to like cereal).

Keep in mind that experts highly recommend giving rice cereal as part of a mixed diet of single ingredient choices, rather than as an exclusive food.

Find out how to safely give rice cereal to your baby, and what other infant cereals you might want to give instead.

What Is Rice Cereal?

Rice cereal for babies has been a traditional first food for infants who are being introduced to eating solids. The most common type is a dry powdered cereal, to which liquid is added to form an oatmeal-like consistency, but it can also be purchased premixed. It's one of the single grain cereals that have been recommended for infants when they start on solid foods.

Is Rice Cereal Safe for Your Baby to Eat?

It’s OK to include rice cereal in your baby’s diet as long as you’re not exclusively feeding your baby rice cereal.

The reason experts recommend rice cereal be limited is because of the naturally occurring levels of inorganic arsenic in rice (in this case inorganic refers to the arsenic’s specific chemical compound bound with carbon).

As rice is grown, the plant absorbs more inorganic arsenic from its environment compared to other crops. Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that can enter the food supply through water, soil, or air.

When body weight is considered, a baby’s intake of inorganic arsenic through rice cereal could be three times more than an adult’s. Eating too much rice cereal as an infant can cause long-term health problems.

What Infant Cereals Can You Give Your Baby Instead of Rice Cereal?

Instead of rice cereal, you can offer another single grain infant cereal such as oat or barley cereal. You can find many of these infant cereals in premixed or dry versions to which you would add breast milk, formula, or water to create a consistency that your baby will like.

Look for cereals that are specifically made for babies because they will be fortified with nutrients like iron and zinc that your baby needs.

Just remember that when introducing new foods — including different types of infant cereals — do so gradually, offering one new food at a time, and then waiting a couple of days before adding another food, to watch for any possible allergic reactions. Once your baby has become accustomed to eating solids, feel free to offer a variety of single ingredient, soft foods.

How Many Times a Day Should You Feed Your Baby Infant Cereal?

When your little one is just starting on solids, spoon-feed your baby a small amount of infant cereal once or twice a day, ideally just after he’s been bottle-fed or breastfed. Start with one or two teaspoons of cereal so that your baby can get accustomed to this new food.

Eventually you can introduce other foods one at a time—and you can even make your baby’s food at home.

Are Other Rice Products Safe to Give Your Baby?

Not necessarily. You can give rice to your older baby as part of a varied and balanced diet. However, it’s best to avoid certain rice-based products like rice syrup, often used as a sweetener in processed foods, as well as rice milk, which should not be used as a substitute for cow's milk.

If your child has turned 1 and is sensitive or allergic to cow’s milk, your healthcare provider will be able to recommend milk alternatives if needed, and can also weigh in on any rice products you’re considering giving.

At What Age Should You Start Feeding Your Baby Infant Cereals?

For most babies, 6 months is a good age to start to introduce solid foods, which can include infant cereals. Breast milk or formula will continue to provide most of your baby's nutrition for the first 12 months.

Waiting until this age is important because by this point your baby would have outgrown a natural reflex that all babies are born with that causes them to push their tongue against anything inserted into their mouths. Most babies grow out of this tongue thrust reflex between 4 and 5 months.

Can You Give a Baby Younger Than 6 Months Infant Cereals?

Most babies are not ready for solid foods, including infant cereals, until they are about 6 months old, though some babies could be ready a month or two earlier. Experts recommend that babies be breastfed or bottle-fed (with expressed breast milk or formula until 6 months of age.

How Do You Prepare Dry Infant Cereal for Your Baby?

If you’re using dry cereal, mix one tablespoon of dry cereal with four tablespoons of breast milk, formula, or water; or follow the recommended directions on the container.

Be sure not serve the cereal from a bottle for reasons we mention in the next section. Gradually, you can add less liquid to the dry cereal to find a thickness your baby likes.

Can You Feed Your Baby Cereal in a Bottle?

