Homemade Pear Baby Food For Busy Moms

It is not uncommon to go to the supermarket and purchase some pears. Many people are fond of these delicious fruits and consume them on a regular basis. But how many times have you purchased pears with your baby in mind? Well from now I’ll recommend you take some of that fruit home just to make your own baby food. You might wonder which type of pear is the best to start with for there are many different types in the supermarket. Well, I can tell you that if you are thinking about this and can get the answer right I way, I will suggest you try the Bartlett pears. These are ideal and very easy to prepare. Just like many other fruits, pears do not require any cooking before making baby food puree unless the pear is not fully ripe yet. have a soft flesh yet.


Why are pears good for my baby?

Well according to a post by the world’s healthiest foods; pears are said to be the least acidic of all fruits thus making them a must needed fruit during the weaning process. Because of its low acidity, it is a food that is considered to be gentle on baby’s underdeveloped tummies.

Just like many different fruits, pears contain a great source of vitamin C, but it also has copper, vitamin K, potassium and fiber which can help prevent constipation.


When is the right time to give my baby pear?

Pears are soft, with a sweet flesh and they do not require much preparation, this is why pears can be the perfect food to start your baby’s solid food journey with. Pears can be given around the age of 6 months, but even earlier if you decide to give your baby solid food at the age of 4 months (with the o.k sign of your pediatrician). Also, pear is one of the fruits that most commonly will not trigger an allergic reaction thus placing it high on the list of the safest fruits. One minor concern that you should take into consideration is that pears will keep your baby’s stool loose, so it is not advised to give your baby pears if your baby has diarrhea.


purchasing and storing

Before purchasing fruits, always check for bruises, dents etc, when purchasing pears make sure the skin is smooth without bruises and most likely they will not be fully ripe which is o.k. for pears are not harvested in a ripen state from the tree. If a pear fully ripens on the tree, the chances are high that the sugars will crystallize and the texture will totally change. that is why it won’t get ripe on the tree. If you want to ripen your pear faster, both it in a bowl together with a banana or wrap it in a brown paper bag. A fully ripe pear is perfect for baby food and can be stored in the refrigerated either in puree form or in whole fruit form.


Why choose organic

As with many other fruits, the skin of pears is rich with vitamins and other nutrients which can greatly benefit your baby’s health. Many of these nutrients are in the skin so it is therefore that some parents prefer to leave the skin on the fruit when making baby food. I suggest you only leave the skin when you are using organic pears. It is the only way to ensure that your baby does not consume any harmful pesticides. Do keep in mind that if you do not like to puree your fruit but want it in small chunks that it is best to peel the pear. for it can pose as a choking hazard for babies who have difficulties with digestion.


Conclusion

Pear is an awesome fruit to start your baby food journey with. I really would recommend to at least try it once, it is easy to make and has various nutrients that are good for your child’s health. you can puree it with or without the skin, just make sure to use organically cultivated pears if you decide to leave the skin on the fruit. And if you are worried about allergies, well it is very rare that pear can cause an allergy. so go on and make your own pear baby food.…

Make plum puree for your 8 month old

It is an exciting time for your eight-month-old baby. At this age, your baby has passed certain milestones and have most definitely been introduced to solid food already. If not here is a good way to start with your baby’s solid food journey by introducing plum to your baby. and as you know I prefer homemade baby food.

If you have already added solid to your child’s diet, plum baby food might be good as a stage 2 food. I would recommend you purchase organic and make your own homemade baby food for the well being of your child.


The many faces of plum baby food

There are many reasons why you should at least once try the plum baby food, this is one of the fruits that go well with many different fruits and I can assure you that even the most finicky eight-month-old child will find something she likes. This fruit is easy on the taste buttons alone but magnificent when you mix it with other fruits and vegetables. this fruit can be easily combined with a great variety of different fruits and vegetables such as bananas, peaches, and apricots or just give your baby a taste of the islands and mix your plum with a small amount of homemade mango puree or mango juice. It is not wise to add too much mango for it can cause an excessive bowel movement. One of the reasons to try this fruit is because it is very rich in vitamin C and fiber.

Fruits and vegetables are awesome but your baby needs protein and grains as well. Plum baby food also combines greatly with Quinoa, leeks, tarragon, and chicken. Plum baby food can, therefore, be made in many different ways so your child will always enjoy a fresh bowl of plum baby food.


