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Baby Food Recipes: 6 Months

Whether you begin your baby’s solid food journey at 6 months or before, one thing’s for certain: your 6 month old doesn’t need much solid food.  She’ll be getting by just fine on breastmilk or formula.  However, she can start sampling a few fruits and vegetables, and enjoying small amounts of solid foods.

Cereal Recipes

Infant cereal will be the main thing your 6 month old baby eats. You can purchase ready-made, powdered cereals at the grocery store, but you can also make your own (for a lot less money!) Visit our Baby Cereal Recipes for step-by-step instructions on how to make your baby’s rice and oatmeal cereal from scratch.

Fruit Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Fruit Recipes to see a sampling of delicious fruit purees and your 6 month old baby is sure to love.  From mashed avocados to homemade applesauce to pear puree, we have the recipes that’ll give your baby the tastiest possible introduction to fruit.

Vegetable Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Vegetable Recipes for a listing of veggie purees and mashes that’ll give your 6 month old baby the healthy start he needs.  At 6 months, your baby is ready for sweet potatoes, squash, and green beans; use our simple recipes to get started on turning these veggies into yummy purees!

Feeding Fact

Remember to feed your 6 month old single-ingredient meals; at this age, you want her to get used to the taste of individual foods before you start combining them.  Remember, too, that your 6 month old baby needs smooth, runny purees; she’s not ready to mash food with her gums quite yet.

For ideas that’ll help you create a feeding and sleeping schedule for your 6 month old, check out the recommended 6 month schedule, available at BabySleepSite.com.

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

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What are your 6 month old baby’s favorite foods?  Share your recipe and feeding ideas below!


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How To Store Homemade Baby Food

Making your own baby food is a healthy and cost-effective option, but all your efforts can be wasted if you don’t know how to properly and safely store your homemade purees. Having the right refrigeration and freezing information, as well as the right storage tools, is key.

Refrigerating and Freezing Your Homemade Baby Food

Homemade purees can be stored safely in your refrigerator for up to 72 hours, so if you’re planning to keep your homemade baby food in the fridge, we recommend that you puree very small batches every other day. Keep in mind, too, that you should never serve food to your baby out of a storage container — saliva contains bacteria that will spoil food. Instead, dish a small amount of food into a separate bowl and feed your baby from that.

Homemade purees can be stored safely in your freezer for up to 6 months (although to ensure the best possible quality, you should use them up by 3 months). Most parents prefer freezing their homemade baby food, simply because they can cook up big batches at one time and then freeze the leftovers for months.

To freeze your purees conveniently, we recommend the “ice cube” method:

  • Spoon a small amount of puree into each little well of an ice cube tray and freeze.
  • Pop the frozen puree cubes into a freezer-safe storage bag. It’s a good idea to label the bags for future use (it can be hard to tell peas from green beans when they’re in ice-cube form!) You should also write the date on the bag, to ensure freshness.
  • To serve, simply thaw cubes in the refrigerator, then gently warm them before feeding the food to your baby.

Refrigerate or Freeze? Which method is better?

For obvious reasons, freezing makes the most sense when it comes to storing your homemade baby food. Freezing makes the food-making process much more convenient — you can whip up big batches of baby food at a time and freeze leftovers for later, instead of having to make small batches of food every few days.

Freezing can also help you take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are generally priced lower at the supermarket when they’re in season; take advantage of these sales to stock up on seasonal produce and make lots and lots of baby food with it. For example, if you find peaches on sale at 79 cents a pound during the summer, buy in bulk and then make a boatload of peach puree to freeze! Your baby will get the benefits of fresh fruit, and your wallet will get the benefit of buying in season.

Finally, freezing your homemade baby food can help you control quantity and minimize waste. Each frozen cube of puree is approximately 1 oz. of food, so it’s easy for you to know exactly how much your baby is eating. What’s more, having small, frozen cubes of food allows you to minimize the chances of leftover, wasted food at the end of a meal.

As with pureeing, having the right food storage utensils is important if you plan to make your baby’s food yourself. Visit our recommended products page for a listing of items that’ll help you store your baby’s food easily and safely.

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

How do you store your baby’s food? Any favorite storage products?

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How To Puree Or Mash Your Homemade Baby Food

Once you’ve baked, roasted, boiled, or steamed food for your baby, you’ll need to make it a little more “baby-friendly” by pureeing (or mashing) it. Remember, your baby’s age will determine the consistency of the food he eats: younger babies need smooth, runny purees, while older babies can handle lumpy, mashed mixtures.

Use the tips and techniques below to puree or mash your homemade baby food:

4-6 Months (“Stage 1” food):

Babies this age need smooth, runny purees.

Tools to use: A blender (free-standing or immersion) or food processor work well for this stage. Set your device to “puree” or “liquefy” to get the smoothest purees possible.

7-9 Months (“Stage 2” food):

At this age, babies are ready for lumpier, thicker purees.

Tools to use: Blenders and food processors work well; you can also begin using a food mill or ricer, as well a mashing device (anything from a potato masher to a fork!) If you’re using a blender or food processor, set your device to “mix” or “blend” and pulse food.

10-12 Months (“Stage 3” food):

Babies this age are ready for chunky, lumpy textures as well as small bits of table food.

Tools to use: The tools listed above will work for this stage as well. Set your device to “chop” or “mix” and pulse food a few times to keep it chunky. You may also want to consider hand-slicing food into small pieces; this will provide your baby with an opportunity to feed herself (an important skill at this age).

Pureeing and Mashing Tips

When using a blender or food processor to puree food, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Don’t overload! Never fill your blender of food processor more than halfway full; adding too much food makes pureeing difficult.
  • Don’t “overthin”! To puree foods, you’ll likely need to add at least a little liquid. Don’t add to much, however — many foods become watery the longer they’re stored, so if they’re too watery to begin with, they’ll be downright soupy when it comes time to serve them! Instead, add a scant amount of liquid to start and then add in a little at a time, as needed, while you puree.
  • Allow food to cool. Hot foods expand quickly, so it’s best to allow your foods to cool before placing them in a blender or food processor. You don’t want your freshly-steamed peas ending up all over your kitchen walls, after all! (Note: If you’re using an immersion blender, you can puree hot foods with no problem).

Pureeing and mashing baby food is easier when you have the right tools. Consider investing in a good blender or food processor if you plan on making lots of homemade baby food. Or, you could purchase a product specially-designed for homemade baby food, like The Baby Bullet. See our recommended products page for a detailed list of tools that’ll make baby food preparation a snap.

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

Have any tips on how to perfectly puree or masterfully mash homemade baby food? Share them below!

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