Feeding toddlers can be a challenge. Especially when you’re a new parent who’s had no experience dealing with this stuff. Child experts recommend letting the child lead when it comes to eating because around 18 months, they begin to know what they like and don’t like.
If you’re fortunate enough, they won’t be too picky by then. Many toddlers tend to go through several cycles of favorite foods, so the trick here is to offer them a variety of food options. You will need different foods at different ages too, as babies eat different foods than one-year-olds, and so on.
But when you’re a new mom and you’re dealing with your post-pregnancy routine, planning a meal can be stressful. And you can end up giving your child the same type of food over and over again, limiting their taste palette and nutrition options.
That’s when a toddler cookbook is a life-saver.
Toddler cookbooks take out the stress from meal planning because they offer a lot of food options. They offer quick and easy recipes that emphasize fresh and nutritious ingredients so that toddlers can have a healthy diet.
These recipes are also age-specific so you don’t have to worry about the right timing when it comes to weaning them to solid food. They make the transition easier with creative recipes that provide a variety of flavors so that kids will easily adapt to eating them.
The best toddler cookbooks often have meal plans to help both parents and toddlers adjust to the new eating routine. These meal plans have been developed in consultation with registered dietitians and nutritionists so you can be assured that they are supported by science.
Others also include helpful tips for making baby-friendly party food menus or pre-school meals for toddlers. There are also those that specialize in specific dietary choices, like vegan baby recipes or organic food purees.
A useful toddler cookbook should help lighten up your load, not add to it. So whether you’re looking for a step-by-step guide or just looking for new baby food options, here are the ten best no-fuss toddler cookbooks on Amazon.
Table of Contents
- Best Toddler Cookbooks
- 1. The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook: The Very Best Baby and Toddler Food Recipe Book (America's Test Kitchen Kids) Hardcover – Illustrated
- 2. The Big Book of Organic Baby Food: Baby Purées, Finger Foods, and Toddler Meals For Every Stage Paperback
- 3. Make-Ahead Baby Food Cookbook: Meal Plans and Recipes for Every Stage Paperback – Illustrated
- 4. Baby Food Cookbook for First-Time Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Healthy Start Paperback
- 5. Baby Food Maker Cookbook: 125 Fresh, Wholesome, Organic Recipes for Your Baby Food Maker Device or Stovetop Paperback – Illustrated
- 6. The Vegucated Family Table: Irresistible Vegan Recipes and Proven Tips for Feeding Plant-Powered Babies, Toddlers, and Kids Paperback – Illustrated
- 7. The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start Hardcover
- 8. Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together Paperback
- 9. All-Organic Baby Food Cookbook: First Time Parent's Guide to Nutritious Foods for Every Age and Stage Paperback
- 10.The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, or Multi-Cooker Paperback – Illustrated
- Top Pick
Best Toddler Cookbooks
- The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook: The Very Best Baby and Toddler Food Recipe Book (America's Test Kitchen Kids) Hardcover – Illustrated
- The Big Book of Organic Baby Food: Baby Purées, Finger Foods, and Toddler Meals For Every Stage Paperback
- Make-Ahead Baby Food Cookbook: Meal Plans and Recipes for Every Stage Paperback – Illustrated
- Baby Food Cookbook for First-Time Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Healthy Start Paperback
- Baby Food Maker Cookbook: 125 Fresh, Wholesome, Organic Recipes for Your Baby Food Maker Device or Stovetop Paperback – Illustrated
- The Vegucated Family Table: Irresistible Vegan Recipes and Proven Tips for Feeding Plant-Powered Babies, Toddlers, and Kids Paperback – Illustrated
- The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start Hardcover
- Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together Paperback
- All-Organic Baby Food Cookbook: First Time Parent's Guide to Nutritious Foods for Every Age and Stage Paperback
- The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, or Multi-Cooker Paperback – Illustrated
1. The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook: The Very Best Baby and Toddler Food Recipe Book (America's Test Kitchen Kids) Hardcover – Illustrated
Much like the adult American Test Kitchen series of cookbooks, this book offers the same user-friendly format for recipes geared towards baby food and cooking toddler food. It’s written in consultation with a pediatrician and pediatric nutritionist so the information is reliable, updated, and scientific.
It has a colorful book design with lots of photos and bright color schemes. There are sections on baby-led weaning, beginner recipes for toddlers to help with, ideas for preschool lunches, and a chapter on celebrations with lots of baby-friendly party food choices.