How to make plum baby food

When preparing homemade baby food, I will always recommend to do it the best way possible, that means that you have to get the best plums to do the task. So what to look for when purchasing the best plums. Purchasing: add solely the plums that are firm to your cart. If the plum is soft or wrinkled please do not buy that one and if possible purchase organic. the next step is one of the most important steps;  wash the fruit: The skin of fruits can be carriers of many bacteria so it is of utmost importance that you wash the fruit for at least 10 minutes under running water or use a bowl with water mixed with a little vinegar. Peel the skin from the flesh and remove the pit from the fruit. Cut the fruit in small slices or dice the fruit. This will make it easier to puree. If you feel like you can also cook or steam the plum before pureeing. Puree the plum in a food processor and pour it in the ice cube trays. Freeze the puree: place the ice cube tray in the freezer and allow it to freeze. Store the frozen ice cubes in a Ziploc bag with the name of the food and the date written on it and place it in the freezer.

You now have your very own homemade plum puree. There is no limit on interesting combinations that can be made when you do it yourself. You can shop for food that you are sure is organic, or you can just use food that you have grown at home in your very own garden.


 

You love your child and want her to grow up happy and healthy. when you start your child off with healthy, organic food early in life, you are giving the world proof of your love. Always strive to make your own homemade baby food and do not forget that your options are limitless.

Some babies may react to new foods, it is therefore always recommended to discuss any new food with your pediatrician first.…

Amazing benefits of Apricots for your baby

Apricot is not only an important and nutritious food which can easily be made as baby food but it can also be added as an extra ingredient to your baby food. Actually, apricot offers several health benefits for toddlers including aid in digestion, the supply of essential minerals and vitamins, aid in brain development and acts as a natural laxative. The fruit is thought to have originated in China but soon became very popular in Armenia. From Armenia apricot was introduced in Europe and America. Turkey is the highest producer of Apricot. But these fruits can be found in your local supermarket as well.


As with several other fruits, you may typically introduce apricots anywhere from 6 months old or older. In the case, you’ll be using dried apricots, try to find those that are produced on an organic farm.

Apricots have a beautiful orange skin, telling you straight away that they are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your baby’s body but be careful never give your baby too much of a fruit that contains beta-carotene for they can cause yellowing of the baby’s skin. Apricot baby food is a great source of vitamin C and fiber, plus many minerals such as iron,copper and potassium.

If you decide to peel apricots for your baby, then the easiest way is to plunge them briefly into boiling water, then into the iced water. This really helps loosen the skin. You may even want to prepare organic apricot baby food for your baby for this is the best way to ensure that your baby does not consume any unwanted pesticides or hormones.


The benefits

 

As apricots contain copper and iron, they are helpful in creating hemoglobin, hence they are extremely beneficial and natural remedy for babies suffering from anemia. High content of magnesium in apricots helps in proper and good functioning of the brain. Magnesium also helps normalize blood pressure to a great extent.

Apricots are rich in fiber and prevent constipation. This greatly helps in digestion. Any problem related to digestion can be cured and take care of with the intake of a decent amount of apricots. Your baby simply has to take in apricot on a regular basis. Apricots along with honey and mineral water should be blended into the mixture. You can use a blender to do this. Drinking the mixture can bring down fever. It also eliminates waste from the body. So it can be used as a detox for your baby but also for grown-ups. Apricot juice is believed to cure fever and high temperature in general. Actually, its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties affect the body’s overall temperature, curing fever.

Apricots have either significant or at least moderate amounts of all the needed minerals necessary for healthy bone growth. Iron, calcium, phosphorous, manganese and copper all play an important role in the creation of bone matter of your toddler. That said, eating apricots and preparing homemade apricot baby food can ensure the healthy growth and development of your baby’s bones.

Foods rich in Vitamin A, C, K, Carotenoids, and beta-carotene can help reduce the risk of vision problems. Apricots contain an antioxidant called Zeathin, this antioxidant provides light filtering functions, thus improving vision.


Here is why these yummy fruits are ideal

An appropriate serving of dried apricots for your toddles is just about 1/4 cup. This amount of dried apricots supplies your baby with many of the nutrients they need for a normal growth. The dried apricot baby food contains a generous dose of iron and vitamins, which helps your little one’s body produce healthy red blood cells. Even more, your toddler will also get a good amount of potassium, a mineral that supports proper muscle and proper heart function.

 

Keep in mind that some babies may react to new foods, it is therefore always recommended to discuss any new food with your pediatrician first.…

Baby constipation- What to do when your child is constipated

Constipation, no parent wants to witness this happening to their child, it is certainly not something we want to happen to our babies. Even though we do not like it; it still happens sometimes, it happens to many of our baby’s. Sometimes our baby’s poop looks and is harder than normal. Sometimes the baby does not have a bowel movement for a whole day and sometimes the baby’s stool is hard and dry. These are all signs of constipation and it is heartbreaking to know that this can cause your child a lot of pain. No parent wants to see their child in this terrible situation, but what to do when you notice that your child may be constipated? You try a remedy. Of course, there are many home remedies for constipation, but first, let us look at what may cause constipation.


