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27 Easy DIY Baby Foods

Travel back in time, to a world before Gerber.

Making your own baby food is easy, fast, and saves money.

It also means you know exactly what you're feeding your baby, and it can even be more nutritious than buying it in the store. Not sure where to start? Below are a ton of easy baby food recipes for you to choose from!

First and foremost, make sure your baby is ready for solid foods.

Be aware of common allergens and gas-inducing foods.

Common allergens include eggs, milk, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.

Honey is also best avoided the first year because it can cause botulism.

Wait until your baby is ten to twelve months old before trying gas-inducing foods such as beans, broccoli, onions, fruit juice, wheat, cauliflower, garlic and dairy.

"It is best to check with a pediatrician before introducing these foods into your baby's diet," says Middleberg.

Choose organic produce whenever possible.

"Babies have smaller digestive systems and body masses, so they can handle less toxins, like pesticides, than small children or adults can," Middleberg says.

If buying organic produce isn't realistic for your family, try to avoid the most pesticide-laden foods, aka The Dirty Dozen Plus. Go with the Clean Fifteen instead.

And, finally, make sure the foods you're making are age appropriate.

Stick with thin, single-ingredient purees from low-acid fruits and sweet vegetables. Space new foods 4 days apart so you can spot and identify an allergy.

1. Sweet Potato Puree

2. Pureed Carrots

3. Butternut Squash Puree

4. Peach Puree

5. Pureed Peas

6. Apple Puree

7. Brown Rice Cereal

Start testing other fruits and vegetables and proteins such as lentils and meats in thicker purees. Still go one new ingredient at a time, but now mix a few together once you know your baby isn't allergic.

8. For something quick, mash up soft fruits and vegetables with a fork.

Bananas are another easy masher.

9. White Peach and Banana Puree

10. Green Bean, Potato and Kale Puree

11. Apple Pear Butter

12. Raw Blueberries + Mango + Avocado

13. Beets & Blueberry Mash

14. Parsnip, Pear and Fig Puree

15. Basil and Ginger Infused Peach Compote

16. Apple & Oats Porridge

17. Spiced Lentil and Apple Puree

18. Chicken with Carrots & Apple Puree

19. Zucchini, Potato and Turkey Puree

Your baby is probably ready for chunkier purees, small pieces of soft cooked veggies, whole milk and dairy.

20. Dried Bean Puree

21. Blueberry + Chickpeas

22. Quinoa Ratatouille

23. Baby Food Lasagna

24. Chicken and Vegetable Puree

25. White Bean, Sweet Potato & Carrot Puree

26. Chicken and Corn with Cilantro Puree

27. Introduce interesting flavors if you want, one at a time, like a little cinnamon with sweet potato puree, or a few leaves of parsley in a white bean puree.

Congratulations! Your baby is one year old! You can now start to introduce him/her to adult food, if you haven’t already. Honey, fish, citrus, and small amounts of salt and pepper are all on the menu. Just be sure to cut it up into small pieces.