I honestly didn’t have a thought of posting puree recipes to my blog because i hardly prefer using mixer/blender for his foods. I try to mash as much as possible and give him. Amma has always stopped me from using mixer for baby food. She says that baby should find tiny pieces in their tongue(be careful about choking) and also babies used to purees/ground food will never easily transit to solids. Feeling texture is important for a baby to eat well.
How to choose a right papaya for your baby?
The papaya which is ripe enough for your baby will yield to your finger press(thumb). The smell of papaya will surround your house and drag you towards it .There can be few black dots on the fruit. Don’t opt buying a green papaya as it has to get ripened in the branch and not in our houses. Avoid feeding unripe papaya to babies.
Papaya-1 cup (chopped)
1.Wash the ripe papaya and peel the skin.
2.Cut into two halves.
3.Scoop out the seeds.
4.Chop into lengthy pieces and remove the thin line material inside and chop into small pieces.
5.Add this to a blender/mixer and give a run.
6.Make it a smooth paste
7.Transfer to a sterlised serving bowl and handover the bowl to him/her or feed your little one.
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Consult your doctor before introducing any new ingredient.
Follow three day wait rule for any first time introduction.
You can start with papaya as first food around 6 months.
If your baby or family has latex allergy,delay the introduction of papaya.
The stools will reflect the colour of papaya. Don’t be bothered.
I prefer having very very small pieces.Hence I don’t make it too fine paste.
Avoid plastic ware for babies. They may be attractive but they are hazardous.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA:
Papaya has plenty of minerals and vitamins which helps in bone,brain,immunity development especially in the early stages of growth.(6 months to 1 year).
The Vitamin A present in papaya helps in good eye sight,glowing skin. Vitamin B strengthens the muscles .
It is also rich calcium and magnesium which helps in proper bone development and excellent dental growth.
It is a store house on Niacin which helps in formation of new cells and repairs the damaged hereditary information.
Indigestion will never visit you if you include papaya in your food. It is a natural laxative and extremely gut friendly.