Checklist: Your Early Baby Food Shopping List

You already know you can buy boxes of rice cereal, but here are the top fruits and veggies you can whip up at home now.

___ Mashed sweet potatoes

___ Whirred-up peas

___ Cooked, strained green beans

___ Mashed avocado

___ Mashed bananas

___ Applesauce

___ Pureed peaches

___ Pureed pears

Ones to not to make at home:

___ Carrots

___ Squash

___ Spinach

___ Beets

When prepared at home (store-bought versions are safer) these four may contain too-high levels of nitrates, which can trigger a rare blood disorder. Most babies are fine to eat these after 6 months, but ask your doctor first.

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