Homemade baby food potatoes

Potato Puree for Babies

| | by Dr Hemapriya

Introducing vegetables in your baby’s diet? This potato puree for babies is ideal for infants over 6 months, as it’s easy, neutral and safe for little tummies.

Potato Puree for Babies



Nutritional Information

Potato Puree for Babies



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We’ve all heard stories of kids refusing to eat vegetables, and perhaps we may have done the same when we were young! However, now that you’re a parent, you want to make sure that you raise your little one to enjoy vegetables of all kinds. As with everything else, the earlier you start, the better!

With so many vegetables to choose from, new parents can be confused about which one to introduce in their baby’s diet first. You need a vegetable that’s easily digestible, neutral in taste and safe for developing digestive systems. Potato is the vegetable that checks all these boxes, and provides many other benefits too.

Potato Puree for babies is the perfect way to introduce this vegetable in your munchkin’s diet. Potato puree has a soft consistency, it is easily mashable and is among foods with the least risk of food allergy. Start with a small quantity as potatoes may cause gassines in some babies.

Please don’t forget the 3 Day Rule before introducing any new food. Select a potato that is free of blemishes, cracks and soft spots. Avoid potatoes that have begun sprouting – these are not fresh.


  • 1 Potato
  • Jeera powder – A pinch


1. Peel the skin of the potato.

2. Slice into cubes.

3. Steam cook for 3-4 whistles on medium flame.

4. Let it cool.

5. Mash well using a potato masher or the back of  a ladle.

6. Add Jeera powder for seasoning.

7. If you want to make it runnier, add some breast milk or formula.

8. Your Potato Puree is ready. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

100 g of Potatoes yield 77 kcal of energy and a medium potato gives about 26 grams of carbohydrates, making these an energy-rich food. Potatoes are also rich in minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals such as carotenoids and natural phenols.

  • Potato - One
  • Jeera powder - A pinch
  • Peel the skin.

  • Slice into cubes.

  • Steam cook for 3-4 whistles on medium flame.

  • Let it cool.

  • Mash well using potato masher or ladle.

  • Add Jeera powder for seasoning

  • Serve warm.

Post updated on : 21 July 2020





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Potato, Carrot & Garlic Baby Food

This potato and carrot mash has a mellow garlic flavor that your baby will love. Tasty and filling, with a little bit of texture, this can be eaten on its own or as the base for a bigger meal. The ideal way to introduce garlic to your baby, and it works for both spoon fed babies and baby led weaning families.

We all need a freezer stash of easy, filling, tasty foods for our babies that will suit them through different stages. This one, for us, has stood the test of time with our second baby.

He first had it off a spoon as a textured puree, and now it regularly works its way onto his plates alongside things like beans and falafel, to complete the meal.

It’s very easy to adapt and can be made with any root vegetables. Try it with sweet potato, parsnip or squashes too.

Garlic for babies – OK from 6 months

There is no particular reason to hold back on introducing foods with garlic to your baby, even as early as 6 months. This recipe steams the garlic alongside potatoes and carrots, which is a gentle way to cook it, leaving a very mellow subtle flavor. Alongside some cheddar cheese, this makes for a super tasty bowl.

Some may prefer to use introduction schedules to introduce foods one at a time, working their way from blander to more flavorful foods, and so garlic may come in at the later stages.

Others take a more relaxed approach, introducing foods as and when they feel their baby might enjoy them, while watching for reactions.

Neither is right or wrong, so do whatever works for you.

How to make potatoes for babies (And how not to!)

This is an easy recipe to make but there’s one thing you need to know. When you’re making potato based baby food, step AWAY from the blender.

Just back riiiiight off.

Do not blend potatoes. Like, ever.

I actually knew this was a thing. Blending potatoes breaks down the starch and makes them very gummy. I’d heard it before and yet the first time I made this I tried my luck. I figured I’d just blend them for a minute so it wouldn’t be a problem.

It was very much a problem. An edible mess.

For a baby who is just learning to eat the texture would be a legit choking hazard. So if you need confirmation, here it is: It’s a serious NOPE on blending potatoes.

For this recipe, we will use a potato masher.

This is a textured baby food

Using a potato masher instead of blending does leave you with a more textured baby food. So this wouldn’t be ideal during the early days of smooth, runny purees.

You will want to wait until they are ready for more thick and textured foods. That may put you around the 8-9 month mark depending on how your baby progresses.

If you really want to try this with a younger baby, you could make it into a smooth puree if you put a little extra effort in. You would blend the carrots and then run the potatoes through a potato ricer for the smoothest possible finish. Then mix them together and thin out with milk.

… Or can be served as part of a baby led weaning plate

This is thick enough for babies to pick up and feed themselves, so a little dollop would work well as part of a baby led weaning plate.

