Pineapple for Baby – Can Your Child Have It?

PINEAPPLE FOR BABY

Pineapple, a surprisingly versatile fruit, forms the basis of many yummy baby food recipes. It not only complements other fruits but also vegetables. Keep in mind that it requires a little bit of preparation before it is made suitable to be used in baby recipes. As your baby keeps growing and developing, expose them to all types of tastes and textures of pineapple.

Is Pineapple Safe for Infants?

Pineapple can be an enjoyable addition to a baby’s ever-expanding meal, but at the same time, parents should be careful while giving citrus and other acidic fruit to infants. It needs to be prepared safely, and the baby should be introduced to only one new food at a time. It also needs careful monitoring to ensure that no allergic reactions are seen in the child. The citric acid sometimes irritates the baby’s stomach, especially if they have reflux.

When Can a Baby Eat Pineapple?

Though pineapple is very healthy food, it should be given to babies older than six months when the digestive system can cope with a wider variety of foods. The experts suggest parents proceed with caution when they introduce citrus or other acidic foods to young babies. In case the baby’s sensitivity level is high, it should be given when they are closer to one year.

Nutritional Value of Pineapple

Fruits and vegetables have a positive role to play in a baby’s diet. Pineapple is a great source of vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and promotes the production of collagen. It contains vitamin B1 which contributes towards proper muscle function and nervous system. It also contains folic acid, manganese and dietary fibre which make it a healthy food option. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can be a wonderful aid to digestion.

Risk Associated with Eating Pineapple for Babies

Pineapple, with their nutritive value aside, should be introduced very cautiously as it still may be hard on the baby’s digestive system. Though it is not known to be an allergen, the baby food prepared with pineapple is acidic which sometimes causes problems to the baby. The acids in pineapple may cause rashes around the baby’s mouth because of their delicate skin. Pineapples are also known to cause nasty diaper rash. Hence, pineapple should be introduced a little at a time, mashed with other foods only when the baby crosses six months. Pineapple wedges or chunks which are very fibrous can cause a choking hazard.

How to Choose Pineapple for Baby Food?

When a person buys a pineapple for a baby, one should look for ‘gold’ or ‘extra sweet’ labelled ones. Small or large, the size does not make any difference. The texture, taste and nutritive value are the same in all pineapples. However, the pineapple should feel heavy for its size. Unripe pineapples should never be given to small babies as it can cause diarrhoea, irritation to the throat or vomiting.

Which is Good for Baby – Fresh or Canned Pineapple?

Fresh and succulent pineapples are the best and the most nutritious choice for the baby. Canned pineapples should serve as an alternative option only when fresh pineapples are not available. The canned fruit should be soaked in pineapple juice and not in syrup. Canned fruit is less acidic, and so babies enjoy eating it.

FRESH VS CANNED

Should You Buy Organic Pineapple for Baby?

Pineapple does not appear in the list of the fruits most contaminated by pesticide residues. In any case, the skin of the pineapple has to be removed, and its thickness provides an effective defence against the absorption of pesticides. So it is not required to buy organic pineapples for babies.

How to Prepare Pineapple Baby Food?

Sweet smelling, ripe and fresh pineapples are the best to use for baby recipes.

  1. Fresh pineapples should be mashed or pureed with bananas, pears, sweet potato, cottage cheese, cream or coconut milk.
  1. If the pineapple is hard or tough to mash, it should be cooked briefly by steaming or simmering it in water or juice till it becomes tender.
  1. To make a kind of ripe pineapple juicier and softer, it should be kept at room temperature for a couple of days before giving it to the baby.
  1. A cut pineapple should be stored in water or juice in an airtight container in the fridge. If it is intended for the baby, it is recommended to use it up within one or two days.

Pineapple Baby Food Recipes

Pineapple juice for babyis always the best. Some tasty and easy to prepare recipes:

1. Pineapple Yoghurt

A delicious treat for the baby filled with pineapple flavour.

PINEAPPLE YOGHURT

What You Need 

  • 1 pineapple ring
  • Apple juice
  • 1 cup natural yoghurt

How to Prepare 

  • Soak the pineapple ring completely in apple juice for 5 minutes
  • Grill it until it turns brown and then flip it over and repeat.
  • Allow it to cool after removing it from the grill until it is just warm.
  • Puree it before stirring into yoghurt.

2. Pineapple Puree

Pineapple puree for baby is the best. A tasty and healthy recipe, easy for babies to enjoy and digest:

PINEAPPLE PUREE

What You Need 

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 banana

How to Prepare 

  • Combine the ingredients and puree in a blender until the right consistency is attained.
  • Excess amount can be stored in a freezer in the ice cube tray and defrost when required.
  • For a different yet tasty flavour, replace banana with a large pear.

3. Pineapple and Watermelon Popsicle

A great way to soothe a teething baby and also does beat the heat.

POPSICLE

What You Need 

How to Prepare 

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until it becomes a smooth pulp.
  • Pour into Popsicle moulds and freeze overnight.

4. Tropical Smoothie

An easy way to prepare a delicious smoothie.

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

What You Need 

  • ½ cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 banana (peeled)
  • 1/3 cup natural yoghurt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder

How to Prepare 

  • Pour all the ingredients into a blender and make a smooth puree.
  • Serve immediately.
  • To change the flavour, replace cinnamon and cumin with three tablespoons of coconut milk for a for an ultra-tropical smoothie.

Apart from being a delicious and tasty fruit, pineapples are full of health benefits for adults and babies alike. With infants, the mother must check the child’s sensitivity before introducing this fruit. Once the baby starts enjoying it make the most of it. A range of recipes can make it your baby’s all-time favourite fruit.

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