When a baby turns 6 months, it’s a major milestone for both parents and the baby. It is a very exciting time. Your little one is getting her first taste of food beside breastmilk or formula. It also makes mom’s/father’s/caregiver’s anxious on, what to feed their little budding eaters. When my daughter turned 6 months, I was all over the google searching, reading and looking for information on what’s good for my baby. Initially, its was all trial and error till I got used to making baby food at home. My daughter helped me a lot deciding what she wanted and preferred. In today’s recipe, I have cooked apple and dried apricots together till they got all soft and mushy. I have added a little bit of cinnamon powder to this puree to enhance its flavor. This puree can be made with fresh, as well as frozen apricots.
Apricots are considered as one of the starter food for babies from 6 months. They are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, fiber, and potassium. Since apricots are high in fiber, they protect baby’s digestive health. Usually from May-October, apricots are in season. During this time, I like to buy them fresh. Otherwise, I prefer buying them frozen, they are as good as the fresh apricots. Or use dried ones. I avoid buying canned apricots, as those have added sugar to it. Apricots have thin skin, so it’s advisable to buy them organic especially for baby food. Also dried apricots are at times treated with sulfites, so again going for organic dried apricots is a good option.
When working with fresh apricots for baby food, I just peel the skin, remove the pit or stone and puree it in a food processor. While for frozen and dried ones, I cook them with other fruits or vegetables.
- 1/2 red delicious apple
- 5 dried apricots
- A dash of cinnamon powder
- 1/2 cup water
- Wash and cut apple into small pieces. Cut dried apricots into small pieces as well.
- In a pot, add apple and dried apricot pieces along with cinnamon powder and water.
- Cover and cook till apple and dried apricots get soft.
- Once done, run it through a food processor.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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