Food & Nutrition

5 cereals that are great for babies and toddlers

Published by Finn Hayden

We publish lots of guides about cereal because we're big fans of it - we love how convenient and tasty most of it is. We've also proven that a lot of cereal can be very healthy, as it's packed with nutrients such as fibre or iron.

Parents often shy away from giving their young children cereal, but they needn't worry - cereal can be a tasty and healthy food to give babies and toddlers. There are lots of options when it comes to cereal for babies and toddlers, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best cereal you can buy for toddlers and babies in the UK. Let's get into it:

Organix Muesli

Once your baby reaches around 10 months old, it's a great time to start them on some more challenging textures to help them develop their ability to chew food properly. Cereal such as the Organix Muesli is perfect for this - it has a bit more texture than something like porridge, but it's still easy for your baby to eat. And, most importantly, it's delicious and healthy too. The Organix Muesli is made using 100% organic ingredients, including real fruit pieces and a blend of puffed rice and wholegrain oat flakes. It also contains no added sugar and absolutely nothing artificial such as added colours or flavours. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Organix Muesli

HiPP Organic Fruity O's

If you've got a toddler who is aged 15 months and older who wants to start eating "proper" cereal, then these Fruity O's from HiPP Organic are an excellent option - unlike most cereal, these Fruity O's are made without added sugar, and every ingredient in the box is organic. But despite the lack of added sugar, this cereal still has a great taste that your toddler will love thanks to the added juice concentrates from fruit such as apples and blackcurrants. It's also fortified with Vitamin B1, providing your toddler with additional benefits. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
HiPP Organic Fruity O's

Aptamil Multigrain Cereal

We've written about how good Aptamil is previously, and although the brand is perhaps best known for making formula products, Aptamil also makes excellent cereal for babies. The Multigrain Cereal from Aptamil is perfect for introducing babies to new tastes and textures - it's not quite as smooth as porridge and has a bit of a thicker texture than porridge typically has, which means it requires a little bit of chewing from your baby but not too much, and it's ideal for babies aged 7 months and older. The cereal is made from a blend of wheat, rye, oats, spelt, millet and buckwheat, with added vitamins A, C and D for additional nutrition. It contains no added salt or sugar, and no preservatives either. Because it already contains milk, you can simply mix this cereal with warm water and it's ready for your baby to eat. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk
Aptamil Cereal

Bear Alphabites

The BEAR brand is well-known for making a wide range of delicious snacks, but the brand also has an excellent range of cereal which is perfect for kids and toddlers. Alphabites are made from a blend of wheat, oat, corn, rice, and barley, which means they're very high in fibre. The only other ingredient in this cereal is coconut blossom nectar for a little bit of natural sweetness. As the name suggests, this cereal is in the shape of letters of the alphabet, which makes it really fun for young kids as they can try to spell words. The cereal has nothing artificial added but it still tastes great. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com
Bear Alphabites

Rude Health Choco Vanilla Puffs

There is no getting around the fact that most toddlers and children love chocolate, but most of the chocolate cereal that you'll find on supermarket shelves is packed with sugar and other rubbish. That's why we love the Choco Vanilla Puffs from Rude Health - this cereal is made using real dark chocolate and cocoa powder instead of artificial flavours, and instead of refined sugar it's made using raw cane sugar. On top of this, the cereal is high in fibre (4.1g per 100g) and everything in the box is organic. Learn more and buy it here - ocado.com
Rude Health Choco Vanilla Puffs
We hope this guide helps you to find some great cereal for your baby or toddler! Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions. If you want to read something similar, check out our guide to the best pasta for babies.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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