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125 Baby Led Weaning Foods (Starter + Recipe Ideas)

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by Michele Olivier on January 21, 2020 (updated Dec 5, 2022)

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These 125 Baby Led Weaning Foods are going to be your ultimate guide if you are doing BLW with your baby! Filled with over 80 starter foods and 45 easy recipes that are perfect for babies 6 months and up!

Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Baby-Led Weaning Foods

In this guide, I’ll share over 125 starter foods and recipes to help you get started with baby-led weaning! Starting from tips for starting baby-led weaning, to when to start baby-led weaning, this guide goes over it all. I will also share over 80 starter foods, and over 45 easy starter baby-led weaning recipes, and much much more! This guide is great for babies 6 months and up!

You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

The goal of baby-led weaning is to expose your baby to delicious and nutritious foods in their natural state (without pureeing them first) to give your baby the freedom to explore the taste and textures of the food on their own timeline.

But sometimes it can be hard to figure out what exactly to serve baby, especially those first few weeks of starting solids 🤷‍♀️.

This post has got you covered! From starter foods to full meals, these BLW ideas should get you started without skipping a beat.

Plus, all of these recipes are so good, you will want to eat with your baby as well! ❤️

Just starting out doing Baby-Led Weaning? Then I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

Baby-Led Weaning Video

Not sure what baby-led weaning actually is, then watch this video to find out more!

Helpful Baby-Led Weaning Tools
  • highchair
  • easy to hold fork and spoon
  • GOOtensils
  • bowl or sectioned plate
  • open lid cup
  • bib with catch pocket
  • sleeved bib
  • splat mat to cover the floor
  • wavy crinkle cutting tool
  • grape cutter
  • baby wipes

Learning Resources: looking for the best high chair, cups or spoons for your baby? Then we’ve got you covered! Here you will find How to Find the Best High Chair for Baby, an easy guide on Best First Open Cups for Baby (plus 4 tips when introducing a cup) as well as 3 Tips on How To Spoon Feed Baby (plus – our favorite spoons for purees or BLW).

Tips for Starting Baby-Led Weaning
  • Be okay with Play: baby-led weaning is all about playing and learning to eat solid foods through exploration. So prepare yourself with the fact that this is sometimes a messy process. Have some baby wipes ready and just go with it.
  • Don’t Over Think the Nutrients: for the first few months, don’t get too wrapped up in serving the perfect portion of proteins, fruits, veggies or grains. Just serve baby wholesome and colorful food. While you want baby to get all the proper nutrients, in these beginning stages, most of the food will make it everywhere but into their mouths;). It’s all about the learning process for baby. Plus, until the age of 1, baby will get a majority of their nutrients from breast milk or formula.
  • A Gag is a Gag, Don’t Worry: there is a huge difference between when baby gags on a piece of food and when they are choking. Baby will gag on food when they are learning to eat finger foods, which is good, because that is how baby learns how to move food around their mouth and swallow foods.
  • Sit with Baby: a great way to bond with baby is to sit down with them while they are learning to eat and eat the same foods yourself. Show them how it’s done and encourage them through the process.

When To Start Baby-Led Weaning

Whether you decide to use a baby-led weaning approach, spoon-feeding (often known as traditional weaning), or a combination of both, look for these readiness signs in your baby:

  • Around 6 months of age
  • Sitting with minimal assistance
  • Good control of their head and trunk
  • Bringing hands and toys to their mouth
  • Appears interested in food, possibly by reaching for or leaning forward towards food

Before you start weaning your baby, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.

Feeding Tips for Baby-Led Weaning
  • Watch for signs that your baby is ready to start solid foods, usually around 6 months of age. Look for sitting with minimal assistance, good control of their head and trunk, bringing hands and toys to their mouth, and appearing interested in what you are eating.
  • Serve and cut foods to help with grasp and minimize frustration – cut food into 2-3′ strips or sticks (about the size of 2 adult fingers) for babies 6-9 months old. You can shred or cut foods into pea-sized pieces once your baby reaches 9-12 months old to promote fine motor grasp.
  • Be aware of changes that may be needed in your own diet. Foods prepared for adults may not always be suitable for infants, especially depending on sodium levels, seasonings used, or style of cooking.
  • Have a plan for making clean-up easier, such as bibs that double as “food catchers,” a large mat underneath the highchair, a good vacuum, or a helpful dog!
  • It might feel tempting to do so, but hold off on wiping your baby’s face and hands until the end of the meal. You might even consider taking your baby to the sink and letting them rinse their hands and face there afterward.