Serving suggestions for older babies and toddlers

It works well alongside vegetarian protein sources to complete the meal. Try adding baked beans, mini falafel, or scrambled eggs to the plate.

Some roasted peppers and tomatoes can make a tasty topping, and stop it from being too dry.

Potato, Carrot & Garlic Baby Food

This potato and carrot mash has a mellow garlic flavor that your baby will love. Tasty and filling, with a little bit of texture, this can be eaten on its own or as the base for a bigger meal. The ideal way to introduce garlic to your baby, and it works for spoon fed babies or baby led weaning families.

8 -10 portions

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

5 from 2 ratings

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  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
  • Optional – 1 handful of grated cheddar cheese
  • Place the carrots and potatoes in a steamer (either an electric steamer or using a steaming basket) and sprinkle the garlic slices on top.

  • Steam for up to 30 minutes, until carrots and potatoes are soft.

  • Mash until you get your desired texture. Add in cheese, if using, and stir through until melted.

  • If the mixture is thick, add some of the steaming water or some milk to loosen it up.

If you want this to be a smoother, runnier puree: After steaming, blend the carrots until smooth. Run the potatoes through a potato ricer and then add the blended carrots and cheese and stir through. Add milk as needed to thin it out.

Cuisine: European

Course: Happy Veggie Kitchen Recipes

Author: Christine Melanson

Serving: 1g, Calories: 65kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 55mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g

Baby puree at home: recipes

Baby puree from vegetables and fruits at home: cooking secrets

Vegetable and fruit puree often becomes the first meal of the baby after breast milk or formula, so many mothers prefer to cook it on their own. Although modern manufacturers convince us that baby food is devoid of preservatives and harmful additives, fresh vegetables and fruits are much healthier, especially when it comes to infant nutrition. Yes, and cooking baby puree at home is not so difficult. nine0005

Vegetables or fruits?

Let's try to make baby puree for our beloved baby. Despite the fact that pediatricians of the last century recommended starting complementary foods with fruits, it is better to first introduce the child to vegetables - modern doctors and nutritionists have come to this conclusion. Boiled vegetables do not irritate the gastrointestinal tract, are better absorbed, satisfy hunger, do not cause allergies and increased gas formation. In addition, vegetables do not contain fructose, which irritates the pancreas. And one more weighty argument in favor of the fact that it is better to start with vegetables - fruits are tastier, and if the baby tries them first, he will refuse vegetables, because they will seem to him more insipid. nine0005

How to prepare baby vegetable puree

What can baby puree be made from? The ideal puree for the first feeding is from cauliflower or zucchini. A little later, you can introduce pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, potatoes and green peas. Before cooking, vegetables are washed well, peeled, cut into pieces and cooked - steamed, in the oven or in the usual way, in water. The first two methods are preferable because oven roasting and steaming preserve the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and natural color in the vegetables. And most importantly - such vegetables are much tastier. Some nutritionists recommend boiling vegetables with their skins on before peeling them, so choose your own cooking method. nine0005

If you do have to cook vegetables in a saucepan, use an enamel pot, add less water and put the vegetables in boiling water. Boil until soft, but do not overcook vegetables and fruits, otherwise they will become tasteless and lose a lot of vitamins. Ready vegetables are chopped with a blender until smooth and slightly diluted with water, vegetable broth, breast milk or mixture to a gruel state, since the child does not yet know how to digest thick food. Small pieces of vegetables in puree sometimes cause the baby to refuse to eat, so the knives in the blender should be well sharpened, and if there is no technique, you can grind the vegetables through a sieve. Salt and spices are usually not added to baby vegetable puree, and if the baby is more than 6 months old, you can put a little butter in the puree. nine0005

A few rules for making baby puree at home

  • Use only fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Water for cooking vegetables must be filtered or bottled.
  • If you are using frozen foods, choose only whole fruits and vegetables as they retain the most nutrients.
  • All utensils for preparing baby food should be perfectly clean, so if the knife falls on the floor, it should be washed well. Also, the presence of pets in the kitchen during the cooking process is not allowed. nine0026
  • Avoid vegetables and fruits high in nitrates, such as spinach, lettuce, beets, melons, and watermelons, in infants' diets.
  • Store-bought vegetables are recommended to be soaked in water to remove nitrates: 1-2 hours for this, up to 24 hours for potatoes.
  • Mix sour-tasting fruits and berries with sweet fruits - for example, blackcurrant goes well with a banana or pear. Sour puree is unlikely to please the baby. nine0026
  • Give your child only fresh food, but yesterday's puree from the refrigerator is better to eat yourself.

