Baby Food in a Pinch: 13 Solid Foods to Feed Your Baby

We’ve all been there. Your baby is squawking with hunger and you realize you’re completely out of baby food. Or you’re out to dinner or at someone else’s house and you didn’t bring along anything for your baby.

Fortunately, lots of regular adult food is easy to use for little ones too, even if they don’t have any teeth. Here are the things I turn to most often for my 8-month-old (toothless!) daughter:

  • Soup


    I love soup for babies because it’s such a great way to introduce them to a multitude of flavors in a nice smooth spoonful.

  • Rice and Sauce

    Rice and Sauce

    Rice with a little coating of sauce is a great step after rice cereal. Both of my girls have loved Indian curry and rice since they were about 7 months old.

  • Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed Potatoes

    A side of mashed potatoes (with or without a gravy) is spoon ready!

  • Bananas


    Where CAN’T you buy a banana? This is easy to transport and easy to find.

  • Beans


    Beans are another easy baby food. Older babies can eat them plain, and you can mash them up a bit more for younger babies.

  • Bread


    A nice soft bread or roll is great for feeding a crabby baby – especially when it’s the first thing they bring out at a restaurant.

  • Avocados


    Every time I feed Ani an avocado I think, “This was MEANT to be a baby food.” It’s so soft, it doesn’t even have to be mashed and is full of good fats. And it’s such a popular food that it’s easy to find something with it on a restaurant menu.

  • Soft Fruits

    Soft Fruits

    Peaches, kiwi, blueberries and so many more are great baby foods. I usually smash it a bit between my fingers and avoid giving her the peel.

  • Cheese


    I love string cheese because I can just pinch off bits for my baby to eat. And it keeps the toddler (and husband!) happy too.

  • Applesauce


    I try to always have a jar of unsweetened applesauce in the fridge. Mainly I use it in baking, but it’s perfect for a quick meal for a baby, plus it’s so inexpensive and lasts forever.

  • Plain Yogurt

    Plain Yogurt

    A good thick plain yogurt is easy for babies to eat and doesn’t have added sugar. Perfect!

  • Oatmeal


    This is my go-to. I microwave a little bowl of it and add whatever I have on hand — usually yogurt and mashed bananas to help cool it down and sweeten it up a bit.

  • Dried Fruit

    Dried Fruit

    Some dried fruit is really tough to eat, but some, like raisins or cranberries, are perfect for babies. I like to keep a little jar in my purse because they don’t make crumbs. In a pinch, I’ve pulled the raisins out of an oatmeal raisin cookie. (And then I get to eat the cookie, raisin-free!)

What adult food do you feed your baby?

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