Starter Foods

Below you will find over 80 nutritious starter finger foods for your baby! I divided them into four categories – vegetables, fruits, grains and protein. In The Ultimate Guide of Finger Foods, I go into way more detail about different cooking and chopping methods. Please note that some of these foods in their raw or whole form can be a choking hazard for baby so be sure you are serving it in an age-appropriate way.

  1. Broccoli
  2. Peppers (Red, Yellow, Orange or Green)
  3. Corn
  4. Zucchini
  5. Asparagus
  6. Cauliflower
  7. Cherry Tomatoes
  8. Radishes
  9. Sweet Potatoes
  10. Parsnips
  11. Beets
  12. Carrots
  13. Peas
  14. Cucumber
  15. Green Beans
  16. Squash (butternut, acorn, etc)
  17. Pumpkin
  18. Potatoes
  19. Turnips
  20. Mushrooms
  21. Eggplant

Iron Tip: it’s a great idea to offer your baby iron-rich foods as some of their first foods since their iron reserves start to run out around 6 months of age.

  1. Apples
  2. Honeydew
  3. Strawberries
  4. Blueberries
  5. Peaches
  6. Nectarines
  7. Plums
  8. Raspberries
  9. Pineapple
  10. Kiwi
  11. Oranges
  12. Banana
  13. Blackberries
  14. Grapes
  15. Mango
  16. Pear
  17. Cherries
  18. Apricots
  19. Watermelon
  20. Cantaloupe
  21. Avocado
  22. Papaya
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  1. Scrambled Eggs
  2. Chicken
  3. Turkey
  4. Sliced Cheese
  5. Black beans
  6. Chickpeas
  7. Hard-boiled Eggs
  8. Tofu
  9. Salmon
  10. White Fish
  11. Beef
  12. Ricotta
  13. Edamame
  14. Feta
  15. Shrimp
  16. Lentils
  17. Meatballs
  18. Ground Meat
  19. Sausage
  20. Eggs some other Ways
  21. Nut Butters
  22. Hummus

Whole Grains
  1. Rice balls
  2. Quinoa
  3. Toast
  4. Waffles
  5. Millet
  6. Farro
  7. Pancakes
  8. Pasta
  9. Couscous
  10. Barley

Baby-Led Weaning Recipes

These 45 recipes are perfect foods for baby-led weaning. They are easy to make, nutritious, delicious and most importantly they are all easy for your baby to pick up and eat themselves. All are great for babies 9 months and up.


  1. Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bites for Toddler
  2. Mini Bagel Pizzas with Pepper “Sprinkles”
  3. Tortellini-on-a-Stick with Marinara Dipping Sauce for Toddlers
  4. Curry Pasta Salad for Baby + Toddler (great for Baby-Led Weaning)
  5. Summer Pesto Finger Salad for Baby + Toddler
  6. Green Finger Salad for Baby + Toddler


  1. Veggie-Loaded Hummus Baby Food or Toddler Dip (recipe grows with your baby:)
  2. Warm Peach Chunks with Nutmeg
  3. Healthy Strawberry Yogurt Dip
  4. Whole Grain Cheese Crackers (Baby + Toddler)
  5. Beets + Orange + Mint Toddler Finger Food

  1. Crispy Salmon Bites for Baby + Toddler (Baby-Led Weaning)
  2. Easy Veggie “Fried” Rice for Baby + Toddler
  3. Taco Tuesday for Baby + Toddler
  4. Mexican Sweet Potato Boats for Baby + Toddler
  5. Baked Seasoned Chicken Tenders for Baby + Toddler
  6. Baked Seasoned Tofu Nuggets
  7. Kale Pesto Chicken Quesadilla for Baby + Toddler
  8. Baby’s First Bolognese
  9. Easy-Peasy 5 Veggie Pasta for Baby + Toddler
  10. Roasted Root Vegetables
  11. Chunky Summer Veggie Pasta for Baby + Toddler
  12. Crispy Seasoned Fish with Pineapple & Avocado Chunks for Toddler + Kids
  13. Family-Favorite Pumpkin Pasta
  14. Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Risotto
  15. Butternut Squash ‘Mac and Cheese’ for Toddler
  16. Healthy Chicken Nuggets with Green Bean “Fries” (toddler, kid + adult approved)

