If you can make a delicious creamy soup or a crazy amazing smoothie, you already know how to make baby food. This homemade green bean, sweet potato, and pumpkin baby food recipe is incredibly tasty, easy to prepare and store, and so nutritious for your baby.
Parents know healthy, quick, and easy options to feed our babies are in high demand. Use my meal preparation tips for maximum easy. It will save you a lot of time you will be grateful to have back.
DOES THIS RECIPE REALLY JUST HAVE GREEN BEANS, SWEET POTATO, AND PUMPKIN?
Yes, if that’s what you prefer. I also add garlic to it for the flavor. I add a little water, or when my children was first entering the sitter stage (6-8 months), I used breastmilk (or formula) instead of water for the liquid.
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WHY MAKE YOUR OWN BABY FOOD?
Whole foods are key for nutritious eating, and a great choice to feeding babies. I love making baby food. It’s just as easy as making a soup or smoothie.
Inexpensive and easy to find ingredients.
You know exactly what ingredients are going into your baby.
The Basics of Feeding An Infant
Before we start making recipes for baby, let’s go over the basics of feeding our babies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies can start eating solid foods at 6 months. Your doctor may allow as early as 4 months old, so make sure to ask your pediatrician.
How much do babies eat?
Babies normally only eat a teaspoon or two at first if any at all. Other times they only chew at first. It is wise to prepare and store in ice cube size portions to avoid waste.
Sitting unassisted is usually a good indication they are ready to eat a little larger portion, usually increasing from 1-2 bites to 2 ounces, and mixing foods.
At at around 10 months old, they are eating 3-4 ounces per sitting and eating more finger foods.
When your baby turns 1 they will get a majority of their nutrients from table food.
Store in 1 ounce portions and increase as baby gets older.
Reusable pouches are environmentally friendly and still less expensive that buying baby food.
If freezing, store and use over 1-2 months.
If storing in fridge, it lasts two days. Three days max.
Other helpful notes + tips for making this baby food recipe
How to thaw frozen baby food? Thaw an individual portion it in the microwave on defrost or place an individual portion in the fridge and let it unthaw overnight or in a cup of water.
Frozen green beans work just as well as fresh.
Sweet potatoes and pumpkin puree really easily and are great stage 1 foods to introduce to babies between ages 4-6 months.
Green beans are full of vitamin A, C, folate, potassium, iron, and calcium. I do not use green beans as a stage 1 option to introduce between age 4-6 months because it can be grainy on its own. It is great for recipes such as this green bean, sweet potato, pumpkin baby food recipe.
Try pureed green beans with carrots, lentils, potato, squash or zucchini, brown rice, chicken, basil, or tofu.
Roast your sweet potatoes and pumpkin and peel after roasting if you are afraid to peel them yourself when raw, and puree instead of boiling.
Throw everything in a crockpot on low overnight, allow to cool, and puree the next day.
Green Bean, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin Baby Food Recipe (Easy!)
This homemade green bean, sweet potato, and pumpkin baby food recipe is incredibly tasty, easy to prepare and store, and so nutritious for your baby. All natural ingredients. No animal by-products.
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Salei, The Natural Foodie
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