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How to Make Vegetable Purees for Babies

Starting your baby on solids is a fun and exciting journey!

Most babies are ready to start at around 6-months old, and it is essential to ensure that your child can sit upright with minimal support to reduce the risk of choking.

During the initial stages of traditional weaning, babies are typically spoon-fed with soft food such as purees.
In contrast, Baby Led Weaning allows your child to self-feed, and purees are skipped. However, the method of making purees lets parents create pasta sauces, dips and soups for their little ones too, so baby’s food menu can creatively include a variety of baby-friendly food.

Making homemade purees is easy, and provides a wealth of fresh nutrients to your growing child. Busy parents may also prepare them over the weekend and freeze them in bulk so that the weekday caregivers can conveniently defrost and heat up the purees before mealtimes. This saves time and makes having homemade food quick and easy too.

With some simple steps, babies can enjoy healthy and nutritious vegetables purees in their diets

 

Guide to making vegetable purees

Vegetables are great options to start with for their neutral flavours and are favoured for their naturally sweet taste. Follow these simple steps to make your baby’s vegetable purees.

Step 1: Wash and cut vegetables into smaller chunks (if necessary)

Step 2: Steam or boil them

Step 3: Mash them with a fork and add water into the mixture to achieve desired consistency.
Alternatively, put them in a food blender or food processer to blend.

To freeze and store purees, ensure that freshly-made purees are cooled before transferring them to air tight freezer-safe containers. Avoid putting them next to raw food to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Don’t forget to label them with the date it was prepared.

To defrost the frozen purees, leave in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. You may also submerge the jar of frozen food in a bowl of hot water prior to mealtime. Warm up over stove before feeding baby, and check the temperature before offering baby with heated purees.

 

Select fresh vegetables from the wet market or supermarket, and prepare homemade vegetable purees for your baby easily.

 

What vegetables should I use to make purees?

Most readily available vegetables at the supermarket can be used to make baby’s purees.

Experts recommend offering a range of colours so that your child obtains different vitamins and minerals across the food chart.

Some parents prefer to start with the blander tasting vegetables before progressing to the sweeter ones. Vegetable purees can include potato, spinach, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, lentils, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, zucchini and beetroot.

 

Starting on solids is a new adventure, so do expect a little mess. It’s all part of the eating experience!

Tip: Let your baby try out a new food for three days and observe for any allergy reaction before starting on the next one. If your family history includes food allergies, or if your baby has food allergies, do consult your child’s paediatrician before introducing your baby to a new food.

After tasting these single flavoured vegetable purees, you may like to mix them up for your child to experience new flavours! After all, trying out new food is part of eating which allows children to explore new tastes and encourages their physical developmental milestones too. Support your child’s healthy development by starting with the right nutrition in their diets. Have fun raising curious and happy world-ready children!

Do you offer homemade vegetable purees to your babies? Do share what your child’s favourite first foods are!

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Babies Health & Nutrition

Guide to starting baby on solids

Starting your baby on solids is a new and fun chapter!

As your little one approaches 6 months of age, they will need additional nutrients from solids apart from breastmilk or formula to support healthy growth and development. Eating across the main categories of food allows your child to obtain nourishment from different food sources to aid in meeting his nutritional needs at various stages.

Parents can encourage healthy eating habits by offering a wide variety of food cooked with different methods and styles. Use fresh natural spices and seasonings to create new flavours. After all, eating is an experiential journey, which allows babies to discover new tastes, textures, smells and sights. Food can be served as purees or suitable sizes for child to handle. Feeding can be done via traditional weaning (spoon-feeding) or Baby Led Weaning. Adult supervision is encouraged during meal times.

eating is an experiential journey, which allows babies to discover new tastes, textures, smells and sights.

Prior to starting on solids, ensure that your baby is ready by looking out for these developmental signs:

  • Able to sit unsupported
  • Shows interest in eating e.g. grabbing food, salivates when he sees food
  • Has lost the tongue protrusion (thrust reflex) where food is automatically pushed out from his mouth
  • Is willing to chew
  • Develops ‘pincer grasp’ and picking objects or food up between his thumb and forefinger

 

As baby’s digestive system are still developing, it is important to ensure that food is thoroughly cooked. Raw food should not be served to babies as they pose a risk for bacterial contamination.

 

Print this guide and keep it on the fridge as a handy reference. We hope you enjoy the solids journey as much as your baby!