Top-Rated Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning

3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes for Baby

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Made with only 3 simple ingredients – banana, egg and flour, yet these pancakes are fluffy, soft and perfect for baby, baby-led weaning and toddlers!

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Broccoli for Baby-Led Weaning

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These 4 easy-to-make Broccoli Recipes are great for Baby-Led Weaning or as a Finger Food for your baby. You can serve the broccoli cooked and whole or mashed and with a self-feeding spoon!

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Broccoli Egg Muffins

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Handheld and portable, these egg cups are great for baby and toddlers on-the-go. These savory cheddar cheese and broccoli breakfast cups can be served warm at the breakfast table or packed cold for a morning playdate or school lunch.

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Easy Spinach Pancakes

4.69 stars (157 ratings)

These Spinach Pancakes are a great way to get spinach into your baby or toddler. Plus, there are two different ways you can make them.

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Baby’s First Bolognese

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A thick and hearty bolognese sauce with added veggies is the perfect way to introduce this classic sauce to your baby. This sauce is versatile and can be served over your favorite pasta, brown rice, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.  

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Mexican Sweet Potato Boats

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These sweet potato boats are a family-friendly way to serve sweet potatoes to the entire family – including those picky eaters.

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Avocado for Baby – Puree & BLW

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Avocados are a superfood and great first food for babies 6 months and up. Serve them pureed, smashed, or as a finger food for baby-led weaning.

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Easy-Peasy 5 Veggie Pasta for Baby

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This wholesome baby-led weaning meal is made by tossing together your favorite pasta, a whopping 5 different veggies and a simple yet delicious basil dressing. Everything is the same finger food size for easy eating for baby. 

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  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (see notes below)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce or apple puree
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • Preheat: plug waffle iron and turn to medium heat.

  • Dry Ingredients: in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

  • Wet Ingredients: in a blender, add in the eggs, milk, oil, applesauce, vanilla extract and spinach. Blend for 1 minute on medium speed or until the spinach is completely blended.

  • Mix: add the spinach mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

  • Cook: pour waffle mixture onto waffle iron in 1/4 cup increments and bake according to the waffle maker's instructions.

  • Serve: let cool slightly and serve, or store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Age: 8 months and up

Freezer-Friendly: take any leftovers and place in a freezer zip-lock baggie and freeze. To reheat, place in toaster and toast until warm. The waffles will last 2-3 months in the freezer.

Notes on Flour: you can use all-purpose, white whole wheat or whole wheat flour in any combination that you prefer, I will usually use a combo of 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat or 2 cups white wheat flour. You can also make these gluten-free using a gluten-free flour mix. If using whole wheat flour, you may need to add in extra milk to thin it out as whole wheat flour is extra absorbent. 

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Broccoli for Baby-Led Weaning (6+ months)

These 4 delicious Broccoli Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning are the perfect first food for your baby! They are healthy, easy to make, and can be served in a variety of ways. Great for 6 months and up!

Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Broccoli for Baby-Led Weaning

Looking to serve your baby nutrient-dense broccoli right from the start? 🥦

Then you’ve come to the right place!

In this post, you will find 4 of my all-time favorite ways to serve broccoli to babies!

These recipes were made to be delicious to babies’ taste buds so that it will (hopefully) lead to a lifetime love 💚 for broccoli.

First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

Watch the Broccoli for Baby-Led Weaning Video

Watch and see how easy it is to serve broccoli to your baby!

Reasons to Love Broccoli for BLW

  • great for baby-led weaning – 6+ months
  • also great for the finger food stage – 9+ months
  • full of essential nutrients for baby
  • different ways for baby to self-feed
  • easy to make

Benefits of Broccoli for Baby

Broccoli has a whole host of health benefits!

