Combinations for Making Your Own Baby Food

I decided to make my own baby food when I had my son (my apologies to my daughter, who got mostly store-bought stuff). I thought that it would be extremely time-consuming, but it wasn’t. A lot of times I just fixed the food while I was doing my normal cooking. I purchased a baby food maker, which steamed, blenderized, and reheated the food. I found this machine, which set me back about $75, to be one of my most prized possessions. I also bought the BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free freezable storage containers for the baby food, because one blender-full of food made enough for about 4-5 jars of food. If you are going to make pureed food, whether for an adult or baby, these machines are time savers. You can boil or steam the food in a sauce pan, then use an immersion blender. Baby food makers range in price from about $45 to $200. I showed my nanny how to use ours, and she was able to quickly make lunch or dinner during nap time. I experimented with a lot of different flavor combinations, with some tasting wonderful and some that were only trash-worth!  I have listed some of my favorite combinations. The food in the highest concentration is listed first, and the food with the least concentration is listed last for each numbered item. Remember, these fruits and vegetables are PEELED! 

  1. Pear, Apple, Baby Kale or Spinach
  2. Apple, Carrot, Baby Kale (Good with chicken/turkey at 8 months+)
  3. Apple, Pumpkin, Carrot
  4. Apple, Butternut/Acorn Squash, Corn
  5. Banana, Pumpkin, Avocado
  6. Pear, Kiwi fruit, Pineapple
  7. Banana, Mango, Avocado
  8. Peach, Blueberry, Cantaloupe
  9. Peach, Mango, Blueberry
  10. Apple, Sweet Potato, Zucchini (good with chicken/turkey after meats have been introduced)
  11. Sweet Potato, Butternut squash, Baby Kale or Spinach
  12. Apple, Zucchini, Corn (good with chicken/turkey at 8 months+)
  13. Sweet Potato, Zucchini, Apple
  14. Apple, Corn, Broccoli
  15. Apple, Pumpkin, Butternut squash or sweet potato
  16. Potato, Carrots, Peas (can blend in chicken or beef broth once meats introduced)
  17. Potato, parsnip or cauliflower
  18. Banana, Mango, Peach
  19. Pear, Plum, Blueberry
  20. Apple, Plum, Beet

Please speak with your baby's pediatrician about appropriate stages of introducing solids and different foods. Babies tend to start on solids somewhere around 6 months of age. Adding mild spices and herbs is not necessary or advisable for babies, due to sensitivities. Until baby is about 8-months old, he should only have mild fruits and vegetables and simple grains (rice cereal) mixed in formula or breast milk. Texture should be completely pureed smooth- no lumps or chunks! Dietitians recommend introducing a new food about every 3 days, to monitor for sensitivities or allergies. Well-cooked and pureed Beef, chicken, and turkey can be introduced between 6 and 8 months, and mixed into any of these fruit and vegetable mixtures.  Once you have introduced milk, you can add a little milk or yogurt (recommended at 12 months of age or older) to the cooled puree to make a "smoothie". 

Here are resources for feeding guides for the First Year: 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia