Baby cereals serve as a great introduction to solid food in a baby’s diet.
Most brands provide easily digestible and nutritious food usually made with rice, oat, barley, or more. Some are even fortified with iron, which is essential to help your young one grow. Here are five proven and tested baby cereal brands that you can get on the market right now.
Here is our list with the best 5 baby cereals
1. Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain Cereal
Earth’s Best is one of the most popular oatmeal baby cereal options due to its reputation for all-organic farming. No chemical pesticides or herbicides are used with this product, giving it solid food as a baby product. In addition, there are no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives added, even salt!
Another reason for this product’s popularity is its easy and versatile serving methods. You can serve it at room temperature or warm, depending on your child’s preference. If you’re a frequent traveler with your little ones, this benefit saves a lot of prep time.
Unfortunately, one of this baby cereal’s greatest strengths is also its greatest weakness: it’s quite bland. You might have a hard time convincing your baby to take a spoonful if he or she is being picky. And since this cereal doesn’t add preservatives, one box is only consumable for 30 days max. That’s a factor that you might miss when buying bulk or online.
2. Happy Baby Organics Oatmeal & Quinoa Cereal
Having diversity in your child’s diet is important to ensure nutrient adequacy, which supports great development. Happy Baby created their own baby cereal that addresses both the iron, protein and Vitamin C that your baby needs with their oatmeal and quinoa mix. All ingredients used in their packages are organic and non-GMO.
This baby cereal is also one of the most versatile mixes on this list: you can blend them with other cereals to enhance the texture, flavor, and nutrients. It also helps strengthen the digestive system due to its added probiotics, which also helps in alleviating discomfort for kids with the finicky stomach.
But since this baby cereal has tons of goodies included, it is also quite pricey. Although it comes with resealable packages, the servings can be quite small (7 ounces compared to 8 ounces of most brands). This is something that you might consider when feeding multiple babies.
3. Gerber Organic Grain & Grow Morning Bowl
For multi-grain options, Gerber’s organic grain & grow morning bowl might is a great product to start with. Each serving contains oats, red quinoa, farro, and bits of other tropic fruits for a bit of flavor. And since this baby cereal is also loaded with quinoa, one serving can provide 15% of the necessary daily iron intake for infants.
This baby cereal is also a good level-up if you want to introduce new tastes and textures to your little one. Not to mention that each bowl of goodness has a great amount of fiber, which helps supporting growth and development. It’s easy to prepare and smells great after mixing.
But do take caution when feeding a teething baby, as its texture makes it hard to swallow. You might also want to avoid giving this as a first solid food due to its high fiber content that might upset the stomach of younger children.
4. Amara Organic Baby Food
If there is a splurge list for baby foods, the Amara Organic baby food cereal would be the first product on the list. Although it is not as popular as Happy Baby, Gerber’s, or Earth’s Best, parents who used Amara swore by it. It has a reputation of being an all-around food that even picky eaters would enjoy.
Another good thing about this brand is that you don’t have to heat the baby cereal to make it palatable. The content itself comes in powdered form, which helps in retaining nutrients and the natural sweetness of the organic ingredients. Just add water or breastmilk, and you’re good to go: no blending or steaming is needed. However, this baby cereal is significantly more expensive compared to other brands listed above.
5. Quaker Oatmeal
And last but not the least, a good old Quaker oatmeal can be a good alternative for baby cereals. This is a solid option if you don’t have enough space to add baby cereals to your regular shopping list. if your family loves to get a bowl of traditional oatmeal for breakfast, you can let your youngest family member join the fun as well. You can use a blender to make the grains finer and more digestible.
But do note that this might not be the best option for everyone. Some babies are just picky eaters and might not enjoy a bland DIY baby cereal. Other nutritious additions found on fortified baby cereals (like iron) are also not in a regular Quaker box.
Quaker oatmeal baby cereal can be introduced at around 6 months, which is typically the age where parents introduce solid foods.