  • The fiber found in broccoli promotes gut health and heart health.
  • It helps support your immune system with the help of vitamin C.
  • Broccoli is high in vitamin K, which is important in blood clotting.
  • The antioxidants found in broccoli may help protect against certain types of cancers.
  • Vitamin A and antioxidants found in broccoli promote eye health.

Shopping & Storing Tip: When purchasing broccoli, look for a firm head with dark-green crowns and tightly-closed buds. Broccoli is a hardy, cool-weather vegetable, so it loves your cold refrigerator. Wrap the broccoli in a few dry paper towels, to help wick away any excess moisture, and store in an unsealed plastic bag.

Helpful Tools

These tools will make doing baby-led weaning so much easier. For more of my favorite kitchen tools make sure to check out my shop.

  • steamer Basket
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Storage Containers for Fridge
  • highchair
  • suction bowl or baby bowl
  • baby spoon
  • open lid cup
  • bib with catch pocket

Frequently Asked Questions

When can baby eat broccoli?

Baby can have broccoli as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes around 6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.

Can broccoli be baby’s first food?

Broccoli can 100% be your baby’s first food if you want it to be. It is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to your baby once a few other well-tolerated foods have been introduced, but otherwise foods can be introduced in any order so choose whatever you are most excited for your baby to have.

Is broccoli a common allergen for baby?

No, broccoli is not a common allergen, however, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it.

Does broccoli cause constipation for babies?

Broccoli does not usually cause constipation in babies, and it can actually help alleviate constipation due to its high fiber content. 

How to Make Broccoli for Baby-Led Weaning

There are several different ways to prepare broccoli for your baby. Here are 3 of my favorite ways:

  • Steamed Broccoli with Lemon
  • Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
  • Broccoli and Ricotta
  • Broccoli Cheese Egg Muffins

The goal is to cook the broccoli until it is soft enough for your baby to eat (or gnaw on) yet still firm enough for your baby to be able to pick and self-feed. For babies 6 months and up using their palmar grasp, you can serve steamed broccoli florets, steamed broccoli chopped up and mixed with ricotta, or broccoli mixed with cheese and eggs and cooked into a muffin.

Broccoli Puree: You can offer purees and still allow your baby to lead the way with self-feeding by offering thee puree on a self-feeding spoon, by placing a few spoonfuls of the puree directly on the tray or in a bowl for your baby to dip their fingers into, or you can even use the puree as a dip for solid foods such a banana or piece of toast.

How to Serve Broccoli for Baby-Led Weaning

A good rule of thumb to follow is the younger the baby, the bigger the piece of food. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but the bigger the piece of food, allows your baby to hold onto it while chewing and sucking on it without posing as high of a choking hazard. For babies 6-9 months, you will want to cut food into 2-3′ strips or sticks roughly the size of 2 adult fingers. For babies 9-12 months, you can shred or cut food into ‘pea-size’ pieces.

6-8 Months: steam or roast bigger florets until tender.
8-10 Months: smaller florets or chopped pieces of steamed or roasted broccoli.
10-12 Months: chopped pieces of steamed or roasted broccoli.

Steamed Broccoli with Lemon

This steamed broccoli with lemon is a simple and flavorful recipe that baby, toddler and even you will devour. For babies 6-8 months, the bigger the better, you can serve the bigger-sized florets and stem that will fit inside of their palms. For babies 8-10 months, you can serve them flatter and smaller sizes of florets. And for babies 10-12 months, you can serve them chopped pieces of broccoli so they can work on their pincher grasp.

Instructions (for the full recipe, see recipe card below): cut broccoli into large florets, and place in a steamer basket. Place over boiling water and steam for 8-10 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Take off heat and let cool. Squeeze a little lemon juice on the broccoli and toss.

Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli with a pinch of garlic for warm and earthy finger food for your baby!

Instructions (for the full recipe, see recipe card below): toss broccoli florets with a pinch of minced garlic and olive oil and bake until tender with a few crispy spots.

Broccoli Ricotta Mash

Steamed broccoli and creamy ricotta come together in this delicious mash for baby! This thick and chunky mash can be served to your baby on their highchair tray, in a suction baby bowl or with a baby-led weaning friendly spoon such as the Gootensil.

