When my daughter was still very little, I was always afraid that store bought foods would contain unhealthy or spoiled ingredients. OK, I was probably being a little paranoid, but it was true that homemade baby foods were typically much more healthy, especially if you used organic ingredients. So, I made some homemade foods for my daughter, and she loved them. So, for the following recipes, trying buying the produce from organic grocery stores, as they contain no pesticide that may harm your baby.
Pumpkin is always great for babies, because it is soft and can easily be mashed. Plus, it’s chock full of nutrients. The first one I call “Apple Pumpkin Puree Baby Food”. It is best for babies around six to eight months old.

Ingredients:
– One Pumpkin (preferably a sugar pumpkin)
– 3 Macintosh Apples
– Cinnamon
– Water

1. Cut the pumpkin in half. Scoop out the seeds, then cut the pumpkin into cubes.
2. Slice all three apples.
3. Take a pot and add about three inches of water. Put in a steamer basket, where you should add in the pumpkin cubes and apple slices.
4. Wait until the water is at a boil. Allow the pumpkin and apples to steam until they are soft and well cooked.
5. Puree the apples and pumpkin until they are well mashed and edible for babies. If it is a little dry, add a little warm water and mix it well.

Note: It would be best if you baked the pumpkin, as it is very watery.

When you are feeding your baby, always make sure that each bite has no large chunks that she could choke on or anything. If there are still chunks, mash the food a little more. If you want, you can add a little cinnamon to add flavor to it.

My daughter absolutely loves sweet potatoes. They are healthy and delicious, to both child and adult. Adding a little sweet potato into their meals is always a good idea.

Peachy Yammy (for 8+ months)
Ingredients:
– 2 cups of mashed peaches
– 3 tablespoons of flour
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 4 cups mashed sweet potatoes
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
– 2 teaspoons wheat germ

1. Combine the sugar, flour and wheat germ together. Cut in the butter until the mixture has a bread-crumby texture.
2. Arrange the yarms and peaches in a 1/2-1 quart casserole.
3. Sprinkle in the butter mixture.
4. Bake the food at 350 degrees for thirty-five minutes.

You can puree the food, then serve it to your baby, making sure to check the mixture for large chunks. But I especially love this recipe because it is great practice for the kids to use a spoon, as the food clings. But if you do intend to try this, always make sure you are sitting close.

This last one is made from avocado. Avocado is an excellent source of multiple vitamins and minerals, and is very soft and easily mushed, which makes it a great “first food” for little babies. They contain monosaturated fats, which lower “bad” cholestoral and can help your child maintain a healthy heart. When selecting an avocado, you want to find one with a dark green skin and a bumpy texture.

Guacamole (8-10 months)
Ingredients:
– 1 ripe avocado
– crushed cheerios
– pinch of garlic powder
– pinch of pepper
– pinch of basil
– plain, whole milk yogurt

1. Peel the avocado and take out the pit.
2. Cut the “flesh” of the avocado out and mash it with a spoon or fork.
3. Mix together the avocado, crushed cheerios, and spices. Blend them together.
4. Fold the yogurt in until the texture of the mixture is very smooth and your baby can eat it with no problem.

Feed this mixture to your baby with a spoon. As always, watch carefully for large chunks. Enjoy!