Lily has been having baby food for about 2 and a half months as I write this, I’d say she’s now an expert on baby purees 😉 I started weaning her at 22 weeks (5 and a half months) as I thought this might stop her waking at night. It didn’t, BUT it did make her a happier baby – she was desperate to eat! So I thought I’d share with you some baby puree ideas along with her favourites.
How I started weaning Lily
I have gone with the baby puree route mixed with baby-led weaning (when baby feeds him/herself). I started with baby rice but this made her constipated, so I went straight to fruit and veg as this is gentle on the stomach and easier to digest. I also had to teach Lily to drink water, using the basic £1 Tommee Tippee beaker – this took a week or so of trying until she got the hang of it.
I started off with one vegetable or fruit at a time, trying a new one every 2 days to rule out allergies and so she could taste each one. I did it the easy way, where you chop the chosen veg/fruit up, boil it in a saucepan of boiling water for about half an hour until really, really soft. I pureed using my Tommee Tippee blender (or a hand blender does as well), with some of the water it is cooked in. Then I portioned into little pots to freeze – I got a pack of 8 baby pots from Tesco for £3. I now have some bigger Vital Baby pots (I got 4 from TK Maxx for £2.99) as Lily has bigger portions now.
The little Tesco pots hold 50ml, so when I needed to feed Lily, I would defrost 2 of the pots in the microwave by warming up for 2 minutes. Our microwave is a low 700 watt one, so adjust according to your wattage.
When googling for recipe ideas, I always found they suggested to cook the veg in onions, roast them, steam them, all this faffing about – I prefer the simple boil in water approach, to keep life simple. I pureed for months 5 and 6, and then from 7 months I mashed with a potato masher.
Lily’s favourite purees are sweet potato with red peppers, and parsnip and pear puree. When feeding her, I put finger food on her tray as she likes to feed herself too – mushy brocolli florets, green beans, bits of Tyler’s dinner (pizza fingers, chips, potato waffles), Heinz biscotti biscuits, Organix snacks, bread, doughballs. I also introduced a bit of protein from 7 months alongside these purees – chicken, salmon, tuna, cod, omelette. After lunch or dinner, I give her a Petit Filous pot as dessert which she loves.
50 EASY Baby Puree Recipes
Here are 50 EASY baby puree ideas, where you just boil the fruit/veg and puree. They are all freezable apart from avocado. After warming up, you can add milk to these purees, and add cheese to the vegetable purees.
- Sweet Potato
- Green Beans
- Butternut Squash
- Avocado (No cook, just blend with baby’s milk)
- Apple and Pear
- Sweet Potato and Carrot
- Sweet Potato and Parsnip
- Parsnip and Carrot
- Sweet Potato, Parsnip and Carrot
- Parsnip and Pear
- Parsnip and Apple
- Brocolli and Potato
- Sweet Potato and Red Pepper
- Brocolli and Cauliflower
- Butternut Squash and Pear
- Sweet Potato, Carrot and Broccoli
- Red Lentils, Butternut Squash and Tomato
- Red Lentils and Sweet Potato
- Green Beans, Butternut Squash and Carrot
- Swede and Parsnip
- Swede and Carrot
- Swede and Pear
- Courgette and Cauliflower
- Carrot, Parsnip and Potato
- Leek and Potato
- Red Cabbage and Apples
- Carrot, Mango and Strawberries (blended cooked carrot with fresh mango and strawberries)
- Carrots and Turnips
- Avocado and Cherry Tomatoes (no cook, just blend with baby’s milk)
- Avocado and Pear (no cook, just blend with baby’s milk)
- Brocolli, Cauliflower and Courgette
- Peach and Blueberries (no cook, blend with water and pass through a sieve)
- Chickpeas, Courgette and Carrot
- Butter beans, Parsnip and Carrot
- Sweet Potato, Squash and Apple
- Watermelon, melon and banana (no cook, just blend)
- Butternut Squash and Banana
I hope this is gives you some ideas if you are weaning your baby. The key here is doing different combinations to keep it interesting, and you can also add herbs while you are boiling the veg to add more flavour.
What does your baby like eating? Do you have any other suggestions – do let me know!