6 Purées for Starting Babies on Solids

6 Purees baby starting solids

We just started Starfish on solids 2 weeks ago, and I’ll be honest – I had NO idea what I was doing (who’s with me?) because I’m no chef. We weren’t sure whether to start between 4-6 months, but after some researching (and reading our guest post HERE by Simone from Play with Food, who is a kids’ feeding specialist), we decided to start around 5 months.  So I started googling purées and buying cookbooks (yes, this is true) to find the best way to make purées for my son. I decided that I wanted to share purées for starting baby on solids so that you wouldn’t have to be looking under every nook and cranny – you could visit the same blog you know and love (ha!) to get that information! So here are the first 6 purées I made when starting Starfish on solids. (NOTE: Most recipes recommend that purées is served in tablespoon portions, so the recipes reflect this. Our boy started with 2 tablespoons and then we increased (or decreased, depending on his needs) from there.)

6 Purées for starting baby on solids

Apple Purée

Equipment & Ingredients:Purées for starting baby on solids Apple
  • 2x Apples
  • Water
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Tablespoon
  • Nutribullet/blending appliance
  • Small saucepan
  • Container/s for storage
Process:

1. Peel the two apples.
2. Chop coarsely in chunks (making sure to remove the core, stem and all those yucky bits).
3. Pour 1 tablespoon of water into the small saucepan, and add the apple chunks. Bring to the boil over a medium temperature, and allow to simmer (uncovered) for approximately 10 minutes (or until the apple is tender). Take off the stove and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
4. Pour the apple and the juice into the Nutribullet (or other blending appliance) and blend until smooth (if you’d like a smoother consistency, add a tiny bit of water).
5. Pour 3 tablespoons of purée in an airtight container for use at the next meal (store in the fridge for no more than 1 day). Store the remaining purée in an ice cube container (WITH LID) in the freezer – using a tablespoon to portion sizes, pour 1 tablespoon of puree into each cube. Purée can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Carrot Purée

Equipment & Ingredients:Purées for starting baby on solids Carrot
  • 2x Carrots
  • Water
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Tablespoon
  • Nutribullet/blending appliance
  • Large saucepan with lid + Colander OR other steaming equipment
  • OPTIONAL: Breastmilk
  • Container/s for storage
Process:

1. Peel the two carrots.
2. Chop coarsely in chunks (making sure to remove the ends).
3. Put a couple of inches of water into the saucepan, and place the carrot chunks into the colander. Place the colander ontop of the saucepan, and put the lid on top. Bring to the boil over a medium temperature, and allow to simmer for approximately 15 minutes (or until the carrot is tender). Make sure to watch the level of the water and add more if need to! Take off the stove and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
4. Pour the carrot into the Nutribullet (or other blending appliance) and add 2 tablespoons of breastmilk or cooled boiled water. Blend until smooth (if you’d like an even smoother consistency, add a tiny extra bit of water or breastmilk).
5. Pour 3 tablespoons of purée in an airtight container for use at the next meal (store in the fridge for no more than 1 day). Store the remaining purée into an ice cube container (WITH LID) in the freezer – using a tablespoon to portion sizes, pour 1 tablespoon of puree into each cube. Purée can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Broccoli Purée

Equipment & Ingredients:Purées for starting baby on solids Broccoli
  • 1x Broccoli
  • Water
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Tablespoon
  • Nutribullet/blending appliance
  • Large saucepan with lid + Colander OR other steaming equipment
  • OPTIONAL: Breastmilk
  • Container/s for storage
Process:

1. Peel the excess leaves and bits off of 1 stem of broccoli.
2. Chop coarsely into florets (making sure to remove any of the excess bits).
3. Pour a couple of inches of water into the saucepan, and place the broccoli chunks into the colander. Place the colander ontop of the saucepan, and put the lid on top. Bring to the boil over a medium temperature, and allow to simmer for approximately 15 minutes (or until the broccoli is tender). Make sure to watch the level of the water and add more if need to! Take off the stove and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
4. Pour the broccoli into the Nutribullet (or other blending appliance) and add 2 tablespoons of breastmilk or cooled boiled water. Blend until smooth (if you’d like an even smoother consistency, add a tiny extra bit of water or breastmilk).
5. Pour 3 tablespoons of purée into an airtight container for use at the next meal (store in the fridge for no more than 1 day). Store the remaining purée in an ice cube container (WITH LID) in the freezer – using a tablespoon to portion sizes, pour 1 tablespoon of puree into each cube. Purée can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Banana PuréePurées for starting baby on solids Banana

