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15 Dinner Ideas for Baby (Stage 2 Purees)

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15 Dinner Ideas for Baby that will leave your little one full and satisfied. Loaded with nutrients, protein and some complex carbs, these purees are a healthy way for baby to end their day. Great baby food for 6+ months – stage 2 baby food.

Update: this post was originally posted in July 2017 and has been updated.

Dinner Ideas for Baby

Now that I rounded up some of my favorite breakfast and lunch ideas for baby, I thought it only fitting to give you some of my favorite dinner ideas as well.

That’s over 45 healthy purees to make your little ones taste buds explode with happiness all-day-long!

When deciding which puree to serve for dinner, I like to start with purees that are filled with calorie dense fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli and mangos. My theory is that the more calories baby has before bed the higher the chance they will sleep longer through the night <—- just a theory, no scientific research besides my own lazy mom observation has been done on this.

Next, if your baby is eating proteins and grains, I like to mix some in for even more nutrients and calories.

Think about it this way, what are you eating for dinner? Besides pizza or a cheeseburger;) I bet on the good diet days your plate is full of vegetables, a small portion of grains and some type of protein. Since you are cultivating a little mini-you, make baby’s dinner purees just like your plate.

This could be made into a single puree like the Thai Chicken with Mango Puree mixed with some cooked quinoa. Or another approach you can have is to serve several different purees for a full meal – Broccoli + Olive Oil Puree, Sweet Potato + Curry Puree with a side of Apple + Cinnamon Puree for a dessert.

Reasons to Love these Dinner Ideas for Baby

  • great for 6+ months
  • stage 2 baby food
  • nutrient dense
  • mixture of wholesome fruits, veggies, grains and protein
  • all purees are freezer-friendly
  • great for freezer storage stash
  • easy to defrost

Whichever puree you serve your little one, pour yourself a tall glass of wine and enjoy a healthy meal with your little adventurous eater, no matter how long or stressful meal time is:)

Sweet Potato, Pear + Red Pepper Baby Food Puree

4. 89 stars (9 ratings)

Loaded with vitamin A, B6, C, E, folate, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, lycopene and fiber, this puree has a ton of essential nutrients for growing baby!

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Broccoli Baby Food

4.80 stars (68 ratings)

This Broccoli Baby Food with olive oil recipe is a great way to introduce healthy green vegetables into your baby's diet. A delicious puree full of essential vitamins and healthy fats for growing baby

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Pear, Chard + Goji Berries Baby Food Puree

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Chard and Goji berries are superfoods but can have sharp flavors for little mouths – but when paired with sweet pears, they turn into a magically delicious baby food combination!

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The Best Sweet Potato Baby Food

5 stars (52 ratings)

This Homemade Sweet Potato with Curry Baby Food Puree is a fun and exotic first puree for baby! Great for 4+ months and is completely freezer-friendly!

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Roasted Strawberry + Salmon Baby Food Puree

4. 71 stars (17 ratings)

This Roasted Strawberry + Salmon Baby Food Puree is loaded with healthy omega-3's, antioxidants, vitamin A and potassium, and is perfect for both babies and toddlers!

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Beef + Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree with Thyme

5 stars (14 ratings)

This Beef + Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree with Thyme is comfort food in a bowl – for baby! Tender, creamy, and savory, your little one will love this delicious puree for lunch or dinner.

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Roasted Root Veggies + Thyme Baby Food

5 stars (5 ratings)

This golden yellow puree is filled with roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and beets and sprinkled with a little olive oil and thyme for a delicious and healthy baby puree meal!

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Red Pepper Baby Puree

4.88 stars (33 ratings)

This Red Pepper Baby Puree recipe is a smooth, creamy and naturally sweet puree that is loaded with vitamin A, B6 and C. Great for 4+ months and older (or stage 1 puree).

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Fall Superpower Baby Food Puree

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This Fall Superpower Baby Food Puree is made with sweet potatoes, persimmons and egg yolks and is bursting with fall inspired flavors.

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Banana, Tofu + Pear Baby Food Puree

5 stars (14 ratings)

This Banana, Tofu + Pear Baby Food Puree looks meek but it is loaded with potassium, fiber and protein along with high amounts of vitamin B6, C and B2.

