Health Benefits Of Barley For Babies

Barley is a Super Food for babies that has various health benefits and essential nutrients.

Updated: April 17, 2019

Barley baby cereal has numerous health benefits for babies. Barley is a Super Food for babies that has various health benefits and essential nutrients. It is widely cultivated across India. It helps babies to gain weight. It has numerous health benefits and to gain weight. It makes baby's immune system stronger and helps in their overall growth. It has multiple benefits that a baby need to grow.  Below are the health benefits of Barley for babies. It contains lots of fiber, amino acids, iron, copper, B vitamins, manganese, iron and phosphorous. Barley contains both soluble and insoluble fiber that helps the overall good health of your baby.

When Can You Introduce Barley to Your baby?

Many paediatricians recommend introducing barley to babies after 6 months. It contains gluten, a protein that gives its chewy texture. Food that contains gluten should not be introduced to babies earlier than 6 months as there are chances of a child developing Celiac where the body’s immune system attacks its tissues. You should never be introduced barley to your baby as the ‘first food’. Some babies are allergic to wheat.

Health Benefits Of Barley For Babies:

Barley Contains Dietay fiber:
Barley keeps your baby's tummy full for long time as it contains high dietary fibre. It also helps in clearing the motion and regulates free bowel movements.Hence it is good for digestion and prevents constipation.

Barley Strengthens bones:
Barley Helps in strengthening the bones as it contains phosphorous and calcium. Include barley in your baby's diet to make your baby’s bones strong.

Barley Strengthens the liver:

Barley protects the liver against damage.It helps in Strengthens the liver. Include this cereal in your baby's diet for his overall development.

Barley has Anti-fungal Properties:

Barley seeds contain some biochemicals like proanthocyanidins, biflavones, chrysoerials which have anti-fungal properties. It fights against fungal attacks on the body.

How To Cook Barley Cereal For Babies?

Barley is easy to cook and takes less time as well. You can also make it in short period of time. You should soak barley first which makes the nutrients easily absorbable and also increases their digestibility.To make barley you have to boil one cup of barley seeds in 3 cups of water. Bring the water to boil, add barley seeds and again boil them to a simmer.

Yummy Barley Recipes For Your Baby:

Barley apple porridge for babies:
Take one cup barley and 3 cups water in a pressure cooker. Cook for 5 whistles and then simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Check if it is properly cooked.
Cut the apples in small pieces and boil it in 1/2 cup of water till it becomes soft.
Blend both in a blender until you get a smooth paste.
Barley apple porridge is ready to feed your little one.

Barley and potato balls for babies::


soft pearled barley (1 cup)
sweet potato
a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

how to make it:

You need to mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Make small balls to make finger foods for babies.

Barley salad for babies:

soft cooked barley
soft chicken
peas and carrots.

how to make it:

Take all the ingredients in a bowl and toss.
You can serve it to your baby as a finger food with snack or meal.

Barley water for babies:

how to make it:

Cook 1 cup of barley  with 1 1/2 cups of water in a pressure cooker.
Cook for about 3 whistles and check if it is properly cooked.
Blend the mixture until it is smooth.
Now strain the mixture.
Serve it to your baby once it is cool down.