Although this might be a practice you’ve heard of, don't feed your baby cereal in a bottle unless your baby’s healthcare provider says otherwise. Feeding your baby through a bottle can lead to unnecessary calories—she may consume more food than she actually needs.

Although rice cereal may have been a popular choice, experts now say there are other infant cereals and first foods that may be safer for your baby. If you’re ever unsure about which infant cereal to give, or need advice about expanding your baby's menu, reach out to your baby’s healthcare provider for advice.

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How we wrote this article The information in this article is based on the expert advice found in trusted medical and government sources, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. You can find a full list of sources used for this article below. The content on this page should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult medical professionals for full diagnosis and treatment.

How to Get Started – The Baby's Brew

I will always remember feeding each of my babies their first foods. After months of only breastfeeding and bottles, my husband and I couldn’t wait to introduce the next milestone to each of our babies. But with the first baby at least, there was also apprehension. Our pediatrician had recommended we start with a single-grain baby cereal such as rice cereal, but I didn’t know which one to get and I wanted to make sure I fed my baby the right way!

So to get you started off on the right food with baby feeding 101, I’ve put together this guide to giving your baby cereal for the first time. And it will only get more exciting as you introduce other foods to your little one. 

Choosing a First Baby Cereal

Before you actually feed your baby, you have to choose what you want to give them from the array of cereals and other options available.

Most parents reach for the rice cereal to give their baby as their first food. I know I did as a new mom! It’s an easy choice and one that doctors suggest due to its benefits. It's easy to such as its digest, won’t trigger an allergic reaction and is tolerated well by babies who’ve only been fed breastmilk or formula. It’s also iron-fortified, which babies need as their iron stores start to deplete around 6 months of age. 

Though rice cereal has traditionally been suggested as the best first food for your baby, even many doctors may still give this recommendation, it has gotten a bit of a bad rap in recent years due to the arsenic that’s found in rice - causing parents to look at other options. (This article from Healthy Children explains how you can ensure rice cereal can be used in a healthy diet for your baby.)

If you do choose rice cereal, you’ll want to start introducing other solids to your baby shortly so that’s not all that they are getting, as recommended by the FDA. 

Other Cereal Options Besides Rice

Fortunately, if you want to skip the rice cereal completely, you can! There is no need to feel like this is the only first food for your baby. Many experts share that any iron-fortified single-grain baby cereal is a great choice, such as baby oatmeal or barley. You can even start with other pureed foods which we discuss later on in this article.

When to Start Feeding Your Baby Cereal

Several years ago the recommendation was that parents could feed their babies at four months if they showed readiness signs. But medical advice evolves and this is a guideline that medical experts have changed to give babies the healthiest start possible. 

It’s now suggested that it’s best to wait til closer to your baby’s ½ birthday to introduce solids, especially if he is breastfed. There’s really no reason to rush it!

But it’s not just age you want to pay attention to as we know that all babies develop at different rates.

Here are signs to look for that will let you know your baby is ready for solid foods:

  • able to sit up supported in a high chair
  • has proper head control
  • no more tongue thrust
  • eager to take a spoon
  • are interested in the food that you are eating

If your baby isn’t yet showing these signs, you’ll want to wait a bit longer before starting baby cereal or other solid foods. No need to worry - all babies are ready in their own time! Your baby will continue to get the nutrition they need from their breastmilk or formula so you don’t need to be concerned that they are missing out on important nutrients. If you do have concerns, it’s always best to talk to your pediatrician.

Can you give your baby cereal in a bottle?

Even though your well-meaning grandma may suggest that you mix cereal into your baby’s bottle to help fill them up so they can sleep better, this practice is actually not safe according to the CDC. In fact, they share that it won’t help your baby sleep better anyway. This practice puts your baby at risk for choking or overfeeding and also may encourage parents to start solid foods long before they are ready. 

Instead, follow the guideline to not feed your baby solid foods until he or she is at least 5-6 months in age and watch for the other readiness signs mentioned above. At this point you can feed your baby with a spoon and introduce finger foods as they are ready.  

