Thursday, January 05, 2006

Rice Porridge Recipe

Here are some recipes for homemade rice porridge, which you can start feeding your baby at 4 months. Of course, the standard advice is to wait to introduce solids until six months if you're breast feeding. But you'll know if your baby needs to eat.

"They" say that feeding a baby doesn't help her sleep through the night. All I can say is that my little angel stopped waking up every two hours when I started feeding her rice porridge during the day.

The thin porridge can be given in a bottle. I could never give this to Emma because she absolutely refused to take a bottle.

Thin Porridge (grød in Danish)
1 cup of water
2 tsp corn flour or rice flour
1 cup of formula or breast milk
-Let the flour and water boil for 1-2 min. Let cool to room temperature and add formula.

Regular Porridge (to feed with a spoon)
1/2 cup of formula or breast milk
1/2 cup of cold water
2 1/2 tbsp of corn or rice flour
1 tsp butter
-Bring the flour, formula and water boil and reduce heat. Cook for 2½ min and remove from heat. Add butter and let cool to room temperature.

The butter is actually quite important. I can't remember where I read that normal fat in a baby's diet helps their brain develop. Normal fat meaning a baby SHOULD NOT be on a low fat diet like the mommy who is trying to lose those last 10 lbs from pregnancy that just won't come off.


Anonymous said...

You shouldnt really give babies any dairy until they are 12 months old. It can cause allergies and mild hormonal imbalances, as well as short term problems like constipation.
Also the salt (even present in unsalted butter) is not particularly good for babies.
their stomach isnt mature enough yet

Anonymous said...

many people are so hypocritically concerned about salt, milk, or butter for a baby...but have they REALLY read WHAT they put on those BABY FORMULA MILKS??? Practically worst than we realize BPA, rocket fuels and heaven knows what else that makes most baby's immune system react through allergies!!!Organic salt, butter or milk, God-given and natural,is FINE if you ask me as long as its given sensibly for the baby, in minute amount. Use your common sense!