Starting Solids – Three Easy Purees

I found giving our babies their first taste of solid food to be an exciting and daunting milestone in their first year of life. I’m sure most mums and dads feel this way. I hope you found the hints and tips in last week’s blog Starting Solids – The first phase helpful.

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Starting solids definitely requires you to be more organised. Up until this point I had exclusively breastfed both our children on demand, following their cues as to when they were hungry. I found this pretty instinctive and because I am lucky enough to be able to breastfeed, feeding was uncomplicated and could happen anywhere, anytime! Here are a couple of tricks that helped make starting solids a much simpler and less time consuming process:

  • Make purees in bulk and freeze straight away. Freeze in icecube trays or baby portions in individual tubs or freezer bags. (Don’t forget to label them!)
  • Cook extra vegetables and meat for your evening meal and turn them into baby food.
  • Leave out the salt when you are cooking slow-cooked meals so you can make this into baby food. If you are worried that the flavours will be too strong you can always ‘water’ it down with a root vegetable puree.
  • If you have other children puree up their meals and feed them to your baby.
  • Have a stash of baby food in the pantry for those days when you’re not quite so organised!

Each baby is so different and they are likely to have their ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’. Just like adults. As a little baby Freddie LOVED mashed banana and wouldn’t eat avocado where as Lottie absolutely LOVED pea puree, she is a complete eating machine and I’m yet to find something she won’t eat!

I introduced the following foods first over a period of about 3 weeks):

  • Butternut Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrot
  • Kumera (sweet potato)
  • Courgette
  • Avocado
  • Banana (ripe and squashy)
  • Pea
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Potato
  • Chicken & Lentils (after about 2 weeks)

If you are confused about which foods your baby can eat when check out watties printables as they have a helpful guide to baby feeding. Once you have introduced a few foods you can start to mix foods to create some tasty purees for your baby. Here are 3 purees both my children have enjoyed.

Root Vegetable Combo
Root vegetables are a great way to start you baby on solids as they are easy to puree and sweet tasting. The first food Lottie ate was Butternut Squash. I used this puree as a base when I introduced stronger flavoured solids and also added meat to it later on.

1/3 Butternut Squash
1 Orange Kumera
1 Carrot

Wash, peel and cube all the vegetables. Place in a saucepan and cover with water.

Boil on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes until soft.

Remove from the heat and place the vegetables into a container for blending. Do not drain the water away!

Blend add the cooking water bit by bit to achieve the consistency desired.

Cover and cool then freeze into portions immediately.

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Apple Puree
This is a great first meat puree as it is sweet in flavour and I’ve found chicken easy to puree into a smooth consistency. I’ll be sharing some more meat purees with you next week.

1/3 Butternut Squash
80 – 100g chicken breast
1/2 apple

Peel the butternut squash and apple. Place in a saucepan and cover with water.

Boil on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes until soft.

Meanwhile poach the chicken breast in water until cooked through. Place into boiling water, bring to the boil and then take off the heat. Check about 10 minutes later or if you are not in a hurry just leave in the water to cool. You’ll know they are cooked because they are firm to touch. I find chicken purees best after poaching.

Combine all the ingredients into a container for blending. Do not drain the water away!

Blend and add the vegetable water bit by bit to achieve the consistency desired.

Cover and cool then freeze into portions immediately.

Fruity Breakfast
This is a delicious puree that is great for either breakfast or as a dessert. You could always thicken it up with some baby rice if you want to. You can also add it to mashed banana just before serving.

3 Apples
3 Pears
1 cinnamon stick

Peel the fruit and cube. Place in a saucepan and cover with water.

Boil on a medium heat for 10 minutes until soft.

Place the fruit into a container for blending (throw away the cinnamon stick). Do not drain the water away!

Blend and add the cooking water bit by bit to achieve the consistency desired.

Cover and cool then freeze into portions immediately.

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6 thoughts on “Starting Solids – Three Easy Purees

  1. I’m loving your posts on baby food. We are a way off that stage yet but I know it will come around fast.
    One thing I’ve learned since having Lily is that babies need a little bit of good quality salt for brain development. Something like Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Rock Salt is ideal. Both salts have numerous natural minerals which are beneficial for baby and easy to absorb with the salt.
    Lotte is super sweet. I can’t believe how much she’s grown since I last cuddled her at Playcentre. Xx

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