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How to Introduce Cereal to Your Baby

Breastmilk and formula will continue to be your baby’s primary source of nutrition until the age of one, but cereal is a great way to get them started with supplemental nutrition and transition them to solid foods. So how do you go about it?

Here are the steps to follow to give your baby her first single-grain cereal:

  1. Make sure they meet the recommended readiness signs. This will not only make for a safe feeding experience for your little guy or gal, but it will also be a lot more enjoyable for you.
  2. Plan to feed your little one after they’ve had a full feeding of breastmilk or formula. This way their tummy will mostly be full which means they’ll likely be happy to try a little cereal. (If you try to introduce solids to a hungry baby they will most likely be uncooperative!) Initially you’ll only feed your baby once per day, and it’s up to you when you want that time to be. We recommend choosing a time that your baby is usually in good spirits!
  3. Follow the directions on the label of your chosen baby cereal. You don’t need much to start! 1 tablespoon of cereal mixed with breastmilk or formula until it’s a runny consistency will be plenty for those first couple of feedings. If your baby is used to drinking warm milk or formula, you’ll want to use that same temperature of milk to mix with your baby’s food. (This is why we love the Baby’s Brew portable bottle can choose your baby’s milk temperature with the push of a button!)
  4. Be sure your baby is sitting upright. Ideally this would be in a highchair, but they could also be sitting on your lap. You’ll want them to be wearing a bib as a lot your little one’s food won’t make it into their mouth initially.
  5. Use an infant spoon to feed your baby. Do your best to get the spoon into their open mouth, but just know it’s going to be a bit messy at first as they get the hang of what’s going on. It won’t be long before they are opening wide at mealtime!
  6. Watch for cues from your baby that show that they are full (or are just are no longer interested). If your baby turns their head, is fussy or won’t open their mouth to eat, it’s time to be “all done!”

And that’s it! You can do another feeding the next day (or you can just do every other day) with the same type of cereal. Be sure to wait three - five days before introducing another food so you can keep an eye out for any allergic reactions. This is the recommendation given by the CDC. 

After a couple weeks to a month of successfully feeding your baby once per day you can move to twice per day.

Does cereal have to be your baby’s first food?

Some parents choose to start with a different food or may take baby cereal out of their little one’s diet altogether. Starting with other pureed foods instead is totally fine and may even work better for some babies. WebMD shares that both pureed vegetables or fruits are good starter foods and that there’s no rule saying that baby cereals must be first.  

Some great first foods, if you want to skip the cereal route, include:

  • Avocados 
  • Bananas
  • Blended Red Meat (great source of iron)
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pears

Just remember that these all need to be pureed and made into a runny consistency that’s easy for your baby to eat. Mixing with your baby’s warmed breastmilk or formula will help to bring this to a consistency that your baby can manage. You’ll also want to avoid giving your baby any of the top allergen foods such as the ones listed here unless you’ve been given different advice from your doctor. These are best introduced when your baby gets a little older. 

Still not sure which food to start with? It can be a bit overwhelming! This is a great conversation to have with your doctor before your baby turns 6 months and they can help guide you on what would be the best option. Whatever you choose, it is sure to be an exciting time for your family as your little guy or gal begins his journey of eating "real" food!

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  • Rice porridge for infants
  • First baby food with rice porridge
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • How to cook rice porridge for babies
  • One of the first "adult" dishes on the baby's table is rice. This cereal has earned the trust of nutritionists, pediatricians and parents around the world. Rice is a gluten-free, low-allergenic cereal with a high content of "healthy" carbohydrates (up to 85%), which are perfectly digested in the baby's sensitive digestive tract. Rice is also traditionally used in the therapeutic diets of people with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and intestinal infections. nine0005

