If your baby is ready for real food, here are the basic ingredients and directions for making your own healthy creations at home.
NOTE: Baby food can be started any time between 4 - 6 months. It shouldn’t replace breastfeeding or nursing. Talk with your pediatrician before you start!
A Few First Foods to Try
Don’t Need to Cook:
Steam or Cook First:
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
- Black Beans
Step 1: Peel and cut into chunks to avoid the seeds.
Step 2: Steam gently until tender (for foods that require it).
Step 3: Place in a blender/food processor and puree until smooth.
Step 4: Add breastmilk or formula to loosen up as needed while blending.
Step 5: Pour into ice cube trays and cover. Place in the freezer for about 24 hours.
Step 6: Once frozen, pop out the cubes and put in labeled baggies per portion (2-3 cubes).
Step 7: Defrost the cubes as needed for meals, or send to daycare for them to use for meals throughout the week!
TIP: I like to mix in baby oatmeal or multi-grain cereal before serving to add a little more volume to the food. It mellows out the flavor a bit too, so as a first food it’s not too overwhelming.
Don't feel like you have to be a super mom all the time. Have some premade baby food pouches on hand for when you can't make it fresh, or when you're on-the-go with baby. Since they don’t need to be refrigerated they are perfect to throw in the baby bag and have when you need it. Also baby food pouches are amazing once your baby is old enough to hold and suck themselves!
Looking for some helpful tips? Check out our other blog “Homemade Baby Food - The Supplies” for a list of the basic supplies you’ll need to make homemade baby food.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR