10 Super Starter Purees for Baby (Tips, Recipes and Starters Guide on How to Feed Baby)

Baby is going to love these 10 Super Starter Purees for Baby from the very first bite.
Easy to make, easy to eat!
10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start.


Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

All of these amazing purees once lived in an ebook, which you can download here for FREE, but I feel like these 10 amazing purees have gotten lost in the crowd. Especially since I took my ebooks off my site this past summer. 

But I love all of these recipes so much, I need to add them back to the site. 

You needed me to add them back to the site, they are that good!

So here they are, back in all of their glory. Ready for you to whip them up for your little one in the matter of minutes. 

These are the 10 recipes that BOTH of my girls gave a big thumbs up to. Healthy, nutritious and beyond delicious, these 10 purees are winners all around. 

Sweet Potato + Thyme
Apple + Clove
Broccoli + Chives
Peach + Vanilla Bean
Carrot + Ginger
Pear + Nutmeg
Butternut Squash + Cilantro
Green Bean + Basil
Bannan + Cinnamon
Mango + Mint

Looking for the tips - each recipe has a great tip in the bottom section of the recipes, so don't forget to look there for 10 amazing tips on how and what to feed baby!

10 Super Starter Purees for Baby Ebook - Download for FREE!

 

Starters Guide to Purees

Introducing Purees to Baby

Making and feeding your baby is a right of passage, a developmental step that she must pass through in order to become the young energetic toddler that she will surely become. While all stages of baby’s growth are magical, feeding baby was the highlight for me. The reason is that you are such a big part of this stage. You get to decide what delicious first puree you are going to serve baby. You get to sit at the same level as your little one and watch all of the priceless faces as you spoon feed her food you made with love. You get to be part of her first adventure in food tasting.

No pressure or anything. 

For some, starting baby on their first puree can be daunting and stressful. It can all be confusing - what, when and how to feed your baby. While the stress is completely normal, let me take it away from you. See, it’s off your plate. Don’t you feel better already? You can now let go of all that worry and just have fun during this monumental stage in baby’s life. 

These 10 purees are the place to start - my tried and true recipes that will surely be a hit with your little one, while providing baby with the fundamental nutrients she needs to grow and develop. But the best thing, these recipes deliver big in the taste department, giving your baby a culinary experience from the first swallow.

When Is Baby Ready for Purees

There isn’t an exact age to start baby on their journey into purees, this decision is left completely up to them. 

You make the food, they decide when to eat that food. 

For some babies this might be at 4 months, while others might not be ready until 7 or 8 months. Your job is to watch your baby’s signs and silent clues they are giving you.

When you get the thumbs up on the following questions, you are good-to-go!

  • Can your baby sit on her own?

  • Is your baby able to hold her head and neck in an upright position?

  • Does your baby reach for, or eye, your food while you are eating?

  • Is she hungry more often and not satisfied after finishing her usual amount of breast milk or formula?

  • Has her weight doubled since birth?

How Much Should Baby Eat

While some babies open their mouths and instantly become an eating machine, other babies might take awhile to discover their foodie personality. For the first couple of months, let your baby decide when and how much they want to eat. This might mean 1 teaspoon or 6 ounces. Babies are born with a natural ‘stop’ button in their tummies, so when they are hungry, they will eat and when they are full, they will stop. 

To begin a feeding, start baby with 1 tablespoon of warm-to-touch puree. You can spoon feed her, dollop a couple spoonfuls on her tray and let her have at it or put some puree on your finger and let her lick it off. Or a combination of all three. 

This feeding routine can take awhile for both of you to get comfortable with, the key is not to give up. Stay focused. Stay relaxed. Stay happy. 

As hard as it is to not feel rejected when baby doesn’t like one of your purees, don’t get overly concerned. If at any point baby is turning her head, fussy or just not in the zone, put the unused portion of the puree back into the fridge and try again later. Just like walking, eating may take awhile for baby to master.

Spices for Baby

This is the question I get asked most - can baby actually eat spices from the get-go? 

The simple answer is YES! From the very first puree, baby loves to taste different spices and herbs. It is natural for baby to crave and eat foods that are not only colorful and healthy but that also taste good and stimulate baby’s palette, just like yours and mine. While not a guarantee, my experience is that babies that are introduced to foods with spices and herbs from an early age, grow up to be more open to foods with different tastes and textures.

I would also like to mention that all spices and herbs have medicinal purposes. Ginger is great for when baby’s tummy is upset, basil helps aid sleep(!!!) and cinnamon is proven to stimulate the brain. 

All the recipes below are completely safe for baby at any age. If you are unsure of adding spices, I would recommend starting with just a pinch of the spice in the recipe for the first batch, adding more spice as baby becomes more accustomed to it.

 
Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Sweet Potato + Thyme

3 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped
1 cup of water, broth, breast milk or formula

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 375 degree F

  2. Wash and prick potatoes with a fork several times and place on baking sheet.

  3. Place the sweet potatoes in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until you can prick easily with a fork.

  4. Let cool slightly.

  5. Peel sweet potatoes and add to blender or food processor. Add the thyme and puree until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you reach your desired consistency.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 22 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
If baby rejects the bitter taste of green or dense vegetable purees, try adding a spoonful or two of sweet potato puree into it. Babies tend to love sweet potatoes naturally sweet and creamy texture which can help them get accustomed to other foods they initially don’t respond to.

 

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Apple + Clove

5 apples (Fuji, Macintosh, Pink Lady)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Peel, core and chop the apples.