    Main useful properties

    The main properties of rice porridge are its low calorie content (44 kcal per 100 g of product) and the optimal ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Rice has a low glycemic index, which contributes to a more efficient supply of glucose to the brain. Protein in rice contains a small amount, but due to its structure, it is perfectly absorbed by the human body (up to 98%). In the fat component of rice, 1/5 part (21%) belongs to fatty acids important for the child's body: oleic (37%), linoleic (41%) and linolenic. The low fat content in rice groats (0.7–1 g/100 g of groats), the optimal ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates (7 g/1 g/74 g) create a long-lasting feeling of fullness when eating ready-made rice dishes. Since rice does not contain coarse dietary fiber, it can be used in the diet of people with diseases of the digestive system, accompanied by excessive motility and gas formation. The vitamin and mineral composition of rice cereal is not as rich as compared to buckwheat or oatmeal. However, rice grains contain a large amount of B vitamins, of which the most are pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and tocopherol (vitamin E). nine0005

    Rice dishes occupy one of the leading positions in the world gastronomic culture. About 5000 recipes based on this cereal are known. Therefore, in baby food, rice porridge does not lose its popularity.

    For breakfast in Russia, porridge is traditionally prepared for children, because the first meal should be high-calorie, satisfying and tasty. The main components of a healthy breakfast should be complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats of animal origin, which take longer to be processed by digestive enzymes. Therefore, the choice of parents in favor of porridge as the main dish in the morning is quite justified. nine0005

    Rice porridge for feeding children in the first year of life

    Children's rice porridge is one of the most popular products in the Baby Premium line. Small gourmets can choose from dairy-free and milky rice porridges, with fruit additives. All cereals of the Baby Premium line have a high safety profile, are enriched with essential vitamins and minerals, which increases their nutritional value.

    The use of fortified baby foods is an important part of nutrition in the first year of life. During the transition of a child from exclusive breastfeeding to the stage of introduction of complementary foods, short-term deficiency states for individual microelements may occur. nine0005

    Lack of proper eating habits in the family, encouragement of the child's independent choice of foods, selectivity in nutrition, restrictive diets are factors that lead to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals in the baby's diet.

    In this regard, health professionals have developed a global strategy to reduce the risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies - the mandatory fortification of daily food, especially regarding the children's menu.

    Thus, it has been proven that no additional non-fortified food can provide the infant with an adequate level of zinc, the deficiency of which causes a decrease in growth rate, intestinal diseases and a decrease in immune tolerance. Accordingly, the child should receive additional zinc with enriched complementary foods.

    The same risk factors include a high prevalence of iron deficiency in children of the 1st year of life due to poor control of maternal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, obsession with diets, premature birth and the development of digestive disorders in the infant in the first months of life. Iron deficiency can cause delayed psychomotor development and other health problems in the baby. With the right balance of trace elements in the diet of both the mother and the baby, this condition can be avoided. nine0005

    Baby Premium baby cereals contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals, but the content of such elements as iron, iodine, zinc, B, A, C vitamins is especially high, which cover up to 10% of the daily requirement for these substances.

    The first complementary foods with rice porridge for children

    Each parent can offer children's rice porridge for breakfast. For healthy babies, complementary foods at 4-6 months can be started with safe, low-allergenic Baby Premium rice porridge and gradually move to milk-based rice porridge, which has a high nutritional value due to the ideal combination of animal proteins and cereals, as well as the additional introduction of vitamins and minerals . In terms of calories, milk porridges are comparable to breast milk (90 kcal and 70 kcal, respectively), in this regard, they perfectly maintain a long-term feeling of satiety and give a stable supply of energy to the little hero.

    If it is necessary to make a more varied diet and introduce the child to new tastes in the Baby Premium line, you can choose milk rice porridge with fruits. Fruit additives in cereals are additional sources of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and also develop the taste buds of a little gourmet.

