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Potatoes For Baby: How To Prepare & Serve (BLW)

Steamed, roasted, baked or mashed, potatoes can be served as first solid baby food beginning with six months of age. The potatoes can be cooked first and then mashed/pureed, or cut into large enough pieces so your baby could grasp them with his little hands – perfect for baby led weaning. You can make a large variety of potato baby food combinations and finger foods with different textures adjusted by age.

White potatoes.

Potato For Baby

If making potatoes for babies know that you can use any potato variety such as white potatoes, red, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling or baby potatoes.

Just like baby led weaning with sweet potatoes, regular potato has a nice soft texture (when cooked) and is great served as fingers food. Potatoes contain moderate amounts of protein and fiber and are predominantly rich in starch – a complex carbohydrate. They also contain varying amounts of resistant starch (cooled potatoes have higher amount than hot potatoes), a type of fiber that feeds the friendly bacteria in the gut. 

Digestible carbohydrates are one of the main sources of dietary energy in infancy but there are also consequences of consuming excess carbohydrates. One of them is digestive discomfort and malabsorption. Recent studies suggests that infants have an inability to digest starch due to the delay in amylase (enzyme that digests starches) production and secretion. Especially those under 6 months of age. In fact it was observed that the activity of pancreatic amylase begins to increase at 7–8 months, and reaches adult levels by 5 years. And it is also quite variable from baby to baby.

Therefore don’t go overboard with feeding your baby with potatoes and try to rotate with other foods. It doesn’t mean eliminating starchy foods entirely, just keep an eye on baby’s digestive symptoms, if any discomfort occurs then reduce the amount.

How To Cook Potato For Baby

Potatoes can be cooked in a variety of ways from steaming to baking or mashing. You just need to peel off its skin (or you can peel the skin after the potato has been cooked), cut to age appropriate sizes and cook.

Peeling potatoes.

If you prefer you can cook first, and then cut (or mash).

Steaming Potato For BLW

Steaming is one of the best ways to prepare potato for baby led weaning. This method of cooking preserves the most of it vitamins as there is less contact with water and has a short exposure to heat.

Steamed potato wedges and cubes.

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To steam you need to:

  1. Peel the potato. Slice it into desired size pieces.
  2. Bring 1 inch of water to boil in a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket and cover with a lid.
  3. Steam on medium-low heat for approximately 15-20 minutes (it depends on the size) or until they are soft when pierced with a fork. Then you can cut into smaller pieces specific for your baby’s age and serve.

If you intend to serve with a spoon, mashed or make a potato puree, then you can steam the potato whole.

Baking / Roasting Potatoes For Babies

If you want to bake potatoes for your baby, you have two options: cut then bake, or roast first and then once soft cut into smaller pieces.

Baked potato wedges for baby.
  1. Chop the potatoes into desired size. I like to cut into wedges or strips (2-3″ long, 1″ thick). Or cut into cubes for babies that already developed the pincer grasp hold (around 9-10 months).
  2. Drizzle with oil (healthier oil to use is olive oil, avocado oil or grape seed oil). Sprinkle some aromatic herbs (sage and rosemary works well) and season with garlic or onion powder (optional). You can add sea salt for babies 12 months+.
  3. Spread the prepared potatoes on a parchment paper lined sheet (try not to use foil, aluminum when exposed to high heat can leach into food).
  4. Roast until soft, approximately 30-40 minutes. Roast at higher temperature if you want a crust to form (400-415F) or lower temperature for a softer surface (375-385F).

Potatoes that are great for roasting: Yukon Gold, white and red varieties (waxy potatoes due to high moisture and low starch content, keep their shape well).

Smashed potato for baby as finger food: bake/roast whole small potatoes (peeled), and sprinkled with cheese.
Smashed potato for baby as finger food: bake/roast whole small potatoes (peeled), and sprinkle with cheese 10 minutes before they are done. Cheese will help keep their integrity. Smash with a glass once out of the oven.

Boiling Potatoes For Baby

Boiling potatoes usually is the least preferred method if you need just plain soft potato pieces. The most nutrients will leach into the boiling water that you will likely discard. This method is best when you make soups and purees as you would keep the water with all the leached nutrients.

How To Cut And Serve Potato For Baby Led Weaning

You have two options:

  • Peel and cut first, then cook OR
  • Cook first (cut in half) then cut into smaller pieces and serve to your baby.
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For a fun crinkle-cut shape use a crinkle knife. It’s quick to cut and easy for babies to hold with their little hands because it doesn’t slide off.

You can also cut the potatoes into other different shapes (cubesstripssmall sized half moon shapesmashed with a forkpureed or spiralized).

Mashed Potatoes For Babies / Baby Potato Puree (Stage 1)

You can make baby potato puree by itself with a very smooth and soupy texture. This is usually suitable for babies between 6-8 months of age.

"Soupy" potato puree for babies flavored with butter and chicken stock.
“Soupy” potato puree for babies flavored with butter and chicken stock.

Or make thicker mashed potatoes if doing baby-led weaning (for babies 6+ months).

How to make it: after steaming or boiling, you just take the soft flesh, mash and puree the cooked potato in a food processor or blender. It’s best to pulse gently, as overmixing creates a gummy consistency. Or use a fork to quickly mash it: it’s simpler and quicker.

Mashed potatoes for baby with butter and thinned with chicken stock. Fresh dill as garnish.
Mashed potatoes with butter and thinned with chicken stock. Fresh dill as garnish.

Potatoes that are great for mashing: Russets (they fluff well due to high starch content) or Yukon Golds (yield a creamy consistency).

