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How to Make Fruit Purees for Babies
Fruit purees are an economical and healthy way to feed your baby. When selecting your fruits, try to pick the freshest items so that your baby gets all of the vitamins and minerals that she needs. Generally, when your baby reaches four months of age she will be ready to eat semi-solid foods like purees, however, you should confirm that it is ok to feed your baby purees with your pediatrician before you start whipping purees up at home.
Purees for 4 to 6-Month-Old Babies
Feed your baby a diet of purees and breast milk or formula.When your baby is four months old, she will begin to show an actual interest in food. Talk to your pediatrician about beginning to feed her purees, while also continuing to feed her breast milk or formula, depending on which one you use. The doctor will most likely suggest that you try feeding your baby purees two times a day.
- When your baby is this age, stick to feeding her purees made of only one kind of fruit.
Give your baby an apple puree.Gala and Red apples are both recommended for apple purees for children four to six months old. This is because these kind of apples are soft and easily digestible. They are also fortified with vitamin C and fiber, which can help your baby to move her bowels easily. Try to buy organically grown apples if possible. Avoid fruits that have been left out in the sun, or that do not smell fresh.
- To make the puree, wash and clean the apples. To start, wash and clean the apples. Next, peel the apples and remove the core using your paring knife. Then, cut the apples into small cubes and place them in the pot. Add a cup or two of water; just enough so that all cubes are soaked in water. Bring the pot to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for about 4 minutes. After that, you can let it stand for 20 minutes until cool enough and transfer to a blender or food processor.
- If the consistency is too thick after blending, add a couple of spoonfuls of water until it has reached the right consistency. You will know it has reached this consistency when you take a spoonful and it slides slowly down the spoon.
Try a banana puree.Bananas are rich in potassium and may help to soothe your baby’s tummy. When selecting your bananas, make sure that the peels are completely yellow.
- To make banana purees, you will need a big, clean bowl, a paring knife and a potato masher. Start by peeling one ripe fresh banana. One banana usually yields about 6 ounces of pureed fruit. Cut the bananas into small slices and place in the bowl. Then, start mashing using the potato masher or a fork; there’s no need to add liquids. Make sure to mash it well since your baby is not yet ready for solid, chunky food
Make peach or nectarine puree.The process for making peach or nectarine puree is the same. When in season, buy fresh peaches or nectarines; when not in season you can buy the frozen variety. Both fruits are packed with vitamin C and are sweet enough that babies love them. Each peach or nectarine you choose should give a little when squeeze so that you know it is ripe. Below is the method for making peach puree; use the same method to make nectarine puree.
- To make peach puree, begin by washing the peaches; one peach gives about 5 ounces of fruit puree. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, place the peaches inside the pot of boiling water and leave to step for 45 seconds. After that, take out the peaches using a slotted spoon to drain the hot water. Transfer the peaches to a bowl filled with water and ice to stop the cooking process
- Once the peaches are cooled down, peel the fruits using a paring knife or just with your fingers. Cut and make an incision along the diameter of the fruit, working your way around the pit inside (peaches have a hard pit in their middle). Twist the peach so it “gives” and then open it up. Using a spoon or a knife, twist the pit around until it pops out of the fruit. Next, cut the peach into small cubes and place in the food processor and blend well.
Try out a pear puree.Pears can be both sweet and tart at the same time, which can help your baby’s taste buds to experience some variety. Buy pears when they are in season to get the sweetest, ripest pears; in fact, they will be so ripe that you won’t need to cook them before pureeing them. Avoid pears with brown marks.
- To make pear puree, clean the pears well. Cut the pears in half and then core them. Cut them into small chunks, place them into the food processor, and blend them. Add water until you get a consistency that slides down your spoon easily, but does not have the consistency of a milk shake.
Purees for 6 to 8-Month-Old Babies
Move your baby on to some different fruits, as well as some vegetables.At this stage, your baby is ready for other varieties of fruit purees. You can also start feeding her sweet potato, avocado or vegetable purees together with the fruits you gave her when she was younger. Your baby is now ready for slightly solid foods so when pureeing, you don’t have to blend the fruits well. Some of the fruit can be only slightly mashed, but the majority of the fruit should be pureed.
- You can also begin to combine different fruits at this stage, such as avocado and banana.
- Begin to feed your baby one-fourth to one-half of a cup twice a day.
Give your baby avocado puree.Avocados are rich in omega-3 nutrients, which can help your baby’s brain development. Look for avocados that are firm but give slightly when you squeeze them. Under ripe avocados are hard and will not give at all when you squeeze them.
- To make avocado puree, slice the avocado in the middle and run the knife or just press the knife gently along the length of the fruit. You will encounter the pit in the middle while doing this. Once you have sliced the avocado, twist the two cheeks and pull apart. You will see the pit in the middle stuck to one avocado cheek. Just stick the blade of a large knife against the pit and once stuck, slowly twist so the pit “gives” and releases.
- Once the pit is removed, scoop out the avocado and transfer to a clean bowl. Gently mash the fruit using a potato masher or fork until mashed but leave a few bits and pieces whole so your baby can practice chewing the avocado. Since the avocado is soft, your baby won’t have a hard time mashing the pieces inside her mouth with her gu
- A tasty combination is avocado and banana.
