Sweet Potato: Ideas & Recipes for Babies from 6 Months
Sweet potato packs immense nutritional value. This has earned it a place as a superfood, especially for babies starting solids. Additionally, for a baby that’s transitioning from slightly sweet breast milk or formula, the naturally sweet taste of sweet potato is an instant win!
In this guide, we’ll explore a few ideas and recipes for sweet potatoes for babies aged 6 months and up.
Sweet potato nourishes babies in many important ways, such as:
Both nutrition and sweet taste make sweet potatoes a great early food when starting solids.
As mentioned above, sweet potato has many nutritional benefits making it an ideal first food. Introduction of solids is recommended, not before 16 weeks (4 months) and not after 24 weeks (6 months), unless advised otherwise. During this period, it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce sweet potatoes into your baby’s diet. A good time to introduce sweet potatoes is generally 6 months, as their developing digestive system at this age can process sweet potatoes without issue.
Of course, every baby develops differently. If your little one shows interest, has doubled birth weight, and sits with support earlier than 6 months, you may want to talk with your paediatrician about starting solids sooner. Advice to start solids is between 4 and 6 months. 8 months is too late to start and can result in an oral skill delay.
More thoughts and insights from Leah Hackney, RD, LD, CSP, to guide you through this exciting journey in her article Introducing Solids.
Between 6 and 8 months, signs your little one can start solids like sweet potato include:
Of course, check with your paediatrician before offering any new foods. But when the time comes for first bites, sweet potato is a nutritious favourite to begin with. Mix it with breast milk or formula for an easy introduction. Then expand as your baby shows readiness for new textures and flavours.
There are many ways to cook sweet potatoes for babies, depending on their age and preference. You can bake, steam, or roast sweet potato, and then mash, puree, or cut it into finger foods. Here are some ideas and recipes you can try:
At 7 months, try Little Bellies Sweetcorn Round-a-Bouts with a baked or roasted sweet potato puree – delicious!
You can further boost sweet potato goodness by mixing it into delicious homemade purees your little one is sure to love!
If you are looking for ready-made snacks with a sweet potato taste, try Little Bellies Sweet Potato Pick-up Sticks. Your baby will love the taste and shape, and you’ll love that they are 100% natural, organic, unsweetened and safe for self-feeding!
When it comes to offering food, variety is key. Cooking sweet potatoes in different ways can help avoid fussiness and increase variety. The cooking method depends on your baby’s preferences and age but giving it to them in a variety of ways is important. Baking, steaming, and roasting are all excellent choices. Baking may enhance the natural sweetness while steaming and roasting preserve more nutrients.
For baby-led weaning, cut sweet potatoes into finger-sized strips or wedges. This shape allows babies to grasp and explore, promoting independence in feeding.
While both belong to the root vegetable group, sweet and regular white potatoes differ in a few key ways:
With its natural sweetness and stellar nutritional profile, sweet potato is an ideal first food to introduce at 6 months and beyond. Offer mashed, pureed, or in safe finger foods allowing your little one to explore in on their own.
Interested in learning more about other vegetables, read our master list with Best Vegetables for Your Baby at All Stages.