Baby Mashed Potatoes Add-ins To Improve Taste & Texture

  • Breastmilk or
  • Stock/broth
  • For more flavor and fat you can add some butter.
  • No salt or spices needed for babies younger than 10-12 months. Although you can add a bay leaf, an onion wedge and a garlic clove in the cooking water when boiling. Or cook the potatoes in the stock/broth itself.

Add as much liquid as you need to reach the desired consistency.

Potato Baby Food Puree Combinations (Stage 2)

After a while of stage 1 (single-ingredient purees), your baby will probably start expressing readiness for the next phase (stage 2 – typical for babies 8 months of age and older): more kinds of food, thicker textures and larger portions.

Potato puree combination you can try:

  • steamed kale (or other greens like spinach, leeks, dill, parsley
  • potato and cauliflower puree (or broccoli)
  • potato and asparagus puree
  • a mix of potato, carrot or sweet potato puree
  • pureed potato and chicken or beef puree
  • steamed apples (or pear) and potato puree
  • mashed potato and beet
  • steamed peas and potato puree
  • mashed avocado and potato
  • potato and butternut squash puree
  • steamed zucchini and potato puree

FAQ

Can a 6 month old have mashed potatoes?

Yes as long as it doesn’t create any digestive discomfort. It’s best to start with small amounts (about 1-2 tablespoons a day served along with other foods and breastmilk and gradually increase the frequency and mix with other foods if it’s well tolerated).

Does potato cause gas in babies?

If the potato is not digested completely by the stomach or the small intestine, gas can occur when it reaches the large intestine. Indigestion can occur due to lack of sufficient enzymes or undeveloped microbiome.

Will potato cause constipation in babies?

High starch content in potatoes can contribute to constipation in babies if they cannot digest it properly due to insufficient enzyme production. Young babies (less than 6-7 months) are more prone to indigestion.

Can baby eat potato everyday?

Potatoes don’t have the most impressive nutrient profile when compared with other vegetables so it’s best to consume them in moderation.

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white potato for baby how to prepare.

Potatoes For Baby: How To Prepare & Serve (BLW)

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Potatoes can be served as first solid baby food beginning with 6 months of age: steam, roast/bake or mash/puree. Whether you're doing baby led weaning or spoon feeding, you can serve potatoes to babies cut as finger food with different sizes and textures adjusted by age.
DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 6
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium potatoes (peeled and cut according to age)

Add-ins For Baking Potatoes

  • 1/3 tsp rosemary powder (or sage)
  • 1/3 tsp garlic powder (or onion powder)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (for older babies)

For Boiling or Steaming

  • 1-2 cups liquid for boiling or steaming (water or stock/broth)

Add ins For Mashed Potato (Or Puree)

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion wedge
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp butter (optional)
  • pinch sea salt (for older babies)
  • 1/2 cup broth/ stock (to thin out the mashed potatoes / puree)

Instructions
 

Steaming Potato For BLW

  • Peel the potato. Slice it into desired size pieces.
  • Bring 1 inch of water to boil in a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket and cover with a lid.
  • Steam on medium-low heat for approximately 15-20 minutes (it depends on the size) or until they are soft when pierced with a fork. Then you can cut into smaller pieces specific for your baby’s age and serve.
    steaming potato for baby.

Roast / Bake Potatoes

  • Chop the potatoes into desired size. I like to cut into wedges or strips (2-3″ long, 1″ thick). Or cut into cubes for babies that already developed the pincer grasp hold (around 9-10 months).
  • Drizzle with oil (healthier oil to use is olive oil, avocado oil or grape seed oil). Sprinkle some aromatic herbs (sage and rosemary works well) and season with garlic or onion powder (optional). You can add sea salt for babies 12 months+.
    baked potato for baby.
  • Spread the prepared potatoes on a parchment paper lined sheet (try not to use foil, aluminum when exposed to high heat can leach into food).
    Roast until soft, approximately 30-40 minutes. Roast at higher temperature if you want a crust to form (400-415F) or lower temperature for a softer surface (375-385F).

Boil Potatoes

  • You have 2 options: peel and cut first, then cook OR cook first (cut in half) then cut into smaller pieces.
  • As boiling liquid you could use plain water or chicken stock for more flavor. You can keep the liquid as a soup base for later.
  • To a pot add the potatoes and the liquid (just enough to cover) and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork. For more flavor you can add some butter. No salt needed for babies younger than 10-12 months. Although you can add a bay leaf, an onion wedge and a garlic clove in the cooking water when boiling.
  • Remove from heat allow to cool and serve to your baby, cut into sizes according to age.

Mashed Potatoes

  • After steaming or boiling, take the soft flesh, mash and puree the cooked potato in a food processor or blender. Add about twice as much liquid back if you need a smooth "soupy" texture.
    It’s best to pulse gently, as overmixing creates a gummy consistency.
  • Or use a fork to quickly mash it: it’s simpler and quicker (you will need less liquid here).
    potato puree for baby

Notes

Tips For Best Potatoes For Babies

  • Potatoes that are great for roasting: Yukon Gold, white and red varieties (waxy potatoes due to high moisture and low starch content, keep their shape well).
  • Potatoes that are great for mashing: Russets (they fluff well due to high starch content) or Yukon Golds (yield a creamy consistency).
  • For a fun crinkle-cut shape use a crinkle knife. It’s quick to cut and easy for babies to hold with their little hands because it doesn’t slide off.
  • You can also cut the potatoes into other shapes (cubesstripssmall sized half moon shapes or spiralized).

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 21.49gProtein: 2.49gFiber: 2.7gSugar: 0.96g
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