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Introducing Plums (Aloo Bukhara) to Babies

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After introducing solids to your baby, you will have a list of items that you’d like your baby to taste. When it comes to fruits, many people have a soft spot for plums as they are good for health. But whether plums should be given to infants or not remains a common question among parents. Read this article to know if plums are safe for babies and when you can start feeding them to your little one.

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Is Plum Safe for Babies?

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

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When Can You Introduce Plum to Your Baby’s Diet?

Plums can be introduced when your baby turns 10 months old or so. And, the best way to do so is in the form of puree, 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.

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But before you do that, take a look at the nutritional value and health benefits of plums. It’s always better to be informed before consulting an expert to have your questions ready for him/her to address during your visit.

Nutritional Facts of Plums

Below are the nutrients present in one plum:

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Description Quantity
Potassium 162 mg
Phosphorous 13.83 mg
Calcium 7.61 mg
Magnesium 7.79
Iron 0.28 mg
Folate 14.29 mcg
Niacin 0.6 mg
Vitamin A 0.22 mcg
Vitamin C 2.21
Vitamin B1 0.05 mg
Vitamin B2 0.05 mg

Health Benefits for Infants

Here are the health benefits your little one is likely to gain upon eating plums:

  • Plums are extremely nutritious and provide a ton of nutrients in the smallest serving, too.
  • They are high in fibre and thus provide 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 digestive stimulants.

When you are finally ready to feed plums to your munchkin, you may find yourself in a dilemma again when you come across different varieties of plums. To make it easier for you, we’ve given some tips you can use to choose and store the fruit.

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.

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How to Choose and Store Plums for Infant Food

When buying plums, make sure that they 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 that it is fresh.

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. Plums tend to ripen quickly. If you do end up buying unripe plums, let them stay in the open for a while. Later, store ripe plums in the fridge. If you want to use them after a few days, it is best to freeze them completely. Removing the pits before freezing them is advisable.

Once you have plums that are just right, ripe, and ready for your baby to eat, you might wonder how you could feed them. Well, fret not. These recipes will make your life so much easier!

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Easy and Tasty Plum Baby Food Recipes

Here are some simple plum recipes for your little one.

1. Thick and Tasty Plum Puree

This is a savoury plum puree recipe for the baby that will be relished by everyone.

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What You Will Require:

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

How to Make:

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  • Wash the plums properly. Take enough water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Then, add plums, and let them boil for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Take the ice-cold water in another plan.
  • Gently remove the plums from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and put them immediately in cold water. Take care to not add the boiling water to the cold one.
  • Remove the plums and peel off the skin using your fingers, or with a knife.
  • Slice them in half and deseed them. Put all the plums in a blender and blend them together to form a puree. You may add some water to thin the puree down or some breastmilk to make it creamy.

2. Oats With Bananas and Plums

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

What You Will Require:

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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 you get a smooth consistency. If needed, add some more oats to thicken it further, and serve.

3. Yoghurt With Roasted Plums

This is a delicacy that tastes and looks wonderful!

What You Will Require:

  • Fresh Plums
  • Honey
  • Plain butter
  • Vanilla essence (optional)
  • Yoghurt

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 portions face 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

This is the dessert that will leave everyone salivating.

What You Will Require:

  • Fresh Plums
  • Apple juice
  • Cinnamon in powdered form

How to Make:

  • Preheat the oven at 200 degrees.
  • Take the plums, cut them in halves and carefully remove the seed. Place the plum halves in an oven tray.
  • Add some apple juice over the plums to cover them properly. Follow it up by sprinkling some cinnamon powder.
  • 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 the plums 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 your 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.

Also Read: Beetroot for Babies

This post was last modified on December 30, 2020 10:05 pm

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