Easy home-made baby foods to try

avocado puree

If you like to cook, making fresh food for your baby is a fun way to introduce them new textures and flavors, and you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing what your baby is eating. Even better? Making purées is snap. No recipes required. The basic formula is the same for most things: cook, smash and serve. Here’s a few to try.


Avocado is one that you don’t have to steam first. Just grab a nice ripe avocado, cut it into chunks and blend it in a food processor or blender. If you need to thin it out a little, add a touch of water, breast milk or formula. Just think, in a few more months, your baby will be excited to split an avocado toast with you at brunch. 


Peas are great veggie to try. Steam frozen or fresh peas for 4-5 minutes and then give them a spin in the food processor or blender. Done! Make sure it cools before you feed it to your tiny bean. Be sure to grab a picture when they smear peas all over their face. 


I’ve tried making mango purée both with and without steaming the fruit first. In my experience, it’ll still work if you don’t steam it, but it’ll be a little stringy. So steam until the fruit is tender (5-10 minutes), and you guessed it, whirl it up in your blender.

Handy things to have

If your baby loved those and you want to add some more variety, here’s a few other things you might want to check out! 

Food processors, blenders and baby food makers are great, but really, you don’t need them. With a standard vegetable steamer and a handy immersion blender like this, you can whip up baby food really quickly and with fewer things to wash. 

Looking to step it up beyond simple purées? Here’s a good read, with simple recipes for all those early feeding stages. 

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