What fruit to serve baby depends on how old your baby is. For the first 6 months, all the baby needs is breast milk or formula milk.
Once you begin solid foods, the baby can have diluted vegetable or fruit juice at meal times. This is, however, not necessary and plain water is the best accompaniment for milk. But, if you intend to raise the baby as a vegetarian, diluted fruit juice at meal times is good for her health.
If you are bent on giving fruit juice, remember to dilute it. Offer the juice in a cup or beaker at meal times and not in a bottle nor before bed time. This is so as to protect the baby’s teeth from decay. Also, you should also never feed the baby sugary drinks. Fruits can be served pureed, mashed or as finger food. It will help the baby explore new flavours.
What are some fruits suited to the diet of a baby? They are as follows:
- Apples: They are wonder fruits and ideal for the baby.
- Apricots: They are rich in Lycopene, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
- Bananas: They are excellent source of nutrition and ideal for being one of the first foods for the baby.
- Blueberries: They are rich in anti-oxidants, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fibre. Start giving this after baby completes 8 months.
- Cantaloupes or melons: Rich in Calcium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, they are full of Beta carotene ideal for healthy vision and development of eye.
- Cherries: They are sweet, yummy and tiny and highly nutritious. These tiny fruits pack a big punch of important nutrients.
- Cranberries: They are rich in Vitamin A and prevent allergies. The tartness of this berry is loved by many babies.
- Grapes: Packed with Calcium and Vitamins, mashed grapes with other food are wonderful for babies.
- Kiwis or Chinese gooseberry: They are rich in fibre, vitamin C, Folate and potassium.
- Mango: It contains Vitamin K. This delicious fruit is packed with nutrients and loved by babies in mashed or other forms.
- Papaya: It is a fruit rich in nutrients. It contains high amounts of Vitamin C, which helps in absorbing non-heme iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin E. it is a good source of folic acid and fibre.
- Nectarines and peaches: The only difference between the two is lack of fuzz on the skin of nectarines. Peaches have a fine diuretic effect and also possess qualities of a good laxative.
- Pears: They are a fruit gentle on the tummy and so ideal for babies suffering from reflux.
- Prunes and plums: One common feature with all types of plums is their high nutritional content. Plums are rich in Vitamins A and C, are sodium free, low in cholesterol and high in fibre.
- Pumpkins: They are loaded with Vitamin A and Beta Carotene.
- Strawberries: Amazing source of Vitamin C, they are loved for their taste and colour.
So, now you know what fruits are good for a baby. When you are planning to send baby fruit basket to a baby you know and love, keep these fruits in mind and pick the ones, which are the most nutritious.