If you’re wondering how to serve sweet potato to your baby you’ve come to the right place. Sweet potato is not just a super healthy veg to offer your baby, it’s super versatile too! Find out here how to serve sweet potato to your baby, the answers to other commonly asked questions and a list of our favourite recipes that use sweet potato including pancakes, fritters and patties!
How to Serve Sweet Potato to Baby
Sweet potatoes are a nutritious root vegetable that can be introduced to babies around 6 months old.
Here’s how you can serve sweet potatoes to your baby:
Preparation: Wash the sweet potato thoroughly and peel the skin off.
Cooking: Steam, boil, or bake the sweet potato until it becomes soft and tender.
Mashing: Once cooked, mash the sweet potato with a fork or blend it to a suitable texture for your baby. You can also mix it with breast milk, formula, or a little water to achieve the desired consistency. If you’re baby led weaning you can serve sweet potato fingers or soft chunks for baby to pick up and self feed.
Serving: Allow the mashed sweet potato to cool down to an appropriate temperature before offering it to your baby. You can serve it as a standalone puree or mix it with other vegetables or grains.
What’s the best steamer to use?
You can choose a stand alone steamer or one that sits on your stove top. Both have their own pros and cons, but we always used a stand alone three tiered steamer so we could steam in bulk. Batch cooking was always important to me when I was weaning my babies.
What are the Health Benefits of Offering Sweet Potato to Your Baby?
- Rich in vitamin C
- They contain tons of vitamin B6
- A good source of potassium and magnesium
- Great for heart and brain health
- Amazing fuel source for energy
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Should I bake or steam sweet potatoes for my baby?
Both baking and steaming are excellent cooking methods for sweet potatoes. Choose the method that is most convenient for you.
Can I serve mashed sweet potato as a standalone meal for my baby?
Yes, mashed sweet potato can be served as a nutritious standalone meal. You can also mix it with other foods like cooked vegetables or grains for added variety.
Can I offer sweet potato fries to my baby?
Yes, you can cut sweet potatoes into finger-sized sticks, toss them with a little oil, and bake until they are soft and slightly crispy for a healthy and tasty finger food option.
Our Favourite Recipes for Babies Using Sweet Potato
Author: Nicola Hughes
Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!