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How to Cook Squash for Baby

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author image Rose Welton
Rose Welton is a journalism major and a freelance writer. Her education is focused on nutrition and early childhood studies, making her an expert when it comes to writing about health and children's growth and development. She has written numerous articles and blog posts on various topics for online publications and has also worked on an Internet news team.
How to Cook Squash for Baby
You can boil squash and puree it to provide fresh food for your baby. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Your baby is likely to enjoy squash, with its natural sweetness and creamy texture. It is also a good source of vitamins A and C. According to La Leche League International, your baby may be ready to try eating squash and other solids when he is between 4 and 6 months old. You can use fresh squash to cook your own economical food at home.

Step 1

Choose a fresh squash to use for your baby. Look for one that is firm, brightly-colored and free of blemishes. You will want to use it within a day or two of purchase.

Step 2

Wash the squash by scrubbing it with your hand or a vegetable brush under clean running water. This helps prevent dirt or bacteria from being transferred to the flesh when you cut the squash open.

Step 3

Cut the ends off of the squash with a knife. Registered dietitian Bridget Swinney states on Babycenter that you should also cut the squash into small pieces.

Step 4

Fill a pot with water and allow the water to boil. Once it is boiling, add the squash and let it boil for six to eight minutes or until it is soft.

Step 5

Pour the contents of the pot into a colander or strainer to separate the squash from the water.

Step 6

Place the squash in a food mill, food grinder, blender or food processor.

Step 7

Puree the squash. You can add water, breast milk or formula to the puree to make it your desired consistency. As your baby gets used to eating pureed food, you can increase the thickness.

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