    If a child has health problems in the form of food allergies, malabsorption syndrome, celiac disease, then he can be recommended for a long time low-allergenic rice porridge, which is also a full-fledged dairy-free cereal dish. The ratio of the main nutrients, the content of vitamins and minerals in it correspond to all physiological norms of consumption in early childhood. Dairy-free rice porridge is enriched with prebiotics in the form of inulin, which will favorably affect the formation of a healthy microbiota in the intestines. nine0005

    The use of Baby Premium cereals in the daily diet of young children allows parents to be confident in the high level of technological, microbiological and chemical safety of the product, its usefulness and ease of preparation in a variety of conditions.

    Dietary Recommendations

    1. Start introducing a new food into the diet with a tiny amount. For the first acquaintance with rice, a quarter of a teaspoon of porridge will be enough for a crumb. Every day, you can increase the serving, gradually trying to reach the amount of one serving recommended by the pediatrician. nine0005

    2. It is best to offer this high-carbohydrate product to babies in the morning.

    3. Postpone rice foods for a while if your baby has bloating, intestinal colic, or problems with bowel movements (constipation).

    4. Having decided how to cook rice porridge for feeding, over time you can enrich the taste of the main dish by adding mashed apple, pear or squash puree to it.

    5. In the Bebi Premium line, along with classic rice porridge, there are options with fruit, vegetable, and cream components. They will introduce the baby to new facets of the taste of a product already known to him a few months after the introduction of the first complementary foods. nine0005

    6. Take the time to teach your child about food etiquette from an early age. Wash your hands before and after eating. If the baby is over 10 months old, let him try to feed himself. To do this, put a beautiful bowl in front of him and offer a spoon that will be comfortable for him to hold.

    How to cook rice porridge for babies

    You can go in two ways - buy a package of regular rice or choose a special ready-made baby porridge from this cereal. Let's consider both options in more detail. nine0005

    Rice groats

    Several varieties of the product can be found on store shelves. These are parboiled, long-grain, round-grain and medium-grain rice. For the first feeding, the last option is best. Such a product absorbs a large amount of moisture during cooking and boils well. Before you cook rice porridge for the first feeding, you need to carefully prepare the grain.

    • Sort by hand to remove possible pebbles and other debris. nine0008
    • Rinse under water until the liquid is clear.
    • Soak rice in warm water, then rinse with cold water.

    It is important to consider the following information:

    • it is not recommended to cook cereals for children under one year old with cow's milk;
    • proportions: for 20 g of rice - 50 ml of water and 100 breast milk or formula;
    • for babies, do not season porridge with salt, sugar.

    Ready porridge

    At the first feeding, the consistency of the food should be light and as homogeneous as possible. The presence of even small lumps in the baby can provoke regurgitation and rejection of food. Therefore, for the smallest, it is permissible to begin acquaintance with rice in the form of a ready-made powder for making porridge.

    In this case, it is better to take the dairy-free version as the very first product. He leaves the mother the opportunity to prepare a dish with the addition of breast milk or a mixture - products with which the baby's body is already familiar. As a rule, a cooking recipe with exact proportions is indicated on the packaging of porridge. nine0005

    When choosing ready-made baby porridge, pay attention to the composition. The presence of dyes, soy products and some other components can cause allergies and other undesirable reactions on the part of the child's body. Bebi Premium rice porridges for the first complementary foods are distinguished by a balanced composition and are additionally enriched with a complex of prebiotics, which contribute to the formation of the correct microflora of the baby's intestines.

