For weeks, you’ve been waiting to snap that first photo of your mini smearing mushed-up peas all over her face. Giving your baby her first taste of solids is an exciting—and adorable—milestone. To get there, she needs to sit up well, coordinate all the muscles involved in swallowing (i.e., move food from a spoon into her throat) and be interested in what you’re eating, per the American Academy of Pediatrics. (FYI, this usually happens around the six-month mark, but you can always check with your pediatrician if you think your baby might be ready sooner or later than that.)
Once she’s ready for solids, the fun (and mess) can really begin. Curious about making your own purees and mixes? It can be a great way to get your munchkin interested in new healthy flavors and can even save you money in the long run. And mastering how to make baby food is actually easier than you’d think. Here’s your complete guide to preparing, making and serving homemade baby food.