Baby Purée Recipes

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My last blog post went over our 3 staple purées, so this one will touch on the next 3 that our son eats often.  Zucchini purée, Apple/Kiwi/Zucchini purée and Mango purée.

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Zucchini Purée  (Prep Time:  2-5 min   |   Cook Time:  10-15 min)

2-3 zucchinis, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Fill the Beaba to the number 2 mark, place cut zucchini into the steaming basket and let it steam.  (about 10-15 min)
Pour water into a cup and save it
Pour zucchini from the basket into the plastic blender piece.
Blend until smooth and no lumps are visible.  If you need to add liquid, use the saved (excess water) from when it was steaming.  Zucchini’s have a very high water content, so I never found that I needed the excess water for this recipe.
* Tip:  You can use breastmilk or formula to add nutrition, but I usually only add this when I’m ready to serve the food for our infant, so it keeps longer in the fridge.

Apple / Kiwi / Zucchini Purée  (Prep Time:  10 min   |    Cook Time:  20 min)

2 apples (I use Pink Lady or Ambrosia), peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Fill the Beaba to the number 3 mark, place cut apples into the steaming basket and let it steam.  (about 15-20 min)
Pour water into a cup and save it.
Set Aside.

2 Kiwis, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Fill a small bowl with hot water, and place kiwis in water to soak about 5-10 min.
This softens up the kiwis so your purée isn’t lumpy.  I don’t know if you really need to soak them, but I do.
When ready to blend everything, drain the kiwis from the water.

1 zucchini, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Fill the Beaba to the number 2 mark, place cut zucchini into the steaming basket and let it steam.  (about 10-15 min)
Discard of any excess water.

Place the steamed apples, kiwis and zucchini into the plastic blender part of the Beaba (this can be done in a Baby Bullet or any other kind of blender or food processor).  Blend until smooth, and no lumps are visible.  If you need to add liquid, use the water saved from the apples as this probably has better flavour than the zucchini.

Mango Purée   (Prep Time:  5-7 minutes  |  Cook Time:  Does not require cooking)

1 large sweet mango.  Peel the mango and cut the flesh into 1/2 inch or 1 inch cubes.
Place in Baby Bullet and blend until smooth and no lumps are visible.
Restrain from eating it yourself.

 

An Intro to Homemade Baby Purées

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My husband and I wanted to make sure that our 8 month old son gets the healthiest choices when it comes to what he puts in his mouth, so we figured that homemade would be our best choice.  Sure, we occasionally give him stuff out of a store bought packet, but we try not to if we don’t have to.  Since I’m still on maternity leave, we have this option, so I intend to take advantage of it while I can.  And I’m so thankful to be in Canada, where our maternity leave is 1 year.  But thats enough about that.

My husband and I invested in  a Babycook Beaba, and although it was expensive (even on sale), I feel it was worth every penny.  If you’re in Canada, TJ’s Kids sometimes has select colours on sale for $169 (for the double) or $149 for the single.  I would recommend the double if you can get it, since we normally do a bunch of his foods at one shot.

Below are a couple of our “staple” recipes, and storage instructions.


Pear Purée (Prep Time:  5-10 min   |    Cook Time:  15-20min)

3 Bartlett Pears, peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Fill the Beaba to the number 3 mark, place cut pears into the steaming basket and let it steam.  (about 15-20 min)
Pour water into a cup and save it
Pour pears from the basket into the plastic blender piece.
Blend until smooth and no lumps are visible.  If you need to add liquid, use the saved (excess water) from when it was steaming.
* Tip:  You can use breastmilk or formula to add nutrition, but I usually only add this when I’m ready to serve the food for our infant, so it keeps longer in the fridge.

Apple Purée  (Prep Time:  5-10 min   |    Cook Time:  15-20min)

3 Apples (I use Pink Lady or Ambrosia) peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Fill the Beaba to the number 3 mark, place cut apples into the steaming basket and let it steam.  (about 15-20 min)
Pour water into a cup and save it
Pour apples from the basket into the plastic blender piece.
Blend until smooth and no lumps are visible.  If you need to add liquid, use the saved (excess water) from when it was steaming.
* Tip:  You can use breastmilk or formula to add nutrition, but I usually only add this when I’m ready to serve the food for our infant, so it keeps longer in the fridge.

Sweet Potato Purée (Prep Time:  10min     |   Cook Time:  15-20 min)

1 Jumbo Sweet Potato (if you scratch the skin off with your fingernail, they should be orange underneath, not white).  In Canada, the grocery stores mix them up and call them yams, but they’re not actually yams.  Peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.  If you’re using a regular sweet potato, then you’ll probably need 2.
Fill the Beaba to the number 3 mark, place cut sweet potatoes into the steaming basket and let it steam.  (about 15-20 min)
Pour water into a cup and save it
Pour sweet potatoes from the basket into the plastic blender piece.
Blend until smooth and no lumps are visible.  You will most likely need to add liquid to this recipe since sweet potatoes don’t have as much water content as fruits.  Use the liquid that was saved from steaming, since it will retain all the nutrients from the sweet potato.
* Tip:  You can use breastmilk or formula to add nutrition, but I usually only add this when I’m ready to serve the food for our infant, so it keeps longer in the fridge.


These 3 are my staple purées for our 8 month old son, but he has been eating these since he was 5 months old.  Pears are good on their digestive system, and apparently are supposed to help them poop if they’re a little “clogged” (if you know what I mean).

We normally feed fruits to our son in the mornings and afternoons (breakfast and lunch), since they have a higher sugar content, and try to avoid giving him too many fruits at night (or for dinner), since we don’t want him wired at bedtime!  So, for evening or dinner feeds, we try to give him more of the vegetable purées, and maybe one fruit option.

