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Baked Sweet Potato – Baby's First Meals

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The most important thing to know when starting solids is that whatever happens is fine. This is completely new for your baby and they might love it or hate it.

It's pretty overwhelming to start weaning and introducing solids to your little one. You are probably not sure when to start, with what food, how to prepare it or offer it to your baby. You're not sure how your baby will take it and what to do next.

Firstly, choose one food at a time and offer it for about three days in a row for the first month. Later on, new foods can be introduced each day but always one at a time. That way you can easily identify any allergies.

We chose sweet potato. Why? Well, it's loaded with great nutrients and its full texture and sweet taste should make it easier for the baby to accept it.

Baked Sweet Potato Ingredients

To make this Baked Sweet Potato, you will need the following ingredients:

Sweet potato. It's best to choose an organic one if possible. Nevertheless, sweet potato should be washed and peeled before baking.

Baked Sweet Potato Nutritional Benefits

Sweet potato. Sweet potato is a great source of beta-carotene and vitamin A as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients that help our bodies fight diseases.

How To Prepare Baked Sweet Potato

Heat the oven. The easiest way to prepare sweet potato is to bake it in the oven for about an hour. This brings down the prep time to just 5 minutes and you still have an hour left before it is done and should be served. So preheat your oven to 360°F / 180°C.

Prepare the sweet potato for baking. Wash and peel the sweet potato and cut into strips about the width of your pinky finger.

Bake. Once the oven is preheated, place the sweet potato in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. When it is finished, let it cool for about 5 minutes prior to serving or further preparing or storing.

How to BLW. For BLW serve as is. It has to be so soft you can mash it between your fingers.

How to mash and/or puree. To mash/puree baked sweet potato, either use a fork and mash to get some chunkier (but still soft) bits or simply put in a blender and blend. If needed, add tablespoon by tablespoon water while blending until the desired consistency is reached.

Baked Sweet Potato Tips

Best way to serve Baked Sweet Potato. Baked Sweet Potato is perfect for both baby-led weaning (BLW) and pureeing/mashing. For BLW you can just serve as is since it's already cut prior to baking. Otherwise, you can puree or mash as you prefer.

How much of Baked Sweet Potato to serve. At 6 months of age, we suggest half a sweet potato for one meal. .. bearing in mind that at the very beginning, your little one might not have more than a couple of bites!

Additional starting solids tips. Just remember – this is completely new for your baby and if they show signs of resistance at first (or even a few times), that's completely fine. Just keep going with it and over time your baby will get used to eating.

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Baked Sweet Potato

Baked Sweet Potato is such an easy, nutritious and healthy food to offer your baby when starting solid foods for the first time.

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Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 1 hr

Cool time 5 mins

Servings 1

  • ▢ ½ medium sized sweet potato
  • Preheat the oven to 360°F / 180°C

  • Wash and peel the sweet potato and cut into strips about the width of your pinky finger

  • Once preheated, place the sweet potato in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes

  • Once finished, let it cool for at least 5 minutes prior to serving/storing

  • For BLW serve as is (has to be so soft you can mash it between your fingers) or else puree in a blender with a tsp of boiled water until the desired consistency is reached or mash with a fork

Calories: 49. 4kcal

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Sweet Potato Puree is a great first food for babies. However, this delicious puree shouldn’t be limited to babies. Store some in your freezer to add extra nutrition, flavour and texture to oatmeal, sauces or baked goods. 


Making homemade sweet potato puree is easy and you only need one ingredient – sweet potato! There are several ways to cook a sweet potato and all methods will work for pureeing but, in my opinion, roasting provides the best-tasting puree. 

