Commonly, Japanese moms start feeding their babies non-milk food at around 6 months after birth.
So, what kind of vegetables do we feed the baby? Here are the most common ones that are used in Japanese homemade baby food.
TOP 10 vegetables Japanese moms feed their baby
By far the most common and most popular vegetable that appears in a Japanese baby food are potatoes （じゃがいも、jaga-imo）. They are readily available at any grocery store, can be stored, and very easy to mash.
I used it for my baby’s first non-milk food too.
Carrots （にんじん、nin-jin）are a great source of Vitamin A and other minerals. They are cheap and can be bought at any grocery store all year around. Japanese carrots are thick and so they are easy to mash when boiled.
It’s a good idea to peel the skin away first because te skin is too thick for babies without teeth.
Japanese pumpkin （かぼちゃ、kabocha）are sweet and favored by many babies. They are thick and very easy to smooth when boiled. Very tasty and healthy when mixed with bit of milk!
The most common green vegetable is spinach （ほうれん草、hou-ren-sou）.Great source of iron and other minerals. The fiber can be difficult to smooth out, so the food processor is useful.
5. Japanese radish
Also called Chinese radish （大根、daikon）. They are available all year around, but are the most tastiest and nutritious during the winter. They can be boiled and mashed.
Onions （玉ねぎ、tama-negi）are available all year around. They become soft and sweet when boiled. Perfect for baby’s first meals. Can also be cooked using the microwave.
Japanese cabbage （キャベツ、kya-betsu）are soft and popular for baby food. Great source of Vitamin C and fiber. It is somewhat difficult to mash with hand, so the food processor is recommended. Tastiest and most nutritious during the winter. Spring cabbages （春キャベツ、haru-kya-betsu）that are sold from March to May are even softer and sweeter. Perfect for baby food!
8. Sweet potato
Sweet potatoes （さつまいも、satsuma-imo）are loved by many children in Japan. They are very sweet and can be used for staple food, healthy snacks, and even desserts. Sweet potatoes for babies can be prepared by boiling, microwave, or the oven. Skin should be peeled.
Tomatoes （トマト、to-mah-to）are great sources for minerals. For babies, skin and seeds should be removed for better digestion. Tomatoes are perfect to mix with other vegetables, such as potatoes, to smooth them out.
Broccoli （ブロッコリー、brokko-lee）are very nutritious and available all year around. Florets are easier to prepare then the stems. Broccoli are commonly boiled until they are very soft. Frozen broccoli are also available at grocery stores and are very useful for preparing small amount of baby food.