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Butternut Squash Baby Food (Stage One)

This homemade Roasted Butternut Squash Baby Food Puree recipe not only contains calcium, folate, fiber, and vitamins A and C, but it is also a deliciously smooth way to introduce butternut squash to your baby! It’s a great Stage 1 baby food for 4-6 months and up!

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

Butternut Squash Baby Food

This butternut squash puree is a quick and simple recipe that involves roughly 5 minutes of hands-on time! 🖐

We’ll let the oven do all the hard work for the rest of the prep time. Cuz why should we work harder 💪 when we can work smarter? 🙋‍♀️

Butternut squash contains calcium, folate, fiber, and vitamins A and C and is considered one of the very best first foods for your baby.

Is it your first time making homemade baby food? Then I suggest you start this journey by reading my in-depth Guide on How to Make Homemade Baby Food. The detailed guide goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

Butternut Squash Video

Watch this video to see just how easy it is to make this delicious puree for your baby!

Reasons to Love this Butternut Squash Puree
  • creamy and smooth
  • great for 4-6+ months
  • stage one baby food
  • healthy — full of essential nutrients for your baby
  • easy to make — requires only 5 minutes of hands-on time
  • babies will love the sweet and earthy taste
  • homemade
  • freezer-friendly 
  • budget-friendly

Health Benefits of Butternut Squash

  • High levels of antioxidants and vitamins A and C, which boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation
  • A good source of potassium that helps keep bones healthy
  • Contains a protein that may be a potent anticancer agent
  • Provides calcium to help strengthen bones and folate to help with brain development


Make sure to read the recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions!

  • Butternut Squash: This is an easy-to-find, inexpensive, and nutritious food for your baby! When selecting butternut squash, look for a firm squash that has a solid beige color skin without bruising or damage marks. The insides will range from bright yellow to burnt orange, so don’t be alarmed if yours is somewhere in that color range.
  • Thyme or Rosemary: We are kicking up the flavor profile with a fun and fresh herb — thyme or rosemary. Either of these herbs will tone down the earthiness of the squash and ramp up its freshness and citrus aspect. You can’t go wrong with either. But you can always skip adding herbs and spices to your baby food if you prefer (see more below).

Adding Healthy Fats Tip: If you are looking to add some extra healthy fat to your baby’s meals, then you can drizzle the butternut squash with extra virgin olive oil before roasting. Olive oil is a healthy fat that is full of omega 3 and omega 6 that helps baby absorb vitamin D which is important for bone growth and strengthening.

Tools Needed

These tools will make it a lot easier for you to make this healthy Sweet Potato puree. For more of my favorite kitchen tools make sure to check out my online shop.

  • Baking Sheet
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Knives
  • Freezer Tray
  • Storage Containers for Fridge
  • Stasher Bag
  • Bib with catch pocket
  • Reusable pouches

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Heat Oven: Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet.
  2. Prep Squash: Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place them on the baking sheet with the flesh side down, and brush with olive oil (optional).
  3. Bake: Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake until easily pricked with a fork.
  4. Scrape:  Let it cool, and then scrape off the skin until you only have the butternut squash left. Add to the blender or food processor.
  5. Add Herbs: Add in a pinch of thyme or rosemary to the butternut squash.
  6. Puree: Turn on the blender and puree until smooth, adding liquids if needed.
  7. Serve or freeze for another meal.

Other Cooking Methods

While I love the earthly, caramel flavor of roasted butternut squash, there are several ways you can cook butternut squash for baby food. 


Peel and roughly chop 1 butternut squash. Place the cubes into a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water for 10-15 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below. 


Place 1 peeled and roughly chopped butternut squash into a medium saucepan, add enough water to cover the butternut squash, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 7-10 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below. Note that boiling the butternut squash decreases the nutritional value of the puree since a lot of the nutrients are thrown out with the water after cooking. 

Saving Time Tip: Steaming or boiling butternut squash are great methods to use if you are using prepared or frozen butternut squash. I have found both peeled and cubed fresh or frozen butternut squash in my grocery store, which are both viable options if you are short on time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can butternut squash be baby’s first food

Butternut squash 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 butternut squash a common allergen for baby?

No, butternut squash 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.

