Make feeding your baby and 1 year old easier with this go-to list of healthy baby food recipes. Each of the 60+ ideas is easy to make at home, tastes great, and introduces baby to delicious flavors and nutrients!
Baby Food Recipes
Deciding what to make for baby when they start solids can be a little daunting, so I wanted to put together a resource that breaks it down by age. Included in this post you’ll find ideas for what to feed a 6 month old baby, an 8 month old baby, a 10 month old baby, and a 1 year old.
Each child is unique and will progress through the phases of starting solids differently, so adjust as needed for your child.
TIP: Keep in mind that babies should avoid added sugars and salts, so simply eliminate them as needed from any recipes. If you’re making something to share with a baby, you can salt your serving to taste.
Baby Food Recipes 6+ Months
Offering a 6 month old baby healthy, flavorful foods is a great way to set them up for success when starting solids. Some babies will show more interest in food than others, so don’t worry if your baby takes a month or so to get into food…or dives right in from the start!
TIP: You can feed these purees to baby or offer them on a preloaded spoon so baby can feed herself. You can find the full information on the baby led weaning style of feeding here.
Baby Food Recipes 8+ Months
Continue offering nutrient rich fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, protein, iron-rich foods, and some dairy such as plain whole milk yogurt.
Most babies in the 8-10 month range are able to pick up and eat pea-size pieces of food, so aim for about that size with their finger foods.
TIP: You can also try Homemade Baby Food Combinations.
Baby Food Recipes 10+ Months
Continue serving a 10-12 month old baby healthy finger foods cut up into a small dice as most won’t yet be able to take appropriate sized bites of food. Soft finger foods are great for this age (they’re often called “Stage 3 baby foods“).
TIP: Babies at this age can eat many of the same foods as the rest of the family, but still may need extra attention to the size of their food (a small dice is good) and the texture. Continue to avoid anything too crunchy, sticky, or hard.
Homemade Baby Food Recipes for 1 Year Old
As your baby turns into a toddler, they can continue eating the same types of food though you can keep expanding the textures you offer. And remember to offer a variety of foods for the best range of nutrients and foundation of flavors.
TIP: You can find my full list of Baby Snacks for babies eating finger foods and 1 year olds.
What foods can I puree for my baby?
You can puree any foods that you’d like to spoon feed your baby by adding a little breastmilk, formula, or water to the desired consistency.
What is the best food for baby to start with?
You can feel free to go with a nutrient dense fruit, vegetable, or baby cereal, or with something rich in iron such as beef. The rules have relaxed a lot in recent years, so as long as the food is a single food without added sugars or salts, there are really a lot of options!
TIP: Find my best 10 No-Cook Baby Foods here.
How do you make baby food with a blender?
You can puree almost any soft food in a blender simply by adding enough water to get the blender to blend. It’s often not possible to do a small quantity in a regular blender, but you can do 1-2 cups and freeze small portions in an ice cube tray.
Just transfer the frozen cubes to a zip top freezer bag for longer term storage.
What’s the deal with baby food stages?
When starting to think about starting solids with baby, you’ll see a lot of labels of baby food stages. Learn what the terms Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 mean related to baby food—and the ages and recommended recipes that correspond to each—in this explainer post.
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I’d love to hear which recipes your baby liked best, so please comment below to share!
This post was first published September 2019.