The baby food stage can be a fun developmental time for baby as they explore new tastes and foods. It’s easy to mix up homemade, healthy and whole-grain baby food options for baby to enjoy. Here are some easy go-to baby foods you can introduce to your little one as they grow older. It’s recommended to introduce one new food at a time to babies starting at 6 months old, so you can easily identify any allergies or food sensitivities. Many of these go-to baby foods are sure to become your baby’s favorites!
Bananas are the easiest, especially for on the go. Just mash and you’re done! Easy to do at restaurants. Once your baby is older, you can just break off chunks for him or her to eat.
Unsweetened applesauce is great for babies advancing to more textured foods (baby applesauce is very smooth). And there is no added sugar.
Avocados are easy to prepare for baby. Simply mash for a creamy, healthy-fat snack.
Dry cereal such as Cheerios or Corn Chex, cheap to buy with low sugar content.
Puffed rice comes in large bags that will last you a long time! And there is only one ingredient in it: rice.
Sweet potatoes are easy to make, just peel before cooking, mash and allow to cool. The texture is also good for older babies.
Mashed potatoes can be made in minutes! Scrub a potato, poke holes in it, and microwave 6-7 minutes until soft. Scoop out the flesh and mash with breast milk or butter.
Canned or frozen peas are very easy to mash and pick up if your baby self-feeds. Canned peas are smaller and softer, but frozen peas do not contain added salt or sugar.
Canned beans are a great source of protein and fiber and, like peas, are easy to mash or self-feed.
Rice can be made mushy or pureed for younger babies. Mix in some beans for older ones for a full protein meal.
Oatmeal can be chopped up in a food processor for a finer mushy texture. Add small chunks of fresh fruit. Babies 12 months and older can enjoy oatmeal with honey.
Tofu is easy for babies to eat and comes in different textures. It can also be smashed and added to any other foods because it is bland and absorbs flavor very well.
Cheese that is shredded is easy to pick up and eat for babies who don’t like to chew. The thin shreds melt in their mouth.
Plain yogurt is healthiest and cheapest. Mash in fresh fruits such as banana for a sweeter taste without added sweeteners.
Bread can be broken up into small pieces. Choose a healthy whole grain blend for added benefit.
If you’ve ever wished there was a way to conveniently and quickly make baby food for your child, I’m excited to share that Beaba has designed an all-in-one streamlined appliance just for you! The Beaba BabyCook Pro makes cooking up a few cups of baby food a breeze; I can even make baby’s food while I’m making dinner for the rest of the family.
I’ve done the drill; cutting up raw foods, steaming them, filtering through mixed opinions on whether using the microwave is bad to accomplish the cooking process, and finally breaking out the food processor to blend up my homemade concoction. Unless I’m making a large quantity, my normal baby food making process takes way too much time to do daily. I feel pretty strongly about the benefits of making homemade baby food and the BabyCook easily empowers me to do this.
Alot of pureed foods don’t even last as leftovers and are best enjoyed fresh; bananas, apples, avocado, and pears to name a few. The BabyCook Pro allows me to mix up fresh combinations within one canister. Just peel and cut up your food of choice into cubes, place it into the steamer basket, and the food is ready to blend as soon as the light turns off.
The steamer needs water for every use and the canister doubles as a measuring pitcher for adding the right amount of water. The steamer basket also fits into the canister. Once the light turns off in about 6-10 minutes, remove the steamer basket and pour the steamed food from the basket into the canister, which becomes the blender.
The canister bowl holds up to 4.7 cups of cubed food. I used sweet potatoes for the example, but I’ve also mixed up acorn and butternut squash. Next I’ll be trying carrots and apples to make homemade applesauce. My little one is very enthusiastic about enjoying a variety of foods; sometimes 3 flavors per meal, so I’m happy the BabyCook offers an easy way to provide variety without a lot of hassle!
Once the food is fully steamed and the cubes have been transferred out of the basket into the canister, engage the mixing blades by turning the knob on the front. This is a manual action; when you let go the blender stops. I found I only had to mix the food for a few seconds because it was so effectively steamed. I did add a bit of water to create a smoother consistency, and discovered added water also evens out some of the starches from foods like potatoes and squash, which tend to give my baby a gag reflex. Using the BabyCook, my homemade sweet potatoes were blended to a perfect constancy in no time at all!
- Prepare fruits, vegetables, meat or fish from raw to any stage baby and toddler food in 15 minutes.
- Unique, one-handed operation.
- Patented steam heating system.
- A large 4.7 cup bowl with graduation markings.
- Narrow footprint and removable cord for easy storage.
- Spatula, mixing lid/smoothie filter and recipe/menu booklet included.
- Stainless steel water reservoir.
- BPA, Lead and Phthalate free.
- Designed in France.
The BabyCook Pro is a sleek, counter top appliance that steam cooks, blends and reheats all-in-one, in 15 minutes or less. You can also use the BabyCook to defrost frozen baby food. Steam cooking locks in vitamins and nutrients, a multi-purpose mixing blade provides just the right texture, the timer has an audible alert to tell you when meals are ready, and all of this with total one-handed operation. This appliance is loaded with features that make any parent a “pro” in baby food preparation.
Check out the BabyCook Pro for yourself, especially if you enjoy making homemade baby food for your little one. It’s a efficient way to minimize the work and clean up of creating custom meals for your baby. It’s also especially ideal for controlling the ingredients in your little one’s food for kids with food sensitivities or allergies. Turn raw food into homemade baby food in just three easy steps! Chop – Steam – Puree!
Katie is a writer and influencer based in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. She enjoys DIY projects, photography, decorating and going on family adventures. She feels blessed to be a wife, a stay-at-home mom to three kids and a Pacific Northwest lifestyle blogger.