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  • TOP 7 Baby Food Recipes: Puree (Stage 1)

    by Agustina Fernandez December 06, 2022 5 min read

    TOP 7 Baby Food Recipes: Puree (Stage 1) | Organic's Best

    Finding easy and nutritious ways to feed your little one can help them get plenty of beneficial nutrients that support their growth and development. Many parents enjoy preparing homemade baby food, which gives them complete agency over what is going into their baby's food.

    Baby purees can be store-bought or are a great homemade baby food option that is easy, convenient, and versatile!

    What are Stage 1 Baby Purees?

    What are Stage 1 Baby Purees? | Organic's Best

    If your little one has reached the point of being ready to begin the transition to solid foods, then stage 1 baby purees might be a good place to start.

    So what are stage 1 baby purees? Well, all you need to do is add some of your favourite yummy and nutritious ingredients into a blender and before you know it you will have a super smooth puree suitable for babies. Of course, there are some ingredients to avoid such as honey, cow's milk, added sugars, or salt (source).

    When it comes to choosing the right ingredients, there are plenty of fruit and veggie options that we will discuss below, these include pumpkin, cauliflower, avocado, banana, and blueberries. Produce can be mixed and matched to offer a variety of nutrients and flavours to your baby's diet.

    If your family has a history of allergies or you have any concerns about how your baby might react to a certain food, you can add one food to their diet at a time and monitor for an allergic reaction.

    While store-bought baby foods can be a convenient option for busy parents, there are plenty of homemade baby puree recipes that are easy to prepare either in small quantities or in bulk and stored for later. Making baby food doesn't have to be a hassle, and once you have the right kitchen tools and ingredients you're all set!

    When Can You Start Using Baby Purees?

    Typically, babies can start being introduced to solid foods from about 4 months depending on the product, although some parents wait until 6 months and beyond depending on their baby's development. The timeline differs between each child and babies rely heavily on breast milk or formula to provide them with sustenance during their first year of life.

    If your little one is showing signs that they are ready to start eating solid food, such as showing independence through being able to sit up straight in a high chair and having good control over their head and neck, then stage 1 baby food purees are a good place to start.

    Kitchen Tools For The Best Baby Food Puree Experience

    There are a few must-have kitchen gadgets that will make your baby food-prepping experience much easier. Some products you will likely already have like a highchair and bib. Here is a quick rundown of each product:

    • Blender: There are many different sizes depending on its intended uses. There are also special baby food cookers available that come with multiple functions like processing, blending, and steaming, although this is not necessary.
    • Containers or jars to store homemade baby food: Glass or silicone options will help keep food fresh. You can also get freezer bags or trays to store and freeze baby food and made frozen puree cubes.
    • Spoon and bowl to serve the food
    • Knife to cut ingredients

    kitchen tools for making stage 1 baby food puree | Organic's Best

    Homemade Baby Puree Recipes

    Below are some great recipes to give you some info and get you started on making your own baby food at home. These homemade baby food recipes are quick, easy, and convenient!

    Cauliflower (Lentils) and Avocado with Rice Porridge

    Cauliflower (Lentils) and Avocado with Rice Porridge | Baby Puree Recipe

    This recipe is suitable for 5 months and makes 2-3 servings.

    To make this recipe you will need the following:

    Preparation: Wash cauliflower and cut it into small pieces. Cook the cauliflower and lentils in water for about 15 minutes. The vegetables should be almost covered. When the cauliflower is soft, add the avocado, rice flakes, and water as needed, and then puree to desired consistency.

    Pumpkin Kohlrabi Porridge Puree

    Pumpkin Kohlrabi Porridge Puree | Baby Puree Recipe

    This recipe is suitable from 5 months and makes about 3 servings.

    To make this recipe you will need the following:

    Preparation:⁠ Wash, peel and chop the vegetables. Cover with water and cook until tender, this should take about 15 minutes. Add oil, cereal, and water as needed and puree to desired consistency.⁠

    Baby Food Peas and Carrots

    Baby Food Peas and Carrots | Baby Puree Recipe

    To make this recipe you will need the following:

    • Frozen Green Pea -  2 bags of 16 oz peas
    • Carrots - 200 gr
    • Water: Start with 8 ounces of filtered water

    Preparation: Puree all ingredients to desired consistency.⁠

    Pineapple Puree

    Pineapple Puree | Baby Food Stage 1

    To make this recipe you will need the following:

    • frozen pineapple
    • Liquid (such as water, formula, or breast milk) to add moisture

    Preparation: Let frozen pineapple thaw and add the pineapple to a blender. Blend until smooth, adding a small amount of liquid if needed. After blending you can serve it as is, store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer or mix it with another puree or baby oatmeal and serve it together.

    Blueberry Baby Puree

    Blueberry Baby Puree | Baby Food Stage 1

    To make this recipe you will need the following:

    • Blueberries (Fresh or frozen depending on what you have available)
    • Water

    Preparation: Add blueberries to a blender and blend until desired consistency. For this recipe, a very smooth texture is best which may require adding enough liquid to make it easy for the blender to work. This recipe can be stored in the fridge or freezer or eaten immediately with baby oatmeal.

    Banana Puree

    Banana Puree | Baby Food Recipe Stage 1

    To make this recipe you will need the following:

    • Ripe banana
    • Cinnamon

    Preparation: Slice a very ripe banana into pieces, add to a blender and blend until very smooth. Add cinnamon and serve or store in the fridge or freezer. If you are storing for late you can add a couple of drops of fresh lemon or orange juice to prevent natural browning.

    Prune Puree

    Prune Puree | Baby Food Stage 1

    To make this recipe you will need the following:

    • Organic Prune (with no sugar added)
    • Organic Fuji Apples (organic)
    • Water
    • Optional: Breast Milk Or Formula (to mix)

    Preparation: Puree all ingredients to desired consistency.⁠ If desired, add formula or breast milk before serving for added nutrients and calories (this should not be added if you are storing the puree in the freezer).

    Conclusion

    We hope that you got some yummy pureed baby food recipes inspo! Remember that no matter how you choose to feed your little one, what's important is that they are getting all of the nutrients they need through whatever means works best for their growing body.

    Disclaimer:

    Please be aware that this information is based on general trends in babies, and it is not medical advice. Your doctor should be your first source of information and advice when considering any changes to your child’s formula and when choosing your child’s formula. Always consult your pediatrician before making any decisions about your child’s diet or if you notice any changes in your child.

    Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby because breast milk provides your child with all the essential nutrients they need for growth and development. Please consult your pediatrician if your child requires supplemental feeding.

    Agustina Fernandez
    Agustina Fernandez

    Dr. Agustina Fernandez earned her medical degree from the prestigious Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. With a deep-rooted passion for pediatrics, Dr. Fernandez is currently on the path to specializing in children's healthcare. Recently, she has delved into the vital field of infant nutrition. Her research interests include breastfeeding, infant formula, and baby food in little ones’ formative years. Dr. Fernandez's commitment to this area of study underscores her dedication to ensuring the health and well-being of children from their earliest days.

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