From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to make pureed foods for him or her. I had no clue what I was doing or how to do it… just that it was going to happen! So here is my list of first foods for baby to try as long as some of our favorite recipes!
All you need is a blender and a steamer or you can roast any fruits or veggies that need to be softened. I prefer to steam them. This is a personal preference and you can do which ever way suits you best! The biggest tip I have when roasting fruits or veggies is to make sure that you lightly oil the pan with a healthy oil such as olive oil. Another tip for roasting butternut squash: cut in half, place fleshy side down in 1-2 inches of water and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
First Foods to Try:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Butternut Squash
Just think about the R.I.C.E. diet… foods that are on easy on the belly. We introduced bananas first, however we quickly switched to apples, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Bananas are very sweet… which is not a bad thing but think about this: how many kids do you know that would rather eat spinach than something sweet? Apply this same thought to babies. Feed them the less sweet foods first so that they will become accustomed to them as well as the sweeter options. Avocado is a great addition as it is a healthy fat!
Sweet Potatoes and Apples were the main introductory foods we used. After some time we steamed spinach, pureed, and added that in as well. Spinach is super healthy for baby and full of great vitamins and nutrients. It also makes for one stinky baby!
Our Favorite Combos
Here are a few of our favorite baby food combo recipes:
Apple, Pumpkin and Cream Oatmeal: Apples, Pumpkin, Oat Cereal, and either Formula or Breast Milk.
Peaches and Cream Oatmeal: Peaches, Oat Cereal, and Formula or Breast Milk.
Blueberry Apple Oatmeal: Blueberry, Apple, and Oat Cereal
Sweet Potatoes and Rice: Sweet Potatoes and Rice Cereal
Apple and Pumpkin
Apple and Blueberry
Broccoli and Spinach
Avocado and Oats
Of course, you can experiment with all kinds of combos and find out what your baby likes best. As you can see, we use a lot of apples… mainly to help keep baby regular as we had issues with constipation from the formula for the longest time! We did follow the 3 day rule when introducing new foods and only introduced one food every week to two weeks. There are endless possibilities!
What were your babies first foods? Better yet… what baby food did you find yourself eating as you were feeding your little one? (I constantly took bites of Scarlett’s sweet potatoes!) Let me know in the comments below!