I had a friend recently ask me how I make my oatmeal to feed Connor. She has a son a few months younger and wants to start making him some oatmeal too! I told her that I buy a quick cooking oatmeal and add milk and a fruit such as blueberries, peaches, or apples.
I made some today and took pictures to better explain the process:
Today I made apple oatmeal because I just bought some fresh organic apples from Whole Foods.
First I peel the apples. Next, I slice the apples.
I choose to use 2 apples and double the recipe on the box, if doubling I would use 2-3 apples.
Next I steam the apples in a pot with a small amount of water. Steam until soft.
Next, I measure the oatmeal and add it to organic whole milk in a small saucepan, stir and bring to boil.
When oatmeal begins to thicken add your chopped apples and stir.
Finally, when oatmeal has thickened as desired (approx. 5 minutes), cool and place in freezer trays to pop out and have ready for baby’s breakfast in the morning!
My son is almost 10 months old and eats chunkier food with no problem, but I still made this same meal for him when he was 6 months old, only I would puree it. When pureeing, either puree only the apples or fruit, for babies that will do well with thick oatmeal. For babies 6-8 months I would make the whole batch fruit and all and then place in the food processor to create a smooth, easy to swallow oatmeal.
Hope your baby enjoys the oatmeal, I know mine does!