Papaya Puree for Babies
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Papaya Puree for Babies has a large number of valuable nutrients. It improves digestion, and nourishes your baby with vitamin A, so make sure you introduce your little one to Papaya Purée at the right age, to develop an early liking for it.
When preparing this easy Papaya Puree for Babies, make sure you blend the papaya well till you get a smooth, lump-free purée.
To get this right, use a fully-ripened and soft papaya. Begin with a small quantity like 1 tbsp of Papaya Puree for Babies and gradually increase it to ½ cup.
Enjoy how to make Papaya Puree for Babies recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
- Blend the papaya in a mixer till smooth.
- Serve the Papaya Puree for Babies immediately.
Papaya Puree for Babies recipe with step by step photos
If you like Papaya Puree for babies then, also try other Weaning Foods…
To make papaya puree for babies, choose a ripe papaya. Look for papaya that is deep yellow and orange in colour and is free of bruises and blemishes. On touch it should be just about firm and should have a fruity aroma on smelling. Papaya is a fruit which ripens very soft, so buy it fresh and use it. Don’t store it for more than a day or 2. If you wish to store it, keep it in an open tray in a cool dry place at room temperature. Wrapping it for long might lead to over ripening.
Wash the papaya before use. Though you are going to peel the papaya, washing it to make it completely free of dirt is very important. Wash it under running water to prevent any sort of contamination. Wipe it with a clean kitchen cloth.
Peel the papaya. Cut the papaya vertically or horizontally into 2 and using a sharp knife peel off the skin. Do not leave any white pith if any, but at the same time do not peel it very thickly as much of the fiber lies just beneath the skin of the papaya.
Deseed the papaya. Scoop out all the seeds of the papaya with a spoon. You can use the same knife also to remove the seeds. Double check that no seeds remain as the baby’s digestive system isn’t well-suited for its digestion.
Chop the papaya. Chop the papaya into cubes or roughly chop it using a sharp knife. At this stage again ensure that there are no seeds or white pith. If there is any discard it.
Puree the papaya. To do this you can just place the papaya cubes in a bowl and mash it with the back of a spoon or preferably a fork. Alternatively you can puree it in a blender. Puree it very well till it smooth and no cubes remain.
Serve the Papaya Puree for babies. Serve the papaya puree immediately in a colourful bowl. Feed the puree with an attractive spoon. This helps to attract the attention of babies. Do not make and keep it for too long as the chances of contamination increase.
Also try other recipes for your tiny tots. Banana and Papaya Puree, Banana Mash, Avocado Mash.
Papaya is a very healthy fruit filled with vitamin A, fiber, vitamin C and folic acid. This helps support vision, building immunity and improving digestion of infants.
Babies over 6 months can be served papaya puree to overcome constipation.
The best time to introduce it for the first time is daytime, when your baby is fresh and hungry.
Begin with a small quantity like 1 tbsp of Papaya Puree for babies and gradually increase it to ½ cup.
Always check for any allergies when introducing it for the first time. Check with your pediatrician if required.
Feed your baby Papaya Puree for babies only in an upright position to prevent choking.
Be patient while feeding. Do not force your baby to eat. If s(he) has shown aversion to Papaya Puree or any other food first time, wait for a week before re-introducing it.
Sterilize all the bowls and spoons very well before using for feeding.
Try and avoid adding sugar to Papaya Puree for babies. Firstly papaya is a sweet tropical fruit. Secondly, introducing sugar in most meals at such an early age isn’t a good habit. Remember the habit formed during infancy stays for lifelong.
Begin with a single fruit like Papaya Puree for babies and slowly after 2 weeks try various fruit puree combos like Banana and Papaya Puree and Papaya and Mango Puree.
Nutrient values for 1/2 cup
|Energy|| 45 kcal|
|Protein|| 0.8 gm|
|Carbohydrate|| 10.1 gm|
|Invisible Fat|| 0.1 gm|
|Fibre|| 3.6 gm|
|Vitamin A|| 932.4 mcg|
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