How Many Meals for Baby Can You Make from This Fruit Bowl?

FruitBehold the fruit bowl! To the untrained eye, this bowl of fruit might seem to be nothing more than a humble heaping of banana, peaches, avocado and apples. However if you're a mom or caregiver of an infant or even a toddler, you probably realize that this bowl, and these fruits themselves, contains the potential for serving a large and varied array of meals and snacks.

For beginning eaters, those babies who are just starting out on solid foods around the age of 4-6 months, banana and avocado are super first food choices. These two fruits (yes, the avocado is indeed a fruit) bursting with important and vital nutrients for your baby's development. The banana and the avocado are also the ultimate in convenient, fast food foods! Yes, a super nutritious and natural fast food, imagine that!

To prepare a banana or an avocado for baby's mealtime follow these simple instructions:

1. Remove the peel (and the pit in the case of the avocado).
2. Mash the fruit mash into smithereens – into a nice smooth consistency that your beginning eater will be able to tolerate.
3. Add water, formula or breastmilk to thin the fruit if necessary.

For older babies and toddlers, a quick mashing, simple chopping or dicing of the fruits is all that is needed!

To make a more adventurous meal for your little one, add the following:

  • yogurt
  • applesauce
  • butternut or acorn squash
  • pears
  • peaches
  • whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oatmeal or even quinoa