So a typical breakfast or lunch for our 8 month old will consist of 4 different things, oatmeal cereal (mixed with expressed breastmilk), and 2 fruit purées, and a vegetable purée.  And a typical dinner for him will usually consist of oatmeal cereal, sweet potatoes, and 2 veggie purées.

For anyone wondering about the oatmeal cereal that we use, we typically buy the Heinz brand since it offers a higher fibre content, so we don’t have to worry too much about him being constipated since we know he’s getting a lot of fibre.

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Heinz brand oatmeal cereal.  Make sure you buy the appropriate stage of oatmeal cereal for your baby

And as a side note, see the photo below for recommendations on how long puréed foods should last in the fridge.  You can also freeze some of the purées if you don’t think you’ll use them up before they will go bad.  Frozen purées make for good (but messy) teethers for your little one.

We normally just store all the purées in tupperware and label with the date and description so we know how long its been in the fridge.  We also occasionally store some of the food in those food snack bags – we purchased the Infantino Squeeze Station off Amazon for $16 and it was seriously one of the greatest investments we made.  I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to have homemade purées readily available for feeding on the go, or if you just want a different storing option.

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Baby’s Eating and Sleeping Schedule

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Food purées for our 8 month old

Linden is now just over 8 months, and I thought I would write a post on his eating and sleeping schedule, since it seems to be a popular topic on my Instagram account.  At Linden’s 5 month check up with our family doctor, we were told that he was showing signs (whatever those were) that he was interested in eating.  So, we started him off with rice cereal or oatmeal cereal, and a couple of purées.  We were advised to introduce solids to him individually (in case he had any reactions to certain foods), and to make sure that he drinks lots of water throughout the day, so as to prevent the possibility of him getting constipated.

The first foods we introduced were pears, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal cereal.  We fed him once a day (in the later evenings), and he was still being breastfed throughout the day and night.  We just thought that if he had a full meal just before bedtime, he would be full throughout the night.  And we were mistaken.  Also, we noticed that with the once-a-day feedings, Linden was only pooping (on average) once a week, but he wasn’t constipated by any means.  We still thought this was odd though, since its not natural to only poop once a week, and also, he was being mostly breastfed, and when he was exclusively on breastmilk, he pooped everyday.  We didn’t realize until his 7 month check up, that all our concerns over were basically caused by us!   (Although, the whole pooping once a week thing was nice because it saved us a ton on baby wipes!!)  The pooping once a week thing is normal I guess if you’re only feeding one solid meal a day – I didn’t ask why, but our doctor said it was normal.

At the 7 month check up, since Linden was a little on the lower side of the weight scale, our doctor advised us to start him on 3 solid meals a day, which would have 2 effects: 1) he would sleep longer through the night; and 2) he would poop more often.  And both turned out to be true.  We were told that one big meal a day wouldn’t sustain a baby’s hunger, and that having 3 consistent meals throughout the day would fill him up, and therefore, he wouldn’t wake up hungry in the middle of the night.  This didn’t only make sense, it was true.  And now he also poops about once to twice a day.  Lastly, at this checkup, I asked our doctor when Linden would be able to start eating actual solid foods (not purées), and she said basically when he has teeth.  She went on to explain that she has resuscitated too many babies in the ER and its not a pretty site, so she advised against it until they have teeth and can properly break down food.  Made sense to me.  She said we can try giving him some of those baby crackers (and she made sure we knew to give him BABY crackers, not crackers for adults since their little organs can’t properly digest adult crackers), but when I bought a pack, they didn’t seem to dissolve all that quickly in my mouth so I was cautious about giving him any so I have held off on those for now.

So, if you’re wondering what our typical day looks like, here it is.  And keep in mind that we don’t actually have a “set” bedtime or nap time, because lets face it, life happens, but this is more or less how it is:

IMG_85607:30am – 8am  Linden usually wakes up for the day
8:30am               Linden eats breakfast (oatmeal cereal and 2-3 different fruit purées)
9:00am – 10am  Linden plays
10:15am-noon  Linden naps
12:30pm              Linden eats lunch (oatmeal cereal, fruit purée, veggie purée and sweet potatoes)
1-6pm                 Life happens, and he usually will have a (1 hour) nap
6:30pm               Linden eats dinner (oatmeal cereal, sweet potatoes, veggie purées)
7:30pm               My husband and I have dinner
8:45pm – 9:15pm  Linden plays
9:15pm                Linden has a bath (which is part of his bedtime routine)
9:30pm               Linden is breastfed and then goes to sleep for the night
9:45pm               Linden is usually passed out by now
6:00am               Sometimes, Linden wakes up for a feed, and then goes back to sleep until about 7:30 or 8am when he wakes up for the day.

 

Listed below are the foods that he basically eats, and the foods that we have tried feeding him:IMG_4016

Fruits

  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Mangoes
  • Kiwi
  • Prunes
  • Bananas*
  • Watermelon*

Vegetables

  • Zucchini
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Avocados*
  • Spinach*

Meats

  • Chicken*

Other

  • Rice Cereal (Stage 1)
  • Oatmeal Cereal (Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3)
  • Oatmeal Cereal (flavoured, banana, apple and raisin)

~All rice cereal is prepared with expressed breast milk~

*Starred items are foods that we made or gave to him and he doesn’t like them.

And when we make his purées, we normally just steam them, and if we need to liquify or soften it up, we use the water that the foods were cooked in.  If we need to soften the food before we feed him, then we will add either water or expressed breastmilk at that point so that the food lasts longer in the fridge.

So there you have it, our 8 month old’s eating schedule and sleep schedule.  I will post blogs with recipes of the purées that we make him in case anyone is interested in those as well.