Sweet potato is one of those common, delicious, and nutritious vegetables both for babies and adults. It’s perfect for all stages, especially for first-stage food. It comes in various colours such as purple, orange, white, etc. Over the months, I’ve tried different varieties for my boy. Interestingly, I figured out his preference to be the orange and purple ones, with less attraction to the white ones. So, I would recommend you to do a taste check by trying different varieties of it differently to see the one your baby prefers.
Don’t forget that homemade food is still the best food for your babies because the addition of inorganic/artificial ingredients is almost zero, making it a healthy baby recipe for your babies. Therefore, at this juncture, I would like to take you through how you can accomplish the preparation of healthy sweet potato puree.
|Table of contents|
|BABY PUREE SWEET POTATO|
|Time required for preparations|
|Mode of preparation|
|How to prepare boil/steam potato puree|
|How to prepare Roasted potato puree|
|How to store your potato puree in the fridge and freezer for later use|
|Health benefits of sweet potato to your baby|
|Other puree options you could try with sweet potatoes|
Time required for preparation
15-20 minutes (very fast!)
Mode of preparation
Potato puree is recommended for 6 months old babies and above. It could also be given to babies from 4 months if your paediatrician recommends otherwise. However, as a general rule of thumb, it is advisable to wait until your baby turns 6 months.
How to prepare Boil/steam potato puree
Step 1: Grab your potatoes, peel the back, and wash them neatly
Step 2: Cut them into desired size or shape and place them in the pot
Step 3: Add enough water to cover the potatoes and boil them for about 10mins
Step 4: Check if they’re soft enough and transfer the vegetable to your blender when cool
Step 5: Add water, breast milk, or formula and blend to the required consistency
Step 6: Scoop the desired portion of it into your baby’s plate, serve lukewarm and store the remaining in your refrigerator.
How to prepare Roasted potato puree
Step 1: Wash the back of the potato without peeling, and dry them
Step 2: Preheat oven to 400F/204.4C
Step 3: Poke the potatoes with a fork to enable the heat to go inside
Step 4: Place a baking tray or cover the baking tray with a foil and place the potatoes on it
Step 5: Put the tray properly in the oven with the potatoes in it and bake for about 45-50mins until they are soft enough for the skin to twist. Thereafter, bring out the potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool down
Step 6: Peel the back when cool, discard the skin, and place the potatoes’ flesh in the blender
Step 7: Add water, breast milk, or formulate milk and blend to the required consistency
Step 8: Scoop the desired portion of it into your baby’s bowl, serve lukewarm, and store the rest in your refrigerator
How to store your potato puree in the fridge and freezer for later use
- For refrigerating option: you can store in your baby’s tight containers in the refrigerator for up to two to three days
- For the freezing option: scoop the puree and carefully place them on the ice-cube tray and store them in the freezer. Once they’re properly frozen, remove them and put them in your baby’s containers or bag, and store them back in the freezer which could last for up to two to three months.
If you do not have an ice-cube tray, do not worry, you can also pour them directly into your baby’s containers or bags and store them directly in the freezer. You would still achieve the same result, but the only challenge might be that you would need to thaw the entire bag or container to be able to scoop a portion out for your baby if he/she can not finish one bag at a time, which is why the ice-cube process is better as you would only have to pick the required number of ice-cubes that your baby could consume at a time and thaw them.
Health benefits of sweet potato to your baby
The health benefits are going to be the first thing that would draw your attention to this recipe. Trust me, potatoes are loaded with a whole lot of nutrients and vitamins for your little ones such as:
- Potato is rich in vitamin C, which is vital for your baby’s growth and healing of wounds. Vitamin C also aids in absorbing iron
- It is a good source of vitamin B6, which aids protein metabolism
- It has a high level of dietary fibre, which keeps the baby’s digestive system healthy
- Rich source of vitamin A, which is vital for healthy skin, growth, and vision
- It also contains some amount of potassium, which helps the muscles and heart to work efficiently
Other vegetables and meats that you could add to sweet potato purees to boost healthy nutrients include:
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