    Important! Whichever of the options for how to cook rice porridge for the first complementary foods you choose, only a freshly prepared dish should be offered to the baby. Do not refrigerate leftovers and do not use for subsequent feedings. nine0005

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    How to cook for the first feeding

    Published Author Elena Volodina

    Reading time: 6 minutes 9000 a delicious dish that is one of the first to be introduced into the baby's diet. Many pediatricians consider milk rice porridge to be the optimal ratio of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. Rice is extremely quickly digested, saturates the body with energy and improves mood. Due to its mild and delicate taste, rice porridge for babies can be a good option for first foods. And therefore, the mother of the baby should know how many months a child can be given rice porridge, and also how to cook it. nine0005

    1 How to cook rice porridge with milk and water for a child

    1.1 Composition and benefits of rice porridge for children

    1.2 When rice is given for the first feeding

    1.3 How to cook rice porridge for the first feeding

    1. 3.1 How to do it right boil rice porridge for a child in water:

    1.3.2 How to cook rice milk porridge for a child:

    1.3.3 Delicious additions

    1.4 Possible harm and contraindications

    1.4.1 Similar entries:

    The composition and benefits of rice porridge for children

    Rice porridge in the first complementary foods is very useful, since rice groats are classified as gluten-free products. Due to this, it is recommended to cook it for a baby with frequent food allergies.

    The benefits of rice porridge for a child of different ages:

    1. Rice contains vitamin B, C, E, PP, which stimulate the functioning of nerve cells, strengthen hair and nail plates, increase immune defense. nine0008
    2. Complex carbohydrates are vital for strengthening and replenishing the body's energy costs.
    3. Phosphorus, iodine, sulfur, selenium and other minerals - provide active intellectual and physical development of a one-year-old child.
    4. Rice flour contains 8 essential amino acids that speed up metabolic processes and cell regeneration.
    5. Oligosaccharide - improves the functioning of the digestive system, stimulates intestinal peristalsis and solves the problem of frequent constipation. nine0008
    6. Lecithin - stimulates brain activity, strengthens memory and susceptibility to learning.
    7. The energy value of porridge in water is 77 kcal, in milk - 98 kcal.

    Rice dish can be given to babies with insufficient weight gain, moodiness, anxiety, sleep disturbances. This tasty and nutritious treat is great to add to your baby's diet for skin rashes, redness, dermatitis, and diaper rash.

    This cereal is also recommended for pregnant and lactating women suffering from frequent bloating and stool disorders. It gently envelops the gastric mucosa, and due to its easy digestibility, it does not burden the digestive organs. nine0005

    When rice is given for the first feeding

    Answering when rice porridge can be added to the diet of a newborn, pediatricians advise doing it a few weeks after he was given buckwheat.

    Basic rules for introducing a rice dish to the children's menu:

    1. Children's rice porridge is given to an artificial baby at the age of 7 months, for breast-fed babies it is recommended to prepare a treat at 9 months.
    2. For "tasting" complementary foods must be boiled in water. Milk porridge is allowed to be made at about 1 year old, because it is quite difficult to digest by the digestive system. nine0008
    3. Do not add granulated sugar to the finished dish, and do not add salt. By the year, you can add butter to the porridge.
    4. Complementary foods are given well-mashed, to the state of sour cream.
    5. A 7-month-old baby can eat rice porridge with the addition of mother's milk or an adapted formula.
    6. For the first time the baby is offered a small portion of rice porridge - no more than a teaspoon, in the morning.
    7. The consistency for the first samples should be quite liquid, reminiscent of sour cream. Gradually, the baby can be given treats with a thicker and more viscous consistency. nine0008
    8. Rice groats are not considered food for daily consumption. With good tolerance, it can be given to the crumbs twice a week, with a tendency to constipation - once every 8-12 days.

    Listen to Dr. Komarovsky's expert opinion on rice for children (beginning at 5:34): milk, it is necessary to carefully observe the reaction of the child's body to a new product. In the absence of negative manifestations, the next day, the amount of complementary foods is doubled. The maximum allowable portion for a one-year-old child is 190-220 g.

    Moms should remember that any new complementary foods are introduced into the child's diet only when he is completely healthy, vigorous and active. Also, the baby should not be given a new dish if he has a preventive vaccination or immediately after it.

