Green peas were the first solid food that we fed to baby P and he loved them immediately. They’re a pretty standard first food for babies. I like them because they’re sweet tasting yet high in protein, and they mix well with most other foods. Versatile and delicious!
For ease and convenience, I use frozen peas. I buy a bag of them and keep them in the freezer. That way, if it’s dinner time and I realize that I don’t have any fresh vegetables on hand, I can pop some peas on the stove and have a meal ready for the baby in minutes.
A standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You should check with your pediatrician before starting solids, and if you have any questions about what foods are appropriate for your baby, your health professional is the best resource. It is recommended that you only introduce new foods to your baby one at a time, and wait at least 3 or 4 days before introducing a new food. Check for allergies after introducing a new food: symptoms like diarrhea, rash, gas, or swelling of the lips should alert you to contact your medical professional right away.
Stage: First foods
Health Benefits: Green peas are a good source of protein and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins C and K and carotenes.
Try them mixed with: asparagus, carrots, chicken, ham, pork, potatoes, spinach
1 cup of peas
2-4 Tbsp. water
Put the frozen peas directly into the steaming basket and bring the water to a boil. Steam for 5-10 minutes, or until the peas are soft and cooked. Add to a food processor or blender, along with the desired amount of water to create the consistency that your baby likes. Peas have a thick skin, so blend well to avoid large chunks of skin in the purée.