Sweet potato baby food recipe combinations

3 Sweet Potato Baby Food Combinations (Stage 2)

If you’re looking to add some sweet potato and flavor into to your baby’s diet, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve created 3 sweet potato baby food combinations that are simple to make and made with vegetables and fruit for baby in stage 2 of eating.

Sweet Potato Baby Food

When my daughter first started eating, it was so exciting but also so nerve racking at the same time. I didn’t know what she could have or what she liked.

Turns out, she wasn’t very picky and she enjoyed the different flavors of food right from the start. Her very first food was actually roasted sweet potato puree! Because of this, sweet potatoes have a little special spot in my heart and I knew I wanted to share some of our favorite sweet potato baby food combinations.

If you're looking for more baby food ideas, check out our post about 6 Homemade Baby Food Combinations, Kale Baby Food Puree Combinations, Toddler Breakfast Cookies and Applesauce Baby Pancakes.

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  • Sweet Potato Baby Food
  • Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
  • When to introduce sweet potatoes?
  • How to Prepare Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree Combos (Stage 2)
  • How to store sweet potato baby food
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  • 3 Sweet Potato Baby Food Combinations (Stage 2)

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense and contain potassium, vitamin c and antioxidants. They are pretty versatile and can be used in either sweet or savory dishes. The sweetness also makes them favorable for babies who usually prefer the sweetness over other vegetables.

When to introduce sweet potatoes?

Of course, always ask your pediatrician for their advice on which foods are best for your baby and when to introduce them. In our experience, sweet potatoes have been a delicious and healthy food to feed our daughter. She started eating sweet potatoes at around 6 months. Once she got a little older and more used to eating, we started mixing other fruits and vegetables in with the sweet potatoes for more complex combinations.

How to Prepare Sweet Potatoes

You can prepare a sweet potato the same way you prepare any potato but I usually choose to roast them in the oven or boil on the stovetop. I go over how to roast a sweet potato in my Easy Stuffed Sweet Potato Tacos recipe but I will also list it below.

Steps on how to roast a sweet potato:

Steps on how to roast sweet potato:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Wash and dry your sweet potatoes. Then pierce the potatoes with a knife or fork.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes, until they are tender.
  4. Once they are done, let them cool and scoop out the inside potato for the baby food puree recipes.

Steps on how to boil sweet potato:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 2” chunks.
  3. Add the potatoes and cook until soft, about 12-15 minutes. Drain and puree.

Note: If you need more information on how to steam vegetables or fruit for baby food, I go more in depth in this 6 Homemade Baby Food Combinations post. Check that out if you need more information or want more baby puree recipes.

3 Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree Combos (Stage 2)

Sweet Potato + Apple + Carrot

Puree Ingredients: ¼ cup roasted and peeled sweet potato + 1 steamed and peeled apple + ¼ cup steamed and peeled carrot + A little bit of water if needed, to thin

Sweet Potato + Peas + Carrot

Puree Ingredients: ¼ cup roasted and peeled sweet potato + ¼ cup steamed peas + ¼ cup steamed and peeled carrot + A little bit of water if needed, to thin

Sweet Potato + Pumpkin + Blueberry

Puree ingredients: ¼ cup roasted and peeled sweet potato + ¼ cup pumpkin puree + ¼ cup steamed or fresh blueberries + A little bit of water if needed, to thin

How to store sweet potato baby food

Each of these recipes makes about 2 servings so there will most likely be leftovers. There are many containers that you can use to store homemade baby food but I use something like these glass containers. Homemade baby food can last up to 3 days in the fridge.

The other great thing about homemade baby food is that you can freeze it for later. I like to make a large batch so I can easily keep some in the fridge and freeze the rest. I use these food safe silicone trays but you could also use ice cube trays or other types of trays to store the purees in the freezer.

