Cooking for Baby

Everything you need to prepare healthy, nutritious food for your baby: Find simple recipes and information about food allergies and intolerances, as well as food storage and safety.

Homemade Baby Food Purees

Once baby is ready for solid foods (around 4-6 months), you can try these homemade single-fruit and single-vegetable purees. From Cooking Light First Foods by Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D.

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Baby's First Foods

First bites are a big milestone in baby’s life. Here's a step-by-step guide to introducing solid foods.

1. Pick a single-grain infant cereal, such as rice, or a single-fruit or vegetable puree (see recipes in this slideshow), and prepare it. Cereals should be prepared with breast milk or formula.

2. Serve the same food to baby for at least four days, watching for any signs of allergy or intolerance.

3. Move on to a new food, and start the process over until baby has tried a variety of single foods.

Looking for the perfect first purees? We recommend Carrots, Bananas, Avocado, Green Peas, or Butternut Squash. These purees tend to be popular with baby because they are smooth, mild-flavored, and slightly sweet. Remember to thin them down to an almost liquid consistency for baby’s first few meals.

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