Cooking Sweet Potato
  • RoastingRoasting sweet potatoes produces a delicious caramelised flavour, making the puree extra delicious. Preheat oven to 200C / 400F.  Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork and place on a baking tray. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender, and the skin is wrinkled. Allow to cool before peeling
  • Boiling – Peel sweet potato and cut into 1.5 cm (half-inch) cubes. In a pan, bring water to a boil and add sweet potato chunks. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, around 15 minutes.
  • Steaming – Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1.5 cm (half-inch) cubes and steam, using a steamer, until soft.
Pureeing the Sweet Potato
  • Food Processor – This is what I always use.
  • Blender – A high-speed blender works great.
  • Stick Blender – Place the cooked potato into a large jug/pan and blend until smooth
  • Masher – Provides a chunkier puree
Thinning the Puree
  • Is your puree too thick?  You can thin with a splash of milk (you can use breast or baby milk for babies)


The sweet potato is a healthy pantry staple, containing a good mix of nutrients and vitamins. Sweet potatoes are:

  • High in dietary fibre – Helps keep the digestive system healthy
  • An excellent source of vitamin A – Essential for growth, healthy skin and for good vision.
  • A good source of Vitamin C – Needed for growth and healing of wounds. It also helps in the absorption on iron.
  • Vitamin B6 – Helps protein metabolism 
  • PotassiumHelps the heart and muscles work better


Sweet Potato Puree can be enjoyed as it is or mixed with a range of other pureed or mashed foods. Some suggestions include….

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Carrots
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Yoghurt


If you want to add more texture to your puree, simply mash using a masher or blend for a shorter time

  • Add to Oatmeal – For a warm and comforting start to the morning! Why not try these Sweet Potato Pie Oats.  
  • Use in baking – Great for adding sweetness, using as a binding agent and for adding moisture to baked goods. Use in muffins, brownies and cakes.
  • Add to risotto – Adds a different, yet tasty, touch to a risotto. This sweet potato and mushroom risotto looks amazing!
  • Use it to make pancakes and trufflesfor those kids that can’t get enough sweet potato!
  • Stir into SaucesAdd some creaminess and sweetness to a range of different sauces.
  • Mix into smoothies – Sweet Potato goes well with a range of smoothie ingredients and will make a smoothie ultra creamy.
  • Extra Smooth Pie Topping – Great for kids with textural issues. Use it to top this Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
  • Use as an Egg Replacement in BakingLearn more in this egg substitution guide.  


  • Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.
  • Spoon the puree into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid.  (Freezing in ice cube trays allows you to defrost the small amounts when you need it.)
  • Flexible ice cube trays work best as it is easier to pop out the frozen cubes.
  • Once they’re fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place the frozen cubes into a freezer bag or container and return to the freezer.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator.
  • Do not refreeze if puree has previously been frozen.


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Sweet Potato Puree

Sweet Potato Puree is a great first food for when you start weaning your baby. However, this delicious puree shouldn't be limited just to babies. Stock some in your freezer to add extra nutrition, flavour and texture to oatmeal, sauces or baked goods.  

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  • ▢ 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • Preheat oven to 200C / 400F and line a baking tray with baking paper/foil. 

  • Wash and dry the potatoes. Using a fork, pierce the potatoes several times, on both sides.   

  • Place in the oven and roast for around 50 mins (checking after 45 mins), or until the potato is wrinkled and tender.  

  • Allow the sweet potatoes to cool for around 10 minutes, peel the potato and place the flesh in a food processor. Blend until smooth.

  1. If using large sweet potatoes, cut in half, lengthways, before roasting.
  2. The length of time needed will depend on the size and thickness of the potato. 

Nutritional information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator.  

Nutrition Facts

Sweet Potato Puree

Amount Per Serving

Calories 64

% Daily Value*

Sodium 41mg2%

Potassium 253mg7%

Carbohydrates 15g5%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 10690IU214%

Vitamin C 1.8mg2%

Calcium 23mg2%

Iron 0.5mg3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course:Baby Food, Ingredient


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Sweet potatoes or sweet potatoes are great choices for baby food. It is pleasant in taste (reminiscent of a mixture of potatoes and pumpkin or carrots with added sugar) and creamy texture (in the form of a puree), is liked by many babies and rarely causes allergies. But since this product is still a curiosity in Russia, our mothers will need explanations. So at what age can you give sweet potato to children and how to cook it properly for complementary foods? nine0003


  • From what age to give
  • The composition of the product
  • Is the battery useful for children
  • Can sweet potatoes cause allergies
  • How to choose for children's nutrition
  • Subtleties of storage
  • how to prepare for primacy
  • Sweet Potato Baby Recipes
    • Smooth Sweet Potato Puree
    • Carrot and Sweet Potato Puree
    • Sweet Potato Chicken Soup
    • Sweet Potato Milk Rice Porridge
    • Sweet potato with peas and cauliflower
  • Video: how to make sweet potato for baby food

At what age to give

American parents start giving sweet potatoes to their baby, starting at six months. This is one of the first complementary foods introduced to a baby in the US after weaning.

