Looking to introduce your baby to new foods? Luckily, blueberry baby food is super easy to make at home. Here’s a guide:
Are Blueberries Good for Babies?
Blueberries are a great early solid food for babies to try. They’re packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, they’re naturally sweet, and they’re unlikely to produce an allergic reaction.
When Can You Feed Your Baby Blueberries?
Babies can try blueberries after they’re introduced to solid foods—typically around four to six months of age. As your baby starts eating solids, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exposing him or her to a variety of flavors and textures.
How to Make Blueberry Baby Food
First thing’s first: never feed your baby whole blueberries—they’re a choking hazard. You probably knew that already, but always better safe than sorry!
- Blueberries, preferably organic
Editor’s tip: Here are 6 more foods you should always try to buy organic.
Step 1: Wash the Berries
Wash the blueberries in warm water mixed with a splash of vinegar to disinfect them—it can be easiest to do this in a bowl, like a mixing bowl or salad spinner. Drain and dry.
Using frozen blueberries? No need to rinse.
Step 2: Steam, if Using Frozen
If you’re using frozen berries, steaming them for a minute or two will defrost them and make them easier to puree smoothly.
Step 3: Puree or Mash
Put the berries in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Alternatively, you can simply mash the berries with a wooden spoon or fork.
How to Store Blueberry Baby Food
Babies often eat just a few spoonfuls at a time, but there’s no reason not to make a big batch of blueberry food. You can keep the puree, stored in a tightly sealed container, in the fridge for a few days. It will also freeze well. Here’s how long foods last in the freezer.