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Baby porridge

(42 Posts)
incywincy123 Tue 23-Jan-18 14:02:07

What do you feed your 7m/o for breakfast?

What brand do you use? And what's your reasons for this?

I am trying my LO on porridge but didn't know between Ella's, Aptamil and Cow and Gate

ems137 Tue 23-Jan-18 14:04:31

Tbh I've only really used ready brek and added fruit, cinnamon or honey (at 1yr) for flavour.

The baby brands can be quite sugary and very expensive, especially if they eat more than a small pot at a time.

HeyMicky Tue 23-Jan-18 14:20:17

Mine had weetabix, Rice Krispies or Cheerios at that age, with cows milk. Stuff they could pick up if necessary with fingers

incywincy123 Tue 23-Jan-18 14:25:03

I thought they couldn't have cows milk yet?

AssassinatedBeauty Tue 23-Jan-18 14:27:51

They can have cows milk as part of food from 6 months, just not as a main drink until 12 months.

I just used ordinary porridge oats to make porridge, much cheaper than specific baby brands.

dementedpixie Tue 23-Jan-18 14:33:01

Theu can have cows milk with cereal and in foods just not as the main drink. Mine had ready brek or weetabix at that age with fruit puree mixed in

Wow1234 Tue 23-Jan-18 14:33:49

My daughter used to love the Ella's kitchen one in the red packet - think it was strawberry raspberry? I used to just add some whole milk and stir it and give it her cold and she loved it! I think it's a little sweeter which meant she really enjoyed it. It was quite expensive but seemed to lag as she only needed small amounts.

You could also just give weetabix with whole milk and mashed bananas or something which might work out more economical.

ElphabaTheGreen Tue 23-Jan-18 14:34:47

Definitely don't buy any of the brands you mentioned. Ready Brek is easiest, or just normal, supermarket value-brand porridge oats. Weetabix with warm milk is also good.

Yes, cow milk in food is absolutely fine from 6mo, just not as a drink.

Nan0second Tue 23-Jan-18 14:36:09

Just use normal porridge oats if 6 months.
As above you can use cows milk in food.
If you have to sweeten it, you could use fruit like mashed banana or add a couple of drops of vanilla essence but most babies will eat it as it comes.

Mybabystolemysanity Tue 23-Jan-18 14:36:30

Mine gets Tesco super smooth porridge made up with powdered formula and boiling water. Just pop it in the microwave.

We found all the rice and things in baby cereals bunged her up, but she's fine on just oats.

Foggymist Tue 23-Jan-18 14:40:32

Just use normal porridge, doesn't have to be branded "baby" porridge, most are just marketing nonsense.

ANother27 Tue 23-Jan-18 14:43:16

I used cow and gate then realised the tesco own kids porridge was a lot healthier (less sugar and salt) and over half the price for a lot more porridge!! Also add fruit purée occasionally. My DS also has weetabix with cows milk too which he loves warm! (Very nice on winter mornings!) grin

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Tue 23-Jan-18 14:44:52

Baby porridge is full of sugar. It's quite shocking actually. Readybeak or weetabix with cows milk are perfect for this age.

Wtfdoicare Tue 23-Jan-18 14:45:06

Normal porridge, go easy on fruits/honey added to it as they have a lot of sugars and can encourage a sweet tooth. The baby rice porridge is horrible, reminded me of wallpaper paste!

incywincy123 Tue 23-Jan-18 17:38:55

Oh wow. I never knew about cows milk!!

Thanks everyone smile

incywincy123 Tue 23-Jan-18 18:03:49

You know. I actually feel really stupid now for going out and buying "baby porridge" and spending lots on it instead of using regular porridge. I didn't know I could.

Naive first time mum eh? sad

insertimaginativeusername Tue 23-Jan-18 18:25:29

Bless you, it's understandable given the marketing around baby food. But to echo PPs, mine had ready brek, weetabix, Cheerios and rice crispies, all with whole milk. I usually found that own brand versions were better too, less sugar, more fortified vitamins, not sure if that's still the case as I'm less obsessed careful now.

lizzlebizzle33 Tue 23-Jan-18 18:29:00

Just ordinary porridge oats with a little bit of honey, made with whole cows milk. Much cheaper than the baby stuff, and you can finish what they don't eat! 😄

dementedpixie Tue 23-Jan-18 18:31:24

Avoid honey under age 1

AssassinatedBeauty Tue 23-Jan-18 18:34:36

Yes, it's worth repeating the no honey for under 1s advice (either raw or cooked). If you want to add sweetness then a bit of mashed banana, grated apple or some squashed blueberries is enough.

Lules Tue 23-Jan-18 18:34:50

Ha. I remember a similar thread where people told me to give my baby readybrek rather than baby porridge (I used whichever one it is in the blue packet) because it was identical. Except it’s not, because it’s not as smooth so every single time I gave it to him he gagged and vomited. Good times.

wetsnow Tue 23-Jan-18 18:35:16

Porrige fingers are great too.

Porridge oats and milk Shap into a pancake and microwave. Then cut into fingers. smile

villainousbroodmare Tue 23-Jan-18 18:35:31

If you want to make it really creamy and also cook much faster, you can whizz the oats in a blender or food processor, or rub it with your fingertips as if you were making pastry by hand. That's all that Ready Brek is, with extra sugar and salt. Cooking it with milk as the liquid rather than water makes it nicer and more nutritious, as well as less likely to go mad in the microwave. Cheap and super healthy.

AssassinatedBeauty Tue 23-Jan-18 18:38:22

ReadyBrek doesn't have any added sugar or salt.

@Lules your baby sounds like they had an unusually active gag reflex, so I don't think it was ridiculous advice to be given.

dementedpixie Tue 23-Jan-18 18:40:38

Ready brek had no added sugar or salt

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