More Baby Food Recipes:

Kale Baby Food Puree Combinations (Stage 2)

6 Homemade Baby Food Combinations (Stage 2)

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies for Toddlers

Applesauce Baby Pancakes

Baby Oatmeal Recipes

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Sweet Potato + Apple + Carrot
  • ¼ cup roasted and peeled sweet potato
  • 1 steamed and peeled apple
  • ¼ cup steamed and peeled carrot
  • a little bit of water if needed, to thin
Sweet Potato + Peas + Carrot
  • ¼ cup roasted and peeled sweet potato
  • ¼ cup steamed peas
  • ¼ cup steamed and peeled carrot
  • a little bit of water if needed, to thin
Sweet Potato + Pumpkin + Blueberry
  • ¼ cup roasted and peeled sweet potato
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup steamed or fresh blueberries
  • a little bit of water if needed, to thin
  • Choose one of the combos from above. Follow the instructions above on how to prepare the sweet potato.

  • Add the ingredients to a high powered blender or food processor. Add a little bit of water if needed to thin to desired consistency.

  • Serve or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. See above on how to store in the freezer.

If you are going to make all three recipes to batch make and then freeze, it’ll take approximately 1-2 large sweet potato for the three recipes.

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9 Sweet Potato Baby Food Recipes That Will Excite Your Baby

Sweet potato baby food recipes your baby won't want to spill on the floor

By Holly Riddle

When your little one is ready to start on solid foods, a whole new world opens up for them (and you). And sweet potatoes are a perfect first food for your baby to try. They’re inexpensive, easy to cook, and mash up well. They’re on the sweeter side, so most babies take a liking to sweet potatoes more than some other veggies. More importantly, sweet potatoes are filled with Vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene, and fiber your baby needs as they grow and develop.


  • How to make sweet potato baby food
  • 9 ways to switch up sweet potato baby food
  • Baby food shouldn’t be boring

But if you’re making your own homemade baby food, there’s no reason to stick to plain sweet potato puree only. Combine sweet potato puree with a range of other foods for additional benefits to your child’s diet and a wider range of taste options. We have nine ways to bring plain sweet potatoes to life that your baby will love.

How to make sweet potato baby food

It’s easy to make your own sweet potato baby food so you know exactly what’s going in your little one’s tummy. Use as many or as few sweet potatoes as you want. You could always toss extras into an ice cube tray and freeze them for later to save time for the next meal.

Take the sweet potatoes, peeled and diced, and add them to a pot of water. Boil the water on the stove until the sweet potatoes are soft enough that they begin to break apart when you stab them with a fork or knife. This should only take about half an hour.

When the sweet potatoes are finished cooking, transfer them to a blender and puree until smooth. You could always get an arm workout in and use a masher if you don’t have a food processor or blender.

If needed, add a little of your cooking water to the mix until you reach your desired consistency. Allow the mixture to cool and you’re done! It’s that simple. Now let’s check out plenty of ways to keep your tot loving sweet potatoes and maybe find a combination or two that you like, too.

9 ways to switch up sweet potato baby food

Mix in any of these fruits and vegetables to make sure your baby’s sweet potatoes go in their mouth and aren’t fed to the family pooch. Once you get the hang of it, go crazy and do three ingredient combinations and see how things taste.


For an even greater hit of that beta-carotene, add chopped carrots to the boiling water as you cook your sweet potatoes. Puree it all together for a delicious mixture that’s even healthier than plain sweet potatoes.


You want to limit the amount of natural sugar your child is consuming, but if you find they’re not taking to the sweet potatoes on their own, add a banana to make the mixture more tempting.


Just like with the banana, if you want your sweet potato mixture to be just a touch sweeter, add in mango. The great thing about mango is you don’t need to cook it beforehand because of its naturally softer texture. Just peel and dice before adding it to your cooked sweet potato before you blend.


For a flavorful mash that you’ll like yourself, add a peeled and chopped apple to your boiling water as you cook your sweet potatoes. No apples on hand? Swap the chopped apples for applesauce.

