Welcome to the first addition of Baby Food Fridays! Most Fridays I'll be sharing my homemade baby food recipes. This week I'm starting out with a very basic recipe since my baby isn't yet 6 months old. We started him on oatmeal when he was 4 and a half months old and then started him on purees at 5 months.
Do you know the 6 foods that are safe for babies under 6 months and are the perfect first foods because they have a low incidence of allergies? They are apples, pears, sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas, and peas. We decided to start Baby J with apples and pears because he has had apple juice and pear juice before when he was having some stomach issues.
While you can use any food processor or blender to make your baby purees I use the Baby Bullet. My mom got it for me as a baby shower gift and I love it. It's perfect because not only it is a blender but it comes with a recipe booklet, a schedule of feeding, a list of foods you should buy organic, jars to keep the purees in in the refrigerator, and a silicone mold for freezing foods.
The first few weeks in this series are going to seem simple as they are basic purees. It may seem obvious how to make them but I needed some instruction since I'm a first time mom. I figure I'll share what I am making for Baby J from simple purees, to mixed purees, and then more complicated meals as he gets older.
This first puree is simply made with organic apples and water. I fed him this puree for 4 days to make sure he didn't have an allergic reaction to it. Then I added in the cinnamon in my next batch because it's good to introduce your baby to seasonings (not salt or sugar) as you are introducing foods. The good news is that Baby J really loved the pureed apples!
- 1 large organic apple
- ½ c. water
- ¼ t. cinnamon (optional)
- Peel the apple and cut it into pieces removing the core.
- Steam the apple for 5 minutes to get it soft.
- Place the apple in the Baby Bullet or other blender along with the water.
- Blend for 15 seconds or until smooth. Stir in the cinnamon if desired.
- Divide into 1-2 tablespoon servings for babies under 6 months or in 1 ounce servings for older babies. Keep in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 1 month.