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Baby’s First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

The number of babies around goop HQ these days means we’re fielding lots of bewildered-new-parent questions about baby food. It’s a world that’s so full of strong opinions and contradictory information that it can turn a should-be fun and exciting time for you and your little into a source of major stress instead: Do you start with rice cereal or bone broth? Are nut butters a great idea or something to be avoided at all costs? Only you and your pediatrician can answer these questions (in fact, we recommend checking with yours before feeding your baby any solid food), but to give new moms and dads a starting point, we put together a list of baby-friendly superfoods—plus essential goop-baby approved tools. And for those who don’t plan on making food from scratch or just need a little backup, we also did a roundup of baby food brands that are doing it right (organic, non-GMO, no added ingredients, you know the drill…).

The goop Baby-Superfood Shopping List

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them Avocado Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

Easy to digest and full of good fats (which help with brain and vision development) and essential vitamins (C, D, A, K, E, folate, B-6) and minerals (calcium, iron, zinc) that are all vital for developing babies.

How to Prep

For younger babies, blend raw avocado until smooth, adding a little water, formula, or breastmilk to get the right consistency if necessary. For 8+ month-old babies, simply cut avocado into ¼-inch dice.

Goes Well With

Blend with banana for a creamy mousse-like treat for baby or mix into any fruit or veggie purée.

Food for Thought

Avocado allergies are rare, but often linked to latex and banana allergies.

Lentils Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

Easy-to-eat texture, a great source of protein, fiber, iron and B vitamins.

How to Prep

Boil lentils in water until very tender, then drain off any extra liquid. If you’re using red lentils, they will be mushy enough to serve as is, otherwise, mash or blend cooked lentils for younger babies, or serve larger lentils (such as puy) to older babies as a finger food.

Goes Well With

Since lentils are full of protein, we love mixing them with veggie purées to provide a complete meal. To add a little extra flavor, try mixing in a little fresh ginger (use a microplane to grate it) or garam masala while they cook.

Food for Thought

If you’re worried about gas and bloating, try soaking lentils overnight before cooking them.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them Chia Seeds Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

Unprocessed whole grain full of protein, calcium (more than milk!), iron, omega 3’s, fiber, and antioxidants.

How to Prep

Chia seeds require no cooking, so simply add 1 or 2 tablespoons to steamed veggies before puréeing (great for thickening loose purées like butternut squash), add to smoothies, or mix ¼ cup chia seeds with ¾ cup water or nut milk (check with your doctor first and skip if you have a family history of nut allergies) to make a simple chia pudding.

Goes Well With

Since they don’t have much flavor, you can add chia seeds to any fruit or veggie purée to give it extra nutrients and a slightly thicker texture. Also, try flavoring plain chia pudding with a little cinnamon, or mix in a fruit purée to add sweetness.

Food for Thought

Although chia seeds usually help keep people regular, there are some reports of bloating, gas and/or constipation. If your baby experiences these symptoms, cut back to see if the symptoms go away. Also, NEVER feed your baby dry chia seeds, as they swell and absorb any liquid they come into contact with.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them Sweet Potatoes Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

High in vitamins A, B6, and E, beta-carotene, calcium, folate, and potassium, sweet potatoes make a great first food for babies.

How to Prep

Roast whole in the oven at 425°F for about 1 hour, then scoop out the flesh or peel, cut into cubes, steam and purée.

Goes Well With

Great served on its own or mixed with any fruit or veggie purées. Or mix puréed sweet potatoes with a little coconut oil and cinnamon for a sweet treat.

Blueberries Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

Full of antioxidants, vitamins C, A, K (great for bone health), E and B, zinc, potassium, polyphenols and fiber (which help support a healthy heart), blueberries are also naturally sweet and easy (for older babies) to chew.

How to Prep

For younger babies, simply blend raw or lightly steamed blueberries with a little water, breast milk, or formula. For older babies (8+ months) cut whole blueberries into halves or quarters and offer as finger food.

Goes Well With

Add blueberry purée to plain yogurt to sweeten naturally, mix with avocado and banana for a healthy breakfast bowl, or serve plain as dessert.

Food for Thought

Blueberry poop can be very dark (almost black sometimes) and occasionally smells faintly of blueberries.

Salmon Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

Full of protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which help support healthy brain and eye development and also minimize skin inflammation such as eczema. It’s also much lower in mercury than some other omega-rich fish such as tuna.

How to Prep

Roast a whole skinless filet or steam 1-inch pieces of skinless salmon until cooked all the way through. Check for bones (major choking hazard) before blending with a little water, formula, or breastmilk for younger babies, or flaking into small bite-sized pieces for older babies.

Goes Well With

Mix salmon with any veggie purées or steamed lentils, (a great mix is salmon, lentils, and sweet potatoes) or stir into a yogurt/avocado purée for a protein-packed breakfast.

Food for Thought

Although shellfish allergies are somewhat common, very few babies are allergic to salmon.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them Chicken Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

An excellent source of lean protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc.

How to Prep

Poach or bake chicken breasts until cooked all the way through (165°F), then blend with a little water, formula, or breastmilk for younger babies or cut into ¼-inch pieces for older babies.

Goes Well With

Add seasonings like fresh herbs, sliced onion, and other vegetable trimmings to the poaching liquid to give more flavor. Blended chicken mixes well with any vegetable purée, but broccoli and carrot are particularly nice.

Food for Thought

For older babies, we also like to make mini chicken meatballs with ground dark meat, grated carrot and/or zucchini and a little five spice powder. Bake off a big batch and cut into bite-size pieces.

Peas Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

Easy to eat and naturally sweet, peas are also full of protein, calcium, vitamins A and C, and iron.