Feed your baby a plum or apricot puree.Plums are similar to peaches but are slightly more fibrous, so its better to give a 6 to 8 month old plums because younger children could choke on the fibers. Plums can be used to aid digestion and fight constipation. Ripe plums should give slightly when you squeeze them. Apricots are tangy and can give your baby’s taste buds a variety. They are prepared in the same way as plums.
- To make plum (or apricot) puree, was the plums; one plum gives about 5 ounces of fruit puree. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, place the plums inside the pot of boiling water and leave to steep for 45 seconds. After that, take out the plums using a slotted spoon to drain the hot water. Transfer the plums to a bowl filled with water and ice to stop the cooking process.
- Once the plums are cooled down, peel the fruits using a paring knife or just with your fingers. Cut and make an incision along the diameter of the fruit, working your way around the pit inside (plums have a hard pit in their middle). Twist the plums so it “gives” and then open them. You will see the pit in the middle stuck to one side of the fruit. Using a spoon or a knife, twist the pit around until it pops out of the fruit.
- Next, cut the plums into small cubes and place in the food processor and blend well. Make sure that the fruit is well pureed for your 6-8 month old baby. You’d want to puree plums well even at this stage because these fruits are fibrous and you want to cut up all of the fibers.
Try out an apricot puree.Apricots are tangy and can give your baby’s taste buds variety. You prepare apricot purees i
Prepare a blueberry puree.Blueberries are tart and tangy, which means that they work well as a puree when added to other fruit purees, such as banana, apple or mango purees. Look for a bunch of blueberries that have a uniform color; avoid blueberries with any discolorations.
- To make a blueberry puree, wash blueberries (and red berries) thoroughly with clean running water. Let dry a bit by sieving them in a colander. There’s no need to peel blueberries, so just place them inside the blender or food processor and blitz, rather than blend. Mix the pureed blueberries with bananas, or apples and throw in a tablespoon or two of yogurt in the puree. There’s no need to thin out the consistency further with added water; just the pure fruit puree will do.
Purees for 8 to 10-Month Old Babies
Spice up your baby’s diet by giving her cheese and eggs.At this age, your baby will have grown her first set (or two) of teeth. She will not necessarily chew with her teeth yet, and will most likely still grind food with her gums. On top of the fruits and vegetables you are already giving her, you can also start feeding your baby small amount of (pasteurized) cheese, and little bits of protein, like eggs, tofu, meat, and fish.
- Fruits that you can begin serving your child at this time include cherries, and strawberries, plus all the fruits already mentioned.
- You can begin to feed your baby one-half to three-fourths of a cup of puree, twice a day.
Give your baby cherry puree.Fresh cherries are rich in antioxidants that can help your baby to fight off illness. Off season cherries can be bought frozen. Combine cherries with fruits like bananas, apples, and pears.
- To make cherry puree, wash cherries under clean running water. Dry them in a colander. If cherries are a bit under ripe, you can steam them (skin on) for 4 minutes and then transfer to a colander to dry off excess water or just place in the bowl to steep in their own juices.
- If the cherries are ripe, you can choose not to steam them. Slice the cherries along their lengths and pry them open. Remove the pit in the middle, as well as the stem. Double check that you got all of the pits. Put the pitless cherries in the food processor and puree or blitz them. You can leave some whole chunks for your baby to practice chewing with.
Feed your baby strawberries.Strawberries are rich in vitamins B and C. You can mix strawberries with pretty much every other fruit to create tasty combination. Avoid buying strawberries that are tinged green and white, which means the fruit is not ripe.
- To make a strawberry puree, place the berries in a colander and wash with clean running water. With a paring knife, slice off the top with the green leaves. Place the berries in the processor and run it on blitz or puree. Feel free to leave some chunks of fruits in the puree.
Purees for 10 to 12-Month-Old Babies
Begin feeding your baby finger foods.Along with all of the foods listed in this article, you can also begin to feed your baby finger foods when she reaches this age. Finger foods include pieces of apples or bananas, as well as cookies or crackers. Feel free to feed your baby one cup of fruit spread out over the course of three feedings per day.
Let your baby try some delicious mango.Mangoes are a tropical fruit that you can slice up and feed your baby. You can also make them into a puree. Ripe mangoes give off a delicious scent and give when you squeeze them.
- To make mango puree, wash the mangoes and then slice through the thickest parts as close to the pit as possible. Continue until you have sliced off as much of the flesh as you can. Scoop the flesh off of the skin and put it in a food blender. You can mix the blended mango with yogurt.
Try a papaya puree.Ripe papayas can be mashed or blended for your baby to enjoy. To prepare a papaya, slice through the whole fruit and scoop out the seeds that are located in the middle. Slice through the peel to remove the skin and then place the fruit in a food processor.
- Keep in mind that you must use papaya the day that you puree it, as it will not keep like other fruits will.
- Watch your baby and try to pick up on little cues about which fruits she likes the most.
- Introduce your baby to new fruits one and a time in order to make sure that your baby does not have any food allergies.
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