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    One big milestone in your child’s first year is adding solid foods into their diet. While you can obviously buy baby food from the store, there are probably some of you out there looking to whip up your own creations. Below you will find some simple baby food recipes for each stage, along with all the kitchen gadgets you need to make this process a breeze!


    Before we get to recipes, there are a couple of things you should know. From the kitchen gadgets you need to the best ways to store your baby food, below you will find our tried and true Rookie Mom tips! The age most moms start feeding their baby and creating baby food recipes is at 6-8 months.


    There are a couple of kitchen appliances that will make these baby food recipes even more simple. One thing you might want to consider is a baby food maker.



    At first glance, it seems a blender could get the job done but these actually do so much more. They can both steam and puree. We have a whole article discussing all the best baby food makers here!

    The Best Baby Food Makers

    You also may want to invest in a cutting board and a good chopping knife. The pureeing process will be much easier if you cut harder veggies and fruits into small pieces.




    Making baby food is one thing, but then where do you store all your delicious creations? When you whip up a batch of baby food, you are obviously going to need containers. These OXO containers are great or these baby brezza pouches  both make for great easily storable baby food containers.

    container for homemade baby food recipes

    You can also keep it super simple and use an ice cube tray!


    Of course, one of the nerve-wracking things about starting solids is figuring out allergies. We highly recommend introducing only one food at a time and then closely watching for any signs of an allergic reaction.

    You can also look into using powders like Lil Mixins which slowly introduce high allergy foods like peanuts and eggs to your baby. They give your baby exposure to these foods early which can actually help prevent allergies from happening later on.

    Food allergies are complicated, and we highly recommend discussing them with your pediatrician.


    baby food puree recipes

    The beginning of your baby’s food journey will probably be full of purees and lucky for you, these are really simple to make. In fact, these baby foods are so simple to make, I wouldn’t even really qualify these as recipes!


    1. Cut Avocado in Half
    2. Mash Avocado with a Fork or Put it in the Food Processor
    3. Optional: Mix with Breast milk or Water until it reaches the desired consistency


    1. Slice Banana
    2. Add to Blender and Blend until it reaches desired consistency


    1. Wash and Prep Carrots peeling off any greenery
    2. Steam the Carrot until it is soft
    3. Puree the Carrot in a Blender


    Around 7-9 months, your baby is most likely ready to move on from simple one ingredient baby food purees. This is when the baby food recipes get a little more exciting!


    1. Peel the beets and cut them into small cubes
    2. Steam the Beets and Blueberries together for about 10 minutes
    3. Blend the Steamed Mixture into a Puree
    4. Optional: Mix with Breastmilk or Water until it reaches the desired consistency


    butternut squash baby food recipe

    1. Peel and De-seed the Butternut Squash
    2. Peel and Cut the Pear into cubes
    3. Cut the Squash into cubes
    4. Steam the Squash for 10 minutes, then add in the pear and steam for an additional 5 minutes
    5. Puree Together in a Blender



    1. Place a Chicken Breast into a Steamer Pot and steam for 3 minutes
    2. Add Chopped Sweet Potato and Carrots to the Steam Pot and cook for another 5 minutes (ensure chicken is cooked through at temperature of 165 degrees) 
    3. Puree Ingredients Together in Blender



    Here are some yummy options for your 9 to 12 month olds. Don’t worry, these are still very simple recipes! However, it is great for babies to get a little variety as they continue to grow and it is okay to start giving them some finger foods as well. Your little one will love these crazy delicious additions to their diet! 



    • 1 Cup of Pasta (there really are no rules here but we love shells and penne!)
    • 1 Cup of Chopped Vegetables: Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, Broccoli, Zucchini
    • Olive Oil
    • Optional: Parmesan Cheese if your baby has been introduced to dairy


    1. Cook Pasta according to Package
    2. Chop and Steam Vegetables
    3. Mix Together All Ingredients


    homemade muffins

    This is one of our absolute favorite baby food recipes, and you can premake a big batch that will last up to a week!


