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Sweet potatoes are one of the most popular first foods for babies, especially among moms who are looking to introduce veggies early on. The orange- and yellow-fleshed roots are packed with fiber, vitamins A and C, and beta-carotene, but they're also sweet and mild.
This recipe is intended for babies 6 months and up.
1 small (8 oz/250 g) sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces
Place the sweet potato pieces in a saucepan and fill with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sweet potato is very tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.
Drain in a colander, reserving some of the cooking liquid, and let the sweet potato cool slightly. Puree in a blender or food processor until the texture is right for your baby. To make it thinner, add cooking liquid, water, breast milk, or formula.
Refrigerate the puree in an airtight container for up to three days, or freeze for up to three months. (Storage tip: Spoon into ice-cube trays for single servings that are easy to thaw.)
Makes about 2/3 cup (5 fl oz/160 ml)