DIY fruit puree for children

Children are more likely to eat fruit puree, because fruits are tastier and sweeter. Fruits contain a large amount of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fiber and antioxidants, so they are very useful for a growing organism. However, fruits are strong allergens, especially berries, bananas, pomegranates and apricots, so they should be given with caution, watching the child's reaction. The most low-allergenic fruits are apples and pears, so it is better to start complementary foods with them, and then introduce all other fruits. First, the baby is fed with a one-component puree made from only one product, and then you can mix different vegetables and fruits, and not only among themselves. Very tasty combinations of fruits and vegetables, such as apples and zucchini, pumpkins and pears. nine0005

Fruits must be of good quality, without damage, ripe and juicy, and the rules for preparing fruits do not differ from the rules for cooking vegetables. Naturally, fruit puree is not sweetened with honey and sugar - the later the child learns the taste of sugar, the stronger his health will be.

Aromatic pumpkin puree

Babies love to eat pumpkin because of its pleasant sweet taste, besides pumpkin is very healthy. It contains a whole storehouse of various vitamins, including vitamin T, which normalizes the metabolism in the body. For pumpkin puree, small pumpkins are suitable, since large fruits are not as tasty and difficult to peel. nine0005

Cut the pumpkin in half, and then into small slices, one or two of which (depending on the appetite of the crumbs) cut into cubes. Boil the pumpkin in a double boiler or in water for 20 minutes, while warm, beat with a blender to a smooth puree and dilute if necessary with water or a mixture. Add oil and salt depending on the age of the child.

Gentle Broccoli Puree

One of my favorite homemade baby puree recipes is broccoli. This cabbage is extremely useful because it contains potassium, iron, calcium and other valuable substances. It has much more vitamin C than lemon, and the reason for its nutritional value is its high protein content. nine0005

Separate the broccoli into florets, wash thoroughly and steam for 20 minutes. Cabbage cooks faster in water - fresh broccoli will take 7 minutes, and frozen - about 15 minutes. Broccoli puree does not need much water, it should lightly coat the vegetables. After the cabbage becomes soft, chop it in a blender or pass through a sieve. If you're mashing for kids older than a year old, be sure to add butter - the little ones will gobble up broccoli on both cheeks! nine0005

How to make baby pear puree at home

Pear is a very delicate, tasty and healthy fruit that rarely causes intolerance. In addition to the high vitamin value, the pear has other beneficial properties - it facilitates digestion and removes toxins from the body.

For baby food, choose green pears to reduce the risk of allergies, which are rare among babies. Peel the fruits from the peel and core with seeds, and then stew the pear in a bowl with a thick bottom in a small amount of water for 15 minutes. Let the pear cool slightly and puree it in a blender with a little of the remaining pear broth. For large kids, fruits can not be boiled, but add half a teaspoon of natural honey to the puree. nine0005

Zucchini and apple puree

Little gourmets will love this delicious puree, besides, zucchini is considered the most hypoallergenic vegetables, which, due to their high potassium content, have a beneficial effect on the heart. Apples contain iodine, iron and phosphorus, and due to the high concentration of vitamin C, apples help in the prevention of colds and viral infections.

Wash the zucchini and apples well, de-seed them, cut into pieces and cook in a saucepan for about 20 minutes, considering that the zucchini will cook 5 minutes faster. By the way, apples are steamed for 15 minutes, zucchini - 10 minutes. Next, vegetables and fruits are chopped in a blender, mixed and brought to a boil. For allergic children, this is the best side dish! nine0005

Exotic mango

Sometimes you can pamper your baby with exotic fruits - for example, make mango puree. This is a very delicate fruit with an original taste, containing 12 amino acids and improving sleep.

Choose only ripe fruits that are soft and reddish-yellow in color. Peel the mango from a thick skin and a large bone, put the pulp in a blender, add 2 tbsp. l. water and mash it, and then heat it in a saucepan for several minutes. For a baby up to a year old, it is better to give mashed potatoes with heat treatment to facilitate digestion, and older children can be fed raw mangoes. nine0005

Carrot and Potato Puree

Make normal potato puree without oil. Peel the carrots, grate them and stew them with butter and vegetable broth - about 1 tsp is required for 200 g of carrots. butter and 150 g of broth. When the carrot becomes very soft, wipe it through a sieve, and then put it on a plate, put mashed potatoes on the second half. Let the child choose whether to mix two types of puree for him or eat separately!

Pumpkin and apple puree

This sweet, sugar-free pumpkin-apple puree, cooked in a double boiler, is suitable for children who are already accustomed to “adult” food and are able to perceive a new unusual dish. It is better to take a pumpkin with a gray or green skin and with bright pulp - such fruits contain more vitamins and other useful substances. Apples are green because they have fewer allergens.

