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Gray baby bowl filled with oatmeal for babies with green spoon resting on top.

Get the recipe: Oatmeal for Babies (Stage One)

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This Oatmeal Recipe for Baby is made with simple nutrient-dense ingredients in less than 10 minutes, and it's perfect for baby's first bite or added into their favorite fruit or veggie puree. Great for 4+ months and up. 



  • Boil: In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  • Add Oats: add in 1 cup of old-fashioned oats along with the chia seeds, hemp seeds and any spices you are using.
  • Cook: turn down the heat to medium-low and cook the oats for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until all of the water is gone and the oats are soft. Let cool slightly. 
    Small saucepan with cooked oats.
  • Blend: transfer the oats to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes, adding water in 1/4 cup increments if needed, until completely smooth. I had to add 1/2 cup of water to my oatmeal. You will want the oat cereal to be on the thinner side so it doesn't become sticky. The oats will continue to absorb liquid as they cool, so add more water, breast milk or formula as needed.
  • Eat: serve to baby or freeze for later. 
    Bowl of oatmeal for baby with spoon resting on top of gray bowl.


Age: 4+ months
Yield: Makes roughly 20 ounces
Type of Oats: This recipe is for old-fashioned oats. For steel-cut or instant oats, read the full post. 
Adding Spices: you can add a big pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice mix, or a smaller pinch of nutmeg or cloves to these oats before blending. 
Chia and Hemp Seeds: are added for a nutritional boost, but you can add or omit if you prefer. You can get both of these at any health food store or online here (chia / hemp).
Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Thawing: Once thawed the oats can become pretty thick. To thin the oatmeal out again, just add water, breast milk, formula or another fruit or veggie to the oatmeal 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

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