Vegetable purees for babies - Homemade, quick, healthy, and wholesome vegetable purees for babies with a step-by-step guide. Introducing vegetables to your baby in an early stage helps to encourage healthy eating habits and make them less fussy about vegetables in the future.
Vegetable purees are a great way to introduce vegetables to a baby's diet. Also, it is effortless to make at home rather than buying expensive store-bought vegetable purees. Here are some easy vegetable purees recipes for babies. Check out our collection of homemade baby food recipes for 6-12 months here.
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Points to note while preparing vegetable purees for your baby:
- Steaming vegetables is the best-recommended cooking method to retain most nutrients rather than boiling the vegetables.
- Always serve the vegetable purees fresh and warm, though some purees can be frozen. Better to consume the purees within 2 hours of the preparation.
- Make sure to introduce each vegetable separately before you try combination vegetable purees with your baby.
- You can mash the vegetables after cooking with a fork or masher instead of using a blender/mixer.
- If the puree is too thick after cooling down, you can adjust the consistency by adding breast milk/formula milk/ cow's milk, or warm water.
- Ensure not to boil/cook the formula milk if a recipe calls for formula milk. Prepare the puree with water, and once the puree is warm, add prepared formula milk.
- If your baby is allergic to any ingredient used in vegetable purees, please remove it while preparing.
Natural and Nutritious Vegetable Purees for Babies:
1. Carrot puree (6 Months+) :
Carrot is an ideal first food for babies as they are easy to digest and less allergenic. It is the best source of Vitamin A as carrots are rich in Beta-carotene. Also, the antioxidants in carrots are good for baby's eyesight.
2. Sweet Potato Puree (6 Months+) :
Sweet potatoes are one of the favorite first food for babies as they are less allergenic and soft. It is naturally sweet and packed with Vitamin A & C. Sweet potato puree is rich in fiber, which helps to cure constipation in babies.
3. Pumpkin puree (6 Months+) :
Pumpkins are great first food for babies and are loaded with Vitamin C and beta-carotene, they are also a good source of protein and iron. Babies will love this pumpkin puree recipe for its sweet taste.
4. Mashed Potatoes/Potato Puree (8 Months+) :
White potatoes are loaded with carbohydrates and have a reasonable amount of Vitamin A & C. Potatoes may cause gas in some babies; hence its ideal to wait until the baby is eight months old to introduce potatoes. This delicious mashed potato is the right choice when you start potatoes for your baby.
5. Carrot beetroot potato puree (8 Months+) :
Beetroots are rich in iron and Vitamin A. But some babies do not prefer plain beetroot puree, this creamy wholesome combination of beetroot carrot and potato puree is the best way to include beetroot in a baby's diet.
6. Carrot potato puree (8 Months+) :
Carrot potato puree is a sweet and creamy puree with a good combination of carrot and potato. This puree tastes so delicious that even fussy babies can't say no. Before trying this puree, introduce carrots and potatoes to your baby.
7. Apple sweet potato puree(6 Months+) :
This soft apple sweet potato puree is a favorite puree for most babies. Apple and sweet potato are great combinations, and the flavor is so good. Apples can be replaced with pear for a different taste.
8. Broccoli potato puree (8 Months+) :
Broccoli potato puree is a healthy and filling puree for babies. It's also tasty and creamy and has a smooth texture, making it perfect for babies.
9. Mashed vegetables (7 Months+) :
This mashed vegetable recipe is a perfect way to introduce a new texture to your baby. This mashed vegetable recipe is ideal for babies from 7 months when you shift from purees to mashed food. Make sure to introduce each vegetable separately before you try a combination of vegetables.
10. Chickpea mash (8 Months+) :
Chickpeas are healthy legumes rich in protein, iron, and fiber. This mashed chickpeas with vegetables are a great way to include chickpeas in a baby's diet. It has a mild taste and suits little ones' taste buds.
11. Beetroot Puree (7 Months+) :
Beetroot is packed with vitamins, iron, and minerals. This beetroot puree is the best way to introduce beetroot to babies. Babies may prefer this puree for its lovely red color and naturally sweet taste. Beetroot Puree can also be added to baby porridges as a sweetener.
11. Apple Beetroot Carrot Puree (7 Months+) :
The combination of apples, beets, and carrots is packed with all essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Also, it makes an excellent refreshing puree for babies. This apple beetroot carrot puree is naturally sweet, and babies will love it.
12. Bottle Gourd Apple Puree (6 Months+) :
Nutritious puree recipe for babies with Bottle gourd and Apple. Bottle gourd/lauki/Surakkai is a nutritious vegetable with many health benefits. Some babies don’t prefer the plain taste of bottle gourd, so the mix of this bottle gourd & apple makes for a tasty sweet puree with added health benefits from apple.
Check out Bottle Gourd Apple puree recipe here
13. Green Peas Potato Puree (8 Months+) :
Potato and green peas make an excellent combination. They are packed with all essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Aside from great nutrition, this green peas potato puree tastes so good that babies will love it for sure!
14. Spinach Paneer Puree (10 Months+) :
Spinach Paneer Puree is a smooth, tasty, and healthy puree with spinach leaves and paneer. Curd/Yogurt adds to the goodness of this easy-to-make spinach panner puree. This nutritious puree will also help babies’ growth and development while pleasing their palates.
- Ensure you have introduced each vegetable separately and checked for allergies before trying any combination of purees.
- Always check with your pediatrician before giving any food.
- Avoid salt and any sugar for at least one year.