Equipment & Ingredients:
  • 2x Bananas
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Tablespoon
  • Nutribullet/blending appliance
  • Container/s for storage
Process:

1. Peel the Bananas.
2. Chop coarsely into chunks (making sure to remove any bruised bits).
3. Put the banana into the Nutribullet (or other blending appliance). Blend until smooth.
4. Pour 3 tablespoons of purée into an airtight container for use at the next meal (store in the fridge for no more than 1 day). Store the remaining purée in an ice cube container (WITH LID) in the freezer – using a tablespoon to portion sizes, pour 1 tablespoon of puree into each cube. Purée can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Pear Purée

Equipment & Ingredients:Purées for starting baby on solids Pear
  • 1x Pear
  • Water
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Tablespoon
  • Nutribullet/blending appliance
  • Small saucepan
  • Container/s for storage
Process:

1. Peel the pear.
2. Chop coarsely into chunks (making sure to remove the core, stem and gross bit).
3. Pour 1 tablespoon of water into the saucepan, and add the pear. Bring to the boil over a medium temperature, and allow to simmer (uncovered) for approximately 10 minutes (or until the pear is tender). Take off the stove and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
5. Pour the pear and juice from the saucepan into the Nutribullet (or other blending appliance) and blend until smooth (if you’d like a smoother consistency, add a tiny bit of water).
6. Pour 3 tablespoons of purée in an airtight container for use at the next meal (store in the fridge for no more than 1 day). Store the remaining purée in an ice cube container (WITH LID) in the freezer – using a tablespoon to portion sizes, pour 1 tablespoon of puree into each cube. Purée can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Pear & Prune Purée (To reduce constipation in bubs)

Equipment & Ingredients:Purées for starting baby on solids Pear Prune
  • 1x Pear
  • 3-4 Prunes
  • Water
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Tablespoon
  • Nutribullet/blending appliance
  • Small saucepan
  • Container/s for storage
Process:

1. Peel the pear.
2. Chop coarsely into chunks (making sure to remove the core, stem and gross bit).
3. Slice the prunes into thin pieces (approx. 1/3 cup of prunes).
4. Pour 1 tablespoon of water into the saucepan, and add the pear and prunes. Bring to the boil over a medium temperature, and allow to simmer (uncovered) for approximately 10 minutes (or until the pear and prunes are tender). Take off the stove and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
5. Pour the pear, prune and juice from the saucepan into the Nutribullet (or other blending appliance) and blend until smooth (if you’d like a smoother consistency, add a tiny bit of water).
6. Pour 3 tablespoons of purée in an airtight container for use at the next meal (store in the fridge for no more than 1 day). Store the remaining purée in an ice cube container (WITH LID) in the freezer – using a tablespoon to portion sizes, pour 1 tablespoon of puree into each cube. Purée can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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So there you have it – the 6 purées I’ve cooked to start our boy on solids. What foods did you use to start your baby on solids? Any recommended purées or foods?

About Fi Morrison

Fi is a first-time mum to her beautiful, 11 month-old baby boy who she affectionately calls Starfish. She started Mumma Morrison as a way to document her life with her son, but also aims to create a supportive and encouraging community for new and prospective mums. She is returning to part-time teaching in July. Fi and her family live in Sydney.

Comments

  1. Super helpful! My LO is 4.5 months and I’m trying to decide when to introduce solids (it honestly just feels like one more thing to do!) Currently she’s exclusively on breast milk and I’m beginning to feel like she needs something more.

    • Thank you Tess, I’m glad you found it helpful! I was exactly the same – my boy is ravenous when it comes to his food (I’ve been exclusively breast feeding too, although he’ll have a bottle of expressed breast milk each night before bed) and I was so unsure of when (and where) to start with solids because there is so much conflicting advice. I actually spoke with Simone, who is a kids’ food specialist (she blogs at Play with Food), and she wrote this post which I found helpful – I hope you do too 🙂
      http://www.mummamorrison.com/2016/12/guest-blog-why-does-everyone-tell-me-something-different-when-it-comes-to-starting-solids-by-simone-play-with-food/

      For us personally, we looked for some ‘cues’ that he was ready, which a lot of people agree upon: he was watching us eat our food, he always appeared hungry, he lost to ‘tongue reflex’ (where he’d push stuff out with his tongue). You know your LO best, and if you think it’s time there’s no harm in giving some apple puree or carrot puree a try, but that’s my personal opinion 😀

    • Such a great idea Kristin, thank you! I have been freezing them in ice cube trays, but haven’t been dating them – so I’ll definitely start doing that!

