May 24, 2014

Cooking for your baby is easy, saves money and provides fresh food without any preservatives or additives.

You can begin adding soft, solid foods to your baby’s diet at about four months. Introduce one food at a time and avoid any foods that could trigger an allergic reaction (strawberries, citrus, tomatoes, etc.) Avoid foods that may pose a choking hazard (grapes, raw apples, popcorn, etc.)

Ingredients:

1 medium sweet potato

½ cup water

Directions:

Wash sweet potato under running water, then peel and chop into small pieces. Insert a steamer basket into a pot. Add the sweet potato and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until the sweet potato is soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Save the cooking water. Move the sweet potato to a bowl or food processor. Mash the potato, adding some of the cooking water to create the desired consistency. Let cool before serving to your baby.

*Store in the refrigerator for up to two days, or use an ice cube tray to freeze baby-sized portions to keep about a month.


The basic cooking steps above will work with a variety of raw foods!

Remember, you and your pediatrician know your baby best. Be sure to ask your baby’s doctor when he or she thinks your baby is ready to begin trying soft, solid foods!