What is Baby Rice?

on August 16, 2021

In the blink of an eye, your baby has already grown so much. Despite all the sleepless nights of waking up to breastfeed or looking for baby formula, your baby is now reaching the 4 month milestone, and it’s no longer going to be enough. No need to worry though, because Sweetpea Foods has you covered with a wide range of baby food pouches.

Baby rice cereal in particular, is an effective starting point for introducing solids to your child. Liquid purees might be a great way to introduce your baby to different tastes, baby rice isn’t just a healthy addition to a baby’s diet. It’s also a great source of extra iron, and it provides your baby different textures, bringing them ever so closer to eating solid foods.


When can I give my baby baby rice?

You can give your child baby rice when all of the signs point to them being ready, typically when your baby is 4-6 months of age. It is recommended that, before you introduce these kinds of foods to your child, you consult your doctor for advice. The easiest way to tell when your baby is ready is by certain behavioural changes:

  • Being able to stay steady in a sitting upright position when supported
  • Demonstrating good head and neck control
  • Reaching out for your food
  • Showing an interest in food (i.e. looking at people’s plates, etc.)
  • Swallowing their food instead of spitting it back out
  • Opening their mouth when you offer them food on a spoon

Can babies have normal rice?

They can, but it’s not recommended, as rice can be difficult for babies to digest.

That’s why, if you are going to feed rice to a baby, you should wait for that 6 month mark and make sure they are ready to eat it before you offer it to them.

Baby cereal, on the other hand, undergoes a sophisticated drum drying process in which the pureed raw ingredients are placed on a large metal cylinder. As the cylinder rotates, it is heated up by condensing steam, which removes the liquid from the ingredients, converting them into a dry fine powder.

Not only will this make the baby rice easier for the baby to eat, but it allows the rice to retain its nutritional qualities, such as high amounts of iron.

It also helps that Sweetpea baby rice comes in delicious flavours; such as banana porridge, mushy spuds with peas and corn, baked beans and pumpkin risotto.

What are the benefits of baby rice?

Sweetpea Foods come in a wide range of flavours; from banana porridge, to mushy spuds mixed with corn and peas, baked beans and even pumpkin risotto. Sounds like a great gourmet menu, especially after several months of nothing but breast milk and/or formula.

But what about health? There’s nothing worse than a food that tastes good but is bad for your child. Well, Sweetpea Foods baby rice cereal is fortified with iron and contains all kinds of fruit, veggies and grains, giving your baby the many nutrients that they need to continue to grow.

But what if these baby rice cereals take too long to make? Well, we mean it when we say you don’t need to worry. Not only are our baby rice cereals tasty and healthy, but all you need to make them is add some warm water.

How do I introduce rice cereal to my baby?

All you have to do is take your pouch of the Sweetpea Foods baby rice cereal of choice and mix about 10g of it with about 4 tablespoons of warm water.

Once you have checked the temperature, and ensured it’s not too hot for your baby, simply sit them upright and feed it to them with a small spoon once or twice a day. As your baby gets used to it:

  • You can use less water to give the cereal a slightly thicker texture
  • Using hands and smearing over face for your baby is optional

If you’re looking for a wide range of baby rice cereal with many different flavours look no further than Sweetpea Foods. Our foods are nutritious, Aussie grown, easy to prepare and, most importantly, very tasty.

Nutritionist, Claire Power, wishes that Sweetpea’s products had been around when her children were starting solids.

“It can be overwhelming for new parents with so many options and different styles with purees or baby led weaning. From 4 to 6 months old I recommend starting with smooth purees and increasing texture and flavours rapidly. Vegetables and fruits should be some of the first foods babies try along with an iron-fortified meal such as in the Sweetpea mixes, because iron is a very important mineral for little ones to have a healthy development,” says Claire.

“Full of good stuff, made in Australia and with no nasties, Sweetpea’s baby meals are the ideal first foods for babies. I especially like that they’re a dry food that only requires warm water to instantly become a convenient, delicious and nutritious plant-based meal with wholegrains, protein and iron.”

Adds Claire: “The Sweetpea range is also great for including different tastes and textures which is important for babies to be exposed to. As a mum and nutritionist, their banana porridge, baked beans, mushy veg and pumpkin risotto are the perfect healthy and quick snack for little ones starting solids that are also ideal for busy parents.”