Take the flavor up a notch and add a pinch of cinnamon. Really, we wouldn’t be surprised if you gave this one a try and your child loves it! Serve it warm for a delicious autumn treat.


Similar to the apple, just peel and chop the pear and then add it to the boiling water during the cooking process. This one would also be great with a bit of cinnamon sprinkled in.


Does your baby need a little more protein in their diet? If you’ve already introduced them to boiled chicken, add some of it to the sweet potato puree for a more savory option. Just make sure the chicken is fully cooked and blended properly.


Another savory way to go is to add cooked beans to the cooked sweet potato before pureeing. You can use a variety of beans for this, including black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans.


If you’re struggling to get some greens into your kiddo’s diet, hide them in the sweet potatoes. During the last 5 minutes of boiling, toss in the spinach with your sweet potatoes, and then puree it all until smooth.


Want to get more vitamins A, B1, B6, C, and K in your little one? Mix peas with the sweet potato puree. Either cook fresh peas with the potatoes or use precooked peas and add them to the blender when you puree.

Baby food shouldn’t be boring

Like with your own meals, make it fun. Once your mini monster is six months old, safely play with various spices and seasonings. Experiment with turmeric, nutmeg, thyme, dill, and mild curry. Start with small amounts and see how that tiny tummy handles the spices before adding more.

Raising children who love to explore with their taste buds starts as soon as you begin feeding your infant solid food. Sweet potatoes are an excellent way to introduce them to a variety of new and exciting food combinations. With our nine ways to jazz up plain sweet potatoes, you’ll be sure to find at least a few ways your little nugget (and you) will enjoy them.

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cooking recipes and age limits

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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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Sweet potato puree for children and adults based on Jamie Oliver

An alternative to mashed potatoes is a healthy, tasty, slightly sweet sweet potato puree. Sweet potatoes are highly respected by popular British chef Jamie Oliver. He often prepares a variety of sweet potato dishes: baked sweet potato and quinoa salad, cream soup, stuffed potatoes, or served as a side dish. nine0003

What is sweet potato and what does sweet potato taste like? Sweet potato has a pronounced sweet taste. Therefore, the vegetable is often called the sweet potato. The taste of sweet potato is similar to potatoes with sugar and pumpkin, or with carrots.

Sweet potatoes for children: the first complementary food for a child

In contrast to potato tubers familiar to us from childhood, sweet potato does not belong to the nightshade family. Solanaceae, in recent times, it is customary to blame for all sins, or rather, inflammatory diseases. In fact, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, and other vegetables of the same genus contain a pro-inflammatory “component” called histamine. Therefore, it is not recommended to use nightshade often. There is no such problem with sweet potatoes, histamine in sweet potatoes is 100% absent. nine0003

But it is also not recommended to go over the amount of carbohydrates, so sweet potato puree is better to alternate with other side dishes, for example: zucchini and potato puree, cauliflower puree, chickpeas and so on. Ideal combination for an adult: mashed sweet potatoes with protein and fiber, for example, with tofu, legumes, mushrooms + cabbage, spinach, kale, broccoli, chard, parsley.

Sweet potato puree is perfect for a baby from the moment the first weaning starts. First you need to give the child a little try, look at the reaction. Track not only the reaction to taste, but also a possible allergy. nine0003

The response to a new complementary food may be within 3 days. Therefore, the next product should be administered after three days.


  • 1 kg sweet potato,
  • Water,
  • 250 ml coconut milk (or cow),
  • 25 g butter or margarine (vegan option),
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh parsley,
  • Salt.

If you are making sweet potato puree for a baby, then use a dairy product that is guaranteed to be free of allergies or intolerances. Usually, coconut milk, as well as goat milk, is perfectly tolerated by babies. But cow, not everyone is digested. The same problem occurs with soy milk. nine0003

Jamie Oliver Step by Step Recipe

  1. Peel the sweet potato and cut off the black spots on the root. Slice the way you would normally cut a mashed potato.

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