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    How to cook rice porridge for the first feeding

    depending on taste preferences and age of the child. A 7-8-month-old baby should eat porridge on the water; for a one-year-old child, you can cook a nutritious and satisfying milk porridge. nine0005

    How to properly cook rice porridge for a child on water:

    • Pour two tablespoons of cereal in a saucepan with 250 ml of boiling water;
    • put on a small fire - the dish is cooked for 25-30 minutes;
    • leave the cooked porridge covered for 12-15 minutes;
    • grind food with a blender;
    • Give your baby warm.

    A small amount of butter and sugar can be used to make rice porridge. This dish is best cooked after the child is one year old. nine0005

    How to cook rice milk porridge for a child:

    • Pour 2 tablespoons of thoroughly washed rice groats into a small saucepan;
    • cover with a cup of boiling water;
    • porridge should be simmered for 22-25 minutes;
    • chop the finished dish with a blender and pour over a cup of milk;
    • boil again on low heat for 8-10 minutes.

    Baby milk rice porridge for babies over one year old will taste better with the addition of a small slice of butter and granulated sugar. nine0005

    Delicious additions

    Rice flour

    • Pour a tablespoon of rice flour (ground in a coffee grinder) with 3 tablespoons of cool water;
    • Pour 100 ml of milk (or an adapted milk mixture) into the flour and put it on a slow fire;
    • boil for 4-6 minutes, stirring constantly.

    You can add a pinch of sugar. But many pediatricians recommend adding sweeteners only after 9-11 months.


    • Pour 100 g of rice cereal into the multicooker bowl;
    • add a teaspoon of granulated sugar to it;
    • pour in 200 ml of milk and the same amount of filtered water;
    • Cook a dish with the "Milk porridge" or "Rice" function switched on.

    After the beep sounds, set the “Heating” mode and simmer the porridge for another 13-15 minutes, season with butter before serving.

    With prunes or dried apricots

    An appetizing and satisfying dish is prepared very simply - pour dried fruits with boiling water and leave for a while to soften. Prepare rice milk porridge according to any recipe, cut prunes or dried apricots into small pieces and pour into the porridge. Before feeding the baby, grind it with a blender. nine0005

    Strawberry or raspberry

    • 2-3 tablespoons of strawberries or raspberries, pass through a sieve;
    • mix strained juice with the same amount of water and bring to a boil;
    • Mix a glass of boiled berry broth with a tablespoon of grits and cook until tender.

    To prepare such a dish, any seasonal berries to which the child is not allergic are used.

    For the children's menu, you can use the recipe for rice porridge in water or milk with various additives. They improve the taste of the dish, so the kids will eat it with appetite. Moms can choose from 9 delicious and healthy additions0005

    • pumpkin;
    • carrots;
    • dried apricots, prunes and other dried fruits;
    • raspberry;
    • strawberry;
    • apples;
    • apricots;
    • pears.

    When adding raisins and other dried fruits, they must first be soaked in hot water and then cut into small pieces. Vegetables and fruits are crushed with a blender to a puree state and mixed with rice.

    Possible harm and contraindications

    Rice is one of the nutritious and healthy cereals, but it can also harm the child's body. The main recommendations of doctors on the use of the product:

    1. Groats have fixing properties. Therefore, with a tendency to frequent constipation, its amount in the children's diet must be limited.
    2. The product does not contain gluten, but it does contain vegetable protein, which can provoke allergic reactions accompanied by nausea, bloating, stool disorders. nine0008
    3. White rice contains a high amount of sugar, so children with diabetes should eat it in a strictly limited amount. Brown rice is your best bet.
    4. If you are allergic to lactose, the dish is prepared exclusively with water.
    5. Before cooking, it is recommended to rinse the cereal at least 5-7 times - the water must remain completely clean. This treatment is necessary because many growers treat cereal crops with chemicals when grown. nine0008

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    Rice porridge is a product that must be in the children's diet. It is allowed to enter the menu from 7-9 months, depending on the type of food the child has. Even the most capricious kid will like mouth-watering cereals with the addition of fruits or berries, and mothers will appreciate the ease and simplicity of their preparation.

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