    • Thank you! I hope they find it helpful (as I know I spent many a morning googling and searching for recipes!)

    • Thanks Clarissa! Oh I’m so glad it has come at a good time, I hope it is helpful and I’d love to hear how she goes 🙂

  2. No baby yet. She is still in the oven developing but reading up. Good to know that 5 months is a great time for solids. I will need to come back to your blog for more tips.

    • Congratulations, how very exciting! All the best for this great time, especially enjoy reading up! I’m glad the post will be helpful for you, as well as the rest of the blog as it is my aim to help new and prospective mothers in their journey. If there is something you’d like to read about but don’t find on the blog, I’d love to hear from you so I know what I can write about to help you – send me an email or fill out he contact form so we can chat 🙂

  3. My kiddo loved sweet potato (and still does), and was never a fan of carrot. However, sometimes I would mix some carrot, sweet potato and apple together and he would like it! Also, Apricot puree was a big hit as well!

    • Oh I definitely have to try sweet potato puree, as well as apricot! It’s funny how kids have different tastes/like so young! My son just tried avocado puree for the first time, and was first unsure but seemed to warm up to it towards the end lol.

  4. I am a big fan of butternut squash puree because it is simple to make, produces a large quantity and as a winter vegetable can sit on your counter for weeks when you run out of time to make it!

    Also, we loved making roasted veggies for us and our older kids and then throwing those in the blender for baby so we were all eating alike!

    • Oooo butternut squash, I didn’t think of that – I like the idea of it lasting a while, that’s been my problem so far! Thanks for the tip!
      And I LOVE the idea of eating the same thing together as a family. I will definitely be doing that too, thank you 🙂

  5. I love these ideas!! We’ve been at the homemade baby food thing for about 2 and half months now. Some things I’ve learned…

    – the ice cube trays with the silicon bottoms are great for popping them out easier
    – we never mix of the different flavors when we’re blending. We keep everything separate and then mix them up into different combinations when we thaw them out, that way every meal is a different combo. I like to mix and match.
    – so far sweet potatoes have given us the biggest yield of food. I was surprised how much I could get from those.

    It’s such a blast trying new foods. I get a kick out of the faces he makes when he tries something new for the first time!

    Enjoy your food journey!

    • Thank you for sharing such awesome tips! I’ve just been using plastic ice cube trays because they have lids on them – do you think the purees would go okay in the silicone trays with no lids?
      I like the idea of mixing after they have been pureed – I was thinking of doing that and it seems a lot easier! Any combinations that worked for you or that you would recommend?
      I’ll definitely have to go with sweet potato next! We tried avocado yesterday and at first he seemed uncertain but then enjoyed it haha.
      Thank you so much for your encouragement and suggestions! 🙂

    • That’s wonderful! I hope she finds it helpful! If she has any other questions, feel free to give her my email or get her to contact me on my contact form and I’d be happy to chat with her about what we have done 🙂 xx

  6. This is very helpful! Back when I made my son’s food instead of purchasing it, we didn’t have the World Wide Web to research and look things up! I love that you are sharing your research and saving new momma’s time and energy. I will definitely be sharing this as we have had an influx of babies born recently 🙂 Thank you!

    • Oh I don’t know how you would have done it without the internet – I’m not great at ‘creating’ new recipes or anything, so I think I would have struggled.
      Thank you so much – I hope it helps other new mums as much as it helped me! 🙂

  7. I am not a mom yet, but as a nanny, I realized pretty quickly that I would probably be making a lot of homemade purees when I do have kids. I like that you’ve done step-by-step instructions.

    • I’m glad that this post doesn’t just help mums, but professionals working with babies too. I also appreciate step-by-step instructions. As I’m not a cook, I need all the help I can get! lol. Thanks for your feedback!

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