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Once your baby starts eating solid food, a whole new world opens up for them. Whether you're going the traditional spoon-feeding route or trying baby-led weaning, you're likely starving for ideas for what to feed your baby. Making your own baby food can seem daunting, but with a little planning, it's super easy – and it can be cheaper than buying prepared baby food.

From thin purees to full finger-food meals, here are some baby food recipes for every stage of your solid feeding journey.

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Baby food recipes for 6 to 8 months

Babies are typically ready to start eating solid foods around 6 months. Signs that they're ready include having good head control, being able to sit up, and showing an interest in food. If your baby watches you while you eat, opens their mouth when you offer them a spoonful of food, or even tries to grab food off your plate, those are good indicators that they're ready.

You can start your baby off with just about any pureed, single-ingredient food – like bananas, berries, or many of the foods listed below.  

The exceptions are the top allergenic foods, such as fish, wheat, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, and dairy. It's best to give your baby low-allergy foods at the very beginning, like apple or chicken puree. Once you know they can handle those foods, you can start introducing potentially allergenic foods.

When introducing your baby to a common allergen, serve it for three to five days before introducing another type of food. That way, if your baby has an allergic reaction, it'll be easier to tell what caused it.

Try these baby food recipes for your 6- to 8-month-old:

  • Apple and pear sauce
  • Baby oats with prunes
  • Butternut squash puree
  • Green pea puree
  • Mango and banana puree
  • Peach or nectarine puree
  • Roasted pears
  • Sweet potato puree
  • Turkey or chicken puree
  • Whipped cauliflower
  • Yogurt and berry swirl
  • Zucchini puree

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Baby food recipes for 9 to 12 months

By the time your baby is about 9 months old, they're ready for some more complex dishes – often, you'll find yourself feeding them whatever you and the rest of your family are eating.

While you're expanding your baby's eating horizons, remember they still don't have that many teeth and can't chew hard or crunchy produce like raw carrots – and be on the lookout for choking hazards, like whole grapes and popcorn. But there are still plenty of other options for babies at this age: flaky salmon, ground beef, roasted vegetables, baked potatoes, pasta dishes… the list goes on.

If your baby doesn't like new textures, don't worry. The key at any age is to offer your baby a variety of foods and to keep trying. Even if they don't like the food at first, keep offering it to them – sometimes, you may have to offer your baby a food up to 20 times before they'll accept it.

By this age, your baby is also typically ready to start trying out finger foods, like O-shaped toasted oat cereal, banana slices, or well-cooked pasta cut into bite-size pieces, about a ¼ of an inch in size. Several of the recipes below, like guacamole, hummus, and whipped cauliflower, make perfect dips to pair with finger foods so your baby can start learning to eat independently. It'll be messy, of course, but it's a great time for them to practice their hand-eye coordination and skills with their newfound pincer grasp.

If you're ready for some more food adventures with your baby, try adding spices to their meals. While it isn't recommended to give babies added salt or sugar in their diet until they're at least 2 years old, fresh herbs and other spices are fair game (and a little added salt is okay). Try adding cinnamon to their oatmeal or rosemary to their ground beef.

And if you really want to experiment with new flavors, your baby may even enjoy a bit of spicy food – but avoid foods with a lot of added sugar, salt, or processing. (If you're a fan of spicy food yourself and ate it while breastfeeding, your baby might even have some built-in tolerance for spice.)

Try these recipes for your 9- to 12-month-old:

  • Asparagus risotto
  • Baby guacamole
  • Barley and mushroom mash
  • Broccoli and cauliflower cheese
  • Chicken curry with green beans and zucchini
  • Coconut milk rice pudding with blueberry compote
  • Homemade hummus
  • Lentil and spinach stew
  • Pasta with spinach and ricotta
  • Oatmeal with apples 
  • Quinoa, black beans, and corn
  • Rice with peas, carrots, and egg
  • Root veggie mash
  • Salmon, asparagus, and peas
  • Shepherd's pie
  • Smashed chickpea and butternut squash chili
  • Tomato and avocado scramble
  • Tropical fruit salad

If you're ever unsure about what to feed your baby or how much food to give them at any age, check out our age-by-age guide to feeding.


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