Recipes are easy to follow and include information on allergens, storage suggestions, and how to modify them for variety. There‘s also the “why this recipe works” section that’s standard for an ATK book.
Those who’ve tried the recipes found them superb. One liked the fact that the recipes are organized by age for easy reference. Another found them very reliable because these recipes have been kitchen-tested.
Recommended for first-time moms and those looking for an easy-to-use toddler cookbook.
2. The Big Book of Organic Baby Food: Baby Purées, Finger Foods, and Toddler Meals For Every Stage Paperback
This cookbook is a collection of baby food/toddler and family-friendly recipes. There are over 150 recipes that will wean your baby from purees to solid foods and more than 70 recipes that can be enjoyed by your child and shared with the rest of the family. It also includes a sample Meal Guide Calendar to help you plan out your meals for the first few months.
Recipes are organic and labeled as Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten-Free when appropriate. The steps are easy to follow and there are lots of photos for convenient reference. They also come with suggestions on what spice pairing is needed, and how to prep and store them.
Many liked the book for its modular approach towards preparing and combining single-ingredient purees to create new flavors. One found its lists of the Dirty Dozen (the dirtiest foods that should ALWAYS be purchased organically) and Clean Fifteen (the cleanest foods that are okay to purchase non-organically) very useful. Another liked its progression from focusing on toddler meals to making complex family dinners.
Recommended for organic eaters, or those who want to start their children young with eating organic food.
3. Make-Ahead Baby Food Cookbook: Meal Plans and Recipes for Every Stage Paperback – Illustrated
This cookbook helps you plan ahead by featuring quick and easy recipes that range from purees to fun finger foods. It’ll teach you the ins and outs of batch cooking, freezing, and reheating before providing you a dietitian-approved 4-week meal planning chart for each stage of infant development.
Recipes are categorized per stage depending on flavor introductions and thickness of purée. They’re written simply with easy-to-follow directions. There are plant-based recipes and meat-based ones. Everything is also freezable for easy storage.
Readers appreciated that the book also included a shopping list for all the recipes and even suggests which order to cook them to streamline your kitchen prepping. Another liked that the recipes aren’t the typical mushy baby food.
Recommended for busy moms and anyone looking for texture-friendly baby meals.
4. Baby Food Cookbook for First-Time Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Healthy Start Paperback
This cookbook features 75 recipes that can be used to slowly introduce babies to solid food during their first year. Starting with purees during the 4th month to finger foods during the 12th month, these recipes take out the stress from first-time parents when figuring their baby’s nutrition.
It also includes a guide to help parents how to safely introduce common allergen-causing food into the baby’s diet, along with guidelines on how to store baby food. There are also options for baby-led feeding.
Readers liked that the book is easy to read and filled with useful information for parents. Another liked that the recipes are delicious even for elementary-aged kids.
Recommended for first-time parents.
5. Baby Food Maker Cookbook: 125 Fresh, Wholesome, Organic Recipes for Your Baby Food Maker Device or Stovetop Paperback – Illustrated
Baby food makers are helpful in taking the stress out of cooking baby food. This cookbook features recipes that work on any popular model of this appliance but are also adaptable for a stovetop or a food processor.
It includes a guide to using a baby food maker and a handy calendar for monitoring the introduction of new food into the baby’s diet.
Recipes are organized by time frame and include nutrition information for each meal. It also includes a selection of adult-friendly dishes that can also be prepared using the baby food maker. Samples of the selection include Apple Pear Cinnamon Sauce Yogurt Parfaits, Chickpea-Sweet Potato Spread, and Berry, Avocado, and Coconut Milk Smoothie.
Readers found this a useful resource for incorporating solid food into their baby’s diet. Another liked it because it had a lot of vegetarian options.
Recommended for anyone looking for stove top-friendly toddler recipes or anyone with a baby food maker.
6. The Vegucated Family Table: Irresistible Vegan Recipes and Proven Tips for Feeding Plant-Powered Babies, Toddlers, and Kids Paperback – Illustrated
This is a family-oriented cookbook that features vegan recipes for babies, toddlers, and kids. There are 125 recipes here that have been kitchen-tested, including staple favorites like Baby Mac-o-Lantern and Cheeze, Chickpea Sweet Potato Croquettes, PBJ Smoothie Bowl, Tempeh Tacos, and Baby’s First Birthday Smash Cake.
The book is divided into three parts: a Q&A section about vegan nutrition, a selection of recipes for babies, and finally, the recipes for toddlers and kids. There's also practical information about how to create vegan meals for holidays, packed lunches, play dates, and more.
