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.
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!
- Avocado puree: Mash with a fork until very smooth or puree in a blender.
- Banana puree: Mash with a fork until very smooth or puree in a blender.
- Butternut squash puree
- Carrot puree
- Cantaloupe puree: Blend until smooth, adding a little water if needed.
- Green bean puree
- Mango Puree: Blend until smooth, adding a little water if needed.
- Peach puree: Peel and blend until smooth, adding a little water if needed. (Work best with very ripe pear.)
- Pear puree: Peel and blend until smooth, adding a little water if needed.
- Sweet pea puree: Warm frozen peas until soft, then puree with a little water if needed.
- Sweet potato puree
- Zucchini puree: Blend any cooked zucchini until smooth, adding a little water if needed.
TIP: You can feed these purees to baby or offer them on a preloaded spoon so baby can feed herself.
Baby Food Recipes 8 Months
- Boiled Beets
- Black Beans
- Egg Muffins with Zucchini
- Cottage Cheese Dip
- Hummus with beets
- Hummus with butternut squash
- Hummus with carrots
- Lamb Meatballs
- Mango Smoothie
- Marinara Sauce with Extra Veggies
- Meatballs with Extra Veggies
- Oatmeal with Butternut Squash
- Instant Pot Pinto Beans
- Sauteed Apples
- Sesame Tofu
- Strawberry Applesauce
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Sweet Potato Pancakes
- Sweet Potatoes Puree with Coconut
TIP: 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.
Baby Food Recipes 10 Months
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins
- Applesauce Muffins
- Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Banana Spinach Pancakes
- Butternut Squash Risotto
- Caramelized Bananas
- Chicken Nuggets with Sweet Potato
- Coconut Rice
- Lentil Soup with Veggies
- Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli
- Overnight Oats with Applesauce
- Spinach Banana Muffins
- Soft Roasted Chickpeas
- Shredded Chicken
- Sweet Potato Hash
- Roasted Salmon
- Wild Salmon Cakes
- Mini Meatballs with Kale
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.
- Baked Zucchini Fritters
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Baked Banana French Toast Sticks
- Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Cheesy Rice
- Easy Cheese Crackers
- Healthy Pasta Salad
- Homemade Broccoli Tots
- Homemade Cauliflower Tots
- Spinach Recipe with Cheese
- Quick and Easy Sauteed Carrots
- Simple Green Smoothie
- Spinach Pesto Pasta with Peas
- Sweet Potato Pudding
- Veggie Chili
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: Many families start with avocado, sweet potato, or banana as each is low in potential allergens and has a soft texture for baby.
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.
I’d love to hear which recipes your baby liked best, so please comment below to share!