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At first thought, making your own baby food might sound like crazy talk. Who wants to add something to your to-do list when you have a new child in the house? But we promise it’s not as daunting as it sounds, and there are tons of benefits beyond how healthy it is for your little one: Most baby food recipes are easy to follow (even on very little sleep!), can be made in large quantities with equipment you already have in your kitchen, and of course, saves you money.
I should mention that before you start feeding your baby solids, be sure to familiarize yourself with the current guidelines from Health Canada for first foods. In particular:
The simplest baby food recipes are a single ingredient (carrots, for example) cooked, blended and mixed with formula or breast milk. But if you’re looking to add to your repertoire, these recipes include a couple more ingredients and are a good way to introduce a variety of textures and tastes into your baby’s expanding diet.
This recipe is packed with health benefits. Spinach boasts antioxidants and vitamins galore, avocado adds healthy fats and a creamy texture, and couscous is a light grain that blends easily.
Get the recipe from My Fussy Eater.
Add some texture to your baby’s life with this chickpea puree! Both sweet and savory, this recipe is a wonderful source of iron from both the kale and chickpeas.
Get the full recipe from Peachee Pear.
Beans are a nutritional powerhouse for babies! White beans (also referred to as navy beans) are paired with red pepper in this delicious dish.
Your Instant Pot really is good for everything, including making baby food. Coconut milk has iron and magnesium, and quinoa provides fibre and protein, making this the perfect dinner for your little one.
Get the full recipe at Kitschen Cat.
Need budget-friendly baby food recipes? Red lentils are your star. They’re inexpensive, quick-cooking, and a source of iron and potassium. They also have a natural sweetness that pairs perfectly with spinach.
Get the recipe at Little Mashies.
Puffs are a great early finger food because they dissolve easily in your baby's mouth and can be picked up with a pincer grip. They also make a tidy snack for when you’re on-the-go!
Find the recipe from Buona Pappa.
Introduce your baby to oatmeal with this sweet-but-natural recipe, which uses oat flour or finely ground oats. Pro tip: If you’re opting for oats, try grinding them in a coffee grinder.
Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients and, unlike most other seeds, don’t need to be ground for your baby to absorb its many benefits. Paired with bananas (a baby food staple) and beets? *Chef’s kiss*
Get the recipe at Buona Pappa.
A sweet treat with no added sugar! Porridge is also a nice, safe way to start introducing some texture to your baby’s food when they’re ready.
Find the recipe at My Fussy Eater.