The first foods offered to a baby are called stage 1 baby food. They are pureed and strained so that the little ones can gulp and digest them easily. We bring to you the most common and popular baby food recipes who are just being introduced to solid foods. Let your baby relish them!
1. Rice Cereal (6 months+)
- 1/4 cup rice powder (grounded rice in blender or food processor)
- 1 cup water
Step 1: Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the rice powder while stirring constantly.
Step 2: Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired
Step 3: Serve warm
2. Applesauce (6 months+)
Step 1: Peel, core and cut apple into slices/chunks
Step 2: Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples
Step 3: Boil/steam until tender; be sure to check on the water level and stir, T hat’s It. Easy Peasy.
Step 4: Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce consistency. If your masher will not achieve a puree type of consistency, then follow steps 5 – 7
Step 5: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the apples
Step 6: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
Step 7: Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree
Step 8: Mix well and serve
3. Mashed Banana (6 months+)
- 1 Banana or however many you wish
Step 1: Peel ripe banana – do not cook
Step 2: Place banana in a food processor/ blender and puree
Step 3: You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork
Step 4: Add formula/breast milk to achieve a thin and smooth consistency and serve
4. Carrot Puree (6 months+)
Step 1: Peel carrots and cut into small chunks
Step 2: Place chunks into a steamer pan with just enough water visible through the steamer basket
Step 3: Steam until tender
Step 4: Do not reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the carrots if baby is under 8 months old as Nitrates may seep into the cooking water
Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
Step 6: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
Step 7: Mix well and serve
5. Sweet Potato (6 months+)
Step 1: Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks
Step 2: Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato
Step 3: “Steam” boil until tender, be sure to check on the water level.
Step 4: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes
Step 5: If you have baked your sweet potato, remove skins and use liquid from your preferred source
Step 6: Place sweet potato into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
Step 7: Add the reserved water or other liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
Step 8 : Mix and serve
These Stage 1 Homemade Baby Food Recipes are age appropriate for those babies who are 6 months and above.
Always remember to consult with your paediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.