Plan on starting your baby with a small serving of just 2 tablespoons. As they start to eat more, increase the serving size to 1/4 cup. This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups so, there is plenty to freeze future meals.
- 4 pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
- Look for ripe Bartlett pears for this sweet baby-pleaser of a puree.
- Once you’ve successfully fed your baby just pears, add in a flavour kick by blending in 1/8 teaspoon cardamom the next time you make this
- In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer. Place a steamer basket over the water. Add the chopped pears. Cover and steam until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
- Transfer the pears to a food processor or blender. Process until you get the desired consistency for your baby, adding a tablespoon or more water if needed to help it blend.
Nutrition per serving (2 tablespoons): 20 calories; 0g protein; 0g fat (0g sat. fat); 6g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 4g sugars; 0mg sodium; 3mg calcium; 0mg iron; 42mg potassium; 2mg Vitamin C; 81U Vitamin A
If you find that your baby doesn’t like a certain purée, don’t give up. Try again in a week or two, or mix it with a purée that you know your baby eats.
Try adding a few simple finger foods to your baby’s try such as Cheerios, cooked beans, or small chunks of soft fruit. Chances are your baby won’t eat much of these foods yet, but eating with their hands is an important skill to begin practicing.
It’s also time to introduce a sippy cup. Serve just a splash of water, breast milk, or formula at each meal.