Every new mother sleeps and wakes up with only one thing in mind-what else do I give my baby to eat. The first 6-12 months are crucial and build the foundation for your baby’s growth & development. Well, that doesn’t mean you must spend sleepless nights thinking about how to appease your little one the next day. Here are some delicious purees that your baby cannot refuse!
- High in fibre & water, mashed papaya puree prevents constipation and is a great option for a 7-8 month baby. Peel and de-seed a broad slice of papaya, dice into small cubes, mash it with a fork and make a semi-solid paste. Add milk to make it softer to swallow. Steam the papaya cubes to enable easier digestion. PS: Avoid this recipe if your baby is allergic to latex. if so, opt for a ripened papaya which is low on latex.
- Continuing with papaya, a papaya peach yogurt is another yummy recipe you can try out. De-seed a slice of papaya and an entire peach, you mash them and blend them in a mixer. Add plain yoghurt & mix well and serve it at room temperature. See your baby’s face light up!
- One of the most popular purees, carrot puree is always a mother’s favourite. Wash & peel a carrot and dice into pieces. boil/steam the carrot and blend until it is smooth & lump-free! Then just serve. Apart from being good for the eyes, carrots contain baro-carotene which turns into Vitamin A in the body. This is undoubtedly the healthiest of all purees.
- Want to try something unique? Give the sugar-free applesauce a try. Mildly sweet, rich in fibre and Vitamin C, this makes for a tasty recipe but should be strictly avoided if your baby is prone to constipation. Peel, slice, chop finely & de-seed an apple. Boil the chopped apple in a saucepan with a half a glass of water and reduce the flame in a bit. Cover and simmer for roughly 10-15 minutes until the pieces get tender. Avoid overcooking as it could become watery and tasteless. Remove the bigger chunks and mash them; to reduce the thickness of the puree you can add some more water. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder and serve warm or cold (if the baby is teething).
- Sweet potato is another delicious option for your sweet little baby. Wash and peel a medium-sized potato, boil/steam, puree or mash in a blender and add water for consistency. Serve your little one!
These recipes are not only easy on time but also ensure a nutritious and tasty meal for your little one!