  2. In a medium saucepan, add the apples, cloves and water.

  3. Cover and heat over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until apples are tender.

  4. Let cool slightly.

  5. Transfer all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 20 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
Apple puree is very versatile, so feel free to replace the cloves with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, mint, thyme or even sage. With so many options, baby will never get bored with this basic apple puree recipe.

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Broccoli + Chives

4 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
1 cup reserved steamer water, breast milk or formula

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with 2” of water and bring to boil over medium heat.

  2. Place the broccoli into a steamer basket over boiling water, cover, and cook for 15 minutes or until tender.

  3. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water.

  4. Transfer broccoli and chives to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you reach your desired consistency.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 15 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
For some babies, broccoli puree can be a bit intense for their tastebuds. I find adding a spoonful of apple or sweet potato puree helps add flavor and a touch of sweetness baby can’t resist. 

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Peach + Vanilla Bean

3 fresh peaches or 1-12 ounce bag frozen peaches
1/2 vanilla bean pod or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
1/4 cup of water

Instructions

  1. Peel and pit the peaches.

  2. Cut the vanilla bean pod in half and then slice open lengthwise. Take the back of your knife or spoon and scrape out all of the vanilla bean, reserve.

  3. In a medium saucepan, add the peaches and heat over medium-low heat for 5 minutes (10 minutes if frozen).

  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peaches to a blender or food processor, leaving excess water in the saucepan. Add the vanilla bean and puree until smooth.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 12 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
Be a foodie role model for baby - this puree is great to eat alongside baby right from the start. This peach puree is wonderful served over Greek yogurt for a yummy breakfast or snack for both you (I like to add some chopped nuts and granola to mine) and baby.

 

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Carrot + Ginger

1 pound carrots
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly minced
1 cup water reserved from steaming, breast milk or formula

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the carrots into small coins.

  2. Fill a medium saucepan with 2” of water and bring to boil over medium heat.

  3. Place the carrots into a steamer basket over the boiling water, cover, and cook for 15 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork.

  4. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water.

  5. Transfer carrots and ginger to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you reach your desired consistency.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
Steamed carrots are a great first finger food for baby, simple follow directions until cooked, then chop into small pea size pieces and toss with 1 tsp of olive oil, 1/2 tsp of cumin and 1/2 tsp of freshly minced ginger and serve.

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Pear + Nutmeg

5 pears
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup water

Instructions

  1. Peel, core and chop the pears.

  2. In a medium saucepan, add the pears, nutmeg and water.

  3. Cover and heat over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until pears are tender.

  4. Let cool slightly.

  5. Transfer all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 20 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
Both pears and nutmeg are great for baby’s digestive system. Pears are high in fiber and are a great remedy to help alleviate baby’s constipation while nutmeg helps eliminate toxins and eases digestion. 

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Butternut Squash + Cilantro

1 medium butternut squash
1/2 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup water, broth, breast milk or formula

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F.

  2. Cut the butternut squash in half, deseed and place on baking sheet, skin side down.

  3. Roast in oven for 35-45 minutes or until tender and can be pricked with a fork.

  4. Let cool slightly.

  5. Scoop the flesh away from the skin and discard the skin. Transfer the flesh into a blender or food processor. Add the cilantro and puree until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you reach your desired consistency.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 25 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
If you are looking to add some extra healthy fat to baby’s diet, drizzle the butternut squash with extra virgin olive oil before roasting. Olive oil is a healthy fat that is full of omega 3 and omega 6 that helps baby absorb vitamin D which is important for bone growth and strengthening. 

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Green Bean + Basil

1 pound green beans, fresh or frozen
1 tablespoon basil, finely chopped
1/2 cup reserved steamer water, breast milk or formula 

Instructions 

  1. Trim the green beans.

  2. Fill a medium saucepan with 2” of water and bring to boil over medium heat.

  3. Place the green beans (fresh or frozen) into a steamer basket over the boiling water, cover, and cook for 10 minutes or until tender.

  4. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water.

  5. Transfer green beans and basil to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you reach your desired consistency.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
This green bean puree is a perfect one to add a teaspoon of butter, coconut oil or olive oil. Not only will it bring out the natural nutty-ness of green beans, it adds another source of healthy fats to baby’s diet.

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Roasted Banana + Cinnamon

5 bananas
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup water, broth, breast milk or formula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degree F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.

  2. Peel and cut the bananas in half.

  3. Place the bananas on baking sheet and roast for 12 minutes or until they just start to turn brown.

  4. Let cool slightly.

  5. Transfer the bananas and cinnamon to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you reach your desired consistency.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 25 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
This roasted banana puree is great mixed with plain yogurt, ricotta cheese or canned coconut milk for baby and over vanilla bean ice cream for you! To help avoid the banana puree becoming brown, make sure you freeze immediately after pureeing.

Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby

Mango + Mint

4 fresh mangos or 1-12 ounce bag frozen mangos
3 mint leaves, finely chopped
1/3 cup water

Instructions

  1. Peel and pit the mangos.

  2. In a medium saucepan, add the mangos and water and heat over medium-low heat for 5 minutes (10 minutes if frozen).

  3. Transfer all ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Age: from about 4 months and up
Yield: 12 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 4 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.

Super Tip
This mango recipe is also a great first finger food for baby. Simply heat a mango for 5 minutes as directed above, add mint and chop into small pea size chunks. This will store for 5 days in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer. I store my small finger foods in ice cube trays just like purees, popping out 1 cube and defrosting when I need some fast finger foods.

 

New to making purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actually are going to need. Hint, it's not many!

 

If you had previously purchased the 10 Super Starter Purees for Baby Ebook, then please email me at hello@babyfoode.com and I will be happy to refund you your money. 

 
Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter puree recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need! #babyfood #puree #stageone #6months #homemade #baby