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When your baby is 6 months old, it’s a great time to start them on their first solid food. Your baby will be dependent on you to provide them with various vitamins and nutrients (in addition to their breastfeeds), and set them for life with healthy eating habits. I recommend starting with making your baby their own homemade baby food with these recipes.

Some upsides of homemade baby foods are, it:

  1. Won’t cost you much.
  2. It assists your baby in exploring different textures and tastes.
  3. Helps your baby learn food etiquette and customs.
  4. Allows you to control what goes into the food.

After starting with soft foods it is very important to move onto the next stage, namely, foods to chew.

As a guide:

In this article, you’ll find tips and recipes on how to make baby cereal, vegetable, fruit, and meat dishes from scratch. Remember to keep the process hygienic and store as appropriate. Let’s get into this!

Keep in mind, no need to add salt, spices, sugar, processed broths, additives, etc. to your baby’s food. This can be harmful for your baby. Plus, even if the food may seem bland to you, it won’t be bland for your baby. Allow them to try everything individually until they get used to them, without mixing and matching with other ingredients.

1) Baby Rice Cereal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp rice
  • 10 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp breastmilk or formula

Procedure

  • Place water in a pan and heat to a boil
  • Add rice and stir
  • Boil until cooked and soft
  • Add milk and stir
  • Let cool
  • Use stick blender to puree

Note

Baby rice cereal is a great place to start, as it has lots of iron and your baby will be able to digest it with ease. However, make sure not to use commercial or cow’s milk. Your baby is won’t be ready for it until they are one years old.

2) Baby Oatmeal Porridge

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp rolled oats
  • 6 tbsp water, breastmilk, or formula
  • Optional: 1 peeled and cleaned apple, or 1 peeled banana

Procedure

  • Place milk in a pan and heat
  • Place oats in with it
  • Keep boiling until it thickens.
  • Let it cool
  • Use stick blender to puree
  • Optional (after baby has tried each individually):
  • Cut apple and banana into slices
  • Place apple in a little water
  • Boil until soft
  • Blend banana, apple, and oats together with a hand processer

3) Soft Fruit Puree

Ingredients

  • Fresh and ripe fruit (apple, peach, pear, or apricot)

Procedure

  • Wash and peel skins of fruit
  • Remove cores or seeds and cut into medium slices
  • Place in a saucepan with small amount of water
  • Steam or boil gently for five to ten minutes until soft
  • Remove from water and blend until puree
  • Add more water if it seems dry

Note

It is better to start offering your baby fruit purees after they have first shown improvements in eating rice cereal.

4) Soft Vegetable Puree

Ingredients

  • 1 vegetable (ideally potato, sweet potato, or pumpkin)

Procedure

  • Peel, wash, and dice vegetable
  • Boil a small amount of water in a saucepan or steamer
  • Place vegetable pieces in water
  • Bring to a boil
  • Cook until soft
  • Remove and blend until puree

5) Mashed Baked Potatoes

Ingredients

  • Whole potato

Procedure

  • Wash and place on baking pan
  • Place in oven with moderate heat for 1-1.5 hours, until cooked
  • Slice open
  • Remove insides and mash
  • Optional: can serve with other mashed/pureed vegetables

Note

You can roast potatoes for the whole family, and use one for your baby.

6) Cream Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • Chopped vegetables

Procedure

  • Bring a saucepan of water to a boil
  • Add vegetables
  • Simmer until cooked thoroughly
  • Mash or puree

Note

Do not drain the water.

7) Cream Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut pumpkin

Procedure

  • Place pumpkin in saucepan and heat
  • Boil until fully cooked and soft
  • Blend with stick blender

Note

Do not drain water

8) Soft Meat, Chicken, or Fish Dish

Ingredients

  • Meat (lean beef, veal, lamb, chicken, or fish)

Procedure

  • Mince or finely chop meat
  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add meat to water
  • Simmer with closed lid until cooked and soft
  • Remove any bones or skin
  • Blend or mince to a form your baby will be able to swallow
  • Add water or breastmilk for softness

Note

No salt or spices needed.

Meats contain lots of iron, so it is good to give them to your baby even early on.

If you cook meat for too long, it can make it hard to chew.

9) Baby Legumes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp dried legumes (such as chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, or lentils).

Procedure

  • Follow package directions to cook legumes
  • Blend until puree

10) Baby Tofu

Ingredients

  • Small amount of plain, soft tofu

Procedure

  • Steam or sauté the tofu
  • Remove and blend until puree
  • Add water or breastmilk as needed, for softer consistency

11) Pureed Chicken, Beef or Lamb Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast fillet, beef, or lean lamb
  • Celery, carrot, potato

Procedure

  • Remove skin and bones from meat
  • Cut meat and vegetables into cubes
  • Boil water in pan
  • Place meat and vegetables in pan
  • Bring to a simmer until soft
  • Use stick blender or a food processor to puree or mince

Note

This should be used towards the end of six months, once baby has tried all ingredients individually.

12) Steamed Fish

Ingredients

  • Fish fillet

Procedure

  • Place fish in pan with a little water on bottom
  • Cover lid
  • Let water simmer and pan steam until fish is tender
  • Remove all bones carefully
  • Serve cool

13) Soft Boiled Eggs

  • 1 egg

Procedure

  • Place water in saucepan and heat
  • Turn down heat before coming to full boil
  • Place egg and let simmer for 10 minutes
  • Remove egg from water
  • Let egg cool
  • Remove shell and blend with a hand blender or mash

Note

You can also add a bit of pureed vegetable.