Baby’s First Foods

Baby Grabs Spoon (3)

Starting at five months old, I began introducing Veronika to… food! It quickly became apparent she preferred Baby Led Weaning; this girl wanted to be in charge of her spoon and hold food with her hands! But I am still supplementing with purees, to help her learn the fine arts of pushing food back with the tongue and swallowing. A baby’s nutrition at five or six months should still come almost entirely from breast milk or formula anyway, to the tune of about 24 to 32 ounces a day, so I consider all the recipes below to be “practice.”

Travis’s first meal was mushy peas, but for Veronika, I went with bananas.

Banana Mash

Peel one ripe organic banana and cut in half (reserve the other half for another use, or a hungry sibling!). Mash until very smooth with a fork.

Banana Mash (3)

Squash Puree

Peel, seed, and chop one organic butternut squash to yield 1 cup cubes. Steam in a steamer basket for 10 minutes, until very soft. Puree in a food processor, adding additional cooking liquid until very smooth.

Squash Puree (2).JPG

Baby’s First Rice Cereal

Mix 1 tablespoon of a store-bought prepared rice cereal with 4 tablespoons breast milk (or formula). This makes a very soupy mixture. Once baby seems to like it, make the mixture thicker by using less milk.

First Rice Cereal (2)

After the first few tries, I began making the cereal with hemp milk, since this is the milk I hope Veronika will graduate to once she weans. My preference for a rice cereal? Earth’s Best Organic.

First Rice Cereal.JPG

Sweet Potato Puree

Peel and cube 1 medium organic sweet potato. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the potato; cook for 10 minutes, until tender. Transfer the sweet potato to a food processor and process until smooth, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to make a thin puree.

Sweet Potato Puree (2).JPG

Note: Of all the veggies she tried in her first month, this was Veronika’s favorite!

Sweet Pea Puree

Steam 1 cup frozen organic peas in about 1/4 cup water for 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process until smooth. I recommend straining this one through a fine-mesh sieve before serving.

Sweet Pea Puree (1).JPG

Apple Puree

Peel and chop 2 organic apples. We tried this recipe with Red Delicious, Braeburn, and Gala apples – all are nicely sweet!

Place the apples in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons water; cover and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth

Apple Puree.JPG

Avocado Mash

This is the easiest “recipe” of all time! Halve 1 organic avocado. Scoop the flesh from one side, reserving the other half for another use (or tomorrow’s mash). Mash with a fork until very smooth.

Avocado Mash.JPG

Green Bean Puree

Steam 1 cup organic green beans in 1/4 cup water for 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process until smooth. As with the peas, strain this one through a fine-mesh sieve before serving.

Green Bean Puree.JPG

Pear Puree

Peel and chop 2 organic pears. Place in a saucepan with about 1/4 cup water and cook for 5 minutes, until tender. Transfer to a food processor and process until smooth.

Pear Puree

Dried Plum Puree

Combine 2/3 cup pitted prunes in a food processor with 3 tablespoons water; process until smooth.

Dried Plum Puree.JPG

If they are in season, use fresh plums instead! Just peel and chop before adding to the food processor.

Peach Puree

I recommend using frozen peaches, since the season for stone fruits is so fleeting, unless you happen to be making this for your baby in the early summer months. Otherwise, thaw 1 cup frozen organic peaches. Combine in a food processor with 2 tablespoons water and process until smooth.

Peach Puree.JPG

Apricot Puree

Peel and pit 4 apricots. Combine the apricots in a food processor with 2 tablespoons water, and process until smooth. If apricots are out of season, use dried ones instead; just simmer for about 8 minutes before adding to the food processor.

Apricot Puree

Mango Puree

Peel 1 mango, and cut the halves from the pit. Chop and transfer to a blender, along with about 2 tablespoons water; process until smooth. Note: Frozen (thawed) mango slices work in a pinch!

Mango Puree

Papaya Puree

Cut a papaya in half, and scoop out the seeds. Spoon the flesh out from one half, reserving the other papaya half for another use. Transfer to a bowl along with 2 tablespoons breast milk or other milk of choice; mash with a fork until very smooth.

Papaya Puree

For her first combo food, we made:

Apricot and Apple Puree

Soak 1/2 cup organic dried apricots in water overnight. Transfer to a saucepan and simmer in the same liquid for 25 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile, peel and chop 2 sweet apples. Simmer in a little water for 10 minutes.

Puree the apricots and apples in a food processor, working in batches if necessary.

Apricot and Apple Puree.JPG

It’s a good idea to wait about 3 days after introducing each food, to make sure your little one has no allergies. But after that, it’s time to mix and match! For all the recipes below, stir together 2 tablespoons from each recipe. Where pumpkin is listed, I simply crack open a can of organic pumpkin puree from the store! Just make sure you’re using pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix, which is loaded with sugar.

Here are a few ideas:

2 tablespoons prepared Rice Cereal with…

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin and 2 tablespoons Pear PureePumpkin Pear Rice.JPG
  • 2 tablespoons Green Bean PureeGreen Bean and Rice.JPG
  • 2 tablespoons Mango Puree and 2 tablespoons Peach PureeMango Peach Rice.JPG
  • 2 tablespoons Green Bean Puree and 2 tablespoons Mango PureeGreen Bean Mango Rice Cereal.JPG
  • 2 tablespoons Banana Mash and 2 tablespoons Sweet Pea PureeBanana Pea Rice.JPG

2 tablespoons prepared infant Oatmeal (such as Earth’s Best Organic) with…

  • 2 tablespoons Banana MashBanana Oatmeal.JPG
  • 2 tablespoons Papaya Puree and 2 tablespoons Pear PureePapaya Pear Oatmeal.JPG
  • 2 tablespoons Banana Mash and 2 tablespoons Apricot PureeBanana Apricot Oatmeal.JPG
  • 2 tablespoons Apple PureeApple Oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin and 2 tablespoons Peach PureePumpkin Peach Oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons Papaya Puree and 2 tablespoons Apple PureePapapya Apple Oatmeal.JPG

2 tablespoons prepared barley cereal (for this one I like Earth’s Best Multigrain, or you can puree your own barely until it is about as fine as barley flour) with…

  • 2 tablespoons Avocado MashAvocado Barley.JPG
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Plum Pureeplum barley cereal
  • 2 tablespoons Apricot Puree and 2 tablespoons Dried Plum Puree
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Puree and 2 tablespoons pumpkinApple pumpkin barley

A few further ideas to mix and match. Use 2 tablespoons of each ingredient:

  • Avocado Mash with Banana MashAvocado Banana Mash.JPG
  • Pear Puree with Mango PureePear Mango.JPG
  • Papaya Puree with Banana MashPapaya Banana Mash
  • Apricot Puree with Pear Puree
  • Sweet Pea Puree with Apple PureeSweet Pea Apple.JPG
  • Peach Puree with Avocado Mashpeach avocado.JPG
  • Mango Puree with Apricot PureeApricot Mango.JPG
  • Avocado Mash with pumpkinavocado pumpkin
  • Dried Plum Puree with Pear Puree
  • Peach Puree with Pear PureePear Peach.JPG
  • Banana Mash with pumpkinBanana Pumpkin Mash.JPG
  • Green Bean Puree with Avocado Mash
  • Sweet Pea Puree with Mango PureeSweet Pea Mango.JPG

One thought on “Baby’s First Foods

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s