How to Make Oatmeal For Babies

Finally sharing a highly requested topic from you all: How to make the easiest oatmeal for babies!

If Piero had to choose one thing to eat in a day, I’m fairly certain it would be oatmeal. He loves it SO much. He shovels it into his mouth so hilariously fast and gets sad when it’s over.

How to Make Oatmeal For Babies

I like to prep a big batch of this baby oatmeal and freeze it so that I have his breakfasts prepped and ready to go for about 2 weeks. I make it and then freeze it in silicone ice cube trays but baby food containers would work great also!

At around 7 months old, Piero was eating 1-2 cubes every morning with various add-ins (banana, nut butter, other fruit, etc.). Now that he is 11 months old, he eats 3-4 cubes!

I usually smash in 1/2 of a banana and stir in some nut butter (cashew, almond, or peanut). *Of course, work with your pediatrician to add in nut butter as it is one of the top allergenic foods. My pediatrician had me introduce it at around 6 months and I’ve been giving it to him ever since.

How to Make Oatmeal For Babies

I cook Piero’s oatmeal in a non-dairy milk- usually unsweetened almond milk, but regular milk, cashew milk, or coconut will all work as well.

I keep it very simple just oats, almond milk, and cinnamon. That way, I can occasionally change up the way I prepare it.. Even though he is definitely a banana & peanut butter kind of guy 😉

How to Make Oatmeal For Babies

At the beginning, I would load one of these beginner spoons with some of the oatmeal and hand it to Piero and let him guide it to his mouth. I now use these spoons for him and they have been great!

He gets very messy at meal times, but it’s something I’ve accepted because I know its really good for sensory development.

How to make oatmeal for babies

If you aren’t looking for your little one to get messy, I would suggest not putting the bowl of oatmeal on his tray and loading it on a spoon and either handing it to him or feeding it to him. (see below-haha!)

How to make oatmeal for babies

Now that Piero is a little older, I serve it in this bowl and put it on his high chair tray. He currently (11 months old) prefers to eat everything with his hands, but I still make sure to have the spoon nearby so he will hopefully one day go back to using his utensils 🙂

How to make oatmeal for babies


Here are a mix-in ideas!

  • Smashed banana, a tsp of nut butter, cinnamon
  • Smashed blueberries, banana, nut butter
  • Sauteed apple with cinnamon
  • Smashed strawberries, raspberries, and almond butter
  • Smashed Banana and coconut flakes
  • Add 1 tsp of Flaxseed + Chia Seeds to any combination

How to Make Oatmeal For Babies

How to Make Oatmeal For Babies
  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Yield: 1214 servings 1x


  • 3 c organic rolled oats *see notes
  • 2 c water 
  • 4 c non-dairy milk of choice (I prefer unsweetened almond milk)
  • Cinnamon, to taste 
  • Add-in ideas: smashed banana, nut butter, flaxseed, blueberries


  1. Add oats, water, and milk to a large pot and bring to a boil.  
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked and creamy.  
  3. Stir in the cinnamon and allow oats to cool.  Then, transfer to ice cube trays or baby food containers and store in the freezer for 3-4 weeks.  


*Keep in mind, I like to prep a big batch that will last about 2 weeks.  If you want to make a smaller batch, simply double the liquid to oat ratio.  3 cups oats to 6 cups liquid, etc.  Hope your little one enjoys!! 

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  • Reply
    Everett S
    October 6, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    How do you heat up the oatmeal once it’s frozen?

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      September 6, 2022 at 2:33 pm

      I typically defrost in the microwave in a bowl for a few minutes before re-heating as usual (adding a slash or two of milk if needed) until really creamy!

  • Reply
    February 4, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    It’s a great recipe, I’ve used this on myself. But I wanted to ask you about something? The rolled oats I normally get, whenever I cook them, I’ve always found an oat husk within my mouth that I couldn’t chew or swallow cause it was hard. What do you do about this situation?

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      September 6, 2022 at 2:30 pm

      What oats are you using? I haven’t had that happen to me very often but maybe you need to cook a little bit longer and get all oats Nice and soft?

  • Reply
    February 4, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Also too, sorry I didn’t add this within the last comment, what organic rolled oats do you use for your little?

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      September 6, 2022 at 2:30 pm

      I love Bob’s red mill and One degree Organics! Any organic rolled oats are great though!

  • Reply
    Sherry W
    August 9, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    This was so helpful. My daughter has been loving her morning oats thanks to you!

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