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How to Cook Sweetpotato for Baby Led Weaning

It’s no surprise that sweetpotato baby led weaning recipes are a favorite in our house, so using sweetpotato for baby led weaning first foods was natural for us.

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Sweetpotatoes are just one of those foods that we always have on hand and use and re-use in just about everything.

By reuse, I mean we’ll cook a bunch, and then re-use sweetpotato leftovers in so many wayws.

Plus, sweetpotatoes for babies are extremely nutrient-dense and easy to introduce.

There is no shortage of things to make with sweetpotatoes, and many sweetpotato baby led weaning recipes are easily modified.

baby sitting at high chair with sweet potatoes for baby led weaning

This post will show you how to cut sweet potatoes in different shapes and textures for baby if you choose to use sweet potatoes in your 6 month foods baby led weaning journey.

If you need some out-of-the-box ideas for advanced and older eats for what to eat with sweet potatoes, check out this roundup.

Sweet Potato for Baby: Nutrition and Benefits

When deciding how to serve sweet potatoes for baby and start baby led waning, you first want to research food options and pick something that your family regularly eats.

You want to be eating what baby eats, or moreso, have baby eat what you eat.

For us, blw sweet potato recipes are so commonplace that it was a no-brainer.

Sweet potato for baby has so many benefits and there are so many easy and creative sweet potato blw recipes.

Sweet potatoes are a wonderful first food because they have a great nutrition profile. However, don’t stop at babies, kid friendly sweet potato recipes are also wonderful!

toddler making baby led weaning sweet potato muffins

Sweet potatoes also have a texture that can be modified in so many ways, as you will see with these recipes for sweet potatoes for baby.

Some other baby led weaning starter foods include beef (great iron source), blw carrots, pumpkin, avocado or eggs.

Nutritionally, sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, carbohydrates, and a slew of antioxidants, which are great for overall health.

Sweet potatoes also offer the perfect enhancement to make one meal and serve it in a variety of ways and textures for everyone at the table.

When preparing how to cook sweet potato for baby led weaning, consider options such as baked, mashed, sauteed, or blended into other foods.

We often mix some mashed or pureed sweet potatoes into popsicles or homemade baby puree as well.

How To Cook Sweet Potato for Baby Led Weaning

When introducing sweet potato for baby led weaning, you have a few options.

Sweet Potato Fries for Baby

It is helpful to serve sweet potatoes for babies in a handheld fashion for early eaters.

We often make sweet potato fries for 6 month baby led weaning foods, and even for a 7 month old for baby led weaning.

Sweet potato fries for babies are soft and easy to chew, even without teeth.

sweet potato fries with sauce

To prepare, cut sweet potatoes into fry shape, and cook with your favorite choice of fat (olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil) and serve to baby.

You can add some herbs (be careful on the salt), and serve with a dipping sauce, like full fat greek yogurt, peanut butter, butter, mashed avocado, hummus or oil.

Sweet Potato Baby Wedges

You could also cook sweet potatoes as wedges and serve them that way, which would also fall within the self-feeding realm.

We love these air fryer sweet potato wedges – just moderate or omit the salt when serving to baby!

sweet potato wedges for baby led weaning

Sweet potato wedges should be long enough for baby to hold them, and thick enough that they don’t mash or crumble when baby is holding them. I make them just longer than finger length.

Remove most of the skin – you can keep some on for grip at the bottom if you want since they can be slippery or overly mushy.

These are kind of like sweetpotato fingers for baby to hold. You can even pair with other starchy vegetables, like carrots or parsnips.

We have several ideas for a parsnip baby recipe!

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Make sure they aren’t too hard or circle shape, but thick enough that baby can hold them and soft enough that they can mash with their gums or teeth.


You can even add some spices if your baby is more advanced.

Don’t go crazy on the salt, as babies kidneys are immature and can’t filter out high amounts of salt.

Baked Sweet Potato for Baby

To make a baked sweet potato for baby, just bake a sweet potato and top with butter, peanut butter or a little oil and let baby get their hands dirty and dig in, literally.

Make sure that it’s not too crisp or burnt.

You want the interior to be very soft (similar to a mashed consistency).

baked sweet potato with butter

Another way to cook a baked sweet potato is in the microwave, which I do often.

Take a fork and put a few holes in the sweet potato, and then microwave for 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potato.

It is cooked through when it’s no longer hard and a fork mashes it easily. Let it cool for baby!

Mashed Sweet Potato Puree

Mashing sweet potato and serving with butter, yogurt or avocado is also a great way.

You can even mash in flax seeds or chia seeds with it.

I’ll often use mashed sweet potato in my favorite baby pancakes recipe.

baby plate with mashed sweet potatoes, eggs and avocado

This is one of my favorite easy sweet potato recipes for babies.

You can even add mashed sweet potatoes into baby led weaning muffins and baked goods.

No matter how I serve sweet potatoes to babies, I like to have a dipping sauce, like full fat plain greek yogurt, mashed avocado or even applesauce.

plain greek yogurt in mini ramekin with gold spoon

As kids grow older to toddlers, I’ll sometimes serve with ketchup too.

I also utilize the freezer often because frozen meals for toddlers and babies can make your life so much easier, and sweet potatoes are easy to freeze and reheat in other meals.

