Word on the street is that homemade baby food is the way to go – not only is it cheaper, but it’s actually not very time-consuming at all. A few friends have told me that it only requires an hour a week… or even less. The secret? Make baby food out of food that you eat, too. That way, you’re not doing double duty – you’re just prepping dinner for everyone. And then pureeing it for the baby, of course.
What foods do babies find delicious? Here are a few suggestions! (But remember that different solid foods are best for different ages – check out this website for solid food charts by ages.)
- Bananas: Bananas contain significant amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. They’re high in fiber and taste simply delicious. Plus – no baking and pureeing required. Just mash up and serve to baby. Some children who are allergic to latex are also allergic to bananas, so talk to your doctor if your child has a known latex allergy.
- Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are actually one of the healthiest veggies around – they are simply packed with nutrients. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A, beta carotene, and potassium. Baking a sweet potato maintains more nutrients than boiling it.
- Peas: Here’s a fun fact – a cup of peas contains as much protein as a tablespoon of peanut butter. Peas are also good sources of calcium, iron, and Vitamin A. Steam or boil the peas before pureeing them.
- Squashes: Squash must be baked or roasted and pureed before serving to baby. An excellent source of Vitamin A, calcium, and folate, squashes like acorn and butternut are tasty, too.
- Pumpkin: Technically another squash, pumpkin is also a fruit – not a veggie! Pumpkins are notable because they contain loads of Vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium, and iron. You’ll need to bake or roast pumpkin and puree it, but in a pinch, you can always use canned pumpkin.
- Avocado: Avocados are packed with healthy fats, as well as key nutrients such as folate, potassium, iron, and Vitamin E. Bonus: you don’t have to cook avocado to feed it to baby; simply mash it up. But like bananas, children who are allergic to latex may also be allergic to avocados, so talk to your doctor first if you know your child has a latex allergy.
Choose organic foods whenever possible, and don’t forget to follow the ‘four day rule’ – introduce a new food and then wait four days to confirm the child is not allergic. Introducing several new foods at once can make symptoms confusing.