Your baby will adore these homemade stage one baby food purees, which contain simple and delicious fruit and vegetable purees made with whole ingredients. They are easy to make, packed full of nutrients, and you will love making them too!
Babies will love these homemade, super nutritious purees. Made from whole fruits and vegetables and a single food group at a time. Made with whole fruits and vegetables, simple to make, super delicious, and ready for anything!
Customise your baby’s diet with these delicious homemade purees. Made with whole fruits and vegetables, they’re easy to make, taste amazing and are a great way to introduce new tastes and textures to your baby for their first year of life.
What do you feed your baby when they’re just beginning to eat solid foods? You probably want to give them the best, so you hold off until you’ve mastered homemade stage one baby food purees. Made with whole fruits and vegetables, simple to make and super delicious!
Your little one needs all the nutrients and vitamins they can get, so it’s important to start them off with a healthy diet from an early age! These delicious homemade stage one baby food purees are made with whole fruits and vegetables, making them super easy to digest. Making your own baby food is a great way to ensure your little one gets all the nutrients they need.
Vegetable Baby Food Recipes
Are you looking to make your baby homemade purees, but don’t know where to start? Does the process intimidate you?
Then you have come to the right place! Here you will find 15 of my all-time favorite starter baby food purees that have been viewed (and made) millions of times by my readers. I would also like to personally welcome you to the wonderful world of baby food, this is a fun (and yummy) club to be in.
Does your baby’s first bite need to be boring?
Of course not!
Baby’s food can (and should be) delicious from the very start!
While it may seem daunting at first, making your own baby food is super easy once you get the hang of it.
And I’m here to walk you through it every step of the way.
Is it your first time making homemade baby food?
Then I suggest you start this journey by reading my in-depth Guide on How to Make Homemade Baby Food. The detailed guide goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and so much more!
Tip: You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!
15 STAGE ONE BABY PUREE VIDEO
While the recipes themselves are simple, in this video I will show you how to add in a pinch of cinnamon, rosemary, curry, or mint to quickly roasted or steamed fruits and vegetables that enhance their natural flavors. In other words, these are simple purees that I am pretty sure you will want to eat as well!
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WHAT IS IN EACH PUREE RECIPE
After going through this guide, you will want to check out some (or all!) of the homemade baby food recipes below. Each recipe goes into detail about the:
- produce that is in the puree
- benefits of that produce for your baby
- recipe cooking options
- detailed photos and videos with step-by-step instructions
Reminder: The homemade baby food recipes below are made for babies that want to try the most delicious food from the very first bite! ????
Let’s start with a few of my favorite kitchen essentials to make the best homemade baby food purees! These kitchen tools will help make the process of cooking, blending, and freezing baby food hassle-free. You can find a full list of my favorite baby and toddler food making tools in my online Shop.
- Blender or Food Processor
- Freezer Storage Tray
- Fridge Storage Containers
- Stasher Bag
- Baking Sheet
- Steamer Basket
- Medium Saucepan
- Reusable Pouches
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can babies have spices in their food?
Yes, yes, yes! Babies can absolutely have spices mixed into their purees from the very first bite. Adding a pinch of spice or herbs to a baby’s food makes it taste better and gives the food additional medicinal properties. Read more here. But as I always say — you do you! If you don’t want to add spices to your baby’s food, you can certainly leave them out. Don’t worry, I give instructions on each recipe card for both.
What about allergies? Can spices cause an allergic reaction?
My rule of thumb is that unless there is an immediate family member that has a true allergy to a certain spice or food, then introducing your baby to spices at the same time as new food is completely acceptable. Spice and herb allergies in babies and adults are very rare. But remember, it’s always recommended to keep an eye on your baby when introducing any new food or spices.
At what age should I start my baby on baby food purees?
When a baby can start on solid foods is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready for solids.
HOW TO STORE BABY PUREES
Every recipe below has specific instructions on how to store that particular puree, but these are the general guidelines.
You can store the puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Most homemade puree can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- Spoon puree into a freezer storage container. Do not overfill.
- Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap, and label with the date and recipe name.
- Place the tray into the freezer and let it freeze completely — preferably overnight.
- Pop-out the baby food cubes and place them in a ziplock baggie or stasher bag. Don’t forget to relabel the baggie or stasher bag for future reference.
Need more information on how to store your baby foods? Head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!
- Make sure baby is showing readiness signs for eating – good control of their head and trunk, sitting with minimal assistance, bringing hands or toys to their mouth, and appearing interested in your food when you’re eating.
- Follow your baby’s lead – when feeding purees from a spoon, sometimes there’s a tendency to keep offering bites past the point of your baby being full. Always follow baby’s cues for when they are done eating. Turning away from the spoon, closing her mouth, or pushing food away are all signs that baby is finished with the meal.
- Throwing spoons – is a common phase that all babies go through at one point or another. One of the best ways to handle spoon throwing is to ignore it and keep feeding baby as usual (with an extra spoon you already have at the table). If baby ends up also throwing back up spoons #2 AND #3, simply encourage your baby to eat with their hands until they appear to be finished with the meal.
Babies grow and develop quickly. At each stage of baby feeding, their mouths and palates are changing. Made with whole fruits and vegetables, these homemade stage one baby food purees are perfect when your little one is ready to start eating solid foods.
