Bug's First Word with a Side of Strawberry Oatmeal


Mason and I practice the same breakfast ritual every morning: He plays with toys on the kitchen floor while I make our breakfast. On weekdays it’s usually oatmeal mixed with fresh fruit puree for him, gluten-free toast and coffee for me. Once breakfast is ready we sit down and eat together. In addition to his own food, Mason insists on eating tiny pieces of toast from my plate, a little quirk that I adore. As we eat we talk, we play with Sophie the giraffe, we sing. Our mornings are predictable and lovely, one of the best parts of my day. This morning was even more special. Between bites of his oatmeal with fresh strawberry puree, my little boy looked right at me and clearly said, “Mama.” His first word! I’m sure he had no idea why this little word made me so happy but I’ll remember this morning for the rest of my life. What was your best mealtime moment with your babe?

Oatmeal with Fresh Strawberry Puree

Oatmeal (store-bought or homemade)
Fresh strawberries
Formula or breastmilk


1. Wash and slice strawberries. If berries are underripe, fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat until bubbles are soft. Add strawberries and cook 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse fruit with cold water. Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Set aside.

2. Mix 4 ounces oatmeal according to package instructions, or prepare homemade oatmeal according to your recipe.

3. Add 2 ounces of strawberry puree to the oatmeal. Stir together and serve immediately.

4. Freeze leftover strawberry puree in airtight containers for up to three months.

2 thoughts on “Bug's First Word with a Side of Strawberry Oatmeal

  1. How beautiful, Heather! Perfect.

    My son’s first word was at mealtime, too, but it was “more.” Ironic because he’s a tiny little thing. But at least I know he liked my homemade concoctions.

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