Instructions (for the full recipe, see recipe card below): take a spoonful of ricotta and put it into a small bowl. Chop up a small amount of steamed broccoli and add it to the bowl. Stir the ricotta and broccoli together until well incorporated.

Broccoli Cheese Egg Muffins

These Egg Muffins are made with a few simple ingredients and a great way for your baby to explore a healthy and tasty meal that is soft and easy to chew. Serve these egg muffins cut in half, in chunks or strips.

Instructions (for the full recipe, see recipe card below): Whisk together the eggs and milk. Then stir in the chopped broccoli and cheese. Pour into a well-greased or lined muffin tin and bake.


Baby-Led Weaning Feeding Tips

  • Watch for signs that your baby is ready to start solid foods, usually around 6 months of age. Look for sitting with minimal assistance, good control of their head and trunk, bringing hands and toys to their mouth, and appearing interested in what you are eating. 
  • Understand the difference between gagging and choking – including the signs of each and how to respond
  • Be aware of changes that may be needed in your own diet. Foods prepared for adults may not always be suitable for infants, especially depending on sugar and sodium levels, seasonings used, or style of cooking. 
  • Serve and cut foods to help with grasp and minimize frustration – cut food into 2-3′ strips or sticks (about the size of 2 adult fingers) for babies 6-9 months old. You can shred or cut foods into pea sized pieces once baby reaches 9-12 months old to promote fine motor grasp. 

  • Eggs for Babies – 10 Easy Recipes
  • 3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes for Baby
  • Sweet Potato Wedges for Baby-Led Weaning
  • Broccoli, Apple + White Beans for Baby (Puree or Baby-Led Weaning)

Or watch a shortened version of this video here.

Steamed Broccoli with Lemon
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Broccoli Ricotta Mash
  • 2 tbsp whole milk ricotta
  • 2 tbsp steamed broccoli roughly chopped
Broccoli Cheese Egg Muffins
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk whole milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.
  • 1/2-1 cup broccoli roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tbsp good-quality olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 pinch minced garlic or garlic powder
Steamed Broccoli with Lemon
Broccoli Ricotta Mash
  • In a small bowl, mix together the steamed broccoli and ricotta until well incorporated.

Broccoli Cheese Egg Muffins
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

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Baby food at home: recipes, videos

Growing up a little person is a delightful process that cannot but please the parents of the crumbs. However, the first feeling that mom and dad face when it comes time to introduce complementary foods into a child's diet is confusion.

Which food is the most healthy, hypoallergenic and delicious? Most often, the first "real" meal of the crumbs after mother's milk and formula is vegetable or fruit puree. The choice of baby food on store shelves is very wide - each manufacturer tries to convince the buyer that jars with beautiful labels contain only natural products, there are no dyes, sweeteners and other harmful additives. A variety of "meals" for babies in factory packaging marked "3+ months." does not guarantee the true usefulness of the product that is inside. Every mother understands that complementary foods prepared on her own, from natural products, are much better for her child.

Another advantage of making your own baby food is that you can choose the best ingredients, wash fruits, berries or vegetables thoroughly, peel them well and remove damaged parts. In addition, the parents of the crumbs themselves can choose the way - how best to cook baby food: food can not only be boiled, but also baked in the oven or cooked in a double boiler.

It is also important that home-made baby puree is much tastier, it will undoubtedly be useful for a growing organism and will not cause allergies! Even the simplest children's dish, prepared by mom, keeps the warmth of caring hands and cannot be compared with expensive dishes from the store.

What should be the correct complementary foods for children? Of course, you should start with one ingredient (such purees are called one-component purees), then move on to more complex options. Experts emphasize that the most suitable product for the first "dish" is zucchini. Cauliflower can also be considered neutral. Gradually it will be possible to introduce carrots, pumpkins, potatoes, broccoli and green peas. At the first stage of the introduction of complementary foods, it is better to give preference to vegetable purees and switch to fruit purees when the child already treats “serious” food well.

