Follow the steps below and you will have no doubts when preparing fruit porridge for your child. If at first you have trouble accepting them, start by giving him two tablespoons, four the next day … Little by little you will get used to the new food.
First day (Puree with apple only): You can use 80 g of apple and 60 ml of breast milk or formula. Wash the fruit, dry it, peel it and remove the heart and seeds. Put it in the blender glass, add the warm milk and crush it all until you get a fine puree. If you see that it is very thick, add some more milk. Complete this “meal” by breastfeeding or bottle of milk.
Fourth day (Puree with apple and pear): You can put 50 g of apple and 50 g of pear. Wash, dry and peel the fruits, remove the heart and seeds, cut them into pieces, toss in the blender together with 60 ml of warm milk and crush everything.
Seventh day (With apple, pear and banana): You can add 30 g of banana. Peel it, remove the strands and also the dark central part, which contains a lot of fiber and can be indigestible for the child, and crush it with 50 g of apple, 50 g of pear and 60-90 ml of warm milk. During the first week or in the first 15 days you have to increase the volume of the porridge until it reaches approximately 250 ml.
Tenth day (Orange or its juice, optional): If you have already become accustomed to orange juice, you can add about 50 ml to the fruit puree, but do not put milk. When you have accepted this porridge well you can substitute the juice for half an orange: peel it, remove the white inner skin, add it to the rest of the fruits and crush everything well so that the orange fiber is not noticed. Over time, if you see that all the mash is finished, you can add the whole orange.
From 6 or 7 months (Watermelon, plum, grapes, cherries)
Once you have accepted the basic fruit puree (apple, pear, banana and orange), you can start to include other fruits, one at a time and with an interval between them. Wash the fruit, peel it, remove the bone or seeds and add small pieces together with the basic fruits and crush them. Melon, peach and apricot are fruits whose introduction is controversial because they can cause allergy, so it is best to consult your pediatrician.
From 18 months
You can start making the porridge with strawberries, kiwi, berries (raspberries, blackberries, currants) and tropical fruits (mango, papaya, guava, etc.), although in some cases they are not recommended before 2 years because they are very allergenic There is no unanimity as to the most advisable age to introduce them, so the most prudent thing is that before doing so consult with your pediatrician or nutritionist.
Why is fruit so important for children?
By introducing the fruit into your diet, your child becomes familiar with other flavors and his body prepares to better tolerate other foods other than milk.
The fruits also provide vitamins, especially vitamin C and beta-carotenes (present in orange or red), which help improve the baby’s defenses.
They also contain a lot of water and fiber, which improves intestinal transit. For example, orange is great for fighting constipation: if your baby has this problem, you can add more orange and pear and less banana and apple to his porridge.
And, conversely, if you have diarrhea, prepare the puree only with apple and banana.
The baby should continue drinking milk
However, as the weeks go by, remember that “by introducing new foods in the baby’s diet, the amount of milk tends to be reduced, so it is convenient that some days you continue giving fruit purees with a milk base or, later, of Yogurt, ”says the advisor. Following these guidelines, the fruit purees that you prepare will be the best for your baby. And do not forget the option of the jars: they maintain the nutritional properties, they do not carry preservatives and they are very practical if you go out to the field, give him a snack in the park … In short, you cannot deprive your child of the fruits, which They are an excellent source of vitamins. Of course, you must have a lot of patience until you accept them; think that its flavor is totally different from that of milk.