How to Prep

Steam fresh peas until very tender, then purée with a little water, formula or breast milk for younger babies or feed whole as finger food to older babies. We use a lot of organic frozen peas because they’re already shelled and only need to be thawed before blending or serving whole.

Goes Well With

Try mixing with carrot and sweet potato purées for a sweet veggie combo your baby will love.

Food for Thought

Peas (like all the “p” foods including pears, prunes, and peaches) should help keep your little one regular.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them Whole-Milk Yogurt Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

Full of calcium, protein, and vitamins, yogurt is also usually easily digestible because of its culturing process, which breaks down lactose.

How to Prep

Buy an organic, unsweetened, whole milk yogurt.

Goes Well With

Fold in any fruit purée (homemade applesauce and cinnamon is a favorite), or mix with lentils and veggie purée.

Food for Thought

Avoid any low fat and/or flavored yogurts.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them Egg Yolks Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them

Why They’re Great

A nutritional powerhouse, egg yolk is not only easy to digest, but also a great source of natural fats and protein, rich in choline, good cholesterol (which is crucial for brain development), iron, vitamin B12, zinc, folate, and fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.

How to Prep

Hard boil, then separate the whites (which are more allergenic), and crumble or grate the yolk into anything and everything.

Goes Well With

Great mixed with yogurt and avocado or crumbled into any veggie purée.

Food for Thought

Be sure to buy organic, pasture-raised eggs whenever possible.

The Essential Tools

High Chairs

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them STOKKE
Tripp Trapp® Chair
Stokke, $249

This ubiquitous Scandinavian high chair has been around since 1972 and is still one of the best-selling models on the market. Super sleek and super functional (It’s designed to work from infancyand well into toddlerhood and beyond) this chair is a worthwhile investment.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them INGLESINA
FAST TABLE CHAIR
Inglesina, $69

An absolute essential, bring this portable high chair to restaurants, dinner parties, or clip it to your counter so your baby can hang with you during dinner prep.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them OXO TOT
SPROUT CHAIR
OXO, $249.99

Our head of content swears by this classic high chair—it’s both comfy and durable; plus you can buy replacement foam pads if and when baby #2 comes along.

Bibs

Although the charming cloth bibs might seem appealing at first, you’ll realize you need one of these when both your high chair and baby are covered in food. All BPA-free, here are three great heavy-duty bib options.

Bowls and Spoons

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them Variopinte Enamelware
SMALL PAINTED ENAMEL BOWL
goop, $14

These adorable painted enamel bowls are the perfect size for baby portions of anything from veggie purée to yogurt to cut up blueberries. Plus they’re essentially indestructible, which comes in handy once your little one gets to the throwing phase—trust us.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them avanchy Bamboo Feeding Spoons Amazon, $10.99

Chic and functional, these colorful spoons are made from biodegradable bamboo and BPA-free silicone.

Baby-Food Makers

Sure, you can go old-school steaming foods in a pot and blitzing in a blender or food processor, but these appliances, which steam and blend, make life so much easier.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them BABY BREZZA
ONE STEP BABY FOOD MAKER COMPLETE
Baby Brezza, $129.99

Incredibly user-friendly thanks to a one-step, one-bowl prep process (it’s a joy to clean, too: just two parts and that’s it). This one also comes with funnels and food pouches, which are essentially the refillable answer to those slurp-and-dump squeeze pouches you buy in the store.

Baby's First Superfoods—and How to Prep Them BÉABA BABYCOOK Béaba, $149.95

This model has an idiot-proof water system—three pre-measured levels, and it only steams for as long as there’s water in the tank—so you don’t have to deal with buttons or timers.

Baby Food (and Delivery Services) We Love

  • Little Foodie Club

    Little Foodie Club

    This LA-area delivery service offers baby food purées with a culinary bent: founder Kerstin Kühn has developed recipes that range from Mango with Coconut & Chia Seeds to Beets & Parsnips with Amaranth & Cumin.

  • Yummy Spoonfuls

    Yummy Spoonfuls

    We love Yummy Spoonfuls, which offers frozen baby food in two stages but starts with fresh-picked, single ingredient organic fruits and vegetables, which are cooked, pureed, and packed in BPA-free, microwave-safe pouches. The best part: you can get them at any Target that sells fresh groceries.

  • Nourish Baby

    Nourish Baby

    From the same people behind the West Village’s Nourish Kitchen + Table, this new baby food meal subscription service offers the same high-quality seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients for your little. Plus, you can opt in for weekly adult meals, too.

  • Nurture Life

    Nurture Life

    Servicing most of the Midwest and East Coast (with West Coast delivery coming soon), Nurture Life offers ready-to-eat meals shipped fresh (cold, not frozen) for babies starting at six months—and also, toddlers and kids.

  • Tummy Thyme

    Tummy Thyme

    Delivered in their signature, (and very pretty) frozen cubes, all you need to do to serve your baby this LA-area company’s meals is defrost in your refrigerator overnight and heat on a stovetop or microwave before serving.

  • Raised Real

    Raised Real

    Raised Real delivers their fresh, inventive meal packs which you simply open and steam, and then either blend to purée or serve as finger food, in the accompanying machine. (They currently deliver to the West Coast).

  • So Good Baby

    So Good Baby

    Another excellent squeeze-pouch option. You can order these online or buy them in a bunch of different stores nationwide.

  • Liv Healthy Baby

    Liv Healthy Baby

    Starting with fresh, individually puréed fruits and vegetables for six-month-olds, Liv Healthy Baby’s glass food jars can be delivered to your door anywhere in the US (even to your hotel, if you’re traveling).

  • Plum Organics

    Plum Organics

    Sometimes, there’s nothing easier than ordering on Amazon, and these pouches can be super helpful on-the-go.

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