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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Sweet Potato Baby Food: A Simple Puree

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This simple to make, sweet potato baby food recipe is an easy puree that is quick, easy and great for babies 6 months of age or older! It’s popular first food for babies, and is packed with vitamins and nutrients!

sweet potato baby food in a white bowl

When you’re transitioning to solid foods, sweet potato puree can be one of the best first foods for babies! It was one of my go-to baby purees when feeding my kids when they were infants, and just happens to be a nutritional powerhouse — it’s loaded with carotenoids, Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

Sweet potato baby food is one of those easy recipes that just happens to be great for you too!

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There are many options for cooking sweet potatoes. If you’re in a bind for time, you can microwave them by wrapping them in saran wrap and using the “baked potato” setting on your microwave. You can also cut them up and steam or boil them.

But ideally, you would roast the sweet potatoes in the oven, similar to how you’d cook butternut squash, and let them caramelize before you puree them.

Any way you cook them, they are still a great baby food option for your little one!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick and Easy
  • Only one ingredient, plus water
  • Microwave, Boil, or Roast: Many Cooking Methods
  • An excellent source of vitamins and minerals
  • A favorite among baby first foods

How to Make Sweet Potato Baby Food

Ingredients and Notes

sweet potato baby food ingredients

Organic Sweet Potatoes: I recommend using organic sweet potatoes (easily found at any grocery store) for your baby to avoid any pesticides or chemicals.

Water: Adding water helps to soften and roast the sweet potatoes.

Equipment Needed

Step by Step Instructions

Preheat oven and prep your potatoes: Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut potatoes lengthwise. Place potatoes flesh side down on a sheet tray covered with parchment paper.

potatoes on baking sheet

Roast Potatoes: Pour 8oz water onto the sheet tray. Roast for 60 minutes or until tender. The potatoes should be bubbling and caramelized. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes so you can hold the potatoes without a problem.

Puree Sweet Potatoes: Spoon out the flesh/peel off the skin and put into a blender with about a cup of water. Puree until you have a smooth consistency. You want to use enough water so that the puree is smooth, but not too much water that it ends up having a broth-like consistency. To store, pour the pureed food into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.

sweet potato baby food in a white bowl

Recipe FAQs

Is sweet potato good for babies?

Yes! Sweet potatoes are excellent for babies! They are rich in nutrients including B vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

When can babies eat sweet potato?

Sweet potatoes are an excellent first food. It is recommended to start sweet potatoes at about 6 months. You can add sweet potatoes to your babies diet as early as 4 months. It is a great first food because it is uncommon for babies to have an allergy to it. It’s also easily digestible, and a very soft and easy to swallow food for small babies.

Do sweet potatoes cause constipation in babies?

Sweet potatoes can cause constipation when consumed in high quantities. Because they are lower in fiber, and higher in starches, they can worsen constipation in babies that are prone to it. However, you do not need to avoid them completely. Rather serve in moderation, and with other foods for a balanced diet.

How do you store and keep sweet potato puree?

Follow these tips to store homemade baby food like a pro! When storing baby food you want to consider whether you want to use it now or later. These recipes make quite a lot of food, which makes it perfect for storing for later.

Variations and Substitutions

Mashed sweet potatoes: Roast the potatoes based on the directions above, but instead of pureeing them, transfer them to a bowl and use a potato masher to get a chunky texture. This is great for babies who have figured out how to chew and gum foods!

Sweet Potato Wedges: For older children, or if you’re following baby led weaning, you can make a version of these sweet potato fries (feel free to omit some or all of the spices from that recipe as needed!). This is also a great option for the whole family — you can buy a batch of sweet potatoes, turn some into a puree using this simple recipe, and make sweet potato wedges for the rest of the family to enjoy!

Mix with breast milk or formula: I don’t recommend mixing this puree with breast milk or formula if you’re planning to store it in the fridge or freeze it. But right before you serve this to your baby, feel free to mix it with a little bit of breast milk or formula if you like!

Make other root vegetables! You can follow this exact same recipe with any other root veggies you like – carrots, parsnips, regular potatoes would all work well!

Add some healthy fats! If you want your baby to get some healthy fats along with their sweet potatoes, feel free to mix this smooth puree with a little bit of coconut oil or olive oil.

Add spices: Serve with a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon, or cardamom.

Expert Tips for Making Sweet Potato Baby Food

  • Use baby food freezer containers so that you can make one batch that will last you and your baby for several months! Make sure you are using airtight containers to avoid freezer burn.
  • Have the best tools readily available. You don’t need fancy baby food makers. A standard blender will work just fine! Some other helpful tools include a sieve, or a strainer.
  • Make sure that you’ve thoroughly cooked the potatoes. You want them to be very soft so that they puree soft and easily!
  • Add water to thin the puree further.
  • This sweet potato puree recipe requires you to roast the potatoes which brings out their natural sweetness. But if you’re short on time, you can also microwave the sweet potatoes to cook them before pureeing them, or even steam them using a steamer basket and a large pot! To turn this into a make-ahead recipe, use a slow cooker and add the potatoes + water, cook on high, set and forget!
sweet potato baby food in a white bowl

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Baby Food Recipes: Sweet Potato Puree

This simple to make, sweet potato baby food recipe is an easy puree that is quick, easy and great for babies 6 months of age or older! It's popular first food for babies, and is packed with vitamins and nutrients!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 tablespoons
Calories: 30kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • pounds organic sweet potato about 2-3 medium sized ones
  • 8 oz water more if you want a thinner puree

Instructions

For Roasting in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Cut potatoes lengthwise
  • Place potatoes flesh side down on a sheet tray covered with parchment paper
  • Pour 8oz water onto the sheet tray
  • Roast 60 minutes until tender. The potatoes should be bubbling and caramelized.
  • Allow to cool 10-15 minutes so you can hold the potatoes without a problem.
  • Spoon out the flesh/peel off the skin and put into a blender with 8-10oz water. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.

For Microwaving

  • Wrap potatoes in saran wrap and poke a few holes in the potato with a fork
  • Microwave on baked potato setting
  • Allow to cool
  • Spoon out the flesh/peel off the skin and put into a blender with 8-10oz water. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.

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Notes

Expert Tips for Making Sweet Potato Baby Food
  • Use baby food freezer containers so that you can make one batch that will last you and your baby for several months! Make sure you are using airtight containers to avoid freezer burn.
  • Have the best tools readily available. You don’t need fancy baby food makers. A standard blender will work just fine! Some other helpful tools include a sieve, or a strainer.
  • Make sure that you’ve thoroughly cooked the potatoes. You want them to be very soft so that they puree soft and easily!
  • Add water to thin the puree further.
  • This sweet potato puree recipe requires you to roast the potatoes which brings out their natural sweetness. But if you’re short on time, you can also microwave the sweet potatoes to cook them before pureeing them, or even steam them using a steamer basket and a large pot! To turn this into a make-ahead recipe, use a slow cooker and add the potatoes + water, cook on high, set and forget!
  • This recipe makes 32 ounces of food. 1 serving = 1 ounce of food = 1 tablespoon of food. Note: If you are freezing this recipe, 1 ice cube also equals 1 ounce of food. 

Nutrition

Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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It’s so easy to make your own nutritious baby food at home. Introduce ingredients at your own pace and create unique flavors for your baby.

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