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Preparing & Storing

1st things 1st: Be clean! Babies are at greater risk for food-borne illness. Wash hands, fresh produce, utensils/equipment & surfaces before & after preparing baby food. Immediately refrigerate or freeze prepared food. Use freshly prepared foods within 24 hours & frozen food within 3 months.

Getting Started

Step 1: Start with a thin purée by grinding or blending food with breast milk until very smooth & the consistency of honey. Foods should be canned or well-cooked & soft.

• Unsweetened applesauce
• Bananas
• Mango
• Papaya
• Pears
• Peaches & Nectarines
• Apricots
• Blueberries
• Plums & Prunes
• Avocados
• Pumpkin
• Butternut squash
• Carrots
• Sweet potato
• Green beans
• Blended oatmeal
• Cream of wheat

Step 2: Once thin purées are tolerated, thicken them up & introduce lumps. Try Step1: foods but mash with fork. Introduce new foods:

• Broccoli/Cauliflower
• Beans/Lentils
• Cottage cheese
• Yogurt
• Dry unsweetened cereal softened in breast milk
• Whole wheat pasta, couscous, quinoa, & blended brown rice.
• Creamy peanut/nut butter mixed into already tolerated foods such as bananas. 

Step 3: Once mashed foods & lumps are tolerated, introduce finger foods. Most babies are ready for finger foods between 7-9 months. Foods should be canned or well-cooked & soft. Try step 1 & 2 foods but cut into pea-size bites. Introduce new foods:

• Whole wheat pasta
• Whole wheat bread/toast
• Whole grain/unsweetened cereal such as Cheerio’s
• Beans
• Peas
• Cheese
• Tofu
• Hardboiled/Scrambled eggs
• Tofu
• Well-cooked unprocessed meat & seafood
Introducing Texture & Flavor
• The more foods introduced to baby the better!
• As babies get older continue to introduce new foods along with already familiar foods.
• Add herbs such as oregano, basil, onion, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc.

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