Recipes are simple and use common ingredients. There are also lots of photos of the dishes. They also include sidenotes on substitutions, sourcing ingredients, and nutritional highlights.
Readers liked the toddler-centric focus of the vegan dishes. One said that this is one of the better toddler cookbooks in the market. Another liked the variety and playfulness of its recipes.
Recommended for vegan parents and the vegan-curious.
7. The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start Hardcover
This cookbook offers a fresh and nutritious approach to feeding babies and toddlers by featuring more than 90 recipes that use healthy ingredients like putting quinoa in the puree or making a rice pudding for toddlers.
It features the usual sections covering the different developmental stages of a baby and how to address their nutritional needs. But what sets this apart from other toddler cookbooks is that it has more “How To” sections and it is more comprehensive in terms of serving sizes by age.
Recipes can be quite involved, especially those geared toward toddlers, but the directions are clear and easy to understand. They also creatively use ingredients that will appeal even to the pickiest toddler. Samples of the selection include Apricot and Coconut Milk Rice Pudding, Indian-Spiced Lentil Stew, Baby's Chicken Chili, Chicken for Baby, and Cucumber Yogurt and Milk.
Readers liked the variety of useful information in the book. One appreciated its “Do’s and Don’ts” section for what to use as ingredients for the recipes. Another liked the creativity of its recipe selection.
Recommended for experienced home cooks and first-time moms.
8. Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together Paperback
This is literally a toddler’s cookbook; there are 40 recipes here that are easy enough for any toddler to follow. There are guidelines on how to safely introduce your child to cooking as well as a list of kid-friendly kitchen tools.
Recipes are color-coded and have child-friendly steps so that you’ll know when to let your toddler help you with prepping and cooking. The ingredient lists use wholesome food and natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. Samples of the selection include Rainbow Smoothie, Green Eggs, and Ham Cups, Creamy Mac and Peas, Chicken Parm and Pasta Bake, Super Green Spaghetti, Green Toad Toasts, and Homemade Yogurt-Ranch Dips.
Readers found this well-written and enjoyed its focus on healthy nutrition. One liked the section where one can rate the recipes and write what you enjoyed about each one. Another found this a useful book for getting a child interested in the kitchen.
Recommended for cookbook collectors and moms looking for a worthy parent-child project.
9. All-Organic Baby Food Cookbook: First Time Parent's Guide to Nutritious Foods for Every Age and Stage Paperback
For parents looking for organic baby food, this cookbook has 125 nutrient-dense recipes that range from bone broth and purees to toddler snacks and family meals.
There are also tips for shopping organic on a budget, how to understand the labels, and how to identify what foods to avoid during the first year. There's also useful advice on how to introduce new foods and common allergens to the baby’s diet.
Recipes are easy to follow, with step-by-step directions. All of them are age-appropriate. There are also recipes here for baby-led weaning to develop their motor skills and encourage self-feeding.
Those who’ve read the book found lots of useful information. One particularly liked the coaching tips on what language to say to the baby when feeding.
Recommended for anyone who wants to rear their baby with healthy organic food.
10.The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, or Multi-Cooker Paperback – Illustrated
This cookbook features cooker-friendly baby food recipes that any busy parent will find useful. These recipes have been vetted by a dietitian so they are healthy and nutritious.
Recipes are easy and flexible. They can be made fast or slow using pressure or slow cookers. They range from starter foods to family meals. Samples of the selection include Purple Sweet Potato Patties, Blueberry Banana Bread, Chicken Nuggets, Cauliflower Mac ’n’ Cheese, Meatballs, and Savory Steel-Cut Oats.
Readers liked the range of its recipe selection. One found this an excellent introduction to making baby food using an Instant Pot. Another found this a great time saver.
Recommended for anyone looking for quick and delicious baby recipes for the cooker.
MAKE-AHEAD BABY FOOD COOKBOOK: MEAL PLANS AND RECIPES FOR EVERY STAGE by Stephanie Van't Zelfden
This is a useful and practical cookbook for first-time parents. It doesn’t overwhelm with lots of information and the easy-to-do recipes are organized along a toddler’s development stages.
It sets you up to succeed by including 4 weeks' worth of meals at each phase, with a shopping list of each of the recipes. The selection is also diverse, with both meat- and plant-based baby food recipes.
Best of all, the delicious recipes can be adapted enough to make it family-friendly so that everyone can share the meal once the toddler is able to feed himself. No more special meals for the baby by the sit-me-up chair!