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Why make homemade baby food ?
You do not have to be always a master in the kitchen to make your personal baby food. While convenient, commercial baby foods may lose vitamins and nutrients during processing, in addition to the “yumminess” that may make your baby excited to try new foods and combinations. These 21 simple recipes are fast, inexpensive, and — best of all — could become more nutritious than foods that have been sitting on a food store shelf.
 
Is your infant ready for solids?
Within their 2012 publication, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until 6 months to begin adding in solid foods, but some people start the moment 4 months so long as certain developmental stages have already been reached. Based on a 2013 study, babies who started eating some forms of solid foods by 6 months old had a reduced risk of allergies and asthma. It’s most important that the infant can sit upright and hold their head up. Additionally it is important that they show signs of curiosity about solid food. Once you’ve gotten the okay from your own child’s pediatrician, you’re ready to bring on baby’s first foods!
 
Two things to keep in mind
Two things to remember when considering baby food :

New eaters only need about 1 to 2 tablespoons of food, so keep portions small.

Be on the lookout for allergies, especially when feeding your child foods that have common allergens. Common allergens include eggs, peanut, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.

The newest evidence shows there is no benefit in delaying introducing these foods beyond 6 months or even to introducing foods in any particular order.

Most of all, don’t forget to have fun!

Some people choose to go organic, wild, pastured, and grass-fed whenever possible. Some foods might be higher in pesticide residue, including:

apples

peaches

nectarines

strawberries

grapes

celery

spinach

sweet bell peppers

cucumbers

cherry tomatoes

snap peas (imported)

potatoes

 
4 to 6 months old
When your baby is 4 to 6 months old, it is in addition crucial to use simple, single-ingredient purées. This assists you to identify and identify a food allergy or sensitivity. When you have proven your child’s tolerance to individual foods, you can test combinations to boost flavor and likeability.

1. Pea purée

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Peas really are a small yet mighty source of nutrition, packing vitamins A and C, iron, protein, and calcium. If skin of the peas makes the texture less appealing for your son or daughter, ensure that you strain them to produce it as smooth as possible. View the recipe.

2. Banana purée

Often called a “perfect” food, bananas are rich in potassium and fiber. Bananas may also be called certainly one of nature’s own antacids and are very gentle on the stomach. Although bananas are one of the greatest first foods for babies, be cautious never to overdo it. Too much banana can cause constipation. View the recipe.

3. Baby brown rice cereal

Rice cereal is one of the very common foods to introduce because it’s less allergenic and easily digested. Mixing it to a fairly thin texture will help babies make the transition from an all-liquid diet to a more solid one. This same process could be placed on steel-cut oats. View the recipe.

4. Avocado purée

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This buttery treat is an excellent “good fats” food for the baby’s brain and physical development. Plus, the creamy texture of perfectly ripe avocado is one that babies seem to love. To greatly help prevent browning, put the avocado pit in the puree when refrigerating. View the recipe.

5. Baked sweet potato purée

In-the-know adults eat sweet potatoes for his or her health benefits. Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, so it’s wise your baby can take advantage of this delicious tuber, too. An easy purée with a little water or your baby’s milk produces a yummy and nutritious first food. View the recipe.

6. First carrots purée

Carrots really are a wonderful introduction to solids due to their naturally sweet taste and pleasant texture. This simple preparation of carrots provides a rich way to obtain the antioxidant beta carotene and vitamin A. View the recipe.

 
7 to 9 months old
For a 7- to 9-month-old baby, you can make thicker purées with multiple ingredients. Make sure to introduce one new ingredient at a time and combine foods that you realize they aren’t allergic to. You may also add meat and other proteins at this stage, as well as earlier if your pediatrician gives the OK.

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7. Pumpkin thyme purée

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This easy and elegant seasonal recipe is full of beta carotene, potassium, and iron. Create a big batch and freeze it in ice cube trays for single-portion servings for later! View the recipe.

