Homemade Baby Food or Compotas para Bebés

by Erica Dinho on January 24, 2012

Some of my readers often email asking me if I make my own baby foods, so I decided to answer that question in a post. I do make my baby’s food at home and I can’t tell you how easy it is!

I simply buy organic vegetables and fruits, like sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, peaches, pineapple, mangoes, butternut squash and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. I peel and stem them, and place them in the blender or food processor to puree. I also keep store bought organic baby foods on hand for on the go.

Now that the baby is getting bigger, I am trying some finger foods and making him soups as well. I will post some of those ideas and recipes in another post.

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1 Francijoe January 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Thak you for this post, How would you do peas that are here in Colombia? They are fresh peas, How long would it take to cook? I know it says not to add salt so what do you use to flavor it?

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2 Erica January 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Francijoe- 2 cups fresh and shelled peas and add 1/2 cup water. Cook over medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes or until tender, add more water if necessary. Then add the cooked peas with the cooking water to the blender and process until smooth.If you want a thin “compota” add more water. (Babies don’t need salt)

If you live in Colombia make your baby some mashed papa criolla I used to love it as a kid!

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3 Francijoe January 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Thank you so much!!!! Sometimes its hard being a Gringa here and knowing how to cook certain things thats in Spanish!!!! lol

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4 Belinda @zomppa January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I think it is wonderful that you make your own baby food. Looks like something big people would want, too!

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5 Erica February 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Thank you everyone!

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6 Nicole April 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

I really admire this article. I am expecting in a couple weeks and want to get in the hang of cooking and preparing meals but can you please recommend a blender / food processor up to par for the fabulous recipes on your website. Soups can be so easy to make and eating healthy wouldn’t be such a challenge if I had the right kitchenware. If you can give me a namebrand you use in your home I would appreciate it. So I don’t waste anymore time and money lol

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7 Aimee May 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I also used to make my daughter her compotas. Now that she is older (13 months) she is not really wanting to eat much. I make her sopitas, but she doesn’t really eat it. Any suggestions? I need to get her to eat.

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