Quick Reference Guide for baby foods

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Quick Reference Chart for Cooking guidelines for homemade baby food- Introducing solid foods to your baby can be a delightful experience as a parent.
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 babies food and knowing the food is cooked safely.

quick-reference-guide-for-baby-foods
Fruits

[TABLE]

~Ingredients~

~Quantity~

~Prepare~

~Steam Time~

~Yield~

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

Vegetables

[TABLE]

~Ingredients~

~Quantity~

~Prepare~

~Steam Time~

~Yield~

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

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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