The first sample (1 teaspoon is enough) is offered in the form of a thin, homogeneous puree. It is easily absorbed by the body of the baby. The delicate creamy texture makes it easy for the baby to swallow and digest such food. nine0003

After that, they wait three days without introducing other new foods into complementary foods. That allows you to track the negative reaction and stop feeding sweet potatoes in time.

After about 2 months, the baby can try boiled sweet potatoes, mashed with a fork or grated on a fine grater. Almost all children like its moderately sweet taste.

After a year sweet potatoes are good to combine with rice or oats to increase the nutritional value of dishes.

Can a child eat sweet potatoes raw? nine0003

Sweet potatoes contain complex carbohydrates, so the glycemic index (GI) of the product is lower (55) than that of the usual potato (from 70).

Is sweet potato good for kids

Baby likes sweet potato puree with turmeric

Sweet potatoes can bring many health benefits to a child if they are part of a child's diet. Key properties:

  1. Fights constipation. Sweet potatoes are a valuable source of fiber. 100 g of the product contains about 3 g of dietary fiber, which prevent constipation and strengthen the baby's digestive tract. nine0014
  2. Source of beta-carotene (provitamin A). This vitamin is essential for healthy vision. Its presence in the children's menu is a must and helps to improve eye health.
  3. Strengthens the immune system. Vitamins C and E in the composition increase the body's defenses, help the child fight infections.
  4. Good for the skin. Makes her look healthy and radiant.
  5. Healthy calories. Sweet potatoes contain only 0.1 g of fat at 86 kcal per 100 g. Therefore, they are among the healthy foods for babies, especially those with insufficient weight (hypotrophy). High-calorie sweet potato promotes weight gain and physical development of children. nine0014
  6. Prevents the development of anemia. Iron in the composition prevents anemia in a child with insufficient intake of a trace element with food or after severe blood loss (abdominal operations, injuries, etc. ).
  7. Strengthens bones. Calcium, which is also found in sweet potatoes, is vital for the growth and development of children's musculoskeletal system.

Can sweet potatoes cause allergies

Sweet potatoes rarely cause allergic reactions in babies. That is why it is suitable for complementary foods. However, it is possible. nine0003

Signs of sweet potato allergy:

  • vomiting,
  • rash (including around the anus),
  • diarrhea,
  • bloating due to indigestion.

Vomiting and diarrhea can sometimes cause not only allergies, but also intestinal infections in the finished dish. For example, with insufficient sanitation of tubers or children's dishes.

Babies may spit out sweet potato puree when switching to solid foods for a variety of reasons. nine0003

There may be other side effects, which are usually minor and easily manageable.

Caution! With ulcerative colitis and some other serious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, sweet potato dishes are prohibited. Be sure to discuss the possibility of introducing sweet potatoes into complementary foods with your pediatrician.

Excessive consumption can provoke the formation of kidney stones.

How to choose baby food

The choice of food for a child's table should be taken seriously. If possible, choose organic sweet potatoes grown without the use of pesticides and other chemicals. nine0003

Here are a few tips to help you make your choice:

  1. Choose medium-sized tubers with firm, smooth skins. If they are not on sale, take small ones (large ones have a lot of starch).
  2. Set aside specimens that are too soft with brown spots on the skin, punctures, signs of rot, and emit an unpleasant odor.
  3. The richer the color of the potato skin (white/cream, pink, red and purple), the more valuable antioxidants the product contains. nine0014

Storage details

In this case, the refrigerator is not the right place. Sweet Potato Storage Options:

  • in a covered box in the kitchen at room temperature for up to 1 week;
  • in a cool pantry or cellar at +13-16°C - up to 2 weeks.

