If your baby is between the ages of 6-8 months, they’re ready to start eating solid foods. This can be a big change for both the baby and the parents as you’re deciding which types of foods to introduce them to.
When deciding what to feed your baby, consider making homemade baby food. It’s more affordable to make your own and reduces the added sugar and salt in your baby’s food.
It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s much easier than you think. To help inspire you, here are five homemade baby food recipes to try!
1. Brown Rice Puree
To make brown rice puree, you only need 2-3 ingredients. This includes 2 tablespoons of brown rice, 1 cup of boiling water, and breast milk or formula.
To make the recipe, grind brown rice in a blender and add 2 tablespoons to a cup of boiling water. Mix the rice and water until you get a creamy texture. If you want to add some protein, stir in breast milk or formula.
2. Banana Puree
This is a sweeter baby food recipe to try. Like the brown rice puree, you only need 2-3 ingredients to make banana puree.
All you need are bananas, water, and optional breast milk or formula. Blend the bananas in a blender and gradually mix in water. For added protein, mix the milk in next.
The amount of banana puree you feed your baby depends on their age. Consult with your pediatrician for exact measurements.
3. Carrot Puree
If you want to fill your baby with veggies, try making a carrot puree. All you need is about 1 pound of carrots, 1 cup of water, and optional breast milk for formula.
First, chop the carrots into chunks while you bring the water to boil. Once boiled, add the carrots, and reduce them to a simmer. Let the carrots cook for about 25 minutes.
Then, let the carrots cool and add them to a blender, including the carrot water. You can add milk into the blender if you would like.
4. Apple Puree
One of the easiest recipes you could make is apple puree. All you need is 4 medium apples and water. Peel the apples and cut them into small pieces before placing them in 1 cup of boiling water.
Allow the apples to cook for 30 minutes and then put the apples into a blender. Once cooled, it’s ready to serve!
5. Pear Puree
Even simpler than the apple puree, the pear puree just requires 2 ripened pears. Peel the pears and dice them into smaller pieces.
Blend the pears until smooth, and then it’s ready to go. Be sure to research the serving size to feed your baby based on their age.
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Now You Know Some Homemade Baby Food Recipes to Try
Each of these five homemade baby food recipes are easy and fast to make. By making it homemade, you control the exact amount your baby gets, which can help make it healthier.
There’s nothing wrong with buying store-bought baby food, but homemade baby food gives you more control and ends up being cheaper.
So, why not give it a try? You could surprise yourself!
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has studied nutrition for children and has also taught cooking skills to adults. Angela loves to share family meals and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!