Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Homemade Baby Food Stage 1: Avocados

If you are new to making your own baby food take a look at Homemade Baby Food: How to Get Started.

Avocados are a great Stage 1 food for your baby and they are always one of the first solid foods that I give to my children. Avocados are full of nutrients and good fats. The texture is smooth and the taste is mild. Making avocado puree is very simple.

Introduction Age: 4-6 month *Check with your pediatrician about when to start your baby on solid foods

Avocado Puree:
  1. Cut avocado lengthwise and remove pit
  2. Scoop out "meat" and put in bowl
  3. Mash (I like to use a Pastry Blender, but you can also use a fork)
  4. Serve or freeze
To Freeze:

Spoon avocado into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Place frozen cubes into Ziploc freezer bag or freezer safe container. Note: When freezing avocado, there will be some browning, this will not hurt the quality of the food, only the appearance.

To Thaw:

Remove cube from freezer and place in container in refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Heat if desired and serve. Use thawed cubes within 24 hours or thawing.

*Remember to use the 4 day wait rule when introducing new foods. Feed your child only 1 new food for a 4 day period to wait for any possible reaction.

Food Combinations:

Once your child has been introduced to several foods using the 4 day wait rule, you may begin trying different food combinations. Here are some foods that pair well with avocados:
  • Apples (Applesauce)
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
Nutritional Information:

Click here for the nutritional information and benefits of Avocados.

*Remember to check with your pediatrician regarding your baby's readiness to begin solid foods and discuss any foods that may have an allergy risk for your child.

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