The basic rules and principles of preparing high-quality baby food yourself:

  • it is best to take fresh products for preparations: fruits from the tree, berries from the bush and vegetables from the garden are much healthier than those that have already been in the refrigerator for a week. If there are no seasonal vegetables at the time of preparation, the use of frozen foods is acceptable, but in this case, try to give preference to whole fruits - they retain the greatest amount of nutrients;
  • only filtered water should be used for cooking vegetables;
  • Preparing baby food requires, if not separate, then thoroughly washed dishes. Do not, for example, cut vegetables on a meat board. If there is a dog or cat in the house, then you need to restrict her access to the kitchen when food is being prepared;
  • It is not recommended to use vegetables and fruits in the diet of infants, in which the content of chemical additives is consistently high. These often include watermelons and melons, beets, spinach and lettuce;
  • It is better to pour vegetables purchased on the market with water before cooking: put carrots, potatoes, zucchini and cauliflower in filtered water for a couple of hours - this will remove nitrates;
  • do not leave excess mashed potatoes for the next meal: the child should be given only freshly prepared food, and "yesterday's" mashed potatoes are best eaten by adults or given to pets;
  • you can choose cream, boiled egg yolk, grated cheese or finely chopped dill as an additive to puree - this will diversify dishes for children from 8 months;
  • try it! Children's food can and should be enjoyed by an adult.

There is another question that often worries parents: is it permissible to preserve baby puree and how to do it correctly? After all, such complementary foods for the developing body of a small child must be prepared daily for one or even two or three years: until the baby is ready to eat adult food from the common table. Not every mother has the time and opportunity to prepare baby puree daily, but you don’t want to buy food for the baby in the store. In addition, it is obvious that in the winter-spring period it is almost impossible to find fruits and vegetables grown without the addition of chemicals. The answer to the question is quite simple: the requirements for the conditions for preparing baby food are very strict (keeping the temperature, sterilizing jars, etc.), but using an autoclave solves all problems: all that is required is to load jars with blanks into the autoclave for 20 minutes and set temperature 120 degrees. After cooling, it is better to store baby food in a dark, cool place for about 12 months, daily delighting the child with homemade homemade food.

Pumpkin puree: tender and aromatic

Pumpkin is a tasty vegetable that is good for babies. This fruit has a beneficial effect on digestion, is well absorbed by the child's body and is rich in various vitamins: A, C, B, B2, E, PP, T. In addition, the carotene content in pumpkin is 5 times higher than in carrots!

Baby pumpkin puree has a sweet taste, so the kids eat this dish with great pleasure. For preparations, it is better to buy small whole pumpkins, as they usually taste better than large ones and are easier to peel.

  1. Rinse pumpkin well under running water, peel, cut in half, remove seeds.
  2. Then you need to cut the fruit into small cubes, put in a saucepan and pour water. Cooking time after boiling - 20 minutes. You can also steam pumpkin: it will retain more nutrients with the same cooking time.
  3. The next step is to beat the cooked pumpkin with a blender until the consistency of a gentle puree. If the dish turned out to be thick, add water or milk (milk mixture).
  4. Vegetable oil and salt are added to pumpkin puree to taste, but these additives should be used with caution: only if they are acceptable for the age of the child.

For babies older than 8 months, pumpkin puree is supplemented with other fruits and vegetables, and also added to porridge.

Broccoli puree: simplicity and elegance

Broccoli is not just cabbage, but a storehouse of vitamins and microelements! Beautiful on the outside and fantastic on the inside - the high content of protein and vitamin C (there is more in broccoli than in citrus!) deserves special attention. There are many articles on the Internet about the benefits of broccoli, and preparing this product is not at all difficult.

To prepare this type of cabbage for baby food, you need to choose the highest quality product: the inflorescences must be unopened, green, moderately elastic.

  1. Broccoli should be washed, cut into pieces and boiled. Steaming will take 20 minutes, in water - faster: fresh cabbage should be boiled for a little more than 5 minutes, and frozen - at least 10. When cooking, do not pour a lot of water, it should only cover the vegetables a little.
  2. When the cabbage is cooked, take it out, transfer it to a blender bowl and grind to a puree state, add a little warm boiled water.
  3. Add salt and butter to taste.

Pear puree: a fragrant dessert

It's no secret that babies love fruit puree - almost all children like sweet dishes. The pear is a suitable option for the first one-component fruit food - a sweet fragrant fruit that has a high concentration of vitamins, stimulates digestion and almost never causes allergies.

