Quick Reference Guide for Homemade baby foods

Introducing solid foods to your baby can be a delightful experience as a parent. Here’s a handy quick reference guide for homemade baby foods.

Your baby is growing up! However, feeding solid foods can come with unnecessary challenges of knowing what and when to feed a baby. Below is a time-saving tool to help reduce the stress of making the baby’s food and knowing the food is cooked safely.


Quick Reference Guide for Homemade Baby Foods


~Steam Time~
Apples2 medium1/4” diced15 min¾ cup
Blueberries1 ¾ cupwhole10 min1 cup
Mango1 large1/4” diced10 min1 cup
Peaches2 small1/4” diced15 min¾ cup
Pears2 small1/4” diced10 min1 cup
Plums3 plums1/4” diced15 min1½ cups
Prunes10 ozwhole20 min1 cup


~Steam Time~
Broccoli1 stalk1” sections15 min¾ cup
Butternut Squash1/3 squash1/4” diced20 min¾ cup
Carrot2 medium1/4” diced25 min½ cup
Potato2 medium1/4” diced20 min1 cup
String Bean8 oz1/2” diced20 min1 cup
Sweet Potato1 medium1/4” diced25 min1 ½ cup
Zucchini1 medium1/4” diced15 min½ cup

Cooking Tips

1. Wash, peel, core and cut fruits or vegetables into chunks.
2. Smaller pieces of food steam and blend more thoroughly, ensuring proper food texture making it easy for babies to swallow and digest.
3. All purees can be mixed with additional water, breast milk or formula to create a thinner consistency.
4. Some foods with higher water content (apples, pears, zucchini) should be drained before blending
5. As baby gets older, most first food purees can be transitioned into finger food by skipping the blending and keeping soft food chunks for finger foods.
6. Fruits and veggies can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days
7. Meats can be stored in the fridge for 3 days

NOTE: Check with your pediatrician to determine if your child is ready for finger foods!

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