When can baby eat butternut squash?

Babies can have butternut squash as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 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 you add spices or herbs to this baby puree?

Yes! You can add in a pinch of chopped rosemary to this recipe, but feel free to use the following spices instead: basil, cilantro, ginger, nutmeg, coriander, mint, cinnamon, or mild curry powder (see quantity recommendations in the recipe card). 
Tip on Spices: I always add spices or herbs to my baby food purees, but you can choose to leave them out in all of your baby food. You do you! Either way, this puree will surely taste amazing. 

Does butternut squash cause constipation for babies?

Butternut squash, though unlikely, may cause constipation in some babies, so avoid giving too much.

How to Store Butternut Squash Baby Food

You can store this puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 


This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.

  • Spoon puree into a freezer storage container– do not overfill. 
  • Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap, and label with the date and recipe name. 
  • Place the tray into the freezer and let it freeze completely — preferably overnight. 
  • Pop-out the baby food cubes and place them in a ziplock baggie or stasher bag. Don’t forget to relabel the baggie or stager bag for future reference.

Need more information on how to store your baby foods? Head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!

Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and the date you made it. Take it from me; by the end of the week, you will completely forget what is in your freezer and how long it’s been there. 😉

Puree Feeding Tips

  • Follow your baby’s lead – when feeding purees from a spoon, sometimes there’s a tendency to keep offering bites past the point of your baby being full. Always follow baby’s cues for when they are done eating. Turning away from the spoon, closing her mouth, or pushing food away are all signs that baby is finished with the meal.
  • Trial adding a little seasoning or spice to purees – babies like flavor! Or consider changing the temperature of purees from time to time, to slightly warmed or slightly chilled. Varying these aspects adds to the sensory experience!
  • Place a small amount of puree on the tray during spoon feeding, so that your baby can dip their fingers or hands in the puree. Allowing baby to explore foods in this way helps them learn to self-feed and can help them be more willing to try new textures and foods in the future.

Great Butternut Squash Combination Purees

While this butternut squash puree is tasty by itself, it’s also super easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. So give these fun flavor combos a try!

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Quinoa Baby Cereal 
  • Chicken
  • Corn
  • Sweet Potato
  • Soft Tofu
  • Pumpkin 
  • Mango
  • Cauliflower
  • Yogurt

Or watch a shortened version of the video here.

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme or rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil (optional)
  • 1/2-1 cup liquid (water, fresh breast milk, formula, stock or bone broth)
  • Preheat: Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheet with a silicone mat, tin foil or parchment paper.

  • Prep: Cut butternut squash in half, deseed and place flesh side up, skin side down on the baking sheet. Optional – feel free to drizzle the squash with 2 teaspoons of olive oil for some added healthy fat.

  • Roast: Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes or until you can easily prick the squash with a fork.

  • Peel: Let cool until you can handle the squash with your hands. Scrape the flesh off of the skin and place in a blender or food processor.

  • Add Herbs: Add the thyme or rosemary to the blender.

  • Puree: Turn on the blender or food processor and puree, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you have the desired consistency. I had to add in 3/4 cup of water to my puree shown below.

  • Eat: Serve or freeze for later.

Age: 4-6 months and up

Yield: 25 ounces

Additional Spices: Feel free to sub the thyme or rosemary for 4 chopped basil leaves, 1 tsp chopped cilantro, 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp cinnamon or even 1/2 tsp of mind curry powder.


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Butternut Squash Baby Food Puree (With Make-Ahead Tips)

Making Butternut Squash Baby food puree for a baby or toddler is one of our favorite baby food purees. I’ll share the basic, easy method, plus 5 simple ways to add more flavor.

Butternut Squash Baby Food

Transforming a whole or precut butternut squash puree into smooth, silky baby food is so easy. You only need two basic ingredients and the whole thing can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer in smaller portions.

This is one of my favorite make-ahead baby food purees to share with the little ones!

Butternut squash puree is a great early food for babies that I like to continue serving to my toddlers since it’s packed with nutrition and it has a mild flavor that kids tend to enjoy. Plus, it’s perfect to serve on its own or to stir into other foods or recipes such as oatmeal, overnight oats, smoothies or muffins.

TIP: You can start with a whole butternut squash or precut cubes from the produce section of your store.

Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you just need a butternut squash (or a bag of precut cubes from the store), olive oil, and water. So simple!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the simple process involved in making this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

  1. Prepare the squash.
  2. Toss the cubes with olive oil and bake it in the oven.
  3. Place squash into a blender.
  4. Blend until smooth, adding water as needed to help the mixture swirl nicely.

TIP: I like to roast my butternut squash before making a puree so that there’s some healthy fats in the mix from the olive oil.

What else can I make with Butternut Squash Puree?

You can serve it as is, or you can use it in:

  • Butternut Squash Muffins
  • Baby Oatmeal with Butternut Squash
  • Stir it into plain yogurt
  • Spread it on toast
  • Spread a layer in Veggie Grilled Cheese
  • Add to a smoothie
  • Stir it into Marinara Sauce
  • Use it in quesadillas

Flavors to Add to Butternut Squash Puree

The basic puree has a nice flavor, but you can also add these flavors to add more interest.

  • Cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Chinese Five Spice
  • Cumin
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

TIP: You could also sweeten a little with apple butter or applesauce.

Roasted Butternut Squash for Baby-Led Weaning

To serve butternut squash in the baby-led weaning style, try roasting it in thick sticks or larger pieces and offering one at a time to baby to self-feed.

How to Store

To store in the fridge, simply place squash into small food storage containers for 3-5 days. Stir and warm briefly before serving if desired.

To store in the freezer, I like to portion out into an ice cube tray, freeze, and then once frozen, transfer the cubes into a zip top freezer bag to freeze for up to 3 months. You can then take one or two out at a time and let thaw in the fridge or at room temp before offering to a baby or toddler.

Best Tips for Success

  • Roast the squash until soft when poked with a fork so it’s easy to blend.
  • Add water slowly to reach the desired smooth consistency.
  • Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  • Stir in ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ⅛ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice, ½ teaspoon cumin, or ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice if desired to add more flavor.
  • Stir in apple butter or Apple Puree to make a slightly sweeter apple-butternut squash puree. (This is a nice topping for pancakes and waffles!)
  • You can serve it as is, or you can use it in Butternut Squash Muffins, in Baby Oatmeal with Butternut Squash, stir it into plain yogurt, spread it on toast, stir it into Marinara Sauce, or use it in quesadillas.

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I’d love to hear what your family thinks of this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 18 minutes

Total Time 28 minutes

Author Amy Palanjian

Cuisine American

Course Baby Food

Calories 58kcal

Servings 8 (Makes about 2 cups puree)

  • ▢ 1 medium butternut squash
  • ▢ 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the peel of the squash with a vegetable peeler or with a knife.

  • Cut the “neck”, or the skinnier part of the squash into 1/2-inch rounds and dice.

  • Place on a greased foil-lined baking sheet in one even layer and bake for 18-22 minutes or until soft when poked a fork.

  • Add to a blender and puree, adding 1/4-½ cup water as needed to make a smooth puree.

  • Serve or store in an airtight container/s in the fridge for 3-5 days. Or portion into an ice cube tray and freeze, then transfer frozen cubes to a zip top storage bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

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  • Roast the squash until soft when poked with a fork.
  • Add water slowly to reach the desired smooth consistency.
  • Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  • Stir in ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ⅛ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice, ½ teaspoon cumin, or ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice if desired to add more flavor.
  • Stir in apple butter or applesauce to make a slightly sweeter apple-butternut squash puree. (This is a nice topping for pancakes and waffles!)
  • You can serve it as is, or you can use it in Butternut Squash Muffins, in Baby Oatmeal with Butternut Squash, you can stir it into plain yogurt, spread it on toast, stir it into Marinara Sauce, or use it in quesadillas.

Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 58kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 330mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 9966IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 1mg

Tried this recipe?Rate in the comments and tag @yummytoddlerfood on IG!

This post was first published October 2019.

Pumpkin puree for babies, recipe - step by step recipe with photo. The author of the recipe Alexander is the director of Cookpad.

Alexander - director of Cookpad @kislenko

Moscow, Russia

Today we will tell you how to make pumpkin puree for babies. The recipe is useful to all mothers of babies from four months.

