Now that Myla is officially 6 months, she has begun her weaning process which has been exciting, though I’ve never done this before so I’ve also felt like I don’t know where to start. So, I started by giving her fruit and veg puree every now and again for the past month because she was showing signs of readiness to try some solids. No surprise, she absolutely loved it – both Scott and I are big lovers for food so not one bit shocking that she is too.

Jarred baby food is so convenient and has been for me, especially as a first time mum not knowing what I’m doing half the time – it’s a good go to. However, I also think making baby food if/when there is time, is a much healthier option for bubba. To begin with I thought making baby food would take me forever, which I didn’t want because I feel as though all I do is clean, cook and repeat as it is. But you’d be surprised – making sweet potato mash has never been so quick and simple. I added apple and cinnamon to make it a tad bit sweet but there is also a savoury option which I’ll be making next.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Cooking Instructions:

  • Peel and chop sweet potato and apple into dices
  • Add them both into a saucepan, added with the 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Cover saucepan, boil on low heat for 15minutes then allow to cool for 5minutes
  • Pour everything into a blender or food processor and blend until your happy with it

There you have it – sweet potato, apple and cinnamon mash, made in less than half an hour ready to feed a hungry baby. The portion I made, using the exact amount of everything as listed above, left me with three small portions as shown in the picture above. If your baby is a fully fledged solid eating baby, then I’d suggest doubling up on the ingredients.

— Lorena Vargas

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