Sweet potato is one of my favourite ingredients to cook with and there’s a many reasons why! Versatile and jam packed full of health benefits, sweet potato is the perfect ingredient to offer to your baby from six months onwards. As huge soup fans, we make sweet potato soup for babies on near enough a weekly basis – especially during the winter months.
This recipe will become a firm favourite with your family and will see your baby through to toddlerhood!
Why offer sweet potato to your baby?
Sweet potato is one of my favourite ingredients to use for baby led weaning. Versatile, filling and packed full of healthy nutrients – sweet potatoes are a fantastic alternative to starchy potatoes and can be used in a huge range of recipes.
From sweet potato pancakes, to sweet potato fries to healthy veggie burgers, we try to incorporate sweet potato into baby’s diet at least once a week.
Sweet potatoes can be grated, sliced, mashed or spiralized – the options are endless!
Why choose sweet potato for baby led weaning?
- 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
How do you serve this sweet potato soup for babies?
Make sure this sweet potato soup for babies is fully cooled before serving to your baby. If you are following the traditional weaning path you can spoon feed this soup to your baby. If you are doing baby led weaning, you can offer pre-loaded spoons.
If your baby is a little older, try them with their own cutlery and see how they get on – soup is always a messy business though – be warned!
We also love serving soup with toasted bread for baby to dunk. Just look at Felix demolishing a huge hunk of bread here!
What cutlery does Felix use to eat this soup?
We have used a huge range of baby led weaning spoons over the years, but only a few have stood the test of time.
We were sent some Doddl cutlery to review back when Dexter was a tiny baby and we still use this cutlery to this day with Felix.
The cutlery has an ergonomic design making it easy for your baby to use. Buy your own Doddl cutlery here*
In these images, Felix is using a Bamboo Bamboo spoon*. This spoon came with a Bamboo Bamboo bowl we purchased at the start of Felix’s baby led weaning journey (vital for those Insta shots right?!) The silicone tip is perfect for little mouths and this spoon has been with us now for nearly two years.
What blender do you use to make your soups?
I use a hand held blender to make all my soups and love this one from Russell Hobbs*
It costs less than £12 and we’ve had it for a number of years now. It’s seen us make a ton of soup over its lifetime!
Can adults enjoy this sweet potato soup recipe too?
Absolutely! I ate a bowl of this soup whilst Felix was eating his, only for my bowl I added a tiny pinch of salt and some chilli flakes to add a little flavour.
The most important part of baby led weaning is sitting and eating with your little one so that they can see how exactly eating a meal works. That’s why i like to create recipes that’ll not just feed your baby – but feed you too!
How long does this sweet potato soup for babies keep for?
The best thing about making soup is that you can make loads and keep it in the fridge for a later date.
This sweet potato soup for babies will keep in the fridge for up to four days. It can also be frozen for up to a month. Make sure it’s fully defrosted before reheating!
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 sweet potatoes (around 360 grams)
- 600ml water
- 1 tbsp stock powder
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Peel and halve an onion. Finely chop one half and add to a large saucepan along with the oil.
- Grate a clove of garlic and add to the saucepan. Fry for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, peel and chop up your sweet potatoes into cubes.
- Add to the saucepan and then cover with water (around 600ml) and stock powder
- Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add pepper to taste and then blend with a hand blender until thick and creamy.
- Make sure soup is cooled fully before offering to baby.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
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!