Grain Free Homemade Baby Food

Grain Free, Homemade Baby Food
Our family has been on a journey towards real food since the birth of our first child.

We started our first baby on rice cereal at 6 months and he was eating other grains (like Cheerios) before the age of one.

Our approach to baby food is different for our third baby. We are keeping her grain-free until after she turns one. Babies do not produce enzymes to digest cereals and it’s best to wait until after they are one to introduce grains.

If you’re avoiding grains, what do you feed baby?

Baby's First Food

 

First Baby Foods

  • Soft Boiled Egg Yolk
  • Banana

We slowly introduced soft boiled egg yolk starting at 6 months old. (Just the egg yolk, no egg white – the egg white is the allergen!) Soft boiled egg yolk is simple to prepare and our baby girl loved and still loves her egg yolks.

She ate soft boiled egg yolks for the first few weeks of solids and then we introduced a little bit of banana into her diet. Banana is an easy baby food – just mash it a bit and it’s ready to eat.

Puréed Foods for the Beginning Eater

  • Avocado
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Peaches

Around 7.5 months, we started introducing other foods in addition to egg yolk and banana.

Avocado is another easy baby food – just mash it and feed baby. We steamed the squash, baked the sweet potatoes and cooked apples, peaches and pears before puréeing.

Freezing Homemade Baby Food

The squash, sweet potatoes, apples, peaches and pears can be prepared in large batches and frozen (I freeze in ice cube trays). Preparing foods ahead of time and freezing is a convenient way to have homemade baby food easily accessible.

Finger Foods for Baby

(All of these foods cut into teeny pieces)

  • Avocado
  • Carrots (cooked)
  • Hard Boiled Egg Yolk
  • Chicken/Steak
  • Ground Beef/Turkey/Venison
  • Bananas

Around 9 months old, she started gobbling up her purées and was interested in feeding herself. We began offering her tiny cubes of various foods and allowing her to feed herself. She’s good at getting the teeny pieces of food into her mouth and it’s adorable to watch her chubby little hands as she feeds herself.

She’s 10 months old and keeping baby grain free has been easy so far.

For feeding her on the go, I pack a small cooler bag and bring along her homemade baby foods. Yes, it takes more effort than carrying around convenient dry puffs or Cheerios but it’s worth the effort to keep her digestive system healthy.

What are your favorite grain free foods for baby?

Recommended Reading:

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care

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responses to “Grain Free Homemade Baby Food” 7

  1. Thanks for this post!! I’ve been reading more about keeping little ones grain free through their first year. Thanks for the ideas on finger foods! NG will be 6 months before I know and we’ll be introducing foods to her. 🙂

  2. We chose to do a baby led weaning approach with our children since we feel it is more natural then spoon-feeding. We did soft bananas, mashed squash/sweet potatoes, soft carrot strips, ect… I did not agree with Weston Price on starting egg yolks at 4 months, I do not think it is necessary sine I believe breast milk is enough ( I also do not agree with the doctors who say Vit D drops). I breastfeed my little ones forever (like a couple years!) and so they never even had an interest in many foods until 9 months. Weston Price seems to push lots of food at 6 months and I do not feel comfortable forcing a spoon into my babies mouth. I always placed my babies at the table during meal time when they were tiny – like only a week old! They mostly slept but I like them to be part of the family, not in the living room in a swing.

    1. Since starting solids, she has preferred feeding herself to being fed! Makes feeding easier for us. And, I also do not agree with Sally Fallon/WAPF with starting solids at 4 months, we wait until 6 months around here and then start slowly. And, we also include our little bitty babies with us at meal times – I typically will hold them until they're old enough to sit in our booster!

  3. Like Papayas, Mangos are tropical fruits and their age for introduction is varied from 6 months and older with 8-10 months being the average recommended age.

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