Looking for stage 1 baby food recipes and ideas?
The first six months are up and you are ready to start making homemade baby food for your little one! To begin with, you’ll want to focus on some super simple stage 1 baby food recipes to help make sure that your baby’s stomach and taste buds are able to handle these new foods for the first time and that you are able to quickly diagnose any allergic reactions that might pop up early on in the process.
If you are looking for more general information, check out our post on how to make your own baby food where we consider the tools you need, preparation methods, and more.
Otherwise, read on!
When do babies need stage 1 food recipes?
According to the American Associated of Pediatrics, your baby will be in stage 1 when they are between the age of 3-9 months. Their recommendation is that most parents wait until around the age of six months before they start introducing solid foods to their babies to avoid excess weight gain and to reduce the risk of choking.
Before the age of six months, your baby doesn’t need anything else besides mommy’s breast milk (or formula) and she will get all of the vitamins, minerals, and calories necessary to keep growing and growing!
Even after this point, most doctors recommend that you continue to breastfeed at least until the one-year mark to maximize its benefit and that they don’t drink anything else (including juice!) until at least this point.
Stage 1 baby food recipes are easy – just one ingredient required!
With stage 1 baby food recipes, what we are really doing is trying to introduce new foods to the baby for the first time as safely as possible. This means we are going to keep things super simple and use only one ingredient in our recipes to create a puree that our baby can eat and have fun with at the same time!
We’ve taken a more in-depth look at preparing homemade baby food before, but we will run down the basics here of how to prepare different types of foods so that your baby can enjoy them!
- Grains – Most baby cereals come prepared in such a way that you really just need to mix in liquid to get them ready to serve. For our stage 1 baby food recipe, mix in enough breast milk or formula to achieve a runny consistency that is easier for a baby to swallow. Over time, you can add less liquid to the mix to make it more like adult-style cereals and oatmeal!
- Vegetables – You will need to cook most vegetables before you can puree them to make sure they are soft enough for baby to eat. Use water-based methods for cooking, such as boiling or steaming, to keep moisture in the food and keep it soft. Steaming is best because it will preserve the most nutrients in the food!
- Fruits – Some fruits, such as bananas, don’t need to be cooked prior to being pureed. Others, such as apples, will need to get the same treatment as the vegetables to make sure they are soft enough to eat and don’t chunk up in the blender.
If you puree the veggies or fruits straight out of the pot, be sure to let them cool before serving!
If there is only one ingredient in stage 1 baby food recipes…are they really even recipes?
No time for questions, let’s get to it!
Our recommended first ingredients to try
You can really choose any fruits, vegetables, or grains that you and your family enjoy eating for your first ingredients, but there are a few things to consider.
First, there is a myth floating around that you should always give babies vegetables before you let them taste fruits. The idea here is that once they taste the sweet goodness of something like bananas, they will refuse ‘yucky’ vegetables later on. There is no real evidence for this and our doctor told us that breast milk is sweeter than anything else you can introduce to your baby unless you are actually adding sugar to the food.
Secondly, allergies. If you have food allergies in the family, however, you might want to avoid those foods for your first few ingredients. There are also some foods that are more likely to cause allergic reactions than others and there is a great list put up by Vickerstaff Health Services that lists lots of different foods in order of allergenicity (yes, that’s a word!).
I’ll save you the time of going through the list and give you a list of ingredients low on the scale that you can try first:
- Sweet potato
- Bean sprouts
Don’t forget that in some cases babies will need to be exposed to a new food several times before they feel comfortable eating it. For us, our son definitely did NOT like green beans his first few tries. Now, he’ll eat them well enough even if he is secretly wishing they were his favorite – bananas!
Moving on to Stage 2 baby food recipes
Once your baby has gotten comfortable with single ingredients, you can move on to some stage 2 baby food recipes where there is more room for creativity and flavor!
We’re working on a list of simple and easy stage 2 baby food recipes that you can check out later!
What has your experience been like with introducing simple stage 1 baby food recipes to your baby? What was his first food? What age did you start? Let us know in the comments!