Signs that your baby is constipated

It is important to know that every baby is different, so when it comes to the frequency of bowel movements there is no comparison. Some babies have bowel movements after every meal, others have a bowel movement 2-3 times a day. To be able to quickly notice when your baby is constipated you should know how frequent your child has a bowel movement. By knowing this, it will be easier to conclude that your child is constipated or not. If you notice that your child has less frequent bowel movements than usual and has not had one or more than 3 days or if you notice that your child has a hard and dry stool that it is difficult to pass no matter the frequency, then it is possible that your child is constipated. If you are not sure, it is better to consult your doctor for clarification.


 The causes of constipation

It is very rare that a baby that is only fed breast milk will constipate for they do not use solid food or any formula yet. Here are some possible causes of constipation:

Rice Cereal; Often parents give their baby rice cereal when introducing their child to formula. This can cause mild constipation for it does not contain much fiber. Oatmeal cereal, on the other hand, does contain a lot of fibers so I would recommend parents to use oatmeal instead of rice cereal.

Formula: There are many different brands of formula out there. It is possible that an ingredient or just something in the formula you use causes constipation. If you notice this, it is better to talk to your doctor about this before switching brands.

Dehydration: babies that are solely breastfed do not have this problem with breast milk contains the perfect balance of fat, protein, and liquid. When your baby is on solid food your child can become dehydrated; if this happens the baby’s system will absorb fluids from the waste in his bowels, which will result in a hardened and dry stool.

Bananas; I’m sure your baby loves banana, but you should go easy on the bananas for it can firm up a stool and cause constipation. Applesauce should also not be given too much to babies. If you want to incorporate foods that loose stool gives your baby prunes, peaches, pears, and plums.


What to do when you find out that your baby is constipated

If your baby is constipated you can try to do some simple exercises with your child to relieve the pain and change their diet. These exercises include:

Bicycle legs; while your baby is laying on his/her back, gently move your baby’s leg in a forward circular motion just like he/she is peddling a bicycle.

Tummy massage; As your baby lays on her back place your hand at your baby’s navel and lightly massage in circular motion, moving your hands away from the center of your baby’s belly.

Change your baby’s diet; Try to give your baby less food that can cause constipation (such as rice, bananas and cooked carrot) instead give them foods high in fiber or foods that contains lots of fiber that can help loose stool such as prune and apricots or pears. If necessary talk to your doctor about treatment options.


 

In conclusion

Parents your child health and well-being is of utmost importance. Use the information presented here as a guide, because that is what it is meant for, but under no circumstance should you hesitate to seek professional advice when you notice your child is constipated or suffers from one or more illnesses. Always discuss any new food with your doctor first.…

Introducing solid food: when is my baby ready

Isn’t it always adorable to see your little pumpkin pie grow up and do new things? They are busy doing their own thing, living in their own little world. As they grow up their diet change an get adjusted many times. your baby might be ready for solid food. So when is the right time to start these adjustments? It is safe to say that the right time to start with these adjustments is around 6 months. This is because the baby is developmentally ready for new foods. So it is very safe to feed your child baby food at 6 months old. Baby food for a 6-month-old baby can be anything from pureed food to fortified cereals, but you can also make your own baby food. It is a common phenomenon that some babies are ready for baby food at an earlier stage in their development (around 4 -5 months), it is perfectly safe to feed your baby solid food at this stage in their lives but make sure you consult your pediatrician first and make sure you feed your child only healthy food.


 So when is your child ready?

When your child is ready for baby food you will notice this by different things the child is doing. The baby will show certain signs which will let you know immediately that your baby is ready.

Here are some signs to look for:

  • Your baby can sit up and independently hold up her head and neck (still it would be recommended to support your baby).
  • The baby’s birth weight has doubled.
  • The baby is interested in the food you are eating and tries to grab it while your eating.
  • The baby can keep food in her mouth.
  • The baby shows signs of being hungry more often.
  • the baby is teething.
  • the baby can close her mouth around a spoon.

When you notice these signs and the pediatrician has given the O.K. sign; you can introduce your child to solid food. Nowadays many stores carry commercially prepared baby food which can be very healthy and contains the right nutrition for your baby’s well being. you should always avoid brands with added fillers and sugars, these are not healthy for your baby and can cause harm to your child. You can also prepare your own healthy baby food. This can be pureed food like sweet potato, squash, banana, and peaches. If you are going to prepare your own homemade baby food, please follow the safety rules.

you might notice that your baby doesn’t want to eat solid food yet, don’t panic, give it time, try to give the baby the solid food after a day or two again or after a week. the baby will eventually start to like it.…