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
|Apples||2 medium||1/4” diced||15 min||¾ cup|
|Blueberries||1 ¾ cup||whole||10 min||1 cup|
|Mango||1 large||1/4” diced||10 min||1 cup|
|Peaches||2 small||1/4” diced||15 min||¾ cup|
|Pears||2 small||1/4” diced||10 min||1 cup|
|Plums||3 plums||1/4” diced||15 min||1½ cups|
|Prunes||10 oz||whole||20 min||1 cup|
|Broccoli||1 stalk||1” sections||15 min||¾ cup|
|Butternut Squash||1/3 squash||1/4” diced||20 min||¾ cup|
|Carrot||2 medium||1/4” diced||25 min||½ cup|
|Potato||2 medium||1/4” diced||20 min||1 cup|
|String Bean||8 oz||1/2” diced||20 min||1 cup|
|Sweet Potato||1 medium||1/4” diced||25 min||1 ½ cup|
|Zucchini||1 medium||1/4” diced||15 min||½ cup|
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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