Sweet potato purée can be frozen in ice cube trays

Boiled sweet potato purée can be frozen in advance (a drop of lemon juice is added to prevent browning). It can be kept in the freezer for up to a year, but it is better not to use it for feeding children - during the defrosting process, bacteria quickly begin to multiply in the starchy mass. nine0003

How to cook for weaning

The first thing to do is wash the tubers thoroughly before peeling and cutting. Then remove the skin or leave (for baking) and thermally process (until soft) in one of the following ways:

  • Baking. Preheat oven to 220°C. Pierce each tuber in several places and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool and remove the skin.
  • Cooking. Peel sweet potatoes, cut, boil in clean water. nine0014
  • Pressurized (pressure cooker). Peel the sweet potato, cut into slices or cubes, place in a pressure cooker and wait for 1-2 whistles (guided by softness).
  • For a couple. Peel and cut the product, place in a double boiler and cook.
  • Microwave. Peeled potatoes cut into small slices and do in each hole. Place in the microwave and turn on the maximum power for about 10 minutes.

Puree cooked sweet potatoes with a blender, potato masher or regular fork. If necessary, add some boiled water. nine0003

Baby sweet potato recipes

Let's see what can be done with sweet potato for a child.

Smooth sweet potato puree

One-component sweet potato puree


  • 1 medium sweet potato,
  • 1 glass of water or vegetable broth.

Cooking method:

  1. Prepare the sweet potato using any of the available methods.
  2. Mash while still warm.
  3. Add half a glass of water or vegetable stock and beat or stir well.
  4. Add the rest of the water/broth to make a thin, smooth puree that a child can easily swallow.

Carrot and Sweet Potato Puree

This puree is rich in vitamin A. It is suitable for babies from 7 months old who have already become familiar with mixed foods (containing two or more ingredients).

Two-component puree with carrots and sweet potatoes


  • 1 medium sweet potato,
  • 1 medium carrot,
  • 1 glass of water or vegetable stock.

Method of preparation:

  1. Thoroughly washed and peeled carrots, grate, and peeled sweet potatoes cut into small pieces.
  2. Boil them together in the same water until soft.
  3. Cool and puree.

Sweet potato chicken soup

This dish contains a nutritious broth rich in protein. But it is only suitable for children who are accustomed to non-vegetarian food.

Sweet Potato Chicken Soup


  • 100 g lean chicken mince,
  • 5 cups water,
  • 1 cup boiled sweet potato.

Cooking method:

  1. Boil the minced chicken in a saucepan with a little water. Don't forget to skim off excess fat while boiling. nine0014
  2. Transfer the boiled sweet potato to a blender and add the prepared chicken broth to it.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. If the soup is too thick, add boiled water.

Rice porridge with milk and sweet potatoes

This recipe is rich in dietary fiber, which helps prevent constipation. It is also a healthy dessert option for toddlers without the use of sugar.

Sweet potato rice porridge for children


  • 1 cup rice
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup breast, goat, coconut or cow milk.

Cooking method:

  1. Boil diced sweet potatoes and rice in a little water.
  2. 10-15 minutes after boiling (when the food is half cooked), add milk and stir.
  3. Let stand 10-15 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly to serve to a child. nine0014

Sweet potato with peas and cauliflower

Another great recipe for babies from 7 months old. The dish has absorbed the virtues of three vegetables: sweet potatoes, peas and cauliflower.

Sweet potato puree with green peas and cauliflower


  • 1 medium sweet potato,
  • 1/4 cup green peas,
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower flowers, 9013 water
  • (depending on desired consistency). nine0014

How to cook:

  1. Wash, peel and dice sweet potatoes.
  2. Boil all vegetables in water.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  4. Blend with a blender until smooth.

Video: how to make sweet potatoes for baby food

Sweet potatoes also combine with other foods suitable for baby food, such as apples, pumpkin, zucchini, legumes, corn, cabbage and broccoli. nine0003

Nutritionists recommend pairing high-carbohydrate sweet potatoes with high-fiber greens (spinach, dill, and parsley). More recommendations and recipes in our Instagram. We look forward to visiting!

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