With recent studies revealing that some shop bought baby food could actually be doing more harm than good for our little ones, more and more parents are turning to homemade baby food when it comes to weaning. The key to making your own baby food is providing the right nutrients that our babies need to be healthy and grow.
How to Make Your Own Baby Food With All The Right Nutrients
Not only are these ideas affordable and much cheaper than pre-made food, but they’re also really easy to make.
If like us you’re fed up of sugar-induced baby foods, and you want your kids to have the best possible start in life, here are some simple ways to make your own baby food that they’ll love.
Food for babies between 6-8 months old
If your child is trying out solid foods for the first time, as many babies between 6-8 months are, the food you make should be watery and thin in consistency so that it’s easier to eat. Here are some easy-to-make options.
1. A simple oats blend
For a fast yet nutritional meal for your baby, oats blended with water or milk is a great place to start. It will take just a couple of minutes and your baby is guaranteed to love it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- ¼ cup of porridge oats
- ¾ cup of water, formula milk or breast milk
- Optional fruits like banana[Text Wrapping Break]
TOP TIP: if you don’t have cup measurements, 1 cup is roughly the size of the palm of your hand.
Simply add the oats to the warm water (or milk) and stir until it has a porridge-like consistency. Feel free to add any fruits your little one likes for greater nutrition – bananas are a great place to start due to their mushy consistency.
2. Sweet potato puree
Babies love sweet potato just as much as we do, and they’re rich in vitamin C, potassium and magnesium – all of which are great for our babies!
What you’ll need:
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 cup of water
Boil the sweet potato in the water for around 15 minutes (or until it reaches a soft consistency). This should allow you to mash the potato up into a smooth puree your little one can easily digest. Feel free to add more water as necessary. It’s that simple!
3. Apple puree
This one is great for those with a sweet tooth, but the sugars are completely natural and it’s as affordable as apples come!
Take an apple or as many as necessary (you could make a big batch and store it in the fridge) and peel them. Once peeled, chop up into slices making sure you remove the cork. Boil the apples until they are tender enough to puree. You could simply mash them up into a puree or even blend them for a smoother consistency.
Food for babies over 8 months
4. Avocado smash
If your child is fed up of apples, sweet potato and porridge, why not try them with something completely new? Avocados are packed with essential vitamins and minerals making them a great snack of meal. They’re also a great source of omega-3. Many kids will love the creaminess of avocado, particularly when made into a puree.
This one is really simple – you’ll just need to find a ripe avocado and mash it up! If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also boil half a potato and add that to the avocado smash.
5. Potato, spinach and green bean puree
Feeling a little more adventurous? Try your hand at this delicious potato, spinach and green bean puree. This is really useful for parents that might be having potato, spinach or green beans with their meal – you can just set some aside to blend for your little one.
What you’ll need:
- ½ potato
- ¼ cup of spinach
- 4 fresh cut green beans
Peel your ½ potato and steam it, along with the green beans, for around 8 minutes. Add in the spinach for 30 seconds – 1 minute and blend once ready. Enjoy!
6. Carrot, chicken and apple puree chicken soldiers
This is a classic baby meal that is rich in protein and tons of nutrients from the veggies. It’s a little more complicated than the others, but it can still be made in under 25 minutes and is great for babies approaching 10-12 months.
What you’ll need (makes 5 portions):
- ½ tbsp of olive oil (or sunflower oil)
- ½ small onion (peeled and chopped)
- 350g of carrots (peeled and chopped)
- 250ml of unsalted chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 small apple
- 1 chicken breast
Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the sliced carrots along with the chicken or veg stock – bring this to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for approx 10 minutes. While this is cooking, slice the chicken into small pieces and add once the 10 minutes is up. Add the chicken and apple to the saucepan and cook for a further 10 minutes. Once cooked, it’s ready to be pureed!
You can also try this one with many other vegetables, such as broccoli and potatoes!
Extra nutritional support for your baby
Looking after your child’s health from the moment they are born can do wonders for their long-term health. The above recipes can go a long way in helping your child grow strong throughout their first 12 months, but you could also consider extra nutritional support with Vitamins for Babies. Look out for products that contain vitamins A, C and D as recommended by the NHS.