Stage 1 Baby Foods
When we started purees with our girls we began by making them thinner in consistency with no chunks. You can add a little breastmilk or water to help thin them out if necessary. The following is a list of our favorite foods when starting purees and tips for making each one.
Green Beans – Wash and cut the tips off the green beans (we love to buy the organic french beans from Costco as they come ready and are always perfectly picked) Cook the beans until soft. Then put into a bowl with breastmilk, water, or formula and puree with an immersion blender until smooth.
Carrots – Organic baby-cut carrots work great for an easier process. Otherwise, you can buy the whole carrots. Wash, peel, and cut carrots down into smaller pieces. Put them in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water and cook them until soft. Drain the remaining water and transfer it to a bowl. Add breastmilk, water, or formula, and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.
Sweet Potatoes – We love our potato cooker for these. Simply wrap potato in damp paper towels and put in the potato cooker. Put in microwave on the potato setting and cook until soft. Remove the skin from the sweet potato. Add breastmilk, water, or formula and blend until smooth.
Avocados – Make sure avocados are soft to the touch as these work best. Remove from skin and take out pit then cut into pieces and add to bowl. Add breastmilk, formula, or water, and blend until smooth.
Mangos – If using fresh remove skin and pit and cut into smaller pieces. Add to bowl and blend. You may or may not need water/breastmilk depending on how soft your mango is. If you need to add water/breastmilk be sure to add very slowly so you don’t end up with food that is too runny.
Apples – Wash, slice, and core the apples (no need to remove skin if you don’t want to). Add to saucepan with 1/4 cup water and cook until apple pieces are soft. Drain water and transfer to bowl. Add breastmilk/water/formula and puree until smooth.
Banana – Peel the bananas and add to bowl. Add a small amount of breastmilk and puree until smooth. Bananas are naturally soft so you will not need to pre-cut or cook beforehand.
Pears – Wash, peel, core, and cut pears into smaller pieces. Make sure pears you are using are soft enough. If pear is ripe enough you do not need to cook it. If pear is still a bit hard you will need to cook in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water to soften it first. Once soft add to bowl with a small amount of breastmilk/water/formula and puree until smooth.