Have you ever felt that you would like to cook your own baby food, but you don’t really know where to start?
The first time I made my own baby food for my daughter, I decided to be really efficient and make a lot. I cooked a baby lasagna and gave it to my daughter. She hated it the first time. And the second. And the third. And I had 20 baby portions that I could do nothing else with than to throw away. I learned my lesson. Start small!! Especially if you have a picky eater (which my daughter actually wasn’t – but she generally preferred canned baby food for a long time. (Says something about my cooking at that time..!)
But despite my first failure, I didn’t give up. And I improved. And I started to enjoy trying different baby food recipes. Since I have a passion for spices in my own foods, trying different cuisines, organic foods, vegetarian foods and also foods that are easy to make, I wanted to cook in similar ways for my children.
In this post, I have gathered a number of inspiring baby food cookbooks with different themes. All from super practical to “exotic tastes”.
There is no doubt you don’t really need cookbooks of any kind anymore if you are fine with browsing the internet for ideas. For me, a combination of cookbooks and websites is ideal. The Internet can be a bit time consuming sometimes and books can simply be very inspiring! Maybe I am old fashioned… :-)
Baby Food Recipe Books That I Love
201 Organic Baby Purees: The Freshest, Most Wholesome Food Your Baby Can Eat!
This first book is dedicated to providing wonderful, easy-to-make recipes from the first introduction of baby food, to the more advanced and chunkier foods for young toddlers. The book also explains why to choose organic ingredients and how to do that without breaking the bank. Ingredients are both classical, such as bananas, sweet potato, and apples, and a bit more advanced, such as quinoa or black beans.
Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler
Here is another general baby and toddler cook book that focuses on great nutrition from start to toddlerhood. It also has great sections with finger foods, family dinners, snacks and more. In addition, it has tips on baby portion sizes, how to introduce foods to a baby the easiest way and a lot more. It has beautiful photos and a nice layout.
Little Foodie: Baby Food Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste
If you feel a little bit adventurous with your baby food cooking, this book is a great inspiration. With recipes such as fish taco, toddler sushi, baby thai beef and coconut veggie curry on naan, these are not your regular baby food recipes! Recipes go from beginner purees to family dinners for children older than 2 years old – so literally for everyone in the family!
Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food
Here is another book that provides recipes from different cuisines. It contains recipes from 80 different countries, including places like Russia, Aphganistan, South Africa, India, Nigeria, Japan, France, Ethiopia and even Sweden (where I live!). It also contains a table that explains spices per cuisine, if you feel like experimenting with your own recipes.
The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book: Make 3 Months of Homemade Purees in 3 Hours
If think this book is fun, because it focues on making tasty baby food quickly. In addition to recipes, it include practical meal plans, simple tables showing how to serve a variety of whole foods, and clear, instructive cooking sessions divided in minutes! It also talks about nutrition, what to think about if you intend to serve vegan food to your baby, what fish to watch out for and a lot more.
Baby Nosh: Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Goodness for Baby’s Food Sensitivities
If all you want is plant-based foods for your baby, your child has a sensitive stomach OR you want to understand why that might be a good option, this book is a good alternative. The author spends some 20 pages in the beginning explaining what for example dairy, gluten, soy or nuts can do to your baby. After that, recipes from 6 months to 6 years are provided. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, you’ll find teethers, finger foods, and even edible paint! :-)
These were my inspiring baby cookbooks! If you are uncertain whether your baby will accept homemade baby food, remember to start small and slow. You can find feeding tips for picky eaters here!
So, over to you! Do you have a favorite baby food cookbook? Do you make your own baby food? Share your views or if you want to help a fellow mom – your favorite recipes below! :-)