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Mandy Kloppers

9 Baby Food Ideas You Can Easily Prepare at Home

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Your little one relies on you for their safety and happiness, and you want to ensure you do everything you can to keep them healthy. Making homemade baby food is one of the things you know is best for their little tummies and growing bodies, but if you’ve never done it before, it can be a little intimidating to get started.

The reality is that your baby only needs simple meals, so it’s not too much of a challenge. Mush up a banana, and you’ll know what we mean! Still, investing in an immersion blender will make this job much easier in the long run because you can skip the manual labor of turning each ingredient into a baby-safe puree.

Ready to enter or expand your world of homemade baby foods? Check out these 9 easily prepared food ideas perfect for babies and toddlers.

Let’s Start With the Base Ingredients

The most important factor in how healthy your baby’s food is will be the freshness of the ingredients. Always aim for produce that you know is from a reputable source.

The next thing to consider is the thickness or thinness of the food. The younger your baby is, the thinner the consistency you should use. To get the right consistency, add breastmilk, formula, or water until you’ve hit the thickness you’re looking for. Start with less liquid and add more as needed. You can also use coconut cream or whole milk yogurt for extra protein.

Before you start your blending, grab a knife, spoon, and storage containers. If you plan on freezing your baby food, you should also have a Sharpie and labels to put the date and type of food on the container.

If you’re using a blender, chop or cut your ingredients into one-cup sections. This will help you measure how much food you have versus how much liquid to add — an important step if you plan on repeating the same recipes in the future and don’t want to guess the ratios. Most blenders also require at least one cup of ingredients in them to work correctly.

9 Baby Food Puree Ideas

To make your baby food, simply take any of these fruits or veggies, chop or cut them into small pieces, and place them in your blender. Add your liquid of choice, and blend!

  1. Bananas: Starting simple with bananas is wise if your little one hasn’t had too much food experience yet. Bananas are easily digestible and soft enough to puree quickly. Look for a banana that is nice and ripe, bright yellow with small brown spots. Those little brown areas we often try to avoid actually make the banana sweeter.
  2. Blueberries – Blueberries are incredibly healthy and flavorful. These pair well with baby oatmeal and yogurt, too.
  3. Apples – Who doesn’t love a fresh, sweet apple? These are not quite as easy to puree as blueberries and bananas, so be sure to add a little extra time to your immersion to make sure you get the right consistency without chunks. They’re great for applesauce and older toddlers, but not so good for little ones!
  4. Strawberries – These bright red fruits are often in season and easy to find. When they’re nice and sweet, puree them into a little “milkshake” for your infant or toddler, or freeze them for a summer treat!
  5. Beans – Green beans, chickpeas, black beans, and more mix well with your liquid of choice. You can also mix them with healthy carbs like sweet potatoes and squash.
  6. Mango – Fresh and frozen (but thawed) mango is a treat you might not have everywhere, but if you can get it from your produce stand or market, your baby will love the sweet-tartness. You’ll love knowing you’re feeding your little one vitamin-packed fruit!
  7. Peach – Similar to mangoes, peach is a vitamin-filled fruit most babies love. However, be sure to get rid of the skin before you blend, or strain the pieces out.
  8. Pineapple – The glories of a tropical paradise are lost on your infant, but they’ll still love the taste of this creamy, sweet fruit.
  9. Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are a crowd favorite with babies. They’re one of the messiest purees, but the nutrients in these tiny foods are worth the hassle! If you keep the skin on when blending, be sure to use a sieve to strain it.

Store and Enjoy!

You can store your fresh new baby food in jars or containers, but many parents use ice cube trays to avoid the liquidy mess. This makes it easy to pop out the frozen puree, then put the cubes in your freezer bag for easy access and traveling convenience.

 

Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

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