Recipe Ideas for Weaning Babies

Knowing where to start when it comes to weaning your baby can be difficult, but here at My Baby & Me, we've got you covered. We've collected the best baby weaning recipes and top tips to help expose your little one to delicious and new nutritious foods, while giving them the freedom to explore tastes and textures on their own timeline.

It can be extremely difficult to figure out what to serve your child, whether you're in those first few weeks of starting solid foods, or developing a growing baby's taste buds. Luckily, we've covered it all - from starter foods to full meals.

 

Recipe Ideas to Introduce Your Little One to Solid Foods

 

Carrot Purée

Smooth purees are great for helping your little one master the art of swallowing solid foods. Simple veggie purees are easy to prepare and can be frozen in ice cube trays to use on hot days.

Age: 6 months +
Serves: 1 portion
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 medium carrot
30ml of your baby’s usual milk (boiled water can also be used instead of milk here)

Method:

  1. Peel the carrot and cut into ½ cm thick slices
  2. Steam for 8-10 minutes until soft
  3. Cool slightly and add 2 tablespoons of milk or water
  4. Blend with a food processor or hand blender until completely smooth, adding more liquid if necessary.

 

Steamed Broccoli or Cauliflower Florets

These soft florets make perfect first finger foods. Just make sure the veggie pieces are cooked until they are soft and the right size for little hands to hold. Once they’re confident with simple veggies, you can start to introduce other vegetables and fruits too!

Age: 6 months +
Serves: 1 portion
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
A couple of broccoli or cauliflower florets

Method:
  1. Wash your chosen veggie florets
  2. Steam for 8-10 minutes until soft
  3. Cool slightly and serve
 

Fish Pie Bites

These mini fish bites are perfect for little mouths! Perfect for babies and toddlers that enjoy feeding themselves and a great way of including oily fish in their diet.

Age: 8 months +
Serves: 8-9 portions
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour and 45 mins
 
Ingredients:
1 medium baking potato
1 small salmon fillet, about 120g
1 tbsp frozen sweetcorn and peas
1 tsp fresh chives, snipped into little strands
25g mild cheddar, grated
½ small egg, beaten
Oil, for greasing
Method:
  1. Heat oven to 200C/180 fan/ gas 6. Wrap the potato in foil, place on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 1 hour and 15 mins. Wrap the fish in foil, put on the same tray and continue cooking for around 10-12 mins until opaque and cooked through.
  2. Once cooked, halve the potato, and scoop out the filling. Flake the fish, removing any bones and discarding the skin.
  3. Grease a baking tray with a little oil. Mash the potato, then mix through the flaked fish, veg, chives, cheese, and egg. Allow to cool a little, then take golf-ball sized dollops of mixture and form into little croquette shapes. Arrange on a foil-lined tray and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
  4. To cook, heat the oven to 200C/ 180 fan/ gas 6. Arrange as many as you need on a baking tray and cook for around 15 mins or until golden and cooked through. The inside will be very hot so make sure it’s sufficiently cooled before serving to your little one.

 

African Sweet Potato Stew

Simple stews such as this are a great way to introduce full meals to your little one and can be used to encourage the use of forks or spoons.

Age: 12 months +
Serves: 4 portions approx.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
 
Ingredients:
1 small onion, peeled (50g)
1 small red pepper, deseeded (60g)
1 small sweet potato, peeled (110g)
2 tbsp green beans, trimmed (40g)
1 tsp vegetable oil
150g tinned chopped tomatoes
180g tinned kidney beans, drained
20g peanut butter
¼ tsp (mild) chilli powder
150ml water
1 slice of wholemeal bread (1 portion) with vegetable oil spread

Method:

  1. Chop the onion, pepper, and sweet potato. Trim the ends and cut in half.
  2. Heat the oil in the pan. Add the onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, cover, and then simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are cooked.
  4. Spread the bread with the vegetable oil spread, cut into fingers.
  5. Place quarter of the stew in a bowl and serve with a spoon and the bread on the side. The left-over stew can be frozen in an airtight container.

 

Top Tips for Weaning:

  • It’s important that your baby has the right tools for the job. Easy to hold utensils gets them used to eating with cutlery and a sectioned plate allows them to explore different food groups easily.
  • Weaning is all about playing and learning to eat solid foods through exploration. So, prepare yourself with the fact that this is sometimes a messy process. Make sure you have baby wipes ready to go.
  • For the first few months, don’t get too wrapped up in serving the perfect portion of nutrients. Just serve your baby wholesome and colourful foods. While you want your little one to get all the nutrients they need, in the first stages, they just need to get used to the feel of food.
  • Babies under 1 months don’t need snacks so if you think your baby is hungry in between meals, offer extra milk feeds instead of solid foods.