By the fifth month of life, the child does not have enough nutrients from mother's milk, and vegetable and fruit purees begin to be introduced into baby food. nine0003

Pumpkin puree for babies is suitable for a baby's first introduction to vegetables. It is not only tasty, but also helps to adjust the work of digestion, gives the baby material for growth and proper development. Pumpkin helps to form bones and muscles, contributes to the health of the eyes, nerves, stomach, intestines, heart, prevents anemia, improves children's sleep, strengthens the immune system.

Pumpkin puree is introduced into the children's diet after squash puree and cauliflower puree, which do not cause allergies. The baby should like the taste, color and aroma of pumpkin, because they are brighter than what he has already tried. nine0003

It is recommended to give pumpkin puree to a child at least three times a week (unless he has an allergy, which, to be fair, is very rare for pumpkin). At first, limit yourself to half a teaspoon, as the digestive system must get used to the new type of food.

Pumpkin puree can be combined with other vegetables or fruits: carrots, potatoes, apples, bananas, etc. Sugar can be added at your discretion, but pediatricians do not recommend doing this for at least a year. Better add sweet fruit. Pumpkin should be chosen young, weighing up to 3-5 kg. It is sweeter and juicier and easier to peel. nine0003 More

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Recipe Information

Servings: 4 | Difficulty Easy

Total time 40 min.

Preparation 10 min. | Cooking 30 min.

Kitchen Slavic | Author Kristina

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Category Pumpkin Dishes | Other blanks

Energy value per 100 g

Calorie content 21 kcal

Proteins 1 g | Fats 0.2 g | Carbohydrates 5.9 g


Peel the pumpkin and cut into even 2x2cm pieces. nine0003

Place the cut pumpkin in a saucepan.

Pour very hot water or boiling water over the vegetable pieces. Cooking under a closed lid.

How long to cook pumpkin for baby puree? Pumpkin cooking time can vary from 15 minutes to half an hour. Steamed pumpkin takes longer, about 20-25 minutes. Cooking time for pumpkin depends on the density of the vegetable. Readiness can be checked with a knife or fork by piercing the vegetable.

Put the finished pumpkin into a blender. nine0003

Grind until smooth. Use pumpkin puree at your own discretion, you can eat it yourself, you can feed your baby

Orange puree can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. Pour into sealed silicone molds. Puree can be frozen; when defrosted, it will retain all its taste, bright color and useful properties. Alternatively, you can freeze prepared pumpkin slices. To do this, wash the vegetable, peel the pumpkin and remove internal seeds and fibers. Cut into pieces for the future dish and put in portions in a bag for freezing vegetables. Load the package into the freezer and take it out before direct cooking. In this case, it is not necessary to defrost the pumpkin, dip the frozen pieces into boiling water, slightly increase the cooking time. nine0003

Note to moms

  • Beta-carotene in pumpkin puree for a child is better absorbed if a few drops of vegetable oil are added to the puree.
  • Pumpkin puree can be combined with other complementary foods: rice or millet porridge, mixed with meat pate. A child can consume such food from 8-9 months.
  • Pumpkin goes well with early foods: Brussels sprouts and apples.
  • Do not feed your baby pumpkin meals more than 7 times a month. An excess of pumpkin in the diet can cause "carotene jaundice". nine0036

Pumpkin puree with apple

Pumpkin can be mixed with many vegetables and fruits. The perfect combination with apples. Prepare baby pumpkin and apple puree for your baby, and you will see with what pleasure your child will eat it. In addition, mashed potatoes are very healthy and easy to prepare.


  • Pumpkin 200 gr;
  • Apple 200 gr;
  • Bottled water;
  • Honey to taste.

How to prepare

  1. Peel and cut the pumpkin into small pieces. Free the apple from the peel. Remove the core and cut into pieces the same size as pumpkin. Put a small enamel pot of water on the stove, bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to minimum. Dip the pieces of pumpkin into boiling water, after 10-12 minutes add pieces of apple there. After another 10 minutes, check the readiness and discard the fruit in a colander.
  2. Fruits can be cooked in a slow cooker. To do this, put the cooked pieces in a steaming bowl, pour boiling water, cook by turning on the “Steaming” program for 15 minutes.

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