Yummy baby food recipes that help your child grow big and strong.
Around the time your baby is six months old, she will start giving you signs that she is ready to start eating solid foods.
Signs to look out for:
- Able to sit up on her own,
- Grasp food or other small items with their forefinger and thumb (the pincer grasp).
- Chew and swallow (without automatically spitting food out of her mouth).
- Showing an interest in solid foods (ie – reaching for your food and trying to eat it).
If you aren’t sure if your baby is ready for solid foods, be sure to talk to your pediatrician.
The popularity of homemade baby foods:
If you were born before 1990, your mother probably fed you the Gerber rice cereal as your first solid food. The rice cereal is still out there, but just not as popular as it used to be. These days, moms and dads are more interested in fresh, healthy, organic foods that give their babies the healthiest start they can (and that’s a good thing).
We have rounded up a list of our favorite baby food recipes, starting with a few simple first foods, and ending with some gourmet recipes that will help your baby grow, grow, grow!
Ages 6-7 months:
First Foods: The first prize winner for baby’s first food is…avocado! Avocados are packed full of heathy monounsaturated fats, essential carbohydrates, and a little protein, all of which are vital for your baby’s healthy growth. We love avocados because they don’t need to be cooked. Simply mash them with a fork until creamy. You can add a bit of breast milk or water if necessary to thin it out a bit.
Runners up for baby’s first food are sweet potatoes and bananas. Both are healthy choices, but offer a little more sweetness that your baby will probably love. To prepare the sweet potatoes, first wash and peel the potatoes. Then, add to a pot of water (use enough water to cover the potatoes), and boil until they are very tender. Puree the potatoes using a food processor or immersion blender. To prepare the banana, simply mash it with a folk, just like the avocado.
Other favorites for first foods include pureed peas and pureed carrots. Once your baby has tried a single food, try a combination of any of these!
NOTE: Some foods, like grapes, blueberries, or even strawberry halves, can pose a choking hazard for babies, so be sure to watch your child carefully while they are eating large chunks.
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Ages 7-9 months:
Once your baby has a good foundation with solid foods, you can begin combining more ingredients, making the puree a bit thicker, and getting a little more creative. Try a few of these recipes!
Spinach and White Yam Puree
We all know how important it is to incorporate green vegetables into our diet, and it’s no different for babies! Try this spinach and white yam puree recipe: https://smittenkitchen.com/2010/06/first-spinach-with-white-yams/#more-89
Beets and Blueberry Mash
Beets and blueberries are both packed with nutrition. Just be sure your baby is not wearing all white when she eats this! The recipe creator recommends adding this to some warm oat cereal in the morning. Yum! http://www.mashyourheartout.com/babyfood-recipes/beets-blueberry-mash
Chicken and Carrot Puree
Combining a protein, like chicken, with a familiar flavor, like carrots, is a great way to introduce meat into your baby’s diet. https://www.dessertfortwo.com/baby-food-chicken-carrot-baby-puree/
Ages 9-12 months:
By the time your baby is 9-12 months, he or she is probably ready for new textures and flavors. If you feel that your baby is not quite ready for the chunkier foods in these recipes, simply puree or mash them for a smoother texture.
Tropical Fruit Salad with Yogurt
Fruit and yogurt is a favorite! Try this tropical fruit salad with yogurt and follow the recipe exactly, or use your baby’s favorite fruits: https://www.babycenter.com/0_tropical-fruit-salad_10412201.bc
Fried Rice with Carrots, Peas, and Egg
“Fried rice” is a great option for babies ages 10 months and older: https://www.babycenter.com/0_rice-with-peas-carrots-egg_10412202.bc
Banana, Avocado, and Banana Muffins
These muffins are perfect for a baby who is ready to explore his environment and feed himself. https://www.myfussyeater.com/banana-avocado-apple-baby-muffins/
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So those are just a few of our favorites. What are some of your go-to baby recipes that your little one loves? We’d love to share it with other moms and dads. 🍓🥑🍌🥕
Let us know in the comments below. 👇
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