Homemade baby food resources -- tons of information to help you get ready, recipes to help you get started and some additional reading to learn more!
Here’s a run-down of the resources on this blog, followed by a collection other great online resources.
* Introduction to homemade baby food
* Homemade baby food: Getting started
* Sample baby food introduction schedule (with a free printable)
* Equipment recommendations (just a few basics to make life easy)
* Freezer, fridge and pantry essentials (what to keep on hand)
* Ways to use leftover baby food purees (with a video and free printable)
And below are my collections of beginner homemade baby food batch cooking — lots of beginner baby food basics grouped together to make the most out of your precious time. You can knock out 5 foods in as little as 20 minutes!
These batch cooking guides will also give you step-by-step details on how exactly to prepare various foods for your baby.
Homemade baby food round 1: peas, green beans, applesauce, winter squash, oatmeal (pictured above)
Homemade baby food round 2: sweet potato, brown rice, chicken, pears, banana
Homemade baby food round 3: quinoa, peaches, avocado, pumpkin, cottage cheese
Homemade baby food round 4: broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, black beans, yogurt
Homemade baby food round 5: asparagus, barley, edamame, blueberries, mango
Homemade baby food round 6: apricots, prunes, egg yolks, chick peas, blackberries
And once you finish with all the basics, you'll want some ideas for combinations and other ways to serve food to your baby!
Homemade baby food combinations (tons of ideas here!)
Homemade baby food pouches (how to make them and 5 recipes)
Ways to use leftover baby food (ideas + recipes so you don't waste any extra)
Baby/toddler finger foods (including a free printable)
I love to research and read about this stuff and I definitely did a lot of that before I started making homemade baby food for the first time.
Here are some of my favorite websites for baby and kid food resources, recipes and info:
American Academy of Pediatrics: Information from pediatricians on how and when to start introducing solid foods to your baby.
Wholesomebabyfood.com: Tons of great info here! You can look up particular foods and find their benefits, how to choose, store and prepare them and what good combinations are. You can also search by baby stages and get ideas for menus.
ABC Kids Inc.: We went with purees - it's what my kids preferred. But this post has a lot of information on baby-led weaning if you want to check that out.
Weelicious: She’s got lots of great recipes – and videos -- for first foods, as well as toddler recipes, school lunch ideas and even family meals that everyone will enjoy.
Homemade Baby Food Recipes: This site is chock-full of information and ideas, from considerations when getting started to nutritional breakdowns, to allergies and feeding problems.
Super Healthy Kids: This doesn’t have much on baby food – except maybe their smoothies – but your little one won’t be on purees forever, and this site has tons of great recipes and resources for cooking for kids.
I hope this collection of homemade baby food resources is helpful. Let me know if there's something else you'd like to see!