Are you running out of ideas for your baby food combinations?
You want to feed your baby healthy, homemade foods but you have no idea where and how to start, or maybe you are just looking for some inspiration.
There are many articles about baby food but not all of them go straight to the point and give you all the answers you are looking for.
We are bringing you the ultimate list of homemade baby food combinations and some super useful tips on how to prepare them and store them.
When to start introducing baby food
According to the Mayo Clinic, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth. But the majority of babies are ready to try their first solid foods by 4 months to 6 months.
This is the time when babies learn to use their little tongue to move solid food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing instead of pushing it out of their mouth.
Start with single-ingredient pureed fruits and vegetables without any sugar or salt. Wait three to five days to see if your baby has a reaction, such as diarrhea, a rash, or vomiting.
After you gradually introduce different single-ingredient foods, offer your baby some combinations. Again, without any salt or sugar.
How much food should a baby eat
Once your baby is old enough and ready to eat solids, introduce them slowly. One meal of pureed fruit and vegetable consists roughly of 2 to 4 tablespoons. Feed your 4 – 8 months old baby 2 meals a day, and your 8 – 12 years old up to 3 meals a day. (source)
- 4 – 8 months: two meals (two to four tablespoons)
- 8 – 12 months: three meals (two to four tablespoons)
How to make baby food
The easiest and most common way to prepare your baby food is to puree some fruits and/or veggies. To puree them you will firstly need to make them soft and tender, so they mix well together and there are no big chunks left.
The 3 most common ways to prepare your fruits and veggies is to bake them, boil them, or steam them.
Don’t forget to wash, peel, and cut them beforehand. The smaller you cut them, the faster and easier the rest of the process will be.
- Prepare your fruits and veggies. Wash them, peel them, and cut them if needed.
- Use heat to make them soft and tender:
- Baking – Preheat your oven and bake your fruits and veggies until soft and tender.
- Boiling – Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Cook your fruits and veggies on simmer until soft and tender.
- Steaming – Put a steamer basket into a pot and bring water to boil. Add your fruits and veggies into the basket and steam until soft and tender.
- Remove and let the food cool down.
- Transfer your fruits and veggies into a blender and blend until smooth. You can use breastmilk, formula, or cooking water to adjust the consistency.
How to store homemade baby food
Making your own homemade baby food takes some time and effort. So it is better to make a bigger batch and store the leftovers for later.
You can either store your baby food in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze it for even longer durability.
Put small amounts of frozen baby food in airtight containers and label them.
You can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Place your baby food into the compartments of an ice cube tray.
- Cover and freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.
- Pop-out frozen cubes and put them into airtight containers or freezer storage bags.
- Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- To thaw, place your containers into the fridge overnight.
Ideas for baby food combinations
Apple + Sweet potato + Cinnamon
Apple + Carrot + Ginger
Apple + Zucchini + Kiwi
Apple + Zucchini + Blueberries
Apple + Spinach + Peas
Banana + Mango + Spinach
Banana + Beetroot + Spinach
Banana + Peas + Asparagus
Banana + Pear + Blueberries
Banana + Pear + Ginger
Banana + Kiwi + Blueberries
Pear + Spinach + Peas
Pear + Bell pepper + Sweet potato
Pear + Apple + Banana
Apricot + Banana + Apple
Apricot + Sweet potato + Carrot
Apricot + Carrot + Mango
Peach + Pumpkin + Apple
Peach + Parsnip + Apple
Peach + Caluflower + Ginger
Pumpkin + Banana + Yogurt
Pumpkin + Apple + Cinnamon
Pumpkin + Cauliflower + Zucchini
Pumpkin + Peach + Apricot
Sweet potato + Mango + Ginger
Sweet potato + Cauliflower + Apple
Sweet potato + Carrot + Spinach
Sweet potato + Carrot + Cauliflower
Sweet potato + Carrot + Asparagus
Sweet potato + Beetroot + Beans
Sweet potato + Cauliflower + Zucchini
Carrot + Pear + Spinach
Carrot + Spinach + Parsnip
Carrot + Beetroot + Chickpeas
Carrot + Broccoli + Cauliflower
Carrot + Zucchini + Bell pepper
Cauliflower + Zucchini + Mango
Cauliflower + Beetroot + Mango
Cauliflower + Potato + Eggplant
Cauliflower + Spinach + Blueberries
Avocado + Banana + Kiwi
Avocado + Banana + Blueberries
Avocado + Banana + Mango
Avocado + Pear + Kiwi
Broccoli + Carrot + Apple
Broccoli + Pear + Apple
Broccoli + Peach + Carrot
Broccoli + Zucchini + Potato
Green beans + Pear + Peach
Green beans + Apple + Broccoli
Green beans + Zucchini + Kiwi
Kale + Apple + Mango
Kale + Cauliflower + Sweet potato
Kale + Apple + Blueberries
Kale+ Sweet potato + Peas
Spinach + Blueberries + Apple
Spinach + Pumpkin + Apple
Spinach + Peas + Carrot
Zucchini + Avocado + Apple
Zucchini + Pear + Broccoli
Zucchini + Apple + Peas
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