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First Foods: 25 Homemade Baby Food Recipes and Ideas

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Opinions on when to start feeding a baby and what vary widely. My parents started me on vegetable baby food when I was six months, but then when my sister was born, we lived in England where the doctors recommended starting on rice cereal at three months. We both turned out okay. That’s not to say baby’s first food’s not an important decision; just one where there’s not a single right answer.

While you’ll want to decide what to feed your baby based on your own thoughts about nutrition, your baby’s tastes, and what you feel comfortable with, we’ve compiled a list of tried-and-true foods that babies love. We’ve tried to include an age range where there seems to be a consensus, and note organic options for foods that are known for being especially high in pesticides or hormones, but you may want to do organic versions of all of these or none of them depending on your beliefs. And, as with anything regarding your baby’s health, we recommend that you consult with your pediatrician before starting your baby on solids.

For more on starting solids, check out Babble’s guide here.

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First Foods: 25 Homemade Baby Food Recipes to Get Baby Started on Solids


Bananas are unlikely to be allergenic, and their soft texture and sweet flavor make them very palatable for baby. Mashed bananas are an excellent choice for baby's very first solid foods.

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One thought on “First Foods: 25 Homemade Baby Food Recipes and Ideas

  1. Angel says:

    Remember to use caution when giving a baby a new food… As an infant I had a sensitivity to sweet potato, and although it rarely gives me trouble now, I used to throw it up and become a bit ill after eating it.

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