If you want to cook a safe puree for your child at home, then it is best to choose green pears, these are the fruits that are considered to be the least allergenic.

  1. Fruit must be peeled, core removed with seeds, cut into cubes.
  2. Transfer the pear to a heavy-bottomed enamel saucepan, add a little water and simmer for 15-20 minutes over low heat.
  3. Then transfer to a blender bowl and puree until smooth. If the puree is too thick, add a little warm boiled water.
  4. You can dilute the dish with milk or formula - it depends on the taste preferences of the baby.

A similar recipe is used for applesauce. In the future, try to combine these two fruits in one dish.

Classic apple-zucchini puree

A good appetite of a baby pleases every mother, but little gourmets are often capricious, and it is not easy to please them. Zucchini and apple puree is a classic combination of products that will diversify the baby's menu already in the fifth or sixth month of life.

This complementary food contains only hypoallergenic products, has a positive effect on the functioning of the heart, and stimulates the strengthening of the immune system.

  1. Selected products should be thoroughly washed, peeled, core removed from apples.
  2. Cut zucchini and apples into cubes, put fruits in a cooking pot first - they should cook for 5 minutes longer, and then vegetables. The total cooking time is 20 minutes.
  3. When the products become soft, they must be ground to a puree with a blender.
  4. To taste - dilute with water, add salt, oil.

This puree can be considered an independent dish for the little ones or become a delicious side dish for older kids.

Colorful carrot-potato puree

For many parents, carrots and potatoes are the easiest and most understandable type of complementary food for the baby. However, if you cook and serve standard products a little differently than usual, you can improve the traditional taste of a classic dish.

Young potatoes should not be chosen for baby puree - they contain a lot of starch. Carrots, on the contrary, it is better to buy young ones.

  1. Wash and peel the vegetables thoroughly and cut into cubes.
  2. Steamed potatoes and carrots are best; vegetables should be boiled separately. Cook until tender, 20 minutes on average.
  3. Separately puree the vegetables in a blender, diluting with warm water if necessary.

Both types of puree are beautifully placed on a plate without mixing: the child can decide for himself whether to mix food or eat separately.

Exotic variety: mango puree

Tropical fruits should not be offered to a small child before the age of 7-8 months and only if there was no allergy to other foods.

Mango is an aromatic fruit with an original pleasant taste. This fruit helps to overcome colds, reduce inflammation in the body, improve sleep and normalize the functioning of the stomach.

To feed the baby, ripened fruits should be selected - quite soft, yellow-red in color.

  1. Fruit should be peeled and pitted, cut into cubes.
  2. Put the raw mango into a blender, purée, transfer to a heavy-bottomed pot and simmer for a few minutes.

Older children may be offered uncooked mango puree. This fruit is completely independent - no need to add sugar or water!

Sweet pumpkin puree with apple

This puree is called sweet, as both pumpkin and apples are foods with sufficient sugar content. Such a dish is well suited as a dessert for children who already eat “serious” food well - vegetable purees and cereals.

In addition, such complementary foods are a great option for the autumn-winter period: seasonal products contain enough choline, a lot of fiber, natural proteins and vitamins (groups A, B, C, E, etc. ), zinc, sodium, calcium and only!

  1. Pumpkins and apples must be peeled, peeled and seeds removed, cut into cubes and sent to a double boiler.
  2. Cook for about 20 minutes until the food is soft. Then place them in a blender bowl, add raisins and chop. If the child chews well, mash everything with a fork, and leave the raisins whole.

Hearty puree with celery and turkey

For older kids, meat is added to vegetable dishes - turkey fillet is an excellent option for developing a child's taste preferences. Appetizing and fragrant meat puree includes only three ingredients: celery root, turkey fillet, butter.

The proportion of meat and celery should be approximately 10:1, the amount of butter to your taste.

  1. Turkey fillets must be boiled in the "second stock" for about 20 minutes after boiling.
  2. Wash, peel and cut the celery root into cubes and put into the boiling broth 10 minutes before it is done.
  3. After cooking, puree the turkey and celery with a blender, adding stock if necessary.

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