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Baby Food....?

So last night I picked up so yams and mangos to make some baby food for DD. The yams I plan on cutting into chunks and boiling, then processing. The mangos though.....Do I cook those? Do I leave them raw and process them? I don't eat mangos, don't like them, but I figured just cause I don't doesn't mean DD won't. Lol. So any helpful hints would be great! Also, what other kinds of veggies and fruits should I pick up next time? I just started her on solids, and I am new to this whole making your own baby food thing. Lol Thanks Mamas!!!


Asked by Sparta. at 1:40 PM on May. 6, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I would steam most anything you use  to kill any possible bacteria. Spinach, peas, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, squash, green beans, bananas, apples, all are great baby foods if steamed and pureed. Keep in mind there are some foods babies should not have til they reach at least one year old. Those include honey, peanut butter, nuts, acidic fruits like tomato, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, corn, egg whites, whole milk, wheat, grapes, shellfish, and chocolate. Reasons for this include botulism from honey, allergies from the nuts shellfish, berries, wheat, milk, and egg white, and choking hazard form the grapes. Here is a great link for the site where I got this information:


    Answer by AprilDJC at 2:36 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • with most fruit you want to steam them (boil..whatever lol) first to decrease the acidity. I think mangoes are one of those fruits! has some good tips

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 1:45 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • You can do apples, squash, peas, green beans, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, potatoes, zucchini, spinach, carrots, papaya pretty much anything you find can be turned into baby food.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 1:46 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • Also remember to only introduce one new food every few days to make sure your daughter doesn't have an allergic reaction. This way, if she does, you will know what the reaction is to.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 2:37 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • Cooked beans are great, too!

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:29 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • Thank you ladies!!! Any other great ideas?
    Oh, and sometimes when we have dinner, I take what we have and puree it.
    I am not one of those who believe I need to feed my baby bland food. Any other great
    and tasty food ideas for her? So the acidic foods, like grapes, can't I boil those, then puree them?
    DD really doesn't like the really smooth non chunky consistency, she likes chunks better, she is 6 months, and I just started her on food, do I need to be worried cause she likes the chunks better?

    Answer by Sparta. at 4:10 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • The grapes are just because it's a choking hazard. I don't know if they would taste good boiled and mashed but you could try. The other foods, the citrus foods, I wouldn't do because it can really upset their tummies.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:10 PM on May. 7, 2009