How to Cook Butternut Squash for a Baby


Butternut squash is a winter squash variety that grows easily in any home garden. Inside a butternut squash, dark orange pulp cooks into soft and tender chunks. Add butternut squash to your baby's diet because it is a rich source of vitamin A, folic acid and calcium. Cook butternut squash for a baby to provide a "first food." First foods are the simple and nutritious fruits and vegetables that a baby's sensitive system becomes able to tolerate between four and six months of age.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Wash the butternut squash under cool, running water to remove any dirt from the outside edges of the squash.

Step 3

Set the butternut squash on the cutting board and cut it in half from top to bottom (lengthwise).

Step 4

Use the large spoon to remove the seeds from the center of each butternut squash half. Discard the seeds.

Step 5

Place the butternut squash halves cut-side-down in the baking dish. Add 2 inches of water and cover the baking dish.

Step 6

Place the baking dish in the oven and bake the squash for approximately 40 minutes. The squash is done when its outside surface turns dark and shriveled. The inside pulp should be tender when pricked with a fork.

Step 7

Remove the squash from the oven and allow it to cool until you can handle it.

Step 8

Use the knife to remove the pulp from the shell of the squash. Place the pulp in the food processor.

Step 9

As you puree the butternut squash in the food processor, add water by the tablespoon until the squash has the consistency you desire. Store in serving size plastic containers in the refrigerator or freezer.

Things You'll Need

  • Butternut squash
  • Chef's knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large spoon
  • Large, shallow dish (with lid)
  • Fork
  • Food processor
  • Small plastic containers (with lids)


  • Wholesome Baby Food: Winter Squash
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