Baby is going to love these 10 Super Starter Baby Food Recipes from the very first bite. Easy to make, easy to eat! Great baby food for 4 months and up – stage 1 baby food!

*Plus there is a download for my free 10 Super Starter Puree ebook * – designed to get you in the kitchen and off to a great start – includes an entire starters guide on how and when to feed baby, plus tips on how to get the best out of your baby food recipes.

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Super Starter Baby Food Recipes

All of these amazing purees once lived in an ebook, which you can download here for FREE, but I feel like these 10 amazing purees have gotten lost in the crowd. Especially since I took my ebooks off my site this past summer.

But I love all of these recipes so much, I need to add them back to the site.

You needed me to add them back to the site, they are that good!

So here they are, back in all of their glory. Ready for you to whip them up for your little one in a matter of minutes.

These are the 10 recipes that BOTH of my girls gave a big thumbs up to. Healthy, nutritious and beyond delicious, these 10 purees are winners all around.

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Sweet Potato + Thyme
Apple + Clove
Broccoli + Chives
Peach + Vanilla Bean
Carrot + Ginger
Pear + Nutmeg
Butternut Squash + Cilantro
Green Bean + Basil
Bannan + Cinnamon
Mango + Mint

Looking for the tips – each recipe has a great tip in the bottom section of the recipes, so don’t forget to look there for 10 amazing tips on how and what to feed baby!

10 Super Starter Purees for Baby Ebook – Download for FREE!

Starters Guide to Purees –

Introducing Purees to Baby

Making and feeding your baby is a right of passage, a developmental step that she must pass through in order to become the young energetic toddler that she will surely become. While all stages of baby’s growth are magical, feeding baby was the highlight for me. The reason is that you are such a big part of this stage. You get to decide what delicious first puree you are going to serve baby. You get to sit at the same level as your little one and watch all of the priceless faces as you spoon-feed her food you made with love. You get to be part of her first adventure in food tasting.

No pressure or anything.

For some, starting baby on their first puree can be daunting and stressful. It can all be confusing – what, when and how to feed your baby. While the stress is completely normal, let me take it away from you. See, it’s off your plate. Don’t you feel better already? You can now let go of all that worry and just have fun during this monumental stage in baby’s life.

These 10 purees are the place to start – my tried and true recipes that will surely be a hit with your little one, while providing baby with the fundamental nutrients she needs to grow and develop. But the best thing, these recipes deliver big in the taste department, giving your baby a culinary experience from the first swallow.

When Is Baby Ready for Purees

There isn’t an exact age to start baby on their journey into purees, this decision is left completely up to them.

You make the food, they decide when to eat that food.

For some babies, this might be at 4 months, while others might not be ready until 7 or 8 months. Your job is to watch your baby’s signs and silent clues they are giving you.

When you get the thumbs up on the following questions, you are good-to-go!

  • Can your baby sit on her own?
  • Is your baby able to hold her head and neck in an upright position?
  • Does your baby reach for, or eye, your food while you are eating?
  • Is she hungry more often and not satisfied after finishing her usual amount of breast milk or formula?
  • Has her weight doubled since birth?

How Much Should Baby Eat

While some babies open their mouths and instantly become an eating machine, other babies might take a while to discover their foodie personality. For the first couple of months, let your baby decide when and how much they want to eat. This might mean 1 teaspoon or 6 ounces. Babies are born with a natural ‘stop’ button in their tummies, so when they are hungry, they will eat and when they are full, they will stop.

To begin a feeding, start baby with 1 tablespoon of warm-to-touch puree. You can spoon-feed her, dollop a couple of spoonfuls on her tray and let her have at it or put some puree on your finger and let her lick it off. Or a combination of all three.

This feeding routine can take a while for both of you to get comfortable with, the key is not to give up. Stay focused, relaxed and happy.

As hard as it is to not feel rejected when baby doesn’t like one of your purees, don’t get overly concerned. If at any point baby is turning her head, fussy or just not in the zone, put the unused portion of the puree back into the fridge and try again later. Just like walking, eating may take a while for baby to master.

Spices for Baby

This is the question I get asked most – can baby actually eat spices from the get-go?

The simple answer is YES! From the very first puree, baby loves to taste different spices and herbs. It is natural for baby to crave and eat foods that are not only colorful and healthy but that also taste good and stimulate baby’s palette, just like yours and mine. While not a guarantee, my experience is that babies that are introduced to foods with spices and herbs from an early age, grow up to be more open to foods with different tastes and textures.

I would also like to mention that all spices and herbs have medicinal purposes. Ginger is great for when baby’s tummy is upset, basil helps aid sleep(!!!) and cinnamon is proven to stimulate the brain.

All the recipes below are completely safe for baby at any age. If you are unsure of adding spices, I would recommend starting with just a pinch of the spice in the recipe for the first batch, adding more spice as baby becomes more accustomed to it.

Now it’s time for the 10 Super Start Baby Food Recipes!

Sweet Potato + Thyme Baby Food Puree

Sweet Potato + Thyme Baby Food Puree
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Apple + Clove Baby Food Puree

Apple + Clove Baby Food Puree
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Broccoli + Chives Baby Food Puree

Broccoli + Chives Baby Food Puree
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Peach + Vanilla Bean Baby Food Puree

Peach Baby Puree (Stage One)
Smooth and creamy, this homemade Peach Baby Puree delivers big on taste with naturally sweetened peaches and flecks of vanilla bean.
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Carrot + Ginger Baby Food Puree

Carrot + Ginger Baby Food Puree
This Carrot + Ginger Baby Food recipe is a great first puree for baby! Smooth and mild tasting but with a fun zip from the ginger. Ginger is also great for calming an upset tummy.
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Pear + Nutmeg Baby Food Puree

Pear + Nutmeg Baby Food Puree
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Butternut Squash + Cilantro Baby Food Puree

Butternut Squash + Cilantro Baby Food Puree
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Green Bean + Basil Baby Food Puree

Green Bean Baby Food
Green beans are steamed until just tender, this puree has a mild taste for baby's palette.
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Roasted Banana + Cinnamon Baby Food Puree

Roasted Bananas + Cinnamon Baby Food Puree
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Mango + Mint Baby Food Puree

Mango + Mint Baby Food Puree
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Baby is going to love these 10 stage one starter purees! They're easy to make and easy to eat! Enjoy 10 of my baby's favorite starter baby food recipes, plus tips and an entire starters guide to get you in the kitchen and making your own homemade baby food purees. If you've been wanting to make your own baby food but don't know where to start, this is the post you need!

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