Introducing Plums (Aloo Bukhara) to Babies

A baby eating plums

After introducing solids to your baby, you will have a list of items that you’d like your baby to taste. When it is about fruits, many people have a soft spot for plums as they are good for health. But whether [plums should be given to babies or not remains a question. You should know if it is safe for babies or not.

Is Plum Safe for Baby?

Absolutely! Plums are one of those fruits that contain a number of nutrients that are essential in supporting the rapid growth of a child. Furthermore, their special taste can stimulate the taste buds as well and introduce a new flavour to your child’s palate.

When Can You Introduce Plum to Baby?

Although plums can be introduced when your baby is around 6 months old or so, it is always recommended to introduce any solid food only until a child is nearly a year old. And the best way to introduce plums to your baby is in the form of juice. Giving plum juice to your baby is a good way to introduce it to your kid, but it shouldn’t be the first thing that your baby tries. Always get your doctor’s recommendation before introducing anything new to your child.

Plums

Nutritional Facts of Plums

In a cup full of sliced plums, the nutrients present are as follows:

Description Quantity
Potassium 259 mg
Phosphorous 26 mg
Calcium 10 mg
Magnesium 12 mg
Iron 0.28 mg
Folate 8 mcg
Niacin 0.6 mg
Vitamin A 569 IU
Vitamin C 15.8 mg
Vitamin B1 0.05 mg
Vitamin B2 0.05 mg

 

Health Benefits for Infants

If you are thinking why plums are given to babies, then here is why. Following are the health benefits of plums for infants:

  • Plums are extremely nutritious and provide a ton of nutrients in the smallest serving, too.
  • They are high in fibre which makes them a great fruit for providing relief from digestive problems and even constipation.
  • Making baby porridge with plum is the easiest way to maintain all the existing nutrients and giving them to your child.
  • Dried plums, also called as prunes, act as a digestive stimulant.
  • Presence of vitamin A in the fruit boosts the development of eyesight of babies.

Best Types of Plums for Baby Food

Different varieties of plums tend to taste a tad different. The plum that you prefer might not be liked by your child. Trial and error is the best way to go about it. However, it has been observed that plums of the Burbank or Victoria variety tend to be a hit with kids since they are juicy enough and are comparatively sweeter than the other varieties.

How to Choose and Store Plums for Infant Food?

When buying plums, make sure that the plums are soft but not too much. On pressing a plum, it should press down just a bit and not stay hard. Check the tip of the plum. If it is soft, then that’s a sign of a fresh good plum.

The colour should be pleasing and rich without any blemishes on the surface. At times, a light white coating might be present on the skin, which is actually a good sign that the plum has stayed untouched.

Hard plums should be avoided since they are not ripe and they won’t have a great flavour. If you do end up having those, let them stay in the open for a while. Plums do tend to ripen quickly. Store ripe plums in the fridge. If you want to use them after a few days, it is best to freeze them completely. It is better to remove the pits before freezing them.

Easy and Tasty Plum Baby Food Recipes

Here are some simple plum recipes for your little one.

1. Thick and Tasty Plum Puree

Plum puree

A savoury plum puree recipe for the baby that will be relished by everyone.

What You Will Require

  • Fresh Plums
  • Water at room temperature as well as ice cold water

How To Make

  • Wash the plums properly and let them dry. Take a pan and add some water to it. Allow it to boil and then add plums to it. Let them boil for another 40-50 minutes.
  • Take another pan and add the ice cold water to it. Keep it next to the other pan.
  • Gently remove the plums from the boiling water by using a spoon and put them immediately in cold water. Take care to not add the boiling water to the cold one.
  • Remove the plum and peel off the skin using your fingers or with a knife.
  • Slice them in half and take out all the seeds. Put all the plums in a blender and blend them together to form a puree. If you need to thin it, you can add some water. To add some creaminess to it, feel free to add breastmilk, too.

2. Oats With Bananas and Plums

Oats with bananas and plums

This spectacular delicacy can double up as a snack or breakfast.

What You Will Require

How To Make

  • In a container take oats and bananas. Mash them together a bit.
  • Add this mixture to a blender along with a few pieces of plums.
  • Run the blender till they form a good mixture. If needed, add some more oats to thicken it further, then serve.

3. Yoghurt With Roasted Plums

Yoghurt and plums

A delicacy that tastes and looks wonderful.

What You Will Require

How To Make

  • Preheat the oven to around 190 degrees.
  • Take the plums and slice them in half, carefully removing the seed. Take an oven tray and place the plums on it in such a way that the cut portion faces up.
  • Add a few drops of vanilla essence on each piece of the plums. Follow it up by adding some butter and a small dollop of honey.
  • Place the tray in the oven and let the plums get roasted for about half an hour. The plums should start getting tender by then.
  • Remove the tray and let the plums cool down. Then, peel off their skin, mash them together in a bowl.
  • To this puree, add some yoghurt and mix it well. Then serve.

4. Baked Plums Garnished With Cinnamon

Baked plums with cinnamon

This is the dessert that will leave everyone salivating.

What You Will Require

  • Fresh Plums
  • Apple juice
  • Cinnamon in powdered form

How To Make

  • Prepare the oven by heating it to about 200 degrees.
  • Take the plums and cut them in half, carefully removing the seed. Take the oven tray and place them on it.
  • Add some apple juice over the plums to cover them properly. Follow it up by sprinkling some cinnamon powder as well.
  • Cover the tray and place it in the oven. Bake this for about half an hour as the plums start getting soft.
  • Take off the tray and let it cool down. Then peel off the skin and mash all the plums together.

The nutritional benefits of plums make them a perfect fruit to give to your baby. However, always get your doctor’s confirmation before introducing them to the little one. It is ideal to wait until your child is a year old. This will allow him to enjoy the fruit in all its glory and he will look forward to other wonderful recipes, too.

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