The monsoons are here and with it arrives a host of illnesses like viral, flu, cold, cough and many other water-borne diseases. You need to keep your family protected during this time, especially babies since their immune systems are still developing.
If your baby is 6 months old then he/she is ready to start trying food apart from breast milk. Fruits are the best things to give your babies during the monsoons. They're rich in nutrients and vitamins and are safe to eat without the scare of falling ill. Since they can't chew or bite, puree is the best form you can start them off on. Easy to prepare and tasty to eat, purees are a perfect way to introduce your baby to different textures too.
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However, you must make sure that you wash the fruits well before serving it to get rid of any contamination. To be doubly sure, soak your fruits and vegetables in 3 parts water - 2 part vinegar mix for a bit. Your fruits will come out squeaky clean.
Every season in our country has its share of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are healthiest when eaten during the season in which they naturally grow. So we've shortlisted a few monsoon fruits that are perfect to puree and serve to your child.
Which Monsoons Fruits Make Healthy Purees For Your Baby
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Peaches are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, Beta carotene, potassium and magnesium. Great for eyesight and dental care, peaches impart a sweet-tart taste that kids love.
How to Make: Blanch the peaches for 45 seconds, remove the skin and mash it or run it through the blender. Initially, the consistency of the purees should be runny. You can a few teaspoons of boiled water to the puree to thin it.
Age: 4-6 Months
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Plums are rich in fibre and excellent if your baby is suffering from constipation. Rich in Vitamin C it's a great monsoon fruit to boost your baby's immunity.
How To Make: Steam the plums till they're nice and soft. Peel and toss them into a blender. Since most kids start off with banana as their first fruit, you can add half a banana to it too. It will add some texture and sweetness to the puree. This puree can be frozen as ice cubes to be used later.
Age: 4-6 months
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Rich in folate, fibre, and vitamins A, C and E, papayas are sweet and delicious. This fruit is easy to digest and should definitely be on the baby's monsoon menu. Pick one which is orange and without any marks.
How To Make: Peel and slice the papaya in half. Remove the seeds that fill it. Rinse the fruit again to get rid of any seeds or slime that may be attached to it. Chop it up and puree it.
Age: 8 - 10 months
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These little balls which come in hues of red are a monsoon fruit that is high in Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. Cherries contain melatonin which aids in good sleep. Just what your baby needs when the weather brings temperature fluctuations.
How To Make: Remove the pits from the cherry and put them into a saucepan with water. Cover and boil them for 10-15 minutes till they're soft. Wait for them to cool down before blitzing them in the blender.You can add apples to the cherries to get a tasty puree too.
Age: 8 - 10 months
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Pears are rich in phytonutrients, fibre and are recommended to boost immunity. Look for pears that are not hard, they've been picked too early and won't have a good flavour.
How To Make: Peel and core the pears. Cut them into small pieces and boil /steam it for 10 minutes. Once they've cooled down, you can blend it with some milk. If the pear you've bought it very soft, you can also mash it with the back of a spoon and feed your baby. Apples go well with pear; Yoghurt is another food that pairs well with pear puree.
Age: 6 - 8 months
These are simple fruit purees when you start weaning your baby. As your baby grows you can add oatmeal, other fruits and vegetables to excite and develop his/her palate. No one likes eating the same things all the time. We don't so why should our children be any different.
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