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Homemade Baby Food (Age 6-9 months) Part I

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Homemade Baby Food (Age 6-9 months) Part I

Since a baby’s gag reflex is still pretty strong at this age, I recommend using a food processor or good quality blender to get the smoothest texture possible. Adding extra water while pureeing helps a lot too. To expedite the cooking process, try making a few recipes at once that require roasted fruits or veggies. That way you can just throw everything in the oven to cook at the same time.
Steamed Pears & Peas with Roasted Banana
4 Ripe Organic Bartlett Pears, cut in half lengthwise
1 Cup Frozen Organic Peas
1 Ripe Organic Banana
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roast banana on baking sheet lined with foil, parchment, or silpat. The banana should be soft and browned, about 8-10 mins. Steam pears until tender, about 5-8 mins. A knife should easily pierce the flesh when inserted. Remove pears with tongs and allow to cool. In the meantime, using the same steaming liquid as with the pears, place peas in steamer basket and cook for 8-10 mins.
Once the pears are cool enough to handle, remove core and scoop flesh into food processor or blender. Add the steamed peas and peeled banana and puree until smooth. If the texture is too chunky for your baby, add some of the steaming liquid while pureeing.
Roasted Sweet Potato (Yams) and Cinnamon
1 Garnet Yam, washed and wrapped in foil
1 tsp. Organic Unsalted Butter
1/4 tsp. Organic Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and roast sweet potato until tender all the way through, about 30-45 mins. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Peel potato and place in food processor with butter and cinnamon and puree until smooth, adding liquid as needed. If you have water leftover from steaming fruit or veggies, you can use that otherwise plain water is fine too. The puree can be made with no water added and then thinned with breastmilk when serving to baby. Adding breastmilk to the entire batch is not recommended as the milk will most likely spoil before the sweet potatoes are finished.

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  1. Looks delicious! Having recipes for making baby food makes the task so much less daunting. Once you get the hang of it, it doesn’t seem like that much work at all!

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  2. Those recipes sound so much more appealing than some of the store-bought options out there! As baby gets closer to 9 months you might want to thicken the puree a bit and start adding a little texture to the food, like wheat germ or crushed up graham cracker crumbs, so it’s a little bit grainy. Gradually getting used to some texture can be a good way to help baby eventually transition to solids.

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