Sweet Potato Baby Food Combinations

Sweet potatoes, thanks to their versatility, are wonderful options for making your own baby food.

For example, this sweet potato spinach baby food has just 4 wholesome ingredients with fiber and healthy fats for babies growing brains.

mini jars with sweet potato baby food combinations

Sweet potato also meshes wonderfully with other vegetables, like broccoli, carrots or pumpkin, as well as fruits, like pureed apples or applesauce, avocado and mashed blueberries.

Popsicles

I love serving popsicles to baby. These are my favorite baby popsicle molds!

Just blend any foods in a blender, and then pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

They work great for teething, like in these breastmilk popsicles, or even sweet potato pineapple coconut popsicles.

sweet potato pineapple coconut popsicles in mold

As Spaghetti

When baby is able to pick up thinner items, including sweet potato spaghetti could be another fun and nutrient-dense option.

Not only is pasta for babies adorable to watch, serving sweet potato as spaghetti provides a huge increase in nutrients for baby. Pair with some beef or beans!

spiralized sweet potato on green cutting board

With Other Finger Foods

Beyond pureed sweet potato baby food combos, using sweet potato for baby finger food just makes sense.

sweet potatoes in bowl

Sweet potato fries are wonderful as a finger food, as well as other baby finger foods.

They blend well with nearly everything and are great for babies, kids and adults alike and are a great option for how to get veggies into toddlers.

These sweet potato recipes for baby also make great baby breakfast foods.

Nutrition Tips for Baby Led Weaning with Sweet Potato

When using sweet potatoes in baby led weaning recipes, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Pair with fat – Serving sweet potatoes with a fat source, like butter, olive oil, coconut oil, or nut butter, will help Vitamin A, D, E and K absorption. Fat is important in protecting the growing brain of babies.
  • Pair with iron – When starting with blw sweet potato, make sure to pair with an iron source, like beef (baby led weaning meatballs), poultry or legumes (lentil hummus). The Vitamin C in sweet potatoes can help the baby better absorb iron.
  • Keep in mind baby’s age – When babies are younger and just starting blw, try to prepare sweet potatoes in longer, fry shape so they are easier to grip. As babies get more proficient with the pincer grasp, you can offer smaller shapes and sizes.
  • Cut the sugar – Babies are recommended not to have added sugars until age 2, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Try your best to omit sugar or at the very least, cut it down extensively.
  • Avoid honey – Babies under 1 shouldn’t have honey due to the food borne risk of botulism.
  • Reduec salt – Babies’ kidneys can not yet handle high amounts of salt. I usually add my salt to taste after serving sweet potatoes to baby.
Introducing Solids with Baby Led Weaning

Tools for Baby Led Weaning Sweet Potatoes

You don’t need a ton of supplies for baby led weaning, as you can keep it as simple as you’d like to.

However, that being said, there are some products that make it easier and reduce the mess associated with babies learning to feed themselves.

Even with these products, there’s still a daily mess to clean up. But, in the long run, I totally think this way of starting solids!

Here are some of my most favorite used items.

  • Silicone Bibs – We’ve used these and these. These bibs are great for the inevitable spills and dropped food. A smock covers their entire upper body, and we used this for messier foods, like mashed sweet potatoes, oatmeal, pasta and some mashed fruits.
  • Suction plates and bowls – We’ve used EZPZ and other iterations for something that sticks to the tray
  • Sturdy high chair – You want a quality high chair that baby can sit upright in. It’s also nice to have something for them to put their feet on. Even better if the tray can be easily removed and wiped down
  • Splat Mat – This isn’t a necessity but it sure does make cleaning the floor easier. It can be easily thrown into the wash. They have lots of cute designs so you can find one that fits your decor preference.
  • Silicone or soft utentils – These are great for pre-loading food for baby at first, until they learn to use them by themselves.
  • Ezpz cup- The ezpz is the perfect size silicone cup for introducing water or small amounts of milk.

That’s about it. We introduced the little cup around 7-8 months once baby figured that out.

A straw cup is helpful too. We would use it to serve water, and eventually breastmilk/whole milk after one year.

How to Give Sweet Potato to Baby FAQ

How often should you serve sweet potatoes to babies?

How often you serve sweet potatoes to babies is variable. The key is including a variety of foods in babies and kids’ diets, even if they don’t take to them right away. You can also try preparing the same food a different way or pairing it with a different side! It takes lots of exposure.

How much should my baby be eating?

Let your baby self regulate and stop when he/she needs to. In the beginning, it’s about teaching baby how to feed themselves, and introducing them to flavor and texture. Don’t worry about if they aren’t eating much of it – they are still learning so much!

When should I introduce the top allergens?

Early and often! Recent research has actually found a decreased prevalence of food allergies when allergens were introduced sooner and more often. You can introduce just about every allergenic food alongside sweet potatoes!

Sweet Potato Recipes for Baby Led Weaning

These BLW sweet potato recipes can be personalized to your family preferences.

For example, leave out meat if you follow a plant-based lifestyle, reduce sauces, cut in smaller pieces if you feel more comfortable that way.

Sweet Potato Baby Led Weaning Recipes

These sweet potato recipes for baby led weaning will help keep things fresh and flavorful fo your little ones, while introducing them to new, healthy foods and combinations!

Hope this post was helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions about baby led weaning or sweet potato recipes for babies!

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