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10 First Foods I Didn't Think About the First Time Around

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Little Bean is just about 5 months and I’ve been thinking more and more about solid foods for him. We’ve taste-tested brown rice cereal made with breastmilk, but I hope to introduce more variety in the next month or so.

With baby number one, I pretty much stuck to the grain cereals, bananas, and jarred food at first. Then I gave him more and more things off my plate. This time around, I want to make more food than I buy.

After glancing around “the interwebs”, I’m inspired to make Little Bean’s first foods from many things I didn’t even think about with Big Brother. My diet has changed drastically since then.


  • Broccoli 1 of 10
    Broccoli
    I don't think I ever saw jarred broccoli for babies. Have you? I'm thinking it will be tons better homemade anyway.
  • Butternut Squash 2 of 10
    Butternut Squash
    6 years ago I didn't even know what butternut squash was. Now I'm obsessed.
  • Zucchini 3 of 10
    Zucchini
    I saw this listed on an American Baby article. Right now they are abundant! I plan on freezing some and pureeing with the skins.
  • Papaya 4 of 10
    Papaya
    I tried papaya for the first time a couple of years ago and love it in smoothies. I think it would make a wonderful baby food.
  • Avocado 5 of 10
    Avocado
    I've never been an avocado fan, but they are so chock full of good stuff and naturally soft. They seem to scream baby food to me.
  • Pears 6 of 10
    Pears
    I always gravitate towards applesauce. What about "pearsauce"?!
  • Mango 7 of 10
    Mango
    Another fruit I didn't try until later in life. Now both the 6 year-old and I are HUGE fans.
  • Spinach 8 of 10
    Spinach
    I've been adding spinach to my smoothies for some time now and I plan on doing the same in a lot of my homemade baby foods.
  • Kale 9 of 10
    Kale
    Like spinach, it's easily added in a puree form. Why not?
  • Beets 10 of 10
    Beets
    Another fairly "new to me" food. I hope to try them once Little Bean is a little older, as I can imagine the mess already!

What fun foods do you feed your little one?

I’d love more ideas!

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