Baby Food Recipes for Weaning

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The baby food recipes contained in this section focus primarily on purees and are suitable for Stage 1 weaning. When starting the weaning process, single fruit or vegetable purees are the best way to introduce baby to solid foods.

You can puree just about anything, but the following fruits and vegetables are easy ones to begin with. Note that many of these purees can be frozen for later use  this is the key to making baby food when you are a mother who works or is very busy.

  • Apples - Most babies enjoy the taste of apples, thus they make an ideal Stage 1 food.
  • Avocados - Many babies love the buttery texture of avocados, and they are packed with filling nutrients as well.
  • Bananas - Babies love bananas, another filling and nutritious food.
  • Broccoli - Introduce early to get baby in the habit of eating his greens!
  • Carrots - A favourite vegetable amongst babies, carrots have a delicate sweet flavour.
  • Courgettes (Zucchini) - A gentle way to introduce baby to summer squash, courgettes have a creamy texture that is easy on the taste buds.
  • Green Beans - Another good green to get baby's taste buds hooked on.
  • MangosThe sweetness of mangos is popular with babies.
  • Parsnips - Like many root vegetables, parsnips become sweet with cooking and tend to be an easy flavour for babies to accept.
  • Peaches - Another juicy fruit that is pleasing to babies' taste buds.
  • Pears - A good first fruit to offer baby, pears are low allergy and sweet and tender.
  • Sweet Potatoes - Pleasantly sweet on their own, sweet potatoes are a good "mixer" vegetable with either green vegetables or meat in a casserole.

Mixing It Up

After you have carefully introduced baby to each flavour individually, the next step is to tailor the baby food recipes by mixing different flavours together – this encourages baby to get used to eating multiple tastes as part of one meal.

Be creative! It’s okay to mix vegetable and fruit flavours – you might be surprised at what your baby will like, even if it’s not a combination that seems appealing to you. ☺

Here are some (creative, shall we say?) fruit and vegetable combinations that have been popular with my little one ;-):

  • Avocado and pear - Mix 2Tbsp avocado puree for every 1Tbsp pear puree.
  • Banana and mango - Mix 2Tbsp banana puree for every 1Tbsp mango puree.
  • Broccoli and pear - Mix 3Tbsp broccoli puree for every 1Tbsp pear puree.
  • Green beans and sweet potato - Mix 3Tbsp green bean puree for every 1Tbsp sweet potato puree.
  • Parsnip, sweet potato and broccoli - Mix 2Tbsp parsnip puree and 2Tbsp sweet potato puree for every 1Tbsp broccoli puree.

Have you experimented with some interesting combination puree recipes for your baby? Click here to share your most innovative creations!

Looking Ahead

If you are following the suggestions in this site for introducing animal protein, then this easy recipe for Homemade Chicken Stock can be mixed into your baby food recipes when introducing baby to the flavour of chicken. For vegetarian dishes, check out this recipe for Homemade Vegetable Stock.

When your baby is ready to move onto Stage 2 weaning, this Chicken Casserole recipe is a good one for introducing animal protein in a meal. Similarly, for vegetarians, Tasty Red Lentils is a nice baby food recipe for introducing baby to pulses.

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