Yay! If you’re reading this, it means that your baby has no problem swallowing basic purées and is ready for chunkier and thicker foods. According to Sylvia Klinger, a dietitian, family nutritionist and founder of Hispanic Food Communications, says that stage 2 (6 – 8 months) is the time to try new textures and food combinations. “At about 6 months old, you can combine foods such as meat and vegetables together,” she says.

However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that parents should avoid feeding their babies food that requires chewing because it poses a choking hazard. This includes hot dogs, nuts, seeds, chunks of meat, cheese, hard fruit, popcorn, and raw veggies.

Although there are plenty of baby food options in stores, making your own baby foods can save you a lot of money. Here are some easy DIY recipes to try at home:

1. Beef & Sweet Potato Puree with Thyme Purée
Source: Baby Foode

Beef is a great ingredient to add to your baby’s purée to boost their daily intake of protein, iron, calcium, and folate. Besides that, sweet potato is rich in Vitamin A, C, and B-complex as well as magnesium.

Ingredients:
1 8-ounce sirloin beef (cubed)
2 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped)
2 cups beef broth
1 tbsp fresh thyme (chopped)

Directions: 
In a medium saucepan, bring the beef, sweet potatoes, thyme, and broth to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25-35 minutes or beef is cooked through and sweet potatoes are tender, Then, let cool slightly. Lastly, blend the ingredients in a food processor for a smoother texture.

For more info, visit Baby Foode’s website.

1. Potato, Zucchini And Cauliflower Purée
Source: Little Mashies

Cauliflower will provide your baby with a lot of Vitamin A and C as well as anti-oxidants which help protect from some serious diseases and support healthy heart. It is also rich in calcium.

Ingredients:
2 potatoes (peeled and diced)
1 zucchini (chopped)
1 cup cauliflower (cut into small pieces)

Directions: 
In a steamer, steam the vegetables till soft. Next, blend the ingredients in a food processor till smooth. You can also add breast milk or formula to mix with the purée.

For more info, visit Little Mashies’ website.

3. Beets & Blueberry Mash
Source: Mash Your Heart Out

Thanks to its antioxidant properties, blueberries are regarded as a superfood for both babies and adults. And that’s not all, beets, which is a good source of iron, promotes blood circulation in the brain and increases activity.

Ingredients: 
2 medium beets (scrubbed well with water, peeled, and chopped)
1/2 cup blueberries

Directions:
In a pot, add just enough water to cover the tops of the beets and blueberries and cook on a medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes (or until beets are tender). Pour into a food processor or blender and purée until smooth.

For more info, visit Mash Your Heart Out’s website.

6. Blueberries, Mango & Avocado Purée
Source: Baby Foode

While blueberries is great source of vitamins and fiber, mangoes improve digestion and bone health. Meanwhile, avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit with healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals that a baby needs for complete nourishment.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup blueberries
1 thick slice of mango (peeled and cubed)
1/4 avocado

Directions:
For a chunkier texture, you can mash the fruits and avocado with a fork. Alternatively, blend the ingredients in a food processor for a smoother texture.

For more info, visit Baby Foode’s website.

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