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The ABCs of Easy Baby Food

Category: Baby Feeding
June 14, 2016

It’s easy to make mealtime into a learning experience for your little one.  Teach them new tastes and the alphabet all at once with this handy guide!

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The ABC of Easy Baby Food InfographicsA is for Applesauce – Cook a chopped fresh apple for about 10 minutes, then puree in your blender or mash.  Serve as-is or mixed with another puree for a new taste!

B is for Banana Puree – Puree or mash sliced bananas for another great fruit mush that’s easy to enjoy alone or with other sweet or tart flavors.

C is for Carrot Meatballs – Introduce this one around 10 months, when baby is old enough to hold onto their own food and eating solids.  They make a great low-sodium snack!

D is for Dried Fruit – This is one that should definitely wait until 9 to 12 months, after your little one’s chewing other food well.  While it’s a great way to introduce new flavors and textures, be careful of choking hazards and cut the fruit into small pieces.

E is for Eggs – Egg allergies are common in infants but outgrown quickly, in most cases; start with yolks at 8 months and add the egg white at 1 year, if your child’s not allergic.  They’re a nutrient-packed addition to any meal!

F is for Fish Sticks – This is a great meal for older infants who are starting to learn about solid foods.  If you bread them yourself with bread crumbs or ground potato chips, it can even be a family project!

G is for Grapes – Grapes make another great puree option, one that’s especially easy to add to milk or formula for a tasty treat.

H is for Hummus – A tine of chickpeas, some olive oil, lemon juice, and five minutes with a blender net you a tasty spread that goes with just about anything!

I is for International Food – When baby’s old enough for solids, don’t hesitate to start looking beyond American favorites!  Crepes with fun spreads are a great early food.

J is for Jicama – This veggie tastes like sweet carrots, and can be enjoyed raw by older children.  For babies just starting on solids, though, it should be steamed first.

K is for Kiwi – While kiwi is very acidic and probably shouldn’t be baby’s first fruit, it’s chock full of Vitamin C and a great addition to meals!  You can puree it or serve it sliced; even the seeds won’t hurt tiny bodies.

L is for Lemon Yogurt – Lemon yogurt, or yogurt of any flavor, makes a great addition to pancake mix.

M is for Mango – Mangos are another good early fruit, which can be introduced anywhere from 6 to 10 months.  Puree it, serve it as-is, or mix a blended mango into yogurt to a tasty treat!

N is for Nuts – Ground or chopped nuts (being mindful of allergies, of course!) make a great addition to cereal, yogurt, or fruit purees.

O is for Orange Yogurt Pops – Oranges and other citrus fruits are best introduced at around 12 months; the high acid content tends to give babies rashes before then.  Once they’re old enough, pureed orange added to yogurt and frozen overnight in an ice cube tray makes a fun dessert, especially on hot summer days!

P is for Potatoes – Did you know you can puree potatoes after boiling, instead of mashing them?  The resulting paste is an easy background to any number of other foods.

Q is for Quinoa – This tasty side makes a great mix with cheese, butter and salt for an easy snack – quinoa balls.

R is for Rice – Rice is a versatile food when you’re considering options for baby.  Start with puddings around 6 months, and graduate up to risotto at about 10 months, when they’re better at chewing.

S is for Soup – Since soup can be all liquid, it’s a great way to start introducing new flavors to your little one before they’re fully ready for solids!  Lentils, carrots, and beets make perfect broths for baby.

T is for Tuna – Add tuna to a potato puree or other mushy food when baby’s old enough to chew (around 10 months) to introduce a new flavor and texture.

U is for Under the Sea – Canned salmon is another great addition to purees and pastas!  If you venture into shellfish, though, be mindful of allergies.

V is for Vanilla – Natural vanilla extract is an easy way to add a little pep to anything from pureed fruit to plain yogurt!

W is for Wheat Germ – Wheat germ is incredibly nutritious and goes with practically anything, from soups to purees to yogurt.  However, if your child has a gluten allergy, you’ll want to avoid this one.

X is for Xmas Dishes – We usually think of boxed stuffing as a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish, but it can be a great meal for a baby just venturing into solid food!  For added flavor, cook some spinach or kale and mix it in.

Y is for Yogurt – Whether you make your own or buy it from the store, yogurt is an easy first solid food for baby.

Z is for Zucchini Fries – Bake sliced zucchini, sprinkled with olive oil and a little salt, at 400 for 20 to 25 minutes for a tasty, nutritious treat for an older infant.

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June 14, 2016