Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, preparing homemade baby food can be unfamiliar territory. Proving that it can be nutritious and delicious without spending all day in the kitchen are some savvy chefs, editors and nutritionists, many of whom are fellow moms and dads. Here, find their baby food cookbooks that can guide you in the daily journey of feeding the tiniest and often most selective member of your family.

Think Outside the Pouch Recipes

Organic pouches and jarred purees are an easy fallback when you’re racing to find nutritious options before mealtime leads to a meltdown. Sprout creator, chef, and father of three, Tyler Florence’s cookbook Start Fresh includes recipes that your infant and toddler will consume with the same gusto as those pre-made packs. Complete with prep guidance, the dos and don’ts of introducing solids, and tips and anecdotes for raising a healthy eater, the book features 60 simple recipes perfect for every meal, any day of the week.

Why You Should Buy It: Chances are your toddler is already obsessed with Sprout’s line of ready-made meals, so why not go straight to the source.

Ages: 4 months +

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What’s your go to cookbook for feeding your baby and toddler? Share with us in the comments!

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Lauren Hill