    • 1 1/4 Cup of Whole Rolled Oats
    • 1/3 Cup of Plain Yogurt
    • 1 Banana
    • 1 Egg
    • 2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup 
    • 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
    • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
    • Pinch of Salt
    • 3/4 Cup of Sliced Strawberries


    1. Preheat Oven to 350
    2. Line a 24-count Mini Muffin Pan 
    3. Fold All Ingredients Together and Divide Evenly Among Muffin Pans
    4. Bake for 13-15 Minutes
    5. Allow to Cool and Serve!




    • 2 Small Tortillas
    • 1/4 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella or Mild Cheddar


    1. Place Tortillas on Preheated Skillet
    2. Once Golden Brown, add cheese to one side and place extra tortilla on top 
    3. Cover the skillet to melt the cheese
    4. Let the tortilla cool off and serve!
    5. Pro Tip: Add additional toppings like vegetables, avocado, or shredded chicken when you feel your little one is ready 

    Mamas know best so when it comes to feeding your baby solid foods, always trust your own instincts and chat with your pediatrician. These recipes are a great place to start for each stage and will hopefully inspire you to make some of your own creations as well. 

    50 Kindness Quotes to Teach Your Kids

    50 Kindness Quotes to Teach Your Kids - Lil FashionAva

    A small act of kindness can brighten up someone’s day. It’s important to teach our children how to be kind from a young age, and these kindness quotes for kids will help you inspire them.

    Kindness is not only a part of “good manners”; it’s something that the world desperately needs. At times where we see less good done in the world, you as a parent have an important role in raising your children to be kind, respectful and positive human beings.

    We might not live in a perfect world right now, but encouraging the younger generation to be more compassionate and kind can help them build a better world in the future. A future where people help each other not because they have to, but because they want to.

    Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.

    Roy T. Bennett

    Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.

    Roy T. Bennett
    kindness quotes

    No one has ever become poor by giving.

    Anne Frank

    No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


    Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.

    Roy T. Bennett

    Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.

    Roy T. Bennett

    A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.

    Amelia Earhart
    kindness quotes

    Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

    Maya Angelou

    A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

    Steve Maraboli

    Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

    Henry James

    When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

    Abraham Joshua Heschel

    Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

    Mark Twain

    A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.

    Thomas Carlyle
    kindness quotes

    If you can be anything, be kind.


    Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.

    Jesse Jackson

    We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

    Ronald Reagan

    You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The simple act of caring is heroic.

    Edward Albert

    What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.

    Cleveland Amory

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.


    Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.

    Roy T. Bennett

    If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.

    Dolly Parton

    Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.

    Andrew Iskander
    kindness quotes

    Never be so busy as not to think of others.

    Mother Teresa

    Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always.

    Rod Williams

    Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.

    Roy T. Bennett

    Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.

    Jackie Chan

    If you judge people, then you have no time to love them.

    Mother Teresa

    Kindness is the ability to know what the right thing to do is and having the courage to do it!


    Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

    Lao Tzu
    kindness quotes

    If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.

    Booker T. Washington

    Know what sparks the light in you, then use that light to illuminate the world.

    Oprah Winfrey

    Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

    Mother Teresa

    Be a little kinder than you have to.

    E. Lockhart
    kindness quotes

    We may have all come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Kindness is a universal language.

    Barbara De Angelis

    Kindness is the most important tool to spread love among humanity.


    Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.


    Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.

    William Makepeace Thackeray

    When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.

    Harold Kushner
    kindness quotes

    Kind people are the best kind of people.


    What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

    Jean Jacques Rousseau

    Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

    Vincent Van Gogh
    kindness quotes

    Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter.

    Sam Altman

    A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

    William Arthur Ward

    A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

    Joseph Joubert

    Kind words don’t cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

    Blaise Pasca