How to win at weaning: why these mums love CERELAC® + their creative recipes!

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Ease you and your baby into solids with these easy recipes!

Nestlé CERELAC® has been a staple in mothers' cupboards since the 1800s. It's been a remarkable 150 years since it was first launched, and generations of mums and babies continue to love and trust the number one infant cereal brand in Singapore.

Feeding your baby their first solids seems like a daunting task, but it’s a milestone in your baby’s growth and development that you and your child can look forward to celebrating together. Nestlé CERELAC® has been part of this milestone, creating products that make your baby’s steps towards weaning easier and worry-free.

Back then, CERELAC® started out as Farine Lactée, and was the first product ever to be produced by Nestlé founder, Henri Nestlé. Throughout the years, the product has been continuously improved thanks to breakthroughs in science and technology:

Nowadays, CERELAC® is synonymous to being one of the first options to consider when it comes to your baby’s first solid food, and a companion when they’re well beyond the weaning stage. It’s a mainstay in a child’s diet, primarily because mothers don’t want to take away the amazing benefits that their children get from CERELAC®.

It’s the first and only infant cereal with Bifidus BL Probiotics, which helps to fight against harmful bacteria, thereby maintaining a healthy digestive system. It’s fortified with Iron, and contains 17 other essential vitamins and minerals, CERELAC® has CHE or Cereal Hydrolysed Enzymatically technology, which breaks down the carbohydrate in the cereal into smaller pieces.

It also has DHA, which aids in building your child’s brain and eye development. And all ingredients used in every pack of CERELAC® are made with baby-grade ingredients, meaning each product you get is naturally prepared, and goes through 100 safety and quality checks to make it suitable for babies.

Your child gets the best of both worlds with CERELAC®—made with natural ingredients and enhanced by science, in order to ensure tailored nutrition to support their growth and development.

Even with all its benefits and breakthroughs, CERELAC® has remained quick and oh-so-simple to use. Mums love the ease that comes with whipping up delicious and nutritious food for their babies in minutes, and their babies in turn love having CERELAC® complement their daily meals, too.

Real mums, real love, real nutrition

Mum Blogger Esther Rachel at estherachel.com, now a mom of two, loves the convenience of being able to prepare a meal in a few minutes. She confesses that she just found out the proper way to make CERELAC® quite recently, saying, “I didn’t know this before and still make the same mistake, but you should always add the cereal powder gradually to the required amount of water and not the other way round like what I did above to avoid clumps! Cereal powder to water! I must remember that.”

Mum Blogger Cindy of thehootingpost.wordpress.com is a fan because of CERELAC®'s benefits particularly since she’s concerned about her baby turning out to have low iron levels, just like her.

She shares, “Along with hemoglobin, iron is important in our bodies as it helps transport oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body." Iron not only contributes to the normal cognitive development, it is also necessary for a normal immune system.

Cindy adds, "However, some mums may have low iron levels, like me, or are anaemic, and this affects mum's health and her breast milk too. As I had low iron levels during both pregnancies, I definitely do not wish for my children's health and development to be affected, and the best way is to ensure they obtain iron through food.”

Cindy mixed avocado with her child’s CERELAC® for 3 days, to check if her baby Leeroy would develop any allergies to the food. Since he didn’t show any signs of allergies, she continued on with the feeding and shared her recipe:

  1. Prepare CERELAC® according to instructions on packaging. It's really simple: we added 2 teaspoons of cereal into room temperature water to dissolve the cereal. Then mix with breast milk and stir. Adjust the amount of water and/or breast milk according to your preferred consistency.
  2. Choose a ripe avocado, slice it and use a clean spoon to scoop. We put about 1 teaspoon of avocado. You may mash it completely, and there's no need to steam, boil, or cook the avocado.
  3. Mix both together and feed baby!

 

More creative CERELAC® recipes by mums on the next page!

Mum Blogger Jamie at j-amieee.blogspot.sg mixes her child Elise’s CERELAC® with half a banana and a handful of blueberries, which her child adores. She skipped purees all together, and she has this to say about it: “The good thing about skipping the puree stage is that they learn that they need to chew their food before swallowing. I have no qualms feeding her larger pieces of food now because I have confidence that she can deal with it without choking. This has incurred a lot of doubt and disbelief from the elders I meet, but everyone has their own methods of doing things.”

Children are indeed all different, and their upbringing and even their feeding habits are best known by their mummies. Another Mum Blogger, Eva Yang at babiesintheart.com, knows this to be a fact.

A mum of two, Eva says that her first born was exposed to a lot of different foods, and he wasn't a picky eater at all. But when her second child came around, she says, "Things went a little different. She is more on the picky side, definitely like me. I've been trying to figure out a way on how to start her on solids. I was lost on what I can do about this girl. But when I saw the CERELAC® sample and decided to let her try it, she loved it!"

If you have an older child and have a bit of time on your hands, why not try making pancakes? Mom blogger Donna Chow at drdonnachow.com made pancakes from scratch, and included CERELAC® brown rice in the mix.

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A hefty helping of fruits, sugar, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce makes this breakfast worth waking up for! For the full recipe, click here.

Afternoon snacks are made healthier and more delicious by Mom Blogger Geraldine Guo at mommychuck.com with her delicious take on cookies using CERELAC® Infant Cereal Oats, Wheat & Prunes, and tossed in some chocolate chips to make it even yummier!

Another plus--you can freeze some cookie dough and make more when hunger strikes. For the full recipe, check it out here.

If you can't wait to try some (or all!) of the recipes, you can do it with samples of CERELAC®, absolutely free, by logging on to nestlebaby.com.sg. CERELAC® is available at leading supermarkets, hypermarkets and your favourite online stores such as Lazada (One Mart), Q10 (One Mart), RedMart, and the Nestlé E-shop.

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