Here are some baby food recipes and tricks that will make transitioning to from baby food to table food MUCH easier and tastier!
I wish I had found these resources a couple of years ago. We love hacks to make snacks easier and kitchen tips. Homemade baby food can take awhile to prepare, or can be monotonous as you stick to the same couple of ideas.
Got a fork? You can mash your child’s food. Here are 30 Baby Foods you can mash for your child to eat. Easy. Peasy.
What a fun routine – eat with your baby. Make a baby food smoothie when you make your own morning power drink.
Carrots. I am told that was my favorite food when I was a baby, and my kids all really, really loved carrots too! Make a big batch of baby food to freeze ahead for use as needed.
DIY and reuse – you can fill old pouches with new baby food using this nifty trick – get a clean (preferably unused for illness) aspirator. Use it to squeeze food into the pouch.
Baby Food Recipes
Genius! This list is a terrific resource: All the baby foods that you can make with a fork, including cantelope, avocado, pears and more.
Dessert on a spoon! This sugar-free recipe is super sweet and tasty. Mix pears and figs with a pinch of parsnip.
Once your child is able to eat soft foods try these veggie gummies. They are perfect baby finger food for kids who aren’t ready to eat a carrot but could still benefit from the nutritional goodness.
Kale is a superfood, but is often hard to eat by itself. Add potato and greenbeans to make this a nutrient-dense food for your daughter.
Is your tot teething? These homemade teething biscuits are very hard, no preservatives – you make them yourselves – and are perfect for a gnawing baby.
Another recipe for baby teething biscuits is wheat-free, and better if you are concerned about food allergies with your little man.
Beets and blueberries. This recipe will be one of your kiddos favorites, sweet and full of antioxidants. Beware: This will stain!
Lasagna. If it is your favorite food, most likely it will be your son’s favorite too! Make a mini-dish of veggie lasagna just for him.
Smoothie cubes. Make these and your kiddo can eat them as a baby, and if you forget about them for a couple of months or have too many, mix them with juice into a tasty baby food smoothie!
Make your own baby pediasure. When my kids transitioned to solids they had problems keeping weight on. I wish that I had known about this recipe then!
Don’t forget to include spices in your child’s food. Spices often offer a nutritional punch. Make it delicate with some of these ideas.
This vegetable baby food recipe is packed with protein and is tasty – don’t skimp on flavor for your tots.
In this baby food recipe with meat you can know that your child is getting all natural and easy to digest protein with Beef Stew.
Mild and almost creamy this baby food is made with Red Bell Peppers – to help broaden your child’s taste buds.
Make a month worth of baby food – at one time. This is an easy way to give your kids homemade baby food with the least effort.
Love this tip. If you are making a bunch of cubed baby food, put each flavor in a separate bag and remember to label baby food pouches with the date. You don’t want to feed sensitive baby bellies with old/spoiled food.
When introducing meat to your daughter, add some fruit to make it easier for her to adapt to the new food group. This recipe uses chicken with carrots and apple puree.
Corn and Chicken Chowder – yummy and easy to make.
Avocado Baby puree is full of healthy brain fats that your kids need to develop. The bananas make this a smooth tasty treat for your babe.
Do you like the boxed cereal “first-foods”? We loved them with ours. Make your own quick-to-make mix with brown rice.
Lentils are soft, cook quickly and are an easy baby food for home-making mommas. Try adding some apples like this recipe.
Cooked foods for your baby are easy to digest and are a good “first food” but they are less nutrient-dense. When your child is ready, switch to raw… this is a great collection of raw foods for babies to start with
Tricks and Tips for Making Baby Food
Homemade baby food processor. This system is loved by TONS of moms. It has a mini-blender and cups that are perfect to make in batches and grab on the go.
Use a baby food maker and turn your leftovers into baby food – genius! They used peaches to make puree, but you can make almost any gentle foods into a puree for your child.
Our favorite baby food “supply” is the reusable food pouches. Kids love to grab and suck down their meal. We bought them to use for our babies, but still use them years later in lunchboxes. They are worth the money!
Baby food scissors make every bite baby sized! These make prepping food for little ones quick and easy.
Have you ever tried making baby food? It’s so easy and fun and can save you a lot of money!