This is one of the sweetest, smoothest, and healthiest foods you can feed your baby. While you could peel, chop, and steam sweet potatoes, roasting cuts down on prep time and add a delicious, caramelized flavor. Unlike regular potatoes, they blend like a dream. in either a food processor or blender.
Plan on starting your baby with a small serving of just 2 tablespoons. As they start to eat more, increase the serving size to 1/4 cup. This recipe makes 2 cups so, there is plenty to freeze future meals.
2 medium sweet potatoes, well-scrubbed
Once you’ve successfully fed your baby just potatoes, add in a flavour kick with a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin the next time you make this
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes, or until they are completely tender when pierced with a fork.
- When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, spoon the flesh out of the skin and into a food processor or blender. Process until you get the desired consistency for your baby, adding a tablespoon or more water to the blender if needed to help it blend.
Nutrition per serving (2 tablespoons): 14 calories; 0g protein; 0g fat (0g sat. fat); 3g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 1g sugars; 5mg sodium; 5mg calcium; 0mg iron; 43mg potassium; 2mg Vitamin C; 2971IU Vitamin A
If you find that your baby doesn’t like a certain purée, don’t give up. Try again in a week or two, or mix it with a purée that you know your baby eats.
Try adding a few simple finger foods to your baby’s try such as Cheerios, cooked beans, or small chunks of soft fruit. Chances are your baby won’t eat much of these foods yet, but eating with their hands is an important skill to begin practicing.
It’s also time to introduce a sippy cup. Serve just a splash of water, breast milk, or formula at each meal.