Baby First Foods 4 6 Months
As soon as your baby crosses five months, you’ve probably started thinking about the exciting milestone that’s coming up – starting solids! Many communities even celebrate this occasion with a little family function – it’s that important! For most Moms, deciding when to start solids is fairly easy, but putting together a menu for a 6 month old can be tough. That’s why we’re here to help with our list of 20 easy vegetable purees for babies that can be made at home!
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For young babies, the most obvious choices of food are cereals and fruit or vegetable purees. You can check out our list of 10 delicious fruit purees for babies as well as our complete stock of baby cereals. So what’s missing? Vegetables! You’ve heard of Moms grumbling about how their kids don’t eat enough vegetables and instead pick all the greens out of their plate. You can avoid this problem later by taking the right step now – introducing your baby to a wide variety of vegetables!
20 Quick and Easy Vegetable Purees for Babies
Stage 1 Vegetable Purees (6-9 Months)
1. Potato Puree
Potato Puree makes an excellent first food for babies. It has a soft consistency,easily mashable and it is the least allergenic food. Start with little quantity as some babies may develop tummy upset due to gas. This is also the best vegetable to combine with other veggies.
Sweet potatoes have a high fiber content and are a good food to try to prevent constipation in babies. Sweet Potatoes also tend to release energy slowly so this is a good option at dinner to ensure your little one doesn’t get hungry during the night.
3. Carrot Puree
Carrots are naturally sweet, which make it more readily accepted by little babies! The orange color indicates the presence of beta carotene, which means healthy eyesight for your little rabbit!
Besides being rich in fiber and antioxidants, pumpkin also has anti bacterial properties and kills intestinal worms. This is an ideal first food for babies, more so because it has a soft lovely consistency when cooked and is easily mashable.
French beans are an excellent source of plant derived micro nutrients, minerals and vitamins like A, B1, B6 and C. This makes them a must have vegetable for babies. Steaming the beans and potato gives it a nice creamy consistency.
Red lentils are very easy to cook and make the perfect ingredient for a puree! This recipe from Au Petit Gout uses shallots to add an interesting twist. Skip the salt and go for spices instead.
Red pepper is not a common choice for stage 1 baby purees, but it shoudl be! Baby Foode shows you how easy it is to make this antioxidant rich and gorgeous lookking puree!
Being non allergenic, bottle gourd is one of the perfect foods for weaning babies. With a water content over 90%, it promotes easy digestion and relieves constipation. So no more hard poop!
Zucchinis are increasingly available in the Indian market, so this recipe from Parent Hub must be easy enough to make! With a high water content and good fiber, this is an easily digestible stage 1 vegetable puree.
10. Leek Puree
Leeks aren’t very common in Indian households, but they are available in specialty supermarkets. If you find some fresh leeks, then go ahead and give your baby a taste of international cuisine! Baby Foode has a lovely simple leek puree recipe that uses the white and light green parts only.
Green peas are rich in calcium, iron and Vitamins A and C. You can give your baby all these nutrients in the form of this yummy green peas and potato puree. This is a super protein dish so let those little muscles and bones grow!
It’s a good idea to have a variety of oils in your home to ensure maximum nutrition. This broccoli olive oil puree from baby foode is perfect to add some variety to your little one’s menu. This dish is good for babies above 8 months.
This combination of root vegetables is great for little babies who are used to potato puree. Beets are rich in iron and help to boost immunity, so be sure to include this in your little one’s diet!
Once your baby is used to most vegetables, you can introduce cauliflower. Once you’re sure it doesn’t cause gassiness, you can go ahead and make this delicious puree from Little Mashies!
Stage 2 Vegetable Purees (9 – 12 Months)
15. Beetroot Puree
Beetroots are a great vegetable for babies, considering their high antioxidant content. The rich color is another attractive factor for babies! Try out this recipe from Weelicious, that includes baking the beets for a lovely flavor.
Annabel Karmel has a nutritious and bright colored puree that’s great for stage 2 babies. Leave a little lumpiness in the puree for more texture. Substitute the milk in the recipe with breast milk or formula for babies under 12 months.
Now this is a nutrient and antioxidant rich green puree! With broccoli to strengthen the immune system and spinach that’s good for the eyes, this is a must try vegetable puree for your baby!
Carrots are among the first vegetables fed to babies, and the addition of palak makes this even better! Spinach can contain oxalates and nitrates, which is why it’s not suitable for babies under 8 months. The cumin adds the perfect zing to this puree!
Now this is a delicious combination from Weelicious! Use fresh cheese to make this puree and ensure that your baby is used to cheese first. Keep some lumpiness in the broccoli for older babies.
Get your little one used to khichdis with this lentil spinach and rice puree from Little Mashies. The quantity in the recipe is a lot, so you can cut it down. Use homemade vegetable stock for best results.
When introducing any new food for baby, don’t forget to follow the 3-day rule to rule out any allergies. It’s advisable to follow the recommended ages for each vegetable. Also take care of choking hazards. Start with soft and smooth purees and increase the lumpiness gradually. Always try individual vegetables first before combining them. You can also mix individual veggie purees with cereals or cooked rice to create unique combinations. And don’t forget, you can always add organic spices to make things interesting!