8. First spinach with white yams

This simple combination of spinach and yams adds a healthier dose of calcium, iron, vitamin A, and folate to your baby’s diet. The yams add a touch of sweetness to create a pleasant introduction to greens. View the recipe.

9. Beets and blueberry mash

Not just is this blend a lovely shade of magenta, but it is also a nutritious mix of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. You can also mix this purée with only a little cereal for a delicious breakfast for the baby. View the recipe.

10. Avocado and banana baby food

This is a pairing of two wonderful foods: avocados (good fats and fiber) and bananas (potassium and vitamin C). The banana also adds a bit of sweetness and lightens up the usually dense avocado purée. Nix the sugar, and stick to the natural sweetness of the ingredients themselves for young babies. View the recipe.

11. Veggies and sole purée

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Potatoes, carrots, peas, and fish make for a delicious combination that’s ready to consume in under 8 minutes. Vegit is really a seasoning ingredient in this recipe that may also be subbed for Mrs. Dash, another low-sodium seasoning. This is a superb, simple introduction to fish for your baby. View the recipe.

12. Butternut squash and pear purée

Butternut squash is a great ingredient since it rarely causes allergies. Pear adds an additional touch of sweetness to this recipe. View the recipe.

13. Papaya Purée

Papayas have a higher acidity than a lot of other fruits, so it’s best to wait until your baby is 7 or 8 months old to introduce this fruit. The enzymes in papaya (and in pineapple) aid digestion, so this may be a great food to help relieve your baby’s constipation or tummy troubles. View the recipe.

 
9 to 12 months old
At 9 to 12 months old, your infant can enjoy chunkier purées and mashes. You can also add dairy, such as cheese or yogurt, for their foods. At this stage, many babies can even advance to adult food and complex combinations, finely minced or softened.

14. Whitefish, carrot, and leek purée

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This purée combination is a savory, brain-boosting powerhouse. Whitefish contain omega-3 fatty acids and could help boost the development of the baby’s central nervous system. Leeks are thought by some to provide cardiovascular support and carrots are packed with antioxidants. View the recipe.

15. Quinoa Ratatouille

Baby’s first French classic couldn’t be tastier! Traditional ratatouille ingredients meet the super grain — quinoa — in a wonderful “gourmet” purée. View the recipe.

16. Baby beef stew

This baby-friendly version of a classic comfort food is full of iron, thanks to the beef. The recipe requires a bit more prep time than other baby food recipes, but your property will smell amazing. View the recipe.

17. Raw baby purée of blueberries, mango, avocado, and mild chilies

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Another nutrient-dense combination, this recipe combines creamy avocado, tangy mango, blueberries, and the interesting addition of mild green chilies! View the recipe.

18. Creamy Provencal chicken

This dish incorporates Herbes de Provence, a delicate blend of spices that will help introduce your child to more exciting flavors, with no addition of salt. View the recipe.

19. Quinoa banana mash

Quinoa is really a protein-packed grain which makes a great addition to your growing baby’s diet. This adds a thrilling new texture to the banana mash, an ingredient that your baby probably already loves. Also, try serving cooked quinoa alone to your baby. The cooked seeds stick to the baby’s fingers, which makes it a simple food to eat. View the recipe.

20. Cherry and mint Greek yogurt baby food purée

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This homemade cherry purée is a delightful topping for the yogurt base. Ensure that you use full-fat yogurt! View the recipe.

21. Apricot and banana food with cinnamon

Spice things up in the baby’s diet with a rush of cinnamon. For a good breakfast, try adding this purée to a little bit of cereal or cooked oatmeal, that may also create a great breakfast. View the recipe.

Easy as 1-2-3
There you’ve it! All you need are wholesome ingredients, some basic cooking supplies, and a mixer (blending wand, food processor, food mill, or, if you want to get fancy, an all-in-one baby food maker). If you’re worried about transporting your homemade meals, additionally, there are a great deal of high-quality, reusable pouches. Buy high-quality pouches and blenders now.

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