Whether natural, packaged or uncrushed, the truth is that the child has to eat fruit, due to the countless benefits to his health and development.
The pediatrician recommends starting to introduce other foods in the baby’s diet from the age of 6 months. And although the basis of their diet is still milk, the truth is that it can already be supplemented with pureed chicken and meat at mealtime, and fruit porridge in the afternoon snack.
Precisely, in today’s post we are going to talk about how and what fruits should be included in the snack as the child grows, as well as the importance of these foods in the physical and mental development of the child.
How are the first fruit porridge?
If your baby is about to reach the first half year of life, it’s time for you to start preparing fruit porridge. Faced with this situation, you will surely ask yourself: What fruits should be included? Well, like everything related to the feeding of a baby, the introduction of the different varieties of fruit should be done gradually.
Thus, the first multifruit paps may include apple, pear, orange and banana. Either all together or combining them as the baby likes more.
It is normal for the child to reject them at first. The texture, the taste and the fact of eating with a spoon is a new and completely unknown experience that the little one has to get used to. If you want, you can help make the taste milder by adding a gluten-free cereal to the mix. Never sugar or any other sweetener.
Fruit porridge from 12 months onward
From twelve months onward, fruits such as strawberries, peaches or apricots can begin to form part of the preparations. And you can even add a cookie to sweeten it. You’ll see how your little one will be looking forward to snacking time to enjoy their fruit and biscuit porridge.
Until now, we have referred to homemade fruit paps, however, another option is the fruit jars, such as Nutribén, made with quality fresh fruit and harvested at the optimum state of ripeness In addition, babies tend to accept them very well because of their texture and mild taste.
Why does the baby have to eat fruit purees?
Whether natural, packaged or uncrushed, the truth is that the child has to eat fruit, due to the countless benefits to his health and development. Thus, in fruits we find high percentages of vitamin C and A, both with antioxidant power, minerals such as potassium, important for maintaining muscle activity and magnesium, related to the functioning of the intestine, fiber, which helps intestinal transit.
Thus, we can highlight some varieties that by their properties, are especially beneficial for the little ones of the house. Do you want to know what they are?
|●||Apple: This fruit has fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A, B, C and E. It has diuretic properties and contains pectin, a fiber that absorbs toxins and purifies the body. In addition, the antioxidants they contain help keep the body of the little ones protected.|
|●||Pear: Although it is not as valued as apples, the pear is also a very complete fruit. It has a high content of potassium, which acts with calcium in the bone formation of the child, a low content of carbohydrates and sodium and has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties so its consumption (mature) is indicated for digestive disorders such as diarrhea.|
|●||Banana: The fiber found in bananas promotes good digestion. It also prevents anemia, as this fruit is rich in iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and copper, substances that are involved in the formation of red blood cells. And finally, it improves the functioning of the brain because it is rich in vitamin B6, which enhances cognitive functions.|
|●||Orange: Oranges will help in the formation of collagen, bones, teeth and red blood cells, also promote the absorption of iron from food and increase defenses against infections.|