Starting solids is an exciting milestone for babies and parents, however, it can also be daunting not knowing where to start or what foods are suitable. Knowing you are feeding your baby all the good stuff is important too, ensuring you are providing wholesome baby food to give them the best start in life. These homemade baby food recipes will get you off to a great start with starting solids.
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HOME COOKED BABY FOOD RECIPES
When starting solids, you have the choice of using pre-made baby food products, homemade baby food recipes, or a combination of the two.
Back when I was a first-time mum, making my own homemade baby food seemed like the perfect solution, both for cost-effectiveness and to ensure my baby was getting all-natural ingredients without any nasty preservatives or added sugars.
We simply needed some home-cooked baby recipes to get us started.
Fast forward 5 years and we have done majority homemade baby food for both of our two girls when first starting solids, but with the occasional convenience of a premade pouch or jar when travelling or out and about.
To give you the easiest start with your own baby feeding solutions, here are some of my favourite homemade baby food recipes:
Making your Own Baby Food At Home
To create your own homemade baby food at home, you will need a blender or food processor and a way of steaming vegetables before you puree them.
We typically use a stove-top steamer which takes about 10-15 minutes depending on the vegetable, and a Baby Bullet blender when we are making our baby food at home. The Baby Bullet is super fast and it comes with the perfect size food pots and containers for different batches.
Initially, most of what we made were Baby Bullet recipes that came with the blender recipe book, until we decided to experiment with a few interesting baby food recipes of our own.
If you are planning to make up bulk lots of food and freeze them, you may also want some extra freezer-safe baby food containers. These Mumi&Bubi ones were what we used and they worked perfectly for serving sizes.
Or get bulk silicone baby food containers, similar to the ones you get with the Baby Bullet. You can freeze in batches then just pop out the servings you need to defrost and serve to bub.
Our Favourite Baby Food Recipes
It can be a little daunting at first transitioning your baby to solids, but it doesn’t need to be. There are so many great baby food recipes out there and we’ve got 10 right here to help you get off to a strong start with homemade baby food recipes.
RECIPES FOR 4-6 MONTH OLDS
These first few baby puree recipes are perfect for those early days when you are just starting your baby on solids and they seem ready to roll. Usually, this occurs between 4-6 months, but fine to continue beyond this stage as you introduce more foods. These are good flavours to start with your baby food recipes 4 months and beyond.
For each of these recipes, simply add ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree to desired consistency.
Banana and Avocado
- 1 whole banana
- 1 peeled and pitted avocado
- 80ml water
Banana and Kiwi Fruit
- 1 whole banana
- 1 peeled kiwi fruit.
- 80ml water
Sweet Potato and Apple
- 1 medium apple
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 250ml water
Boil or steam both potato and apple until very soft. Puree until smooth.
Squash and Carrot
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 peeled carrot
- 80ml water
Boil or steam carrot and squash until soft. Add to blender/processor and puree to desired consistency.
Brown Rice, Banana and Kiwi Fruit
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 whole banana
- 1 whole kiwi fruit, peeled
Add rice to a food processor and mill to a fine powder. Add rice powder to a pot of water and cover until it boils. Turn down the heat and cook for a further 20 minutes. Once cooled, add cooked rice to the blender with banana and kiwi fruit and puree to desired consistency.
Zucchini and Pear
- 1 zucchini
- 1 pear, peeled and cored
- 80 ml water
Steam or boil zucchini and pear until soft. Add to blender/processor and puree to desired consistency.
Broccoli and Watermelon
- 1/3 head broccoli
- 1 cup watermelon, seeds removed
Steam/boil broccoli until soft. Add broccoli and watermelon to bender/processor and puree to desired consistency.
RECIPES FOR 6-10 MONTH OLDS
These next few baby puree recipes are for once your baby has adapted to their early basic solids and you can start introducing more interesting flavours and textures. Depending on your baby’s preferences, you can puree these combos for shorter periods to create soft chunks and thicker textures.
At this age, you will also want to have some more interesting baby food recipes to keep their tastes growing too.
Pear and Oats
- 1 pear, peeled and cored
- 1/2 cup of whole oats
Run oats through a food processor to mill into a finer texture. Add to a pot of water and boil, then turn down and cook for a further 20 minutes. Steam pear until soft. Add oats and pear to blender/processor and puree to desired consistency.
Chicken, Brown Rice and Carrot
- 1/ cup brown rice, cooked
- 1 carrot, steamed
- 1/2 cup diced or shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1/4 cup water
Add cooked/steamed ingredients to blender with the water and puree to desired consistency.
Turkey, Chickpea and Sweet Potato
- 1/2 cup diced or shredded cooked turkey breast
- 1/2 cup chickpeas
- 1 medium sweet potato, steamed
Add ingredients to blender/processor and puree to desired consistency.
Cauliflower, Blueberry and Quinoa
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/3 head cauliflower, steamed
- 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
Pre-cook quinoa and steam cauliflower until soft. Add both to blender or food processor with berries and puree to desired consistency.
Lamb, pumpkin and Rosemary
- 1 cup cooked lamb
- 1/2 cup steamed pumpkin
- 5 rosemary leaves
Add all ingredients to a blender/food processor and puree to desired consistency.
Tips For Getting Started With Homemade Baby Food
- Start by introducing foods separately first to make sure there are no allergic reactions
- After this you can start creating some flavour combos with different baby food ideas
- If purees are too thick, add more water.
- Set aside some of the foods you are cooking for the rest of the family for use in baby meals to save time
- Store baby food in the refrigerator for use within 3 days
- Store in baby food containers in the freezer and defrost ready for use at a later time
Pre-Made Baby Food: No Time For Homemade
While making homemade baby food is a wonderful option for meals at home, sometimes you do find yourself time-poor and running low on frozen portions. Or perhaps you are out and about for long periods and don’t want to worry about the inconvenience of keeping your homemade baby food refrigerated until you need it.
Just like breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby, you have options.
This is where pre-made baby food is actually a great option. Heinz baby food recipes have are loaded with goodness and nutrients that your baby needs and you can purchase their Heinz range at your local supermarket.
Check out the Heinz good stuff chart below to learn more about their products and a guide for giving your baby nutritional meal options either homemade or store purchased with Heinz baby recipes.
Which Should You Choose?
There is no reason why you can’t give your baby a mix of baby food you make and baby food you buy. Just make sure you have a close look at what is going into the foods you are purchasing so you know your baby is still getting great quality ingredients and a variety of nutrients into their diet.
However in saying that, here in Australia it is quite strict what is available to purchase in our supermarkets which is a reassuring thing as a new parent, as that baby food aisle can be overwhelming!!
But if you do get into the swing of things with making your own baby food, and you start to make your own baby food pouches in bulk, you might as well dig into the next step and start freezer cooking for the whole family!
This is one of our biggest time savers, especially back when we had a shift working dad in the household! Bulk freezer cooking means meal prep is done and time is free to spend instead focused on your little ones and their needs!
Ready for the next phase of starting solids? Try these recipes for baby-led weaning: