Doctors recommend rice cereal at around 4 months. There are tons and tons of rice cereal brands out there, but we decided we’d give it a shot at making it at home. I actually didn’t know you could make your own until my sister-in-law told us how to do it and it’s so so easy! Also, an added bonus, many store bought rice cereals have added iron, which constipates babies (and adults alike, is that TMI?).
Anyway, if you make your own rice cereal, your baby will probably not get constipated! But if you are concerned about iron, you can get iron supplements and use this same exact recipe and method with oatmeal (use steel cut oats, not rolled).
Buy a spice grinder, also known as a coffee grinder. We made sure to buy a new one because we didn’t want to get even one tiny little drop of caffeine in Gabriel’s system (he seriously didn’t need any help not sleeping).
Grind the rice until it is a fine powder. You can store this powder just as you would whole rice grains, in airtight containers. We use mason jars.
To cook it, use 1/4 rice powder (or oatmeal) to 1 cup of water. Cover it in a saucepan and bring to a boil in a small saucepan and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes. Make sure you taste it to make sure that the rice is cooked through (soft not chewy). If all the water has cooked off, add a little more water until you get a good consistency. Better to overcook than undercook!