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Easy First Foods for Baby

Baby first foodsMaking first foods for baby at home can be less complicated than you expect.

If you intend to make your own baby food you will need to invest in a mini or hand held food processor, this will make pureeing much easier, some extra ice cube trays and zip-lock bags will also come in handy.


Baking, roasting or steaming are the easiest way to prepare vegetables.

Basic baking or roasting first foods:

Bake in hot 180-200 degree oven until soft.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Remove skin and seeds.

Puree cooked flesh with hand blender. Some boiled water may be added to get a consistency of thick soup.

Freeze tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray

Once frozen store in labeled zip lock bags.


Slice in half

Place cut side down (with seeds still in place) onto baking tray lined with grease proof paper.

Pumpkin and Butternut:

Can peel, de-seed, chop into cubes and coat with a little olive oil and herbs before roasting.

Sweet Potato:

Wash well.

Bake whole.

Squeeze flesh from skin when cool

Basic steaming:

Prepare vegetables

Boil a small amount of water in a pot

Add vegetables and gently cook until tender

A steaming basket can be helpful

Puree vegetables with cooking water to retain nutrients

Freeze and store the same way as baked vegetables

Vegetables to steam:
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Courgettes / Baby Marrow
  • Patty Pans
  • Baby Gems


These can be prepared and stored in the same way as the vegetables


Core them before baking with the skin on, this will help retain nutrients

When cool, scoop out the flesh, puree only if necessary.

Freeze and store.


Can be baked as above or gently steamed or poached


Peel and de-stone before poaching.

Soft peaches can be pureed without cooking or even mashed with a fork

Bananas, Pawpaws

These are best fresh.


Only use mild herbs and spices to add an extra flavour to the food.

Some cinnamon cooked with the apples can be delicious.

Never add salt - a baby’s kidneys are unable to deal with it.


All of the above fruits and vegetables can be mixed in different combinations to give your baby a variety of different taste sensations.
  • Apple and butternut
  • Sweet potato and peaches
  • Sweet potato and broccoli

Remember to try one new first food for baby at a time and slowly offer different varienties and combinations of food.

You can follow our suggested weaning schedule to make it easier to wean your little one.