Cut pumpkin and apple flesh without peel or seeds into pieces, place in a steamer and cook for 20 minutes. Grind pumpkin, apples and raisins in a blender or by hand with a pusher if the child has already learned to chew. They say that this puree is very good for skin and hair, and you can check the truth of this statement yourself if you start feeding this dish to your baby. nine0005

In autumn, you can take care of preparing vegetables for baby purees. Some vegetables, such as pumpkin, carrots and apples, are stored fresh, and zucchini, broccoli, berries are frozen in small portions, because due to frequent freezing and thawing, vegetables lose vitamins and become tasteless. You can roll up fruit and vegetable puree in jars, but this snack should not be given to babies. Remember that the taste of vegetables determines whether the baby will love them in the future, so try to prepare an appetizing and tender puree - for health and good mood! nine0005

Potato in baby food - Telegraph

Feature : popular vegetable. Introduced into children's diet from 6-7 months

Potatoes are called the second bread. For the first time, potatoes appeared in Rus' during the time of Perth I. In those days, potatoes were considered an imported product. Now both Ukraine and Russia produce it in huge quantities.

This is due to the fact that it contains ascorbic acid and carbohydrates. Due to its nutritional properties, potatoes are widely used in cooking. nine0005

Approximately 20-25% of the potato consists of starch, 2% of proteins and 0.3% of fat. The protein is saturated with amino acids, therefore - the potato is a complete protein.

100 grams of potato contains 77 cal



nine0004 Vitamin PP - 1.3 mg

Beta-carotene - 0.02 mg

Vitamin A (RE) - 3 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.12 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.07mg

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic) - 0.3mg

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) - 0.3mg

Vitamin B9 (folic) - 8 mcg

Vitamin C - 20mg

Vitamin E (TE) - 0.1 mg

Vitamin H (biotin) - 0.1 mcg

Vitamin PP (niacin equivalent) - 1. 8mg

Calcium - 10 mg

Magnesium - 23 mg

Sodium - 5 mg

Potassium - 568 mg

Phosphorus - 58 mg

Chlorine - 58 mg

Sulfur -32 mg

Iron - 0.9 mg

Zinc - 0.36 mg

Iodine - 5 mcg

Copper - 140 mcg

Manganese - 0.17 mg

Selenium - 0.3 mcg

Chromium - 10 mcg

Fluorine - 30 mcg

Molybdenum - 8 mcg

Boron - 115 mcg

Vanadium - 149 mcg

Cobalt - 5 mcg

Lithium - 77 mcg

Aluminum - 860 mcg

Nickel - 5 mcg

Rubidium - 500 mcg

Composition and nutritional properties of potatoes

100 g of potatoes contain:

  • Proteins - 2 g
  • Fats - 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates - 16.3 g
  • Dietary fiber - 1.4 g
  • Organic acids - 0.2 g
  • Water - 78. 6 g
  • Unsaturated fatty acids - 0.1 g
  • Mono- and disaccharides - 1.3 g
  • Starch - 15 g
  • Ash - 1.1 g
  • Saturated fatty acids - 0.1 g

Useful properties of potatoes

The mineral elements contained in potatoes are easily absorbed by the body. Potato starch lowers the amount of cholesterol in the liver and blood. Potassium helps to remove water from the body. That is, if there is kidney or heart disease, experts recommend including potatoes in the diet.

Raw potato juice is used for laryngitis and pharyngitis, periodontal disease. Potato juice contains acetylcholine, which is useful for headaches, as well as constipation, heartburn, and nausea.

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Contraindications for use

In addition to being beneficial for the human body, potatoes can also be poisonous. It may contain solanine, a toxic glycoalkaloid. It can provoke the destruction of red blood cells, and also negatively affect the nervous system. To find out if there is solanine in the composition of the potato, it is enough to pay attention to the color. If the potato has a green tint, it is better not to eat it. nine0005

Potatoes in children's diet

Potatoes are introduced into the diet of a child from 6-7 months. Vegetables are one of the first foods. Mashed potatoes can be added after zucchini and broccoli. Best for kids - boiled potatoes or baked. Fried potatoes are best introduced into the diet of a child after three to five years.

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Cooking and consistency

Potatoes are used to prepare a large number of dishes. The most common is boiling. In the children's diet, potatoes are introduced in the form of mashed potatoes. After a year, when the baby's teeth appear, and the chewing reflex is already developed, you can serve boiled potatoes in slices. nine0005

Potato recipes for children

Baby Beef Potatoes


  • Potato - 100 g
  • Beef - 40 g
  • Butter
  • Milk


Boil potatoes and beef or cook in a double boiler. The potatoes are then mashed with milk and butter. nine0005

Cut the beef into small pieces and mix with the puree.

Potato with sour cream


  • Potato - 200 g
  • Sour cream - 50 g
  • Dill


Potatoes need to be peeled, cut into pieces and boiled or cooked in a double boiler.

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